Update on 2020 Collegiate National Championships and COVID-19
April 10, 2020 UPDATE -The struggle with COVID-19 continues and with the extension of social distancing requirements two additional championships have postponed their dates to late summer and early fall. The 2020 Loudoun Street Mile, which serves as our Collegiate Road Mile National Championships host, has postponed the event until Saturday, July 25th. At this time the prize money structure will remain the same as listed and the event will contiue to serve as host of the Collegiate Road Mile National Championship for men and women. For details and updates go to our 2020 Collegiate Road Mile National Championship page.
The second event is the 2020 Thunderbunny 12K which has postponed until August 28-29. This event was scheduled to host our Collegiate Trail Running National Championship however due to a conflict we will be unable to host the trail championships in 2020. Please keep the Thunderbunny 12K on your fall schedule. The Collegiate Trail Running National Championships will return to the 2021 Thunderbunny 12K. For additional details visit our 2020 Collegiate Trail Running National Championship page.
March 20, 2020 UPDATE -The Collegiate Running Association (CRA) and our event partners continue to assess the impact of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health officials and our event partners we will determine the fate of our 2020 Collegiate National Championship events in road, mountain and trail running in the weeks to come. At this time, our Collegiate Trail Running National Championships (May 8) and Collegiate Road Mile Championships (May 25) are on schedule with only the Ukrops 10K/Collegiate 10K Road Race Championships being postponed. The Ukrops 10K will now be held on Saturday, September 26th.
Additional updates from the Collegiate Running Association regarding the details of any cancellation or postponement will be made on our social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as through email and at www.collegiaterunning.org.
RICHMOND, VA – In accordance with the guidelines announced by Mayor Levar Stoney and the City of Richmond that recommend the postponement of large events in Richmond due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger and Virginia529 Kids Run will be moved from the original date of Saturday, March 28, to Saturday, September 26, 2020. Sports Backers is working through details of the postponement and will continue to provide updates to share those details through email, social media, and our website, www.sportsbackers.org.
The Mayor’s recommendation is being made following intensive discussion with public health and public safety officials and is informed by the Centers for Disease Control Interim Guidance designed for those planning large events and mass gatherings.
“This has been a challenging week and we’ve worked hard to navigate rapid changes and prepare for all possible scenarios. Health, safety, and security are top priorities for our events and we appreciate the guidance from Mayor Stoney and our public health and safety officials,” said Meghan Keogh, event director of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k for Sports Backers. “We’re thankful for the support and understanding of participants, volunteers, sponsors, and spectators and we look forward to the opportunity to put on a great event on September 26.”
“At Sports Backers, our mission is to encourage active living and that can be very beneficial to the overall health of individuals and communities. Events like the 10k can certainly motivate people to stay healthy and active throughout the year,” said Jon Lugbill, Executive Director of Sports Backers. “We recognize that the most important thing right now is to follow the guidelines of medical experts and focus community resources towards ensuring public health.”
Additional updates from Sports Backers regarding the details of the postponement will be made on our social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as through email and at www.sportsbackers.org.