Poplar Bluff area races adjust amid pandemic

While one area race has been postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, another looks to keep running in a different format.

The Badge of Honor Benefit Run postponed the April 4 race due to the coronavirus. A new date will be announced later.

Meanwhile, the seventh annual Wolf Creek Trail Run will not have an official gathering, which was set for April 11, but will have runners and walkers post their times between April 11 and May 1.

The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis of Poplar Bluff and the US Forest Service, features a 6K and half marathon course through Wolf Creek Trail, located on County Road 429 off Highway 67 north of Poplar Bluff. There’s also a 1.7-mile walking course.

Each runner or walker will post their time online, with organizers encouraging a photo from a watch or phone app.

“Ultimately you will be on the honor system,” organizers said in a statement. “This is all for charity anyway!”

Organizers urge runners and walkers to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations by not running and walking in groups.

Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Bacon Memorial Park. Registration costs $25 for the 6K and $30 for the half marathon and, until April 15, includes a T-shirt, which will be distributed at a later date. There are age groups from 18-and-under, 19-35, 36-50 and 51-over.

For more information, go online.

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