Burton Memorial Day 5K becomes virtual race

BURTON — The City of Burton cancelled its Memorial Day 5K race due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is instead holding a virtual 5K race through June 25.

The 2020 event is is being held online and participants can run or walk at a location of their choice. The purpose, according to city officials, is to commemorate the men and women who died while in military service, to support our community through charitable giving, and to promote a healthy lifestyle in the City of Burton.

Understanding that many people are dealing with the loss of income right now, the city decided to give the race back to the community by making the event free. The race committee wants to encourage everyone to get outside and continue training while still adhering to the six-foot public distancing guidelines.

Holding the event virtually will allow everyone to still qualify for the Burton Race Series by completing in three out of the four events. You must submit your results online to qualify. The window for submitting results is now until June 25.

With businesses being shut down, the city will not be able to provide shirts or medals. However, with the decision to make the event free, the hope is that sharing pictures and videos, the event can still create the community atmosphere to push others to stay healthy.

Participants are urged to share their running and walking pictures and videos with the hashtags #runsaferunsolo, #runburton, #walksafewalksolo. Anyone already registered for the original race will receive a refund.

The city asks that participants not being paper entries to City Hall.

Other races in the Burton Series of Races include the Burton Kiwanis Hot Fudge 5K Run and Walk on Feb. 15; Race to Grace on May 16 and the Veterans Honor Run on Nov. 7. — G.G.