Grandad Marathon keeps event running, virtually

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Marathons around the country have been canceled.

Which is why one annual race is trying something new.

The Grandad Marathon is going virtual.

Registered runners can keep track of their time and race information, and then upload it to the online race submission platform.

And since racers around the country planned to participate, they aren’t required to run the official course.

It may be unusual, but it lets these runners show off the hard work they’ve been doing to compete.

“I hope that people can take that opportunity and embrace it for what it is. It’s not perfect, but nothing about this situation is. It’s just a good way to get out and explore,” said race director, Michael Borst.

There’s also a half marathon and 5K.

The event started last Saturday, April 11th and goes until May 17th.

All proceeds from the virtual sign-ups go toward COVID-19 relief in our community.

You can find out more at the Grandad Half Marathon’s website.