#RunTheVirus Offering Free Training for Virtual Grandma's Marathon

Updated: April 04, 2020 11:36 PM

Virtual resources have allowed some events to stay up and running during social distancing.


After this year's Grandma's Marathon was canceled, Mike Waldron invited runners signed up through 23rd Veteran to keep up with their training on Facebook.

Waldron learned during the Nearly Naked Ruck March how to successfully include people from all over the world in local events. So, he decided to host a virtual Grandma's Marathon as a charity partner and created a Facebook group to keep runners in shape.

The group called #RunTheVirus grew hours after its creation to include any and all runners interested in running Grandma's online.

"Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we're going to post a video workout followed by a challenge and then we get to post our photos and our run times and we get to all stay engaged as a community," said Mike Waldron, the Executive Director of 23rd Veteran, on the training exercises that will be posted on Facebook.

The workouts are free anyone interested but donations are welcome to be made to 23rd Veteran to help local veterans battling trauma.

Registered half and full marathon runners can virtually race in Grandma's on June 20, the original date, and submit their final times for medals.

Runners will be able to rely on these online resources in a time of uncertainty. "Two of our main pillars for our social media presence that we really we stand upon are authenticity and consistency," said Anthony Droz, the social media manager at 23rd Veteran. "Over almost two months we get to deliver some consistency to anybody that wants to join that Facebook group." 

Grandma's Marathon Marketing Director Mandi Peterson said they fully support the event and highly encourage people to participate.

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