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The Virginia Capital Trail is seeking participants for ‘quarantine challenge’

The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation has created a new "Capital Quarantine Challenge" that encourages Virginians to complete the trail in three months. (WYDaily/Courtesy Virginia Capital Trail Foundation)
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation has created a new “Capital Quarantine Challenge” that encourages Virginians to complete the trail in three months. (WYDaily/Courtesy Virginia Capital Trail Foundation)

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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Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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