Montpelier, Vermont – The organizers of the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race, announced the event, planned for September 10th, will be changed to an all virtual event to be run or walked any time between September 1-30, 2020, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
While the final details for the virtual event are being worked on, participants who had previously registered for the original (in-person) race, have the option to transfer their registration to the virtual event or receive a full refund. Organizers will close the current registration system to make modifications for the virtual event. The registration will re-open on June 16th to allow new registrations for the event.
The virtual format will provide an opportunity for runners and walkers to participate in this 37-year-old, beloved Vermont event, support Vermont wellness initiatives and receive a commemorative, multi-function headwear/mask “buff" and a finishing medal by running or walking on their own, while respecting and promoting current public health physical distancing guidelines.
“Transferring the original race from an in-person event to an all virtual structure was a monumental and hard decision to make, but implementing these measures will help keep the health and wellness of Vermonters and our neighbors safe in respect to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, and that was the only answer that mattered,” said Mike Feulner, co-director of the race. "We look forward to seeing photos of runners and walkers crossing their virtual finish lines and welcoming everyone in-person in 2021."
The virtual 2020 Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race allows participants to walk or run 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) wherever they are, as an individual or in a team of up to three people. Team-mates can walk or run together in person or virtually, perhaps using their smartphones.
Registration: To register click here starting June 16.
Race Kits: All registered participants will receive a race kit mailed to them via USPS at the address provided during registration. Each kit will include a race bib, commemorative buff, and finishing medal.
Training: We recommend that you train and complete this virtual event with small groups of co-workers,together in person or virtual, as evidence shows that participating in wellness activities with co-workers promotes physically active lifestyles on and off the job, leading to better health. All participants, whether training for or in the process of completing the virtual event, must practice social distancing measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Vermont Department of Health.
Race Day: Any day Between 9/1/2020 - 9/30/2020: Participants can choose any day between September 1st through September 30, 2020 to complete your 5K (3.1 miles).
Course: Racers can create their own 5K route. The course can be anywhere: a treadmill, a park, along neighborhood streets or country roads. Participants are urged to use caution and be alert to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Important: All participants must practice social distancing and follow the guidelines of the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health.
Pace: Run or walk at your own pace.
Awards: As participants will be on the honor system and submitting their own finish times, we will not be offering our normal category awards for this year.
Race Results: Registered participants will be able to submit their Virtual Race results and photos for posting. Participants are not required to submit a finishing time, but those that do will receive a finishing certificate via email. Complete details pertaining to posting results will be sent to participants in future correspondence.
The proceeds from this event benefit the many programs and events of the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, including the following programs: Exercise is Medicine; Worksite Wellness Awards & Conference; Learn to Ski and Snowboard; Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race; Vermont Senior Games; Park Bench Yoga; and Fit and Healthy Kids.