Renton parkrun cancelled for March 7th

Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to cancel Renton parkrun this weekend.

While we understand that the atmosphere of our event (relatively small group size, being outdoors, minimal physical contact, etc.) means it is a low-risk event, we prefer avoiding that risk completely this weekend. We would like to contribute to the containment of the spread of the virus rather than having to cancel for weeks on end should the problem escalate.

Additionally, although we know it's tempting to consider traveling to another parkrun this weekend since our event is cancelled, we hope that you will consider the potential impact of that action. Our decision to cancel is meant to help contain the potential spread of the virus, thus we do not wish to encourage travel that would take people even farther out of their normal sphere.

Instead, we encourage you to get your miles in locally in another way. Run or walk 5K on your treadmill, in your neighborhood or a local park and take some photos. Post them to our parkrun Facebook page or Instagram account (use #virtualRentonparkrun) or email them to us at this address and we'll post them to our website. We'll do a virtual parkrun instead! Instead of throwing each other high-fives on the course, let's all comment, like, and share good vibes virtually and encourage each other to continue our good physical activity habits to stay healthy.

We are also looking for someone who lives in Renton to volunteer to make two signs to post at Riverview Park and at the 405 underpass notifying people who miss our online communications that the event has been cancelled. If you can help, please let us know. We will tell you what to write on the signs. Thanks!

We will continue to monitor the situation and the recommendations of medical professionals and will make decisions on a weekly basis, so stay tuned on the status of parkruns in the coming weeks. We will post on our parkrun.us/Renton website, on our social media pages and send out a weekly email.

Thank you for your understanding!

Sincerely,

Cathryn Burby & Cam Kennedy
Renton parkrun Co-Event Directors

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