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The 31st annual TC10K run will look quite different this year due risks of COVID-19 transmission.

Instead of the usual route around downtown Victoria that draws thousands of people to one location, RunSport Victoria Society is offering a virtual version of the annual event.

“We are encouraging everyone to pick a day, time and distance and run or walk in their neighbourhood at their own pace,” says RunSport Victoria Society Executive Director Keith Bridge.

The run will be hosted through Race Roster using the ASICS Runkeeper tracking platform. Once participants have completed their run, they can upload their times to receive their official result and download a finishers certificate.

Registered TC10K run participants will also be entered to win draw prizes donated by sponsors.

“In addition to a 10k we are offering a 5k option for those whose training may have dropped off, but still want to participate,” adds bridge. “They can also do the 10k in two 5k increments. We are also encouraging kids to be involved with a 1k family run.”

Registered runners are asked to go pick up their run packages, containing T-shirts and medals, from UVic’s Centennial Stadium on June 5 and 6.

Participants have been notified by email as everyone needs to book a time slot to go pick up their packages. Those who are out of town will be reached out to after this weekend with information on how to receive their race package.

“We are excited to offer a virtual run/walk as we know many have trained hard for the event. We encourage healthy lifestyles and hope everyone has a great run or walk,” says Bridge.

“While we can’t be there at the finish line for you, we will be with you in spirit.”

Click here for more information about the virtual TC10K run.