MISSOULA — Since the Missoula Marathon was canceled earlier this summer, Run Wild Missoula decided to combine the world of running and virtual fun together to create the Run for Missoula Virtual Series.
Instead of crowded starting lineups and worrying about appropriate social distancing, the Virtual Series offers runners the chance to still get exercise and compete.
The series offers four races, and the first is the River City Ramble, which participants run four miles in the span of six days to complete. That begins Aug. 24 through Aug. 30. If runners complete all four races in the proper time period, they will receive four prizes including a magnet for their fridges.
Each of the different races also will be giving funds to different associations across Missoula.
The River City Ramble will be giving funds to the Missoula Downtown Association to give to businesses which has been struggling during the coronavirus.
Run Wild Missoula’s Executive Director Tony Banovich says this event is a great way to gather all of the runners of Missoula together and give back to businesses.
“We are really excited to have an engagement opportunity with our members and the running and walking community, but we also are really excited about the ability to drive some dollars to all these associations who all need help in this time," said Banovich.
The virtual runs tracks the participants mileage on an honesty policy, and even offers a more competitive route option for those looking for competition.
You can sign up here.