West River Trail Run goes virtual this year

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SOUTH LONDONDERRY — The eighth annual West River Trail Run will look a little different this year. The event, scheduled to take place June 6, will now be a virtual race due to the coronavirus.

Participants will have from June 6 until June 13 to post their results. The West River Trail Run consists of two different races, a 5K and the "11 miles of trouble." Each participant can make their own course, or run on a treadmill at home.

The trail run is held by The Collaborative, an organization that "promotes the development of a healthy, involved community supporting substance free youth in a caring environment," according to their website. The funds raised from the event go toward many programs within the organization, including their "refuse to use" program, where students pledge to abstain from drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Students who participate must attend five out-of-school prevention educations events, and are rewarded with a season pass to either Stratton Mountain Resort, Riley Rink or Viking Nordic Center.

The cost to participate in the 5K is $30, while the 11 miles of trouble race costs $50.

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Natalie Philpot is the programs coordinator for The Collaborative. She has ran in her fair share of races, including twice at the Boston Marathon.

"We're going to provide a fun, healthy alternative for our community to enjoy," she said.

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Seventy people had registered for the in-person event prior to the trail run going virtual. Those participants have the option to either transfer to the virtual race or defer next years event.

The first 100 people to register will receive a "swag bag" from The Collaborative filled with "Vermont goodies." The top male and top female runner will also receive a prize.

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The 2019 trail run had 207 total runners. Last year's trail run including a three-stage relay that will not be able to take place in 2020 because of the need to socially distance.

Along with raising funds for The Collaborative, this years trail run funds will go to community members impacted by COVID-19 on a "case by case basis," according to Philpot.

To register for this year's trail race, visit

www.runsignup.com.


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