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Springtime Tallahassee transitions 10K race to virtual medium

Posted at 8:49 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 20:49:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Springtime Tallahassee's first-ever virtual 10K race starts Saturday.

Runners can pick whichever course they like as long as they complete 6.2 miles.

This comes after concerns of mass gatherings caused organizers to cancel the physical race, which would have been held on Saturday.

The race director, Zack Scharlepp, says, since they already bought the shirts and medals they wanted a way to still have people run while also keeping them safe.

Scharlepp also said with everything going on nationally the race could serve as a good way to escape.

"Exercise, at least for a lot of runners I know is a good form of mental health, a good form of a kind of stress reliever," said Scharlepp. "These are stressful times. The economy, you have no idea what's going on. Job stuff. It's just a great way of maintaining something you do and forgetting the stuff in the world for maybe an hour."

Runners have until June 19 to complete the course and shirts and medals can be picked up after they finish.

Half the proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters. To learn