In the heat of summer and at the height of a pandemic, the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is still finding ways to encourage people to stay active.
The foundation this month announced a new summer event called the “Capital Quarantine Challenge,” a three-month long event where participants will complete all 51.7 miles of the Virginia Capital Trail.
“We’re hoping this new event will inspire people to stay active and healthy while continuing to practice safe social distancing,” said Cat Anthony, executive director of the foundation, in a news release. “We are excited to be able to offer a fun way for people of all ages and abilities to connect responsibly through outdoor activity.”
Participants can choose to bike, run, walk or roller blade the length of the trail either all at once or in sections.
The Virginia Capital Trail has remained open during the pandemic but the foundation has encouraged safety guidelines such as social distancing and avoiding high-touch areas. These guidelines are encouraged to promote participant safety during the challenge.
Once the challenge is complete, participants will receive an official certificate and a “Conquered the Cap Trail” t-shirt. The foundation encourages participants to post photos to social media wearing the shirt and using the hashtag #CapitalQuaratineChallenge.
If someone has already completed the trail prior to the challenge, they can submit their results online. Results can be submitted online, through email or via text message.
Fans interested in the challenge can also track other participants’ age, gender, and hometown through the challenge’s online portal registration. As of May 29, 211 people had registered for the challenge.
The challenge began May 11 and extends to Aug. 31, but results can be submitted anytime before Sept. 15.
Registration is $20 and is available for everyone, however participants younger than 18 should be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit Capital Quarantine Challenge online.
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