Bellin encourages runners to register for 2021 virtual run
By John McCracken
BROWN COUNTY – Runners, walkers and joggers are urged to get their feet on the street as Bellin Health opened registration for this year’s annual run.
Registration for the virtual run is now open at bellinrun.com or by CLICKING HERE.
This year’s event is the 45th annual run and will take place June 12-21.
Bellin Health hosts the run to promote health and wellness in the Greater Green Bay area.
Organizers for the Bellin Run were hopeful for an in-person affair, but the COVID-19 pandemic hampered this year’s run.
“With upwards of 10,000 participants in a given year, we simply can’t present a safe in-person event with things as they are now, nor three months from now, even under the most optimistic of scenarios,” said Randy Van Straten, executive race director.
The 2020 Bellin Run was also a virtual event, which drew nearly 4,000 participants from across the U.S. and as far away as Australia and Singapore.
Runners are encouraged to complete the run within their own community, no matter where they are located.
This year’s event features a special $20 early bird registration rate through the month of March, and increasing to $25 in April.
Registrants will receive an official Bellin Run technical T-shirt featuring this year’s logo, as well as a special 45th anniversary finisher medal.
Bellin Run organizers are celebrating the 45th anniversary by challenging individuals to improve their health by averaging 30 minutes of activity a day until April 15.
The challenge promotes physical and mental activities such as running or walking, strength and flexibility training or meditation.
Assistant race director Linda Maxwell said the race’s organizers are looking forward to another great virtual year with the hopes of gathering in-person in 2022.
“We know the best way to get back to an in-person event is for individuals to stay the course when it comes to masking, social distancing, hand hygiene and other COVID preventive measures,” Maxwell said. “We also encourage everyone to get vaccinated when able. By doing the right things on our own, we can look forward to celebrating together again next year.”