The 38th Annual Garden Spot 5K Run and Walk is a virtual event for the first time in the event’s history.

The race, which was originally scheduled for Aug. 9, was changed due to uncertainty of crowds and the social distancing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Thurmond.

“This would be our 38th year and we were determined we would have something to keep the race alive,” Thurmond said.

The virtual race window began June 29 and will remain open until Aug. 9. Race participants can register at www.runsignup.com and choose the run or walk option by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 8. The registration fee is $20 per person and the run sign up fee is $2.50.

Runsignup.com allows walkers and runners to go back and add race times after completing the 5K. This year’s race times are based on honor system. According to Thurmond, the F-S Chamber of Commerce will not be giving out first, second and third place awards this year and instead will be giving each race participant a dry fit t-shirt and a finisher medal. Those items will be available for pick-up at the chamber office on Aug. 19.

The deadline to register for a team challenge, which includes 15 or more participants, is Aug. 1. Those interested are asked to contact the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce. Color team shirts will not be available this year.

Thurmond said this year’s dry fit t-shirt is a collector’s item, and his hope is that racers can still enjoy the community race with friends and family.

For more information, contact the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce by calling 270-586-7609.

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