The Town of McCordsville is preparing for the sixth annual Path to Fitness 5K race, which will look dramatically different this year.
“The park board voted to go virtual this year for obvious reasons,” Town Manager Tonya Galbraith said. “We didn’t know at the time when it would be OK (for group events), and they had to make this decision early.”
The race is a fundraiser that receives sponsorships from local businesses, but Galbraith said it didn’t seem right for the town to seek money from businesses that may be struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virtual fundraiser allows participants to donate and complete the 5K on their own before Aug. 15, which would have been the date of the race.
“It’s really just people going out and doing a 5K, or 3.1 miles, and they have two options,” Galbraith said. “They can register and get a T-shirt in the mail for $20, or they don’t have to register and can just do it and send me the results at email@example.com.”
Despite the lack of sponsorships, the event is a fundraiser for the Building a Brighter McCordsville Fund, which helps pay for park amenities. Last year, the fund paid for Wi-Fi in the park shelter. This year, it covered costs for a charcoal grill.
“I hope people still participate. It’s still a fundraiser, and it still goes to a good fund,” Galbraith said. “There’s more flexibility, so they can do the 5K anytime through now and Aug. 15.”