WAPAKONETA — This year’s Run to the Moon running event will be completely virtual.
According to a notice posted on runsignup.com “we received a letter from the Auglaize County Health Department stating that under the direction from the State Department of Health that the (actual) race would not be permitted. On a mission, we contacted the local health commissioner, the deputy director of health policy and planning, and the legal staff on the state level. While the local health commissioner had reviewed our operational plan and agreed it was sound and in compliance with the guidelines for conducting safe events including social distancing, and wearing of masks, it is the State Department of Health that is prohibiting such events given the current spike in COVID positive numbers which was confirmed (during Gov. Mike DeWine’s subsequent address late (Wednesday). The deputy director health policy and planning, Ohio Department of Health, was firm in not changing their position that the actual race cannot be held.”
Those who had planned to run in the actual event can still pick up packets from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday. Packets for friends and family can also be retrieved. Packets will be sent out no later than Friday for all the registered virtual runners that wanted their items to be shipped.
For those wanting to run the official course, markers have been put in place and maps can be found at tinyurl.com/RuntotheMoon2020.
Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.