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Annual Run By The River will be virtual race


Runners start the 2019 Kiwanis Run By The River in downtown Russell, Ky. The current Covid-19 pandemic has led to the 2020 race converting to a Virtual 5K to meeting guidelines on crowd size and social distancing. (Photo By Tim Gearhart)

Registration is now open for the 43rd annual Run By The River, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of East Greenup County, Ky. The race this year will be a Virtual 5K run or walk.
Because the Covid-19 Pandemic has made it impossible to have a large in-person event at this time, this year’s race is being designed so that runners can participate anywhere they are around the world over a three day period.
Usually, the Kiwanis Run By The River is held on the second Saturday in June in downtown Russell. But due to crowd size limitations and the need to social distance in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak, participants this year will be able to run independently anywhere they are located between
12:01 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 11, 2020, and midnight EDT Saturday, June 13, 2020 (the traditional date of the race).
The cost is $25 plus a $2 processing fee, $27 total.
All registrations must be completed at the Kiwanis website runbytheriver.com
On the home page, click the Registration tab and complete the two-step registration process. Fill out the form and Send. Then complete the payment process. Credit cards are being processed through a secure Pay Pal site.
Deadline for registrations is midnight EDT Wednesday, June 10.
After runners complete the race, they must return to runbytheriver.com and submit their time by clicking the Runner Time Entry tab at the top of the page and filling out and send the form. Times can also be sent by text to the race director at 740-532-9688.
The results will be posted on Sunday, June 14, on runbytheriver.com and on Facebook.com/runbytheriver.
Paid participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a special medal to recognized the unusual circumstances. Both will be mailed about a week after the race.
Proceeds from the race are used to provide an annual scholarship to a senior Key Club member at both Russell and Raceland-Worthington high schools.
The club also provides food baskets at Thanksgiving for at least 50 families makes an annual contribution to the Family Resource Centers at Russell, Raceland-Worthington and Greenup school districts, helps sponsor the Greenup Public Librarys summer reading program, provides funds for Shop with a Cop and other youth projects.
For more information, contact the race director, Tim Gearhart, at timgearhart204@att.net or by phone or text at 740-532-9688.