Join in this fall for the NEW 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day “Virtual” races, where participants are invited to lace up and bring a bit of the 30A spirit home, even if they cannot be here in-person in South Walton.
Out of an abundance of caution due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day Races has switched to a “virtual” event this year.
This means all participants may register to run the traditional 10K, 5K, and 1 mile run from any location. A new challenge race has been added for this year as well.
We are live with the 30A10K race team: 30a.com/30a-10k-virtual-race
Posted by 30A on Thursday, 15 October 2020
The 30A 30K Challenge Race features a new 18.6-mile distance – the length of Scenic Highway 30A.
Participants have the week of Thanksgiving, between November 21 and November 29, to complete their race. Everyone is invited to submit their results as well to see how they placed. All participants will receive our commemorative super-soft race shirt and signature medal featuring the 30K, 10K, 5K and 1-mile distance.
“While we will miss the excitement of an in-person event, we are looking forward to continuing to bring the spirit of 30A to all of our runners,” said Race Director Karen Meadows. “The money raised from our race goes to support such wonderful local charities. It is heartwarming to see the lives they touch and how they are able to use the funds to help so many in need.”
To date, the 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day Races has donated more than $420,000 to local charities in the past eight years.
Last year, the event featured its largest crowd ever with nearly 3,500 runners.
The Point Washington Medical Clinic, a no-fee-for service, pop-up primary care clinic. The clinic has seen over 4500 patients and is currently heavily involved in screening and testing for COVID-19. The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides intervention services for child abuse victims. The center works with law enforcement, prosecutors, social services, and medical services to wrap services around a child while holding offenders accountable.
For both beneficiaries, the race will provide a financial lifeline to continue to care for some of the most in need in our community during a very difficult year.
“2020 has been an unprecedented year in many ways and has presented many unforeseen challenges,” said Hillary Glenn, co-founder and executive director of the Pt. Washington Medical Clinic. “For us, the battle with COVID is at the forefront. It has brought with it many financial challenges that were not budgeted for including the increased need for PPE, the demand for testing, and increased hours of operation. As the PWMC has faced these challenges head-on, our participation in and the funding from the 30a 10k will allow the PWMC to continue its effort to meet the health care needs of those most vulnerable in our community. We are so grateful to be included and look forward to being a part of such a great event.”
“The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center is incredibly thankful to be benefiting from this year’s 30A 10K race,” said Julie Porterfield, CEO of the ECCAC. “As with everyone, this year has been really difficult for us. We’ve lost a significant amount of funding but we haven’t stopped being there for our children. Eventually, this pandemic will end, but unfortunately, child abuse will not. We have to keep our doors open to give our children a chance at healing and restoring their lives. The funds from the 30A 10K allow us to keep being there for our most vulnerable children.”