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Runners set for Go Green for Garioch virtual event

By Kyle Ritchie

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Final preparations are under way for the first virtual Run Garioch event.

Go Green for Garioch will be held from midnight on Friday, May 7 until 11.59pm on Sunday, May 16, and during that time participants can run their distance at a time and location of their choosing.

There is a community focus to the event and runners and any family and friends supporting them are encouraged to wear green, which is the colour of the Garioch Sports Centre.

Last year's event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the organisers are hopeful the 2021 one will be the first and only virtual run.

The committee has provided a number of updates for those taking part.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: "From next Friday, medals will be available for collection from the Garioch Sports Centre, where you'll also be able to collect a free day pass – courtesy of the GSC.

"When you're at the GSC, don't forget to take a photo in front of the Run Garioch race backdrop.

Participants will be able to get their photo taken with their medals at the event's backdrop in Garioch Sports Centre.
Participants will be able to get their photo taken with their medals at the event's backdrop in Garioch Sports Centre.

"If you can’t get to the GSC, medals will also be available for collection from three of our valued race patrons during normal business hours. Thanks to them for their support, they are Strachans Inverurie; Gibbs Menswear and McLeish."

As part of the event a Facebook photo competition has been launched so participants can share their runs.

The spokesperson added: "We want to see all our runners ‘going green’ out on the streets and trails of Inverurie in their Run Garioch T-shirts – but we want to see them on our social media too.

"Plan your greenest route, put on your bright green Run Garioch t-shirts, dig out your greenest socks, snacks and accessories and give us your best smile."

The categories that have been announced for the photo competition are best fancy dress; best location shot taken in the AB51 area; best photo taken the furthest away from Inverurie; best photo taken outside an Inverurie business; best photo at the Garioch Sports Centre – including with the race backdrop; best photo from a CP&Co junior runner; best photo from a family; best photo from a sports club, group or team; best photo featuring a ‘vintage’ Run Garioch t-shirt; and the greenest photo.

The spokesperson added: "Prizes for each of the categories will be a voucher from a local shop or, in the case of the sports team prize, cash.

"All photos should be taken during the 10-day race window and be submitted to the Run Garioch facebook page using #gogreenforgarioch.

"Even though Go Green for Garioch won’t be a traditional Run Garioch with a finish line and chip timing, we’d still like to recognise the efforts of our runners.

"The first male and female runners in each race – 5k, 10k, half marathon and junior runs – will receive free entry to next year’s Run Garioch.

"We will also have prizes for the top local runners in the 5k, 10k and half marathon events. We are grateful for the support of our generous local sponsors."

Prizes will be based on the times submitted to the race timers and awarded after the close of the race window. It can be found at the FR Systems sports timing website.

For more information on the event visit www.rungarioch.co.uk or its social media pages.

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