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BY KAREN BOSSICK

St. Luke’s FitOne 2020 runs through Sun Valley this year.

And Ketchum and Hailey and Bellevue, too.

The FitOne 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, which would have attracted 12,000 participants in Boise on Sept. 26, is going virtual this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year participants can set their own course in their own communities to go the distance while social distancing. St. Luke’s FitOne will supply the race shirts, bibs, medals, virtual cheers and high-fives.

Track your own course and time digitally. The only requirement is that you do the race between Sept. 18 and 26 and use the RaceJoy app to track the time and distance.

Your race, your way.

“While the event won’t be quite the same this year, the virtual version has its own great benefits like the flexibility to run where and when you want. No parking problems and no nerves at the crowded starting line,” said Eric Stride, St. Luke’s FitOne executive director. “Our goal is to inspire people of all ages to get fit for life, and have fun doing it, and that hasn’t changed.”

 Those planning to run or walk the 5k, can choose a pre-designed 5K course in the Wood River Valley. There are also pre-designed courses in Boise, Canyon County, Twin Falls and McCall. Or, choose the “Run Anywhere” option.

 Those running the 10K and Half Marathon can follow a pre-designed 10K or Half Marathon course in Boise or a “Run Anywhere” option.

 Participants will be able to see how they stand up against other participants, using the RaceJoy app.

 St. Luke’s FitOne will mail race packets in September. Each contains a race shirt, bib, finisher medal, breakfast bag from Albertsons and more.

 FitOne will also share tips, tricks and hacks to help with training, staying active and exploring routes in the community throughout the summer. There will be fun contests and prizes.

 Registration is $25 and can be done at www.FitOneBoise.org. Kids ages 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Prices increase to $30 on Sept. 1. Registration ends Sept. 18.

 Money raised from FitOne entry fees benefit St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and community health initiatives aimed at children and their families.

 The race has raised $648,000 during its first seven years. That money has built 17 school tracks. This year a chunk of entry fees will build a walking/running track at Garfield Elementary School in Boise.

 

 

 

 

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