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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After the initial COVID-19 lockdown shut down the 2020 run, organizers are excited to announce the 2021 Mother’s Day Rotary Run will go virtual.

Event chair Carina Wallis says drive-by donations for the Women’s Resource Society worked well last year, even though they had to cancel the run.

“For the short amount of time that we had to put it on, we had a really positive turnout. I think everyone was excited to have something different to do at that time,” says Wallis.

With more time to prepare and more understanding of public health guidelines, the 11th annual event is sure to bring excitement.

This year the event has an added a photo scavenger hunt. Item lists will be handed out at Surerus Park parking lot at 11 a.m. sharp to any individual who makes a donation to the Women’s Resource Society. Each location will give a hint that you have to figure out. Then you go to the location with your team and take a photo, making sure the Rotary Logo is visible.

There will be 30 different locations on the list, and you need to visit at least 20 locations to qualify for the gift basket draw. To be eligible for other prizes, you must hit five locations.

Wallis says the scavenger hunt will get families outside together and raise awareness for the Rotary Club in the process.

“It will encourage families to run around to a few of the different Rotarian businesses in town, make them aware of the projects we’ve sponsored over the years, and hopefully just do something different for a couple of hours.”

Registration went live earlier this week, and Wallis says a lot of the turnout for this event depends on the finicky Mother’s Day weekend weather.

“It always depends on the weather, because Mother’s Day can be so iffy, but we’ve had some beautiful years where it’s been sunny and warm. The crowds that we’ve had out there have been really fun.”

Obviously, with public health guidelines, there won’t be crowds in the hundreds. But the benefit of having a two-week window to complete the run means participants can wait for the perfect weather day to get outside and exercise.

“The thing with the virtual run is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. Within that two-week period, there’s going to be a nice day where you can get outside and do your thing.”

Registration for the event can be done through RaceRoster for the 5 or 10 kilometre option. The fee is $25. All participants will be given a medal. The run can be done between May 2nd and 15th.

To find out more information about the 2021 Mother’s Day Rotary Run, go to the FSJ Rotary Mother’s Day Run and Walk Facebook page.


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