Annual Sea Girt 5K to be held as both in-person and virtual races

Runners have something to be happy about! The Sea Girt 5K is slated to occur on Saturday, October 17, featuring an actual race that’s happening in person and will be sporting a modified approach that aims to maintain social distancing guidelines for the race. For those not interested in doing the in-person race, there will also be a virtual race for it. The 29th annual Sea Girt 5K will benefit the Sea Girt Recreation and Fulfill Food Bank.

5k run/walk – Live event! Computer chip timed with staggered start times for distancing. 29th Annual race to benefit Sea Girt Recreation and Fulfill Food Bank. Virtual event also available. Must be pre-registered by October 1st. Details at www.seagirt5k.com

Event has been modified this year – both a Live Open Course Race and Virtual Race will take place.

Read below carefully and in full before making your decision.

Open Course Race (Oct. 17th): $35, online pre-registration only by Oct. 1st. Includes t-shirt, chip-timing race results.

Start/Finish Area by Fratello’s Restaurant, 810 The Plaza, Sea Girt, NJ 08750

Virtual Race: $25 online pre-registration only by Oct. 1st. Includes T-Shirt

Open Course Race provisions:

The Sea Girt 5K will take place on October 17th, with a new format this year due to current conditions.

All registration will be online and you must be Pre-Registered by Oct. 1 in order to participate.

You will be mailed your race bib # with attached timing device prior to the race.

On your race bib, you will be given a start time between 8:30 – 10:30 AM on Sat., October 17th. Show up no more than 10 minutes prior to that time and begin the race whenever you are ready to go. There will not be a gun start – just show up and run or walk. Your start and finish time will be recorded by crossing the start and finish timing mats. After finishing the race, please leave the area.

The course will be open from 8:30 until approximately 11:30 AM. It will NOT be a closed course, meaning the streets will be accessible by vehicle traffic. However, the start/finish area will be closed to traffic and major intersection crossing points will be controlled by police and other volunteers. Barricades, cones and markers will be used to direct participants and traffic. Participants will be directed to stay to the side of the road and be aware of vehicles and other obstacles. EMTs will be on site.

Must adhere to Social Distancing rules – 6 ft minimum recommended, before, during and after the event. You may wear a mask before and after the event if you feel distancing cannot be maintained. Masks may be worn by walkers during the event but are not recommended for runners. You may run or walk in a group or cluster with your immediate family members if desired.

You may pick up your shirt before or after the race at the start/finish area (must have your race bib). Must maintain distancing when picking up shirts.

There will be no kids races or activities, no bands, food or other frills that would lead to congregation on site.

No awards will be given on site. A free race entry for next year’s event will be granted to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.

Results will be available online and you may sign up for text notification.

You must complete a self-health check within 24 hours of the race start. You must abide by all government orders including those requiring quarantine if returning from any designated state or country. If you are not able to participate in the race due to any symptoms, conditions or travel quarantine restrictions you will be granted a full refund upon request.

Virtual Race provisions: Run or walk 5 kilometers at a time and place of your choosing. No official time recording or awards. Your race t-shirt may be picked up at a designated time/place. Do not show up to run the course on October 17th.

Race Beneficiary: Due to the immediate need for food assistance due to the economic impact caused by the pandemic, we have decided to benefit Fulfill, the foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean County, in addition to Sea Girt Recreation, this year. We will benefit the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation next year. If you made a prior donation and wish it not to go to Fulfill, please let us know.

COVID-19 Self Check: https://self.covid19.nj.gov/

Registration is now open, but you’ll want to do it quick because deadline is October 1. It’s $35 per runner for the in-person race, while only $25 per runner for the virtual one. It’ll be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. that will start and finish by the Sea Girt library.

source: Sea Girt 5K via Facebook

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