Each year on Global Running Day, runners & walkers from across the country join together in spirit to run as one. Last year’s event was cancelled but we are very excited to bring back an in-person event for 2021. We are also offering a virtual option for those who would like to participate but can’t get here or are not comfortable joining us for the in-person event.
Similar to our 2019 event, runners can choose from a 5K or 10K distance. Both distances will take off together and we will have rolling waves of 25 taking off in 3 minute increments to keep participants as spaced out as possible. An email will be sent to all in-person participants by Sunday 5/30 with specific instructions on parking and how/where to corral. PLEASE REGISTER WITH A VALID EMAIL THAT YOU CHECK OR YOU WILL MISS IMPORTANT COMMUNICATIONS.
ALL THE DETAILS:
Race Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 (Both the 5K & the 10K waves will start going off at 6:30pm)
Distances: USATF Certified 5K & 10K courses. Both races will take place on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.
Timing: Chip timing and real-time results printouts.
Start & end location: Gold’s Gym LaGrange, 258 Titusville Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Swag: New this year, all finishers will receive a beautiful Big Run finisher’s medal! All those who register before Thurs. 5/20 will receive an extremely soft, high quality unisex t-shirt in their requested size. Those who register after 5/20 will receive a shirt but may not get their first size choice. First place male & first place female as well as those who place 1-3 in their age group (10 year age groups) will be awarded a small custom handmade prize as well as $10 in Fleet Feet bucks which will be available for pickup at Fleet Feet from Thursday 6/3 – Wednesday 6/9. Final age group results will be released within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event. Please be patient as it takes a bit longer to process results with a staggered start.
Safety Precautions: Runners will be starting in groups of 25 every 3 minutes spaced 6 feet apart (chip timed start). We won’t be having an after party this year and kindly ask that you avoid lingering around in large groups after the event.
Packet Pickup: Packet pickup will be held at Fleet Feet Poughkeepsie starting on Saturday, May 29th at 10am and running through Wednesday, June 2nd at 4pm. Bibs and shirts can also be picked up on race day at Gold’s Gym starting at 5pm. The store will be closing at 4pm on the 2nd so that our entire team can head over and be a part of the event.
Cost: Register early and save! This year we are doing a special discounted price of $20 ($15 for Virtual) for those who register before 11:59pm on Monday 5/10. This is a our way of saying thanks to those who are engaged with our social media and emails. Starting on Tuesday 5/11 in-person registrations will be $25, virtual will be $20. Day of registration (at Fleet Feet from 10am-4pm or at Gold’s gym from 5-6pm) for the in-person event will be $30.
Additional Information & FAQs
Is the race dog/stroller friendly? We can accommodate strollers but will be unable to accommodate dogs at this event. Anyone participating with a stroller will start at the back of their selected corral.
Is there a minimum age for participation? There is no minimum age for participation. The runs take place entirely on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail which is safe for participants of all ages and abilities. We ask that parents use their judgement when registering minors to ensure that they can understand instructions for turning around in the appropriate space and have the ability to complete the distance without any assistance.
Are these events open to walkers? Are there any time limits? All runners or walkers for both the 5K & 10K must be done by 8pm. Walkers are welcome as long as they can complete the selected distance before 8pm. Please select your corral accordingly with this 8pm event end time in mind.
Can I switch events? Yes! Please email [email protected] if you would like to switch events. We must be notified of any event switches before the start of the races. If you decide during the event to switch races, you will be taken out of the results and marked as a DNF.
How does the virtual event work? Virtual participants will have the option of picking up their SWAG at Fleet Feet from Sat 5/29 – Wed 6/2 at 4pm. Alternatively, if they select to have their SWAG shipped, it will be shipped on Wed 5/26 to allow ample time for delivery before 6/2. All virtual participants should complete their selected distance on Wed 6/2 (anytime from 12am-11:59pm). Results must be entered by 11:59pm on Wed. 6/2 for inclusion in the virtual leaderboard. Since we don’t have a way of verifying times for the virtual event, there will not be any age group awards for virtual participants.