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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Irish Dance Society is holding its fourth annual St. Paddy’s Day run virtually this year on March 17th.

This year, participants will have from March 17th until March 31st to complete their 5 or 10 kilometre run. Anyone can register for the event, and proceeds from registration will go to the Fort St. John Irish Dance Society. Adult registration is $30 and youth registration is $20.

Ashley Campbell, media liaison for the Watt School of Irish Dance, says the pandemic has provided both obstacles and opportunities for dance programs to offer modified classes.

“Right around spring break, our teachers at the school had a week to figure out how to do Zoom dance classes, and they were right on top of it,” says Campbell.

Campbell says the virtual classes had some technical difficulties in the beginning.

“The only issue they had with [virtual classes] that made it frustrating at times was the delay with the sound. Sometimes the music would be off. But that was the only issue.”

Many students are familiar with virtual classes for school, so Campbell says the kids, and the teachers, adapted well.

“The teachers and the kids were so resilient, and there was nothing else they could do. The kids are pretty amazing, how they just seem to figure it out.”

Once registered, participants will choose a day to run between March 17th to 31st, complete the run and submit their run times to RaceRoster. All participants will be awarded a medal, which will be mailed to the participant.

Times will be grouped into categories for distance and age.

For more information on the event, go to the St. Paddy’s Day 5k Facebook page, or RaceRoster.

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