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The Mattapoisett Road Race is going Virtual
The Mattapoisett Road Race Committee has decided that in the best interest and wellness of our town, our volunteers and our runners, we are postponing the 50th running of the Mattapoisett Road Race until July 4th of 2021. Our race brings a thousand runners to our streets and thousands of fans. Runners return every year to celebrate both the Fourth of July and the Town of Mattapoisett. For many, it is the town's family reunion and most return to see family and old friends. And in that celebration, social distancing is not only the last thing on anyone's mind but also impossible to impose.
2020 Virtual Run of the Mattapoisett Road Road Race
Shirt update below in red
We are as upset as anyone that this year's race needed to be postponed until next year, but do not worry; we have a plan for this year!!! We are hosting our first ever Virtual Run. The Old Rochester Seniors are still going off to college in the fall and we want to honor many of them with college stipends. Last year we gave out over $20,000 in stipends, and in the last 10 years, we have given over $135,000 to our local seniors. Since the Old Rochester Class of 2020 has missed out on so many timed-honored senior year events, we are hoping our runners will help support them again, especially this year.
A few of our sponsors have not been hit as badly as other sponsors and they want to help out. They are covering the transaction fees that we can't avoid so every full $25.00 entry will directly benefit our seniors. They usually cover our shirt costs, but this year they want as much money going directly to the kids as possible since they are concerned our participant numbers may be lower than our usual race numbers.
We have had runners asking about a virtual run and our legendary t-shirts, so we are offering a very limited t-shirt for an added cost of $10 that will cover the cost of the shirt and shipping. All orders for shirts must be submitted by June 1st, so we can order and deliver in time for the virtual run. UPDATE: Many have asked about shirts so we reopened the shirt order but shirts are now $15 and will be shipped after the virtual run. The second order of shirts will be ordered on July 2nd. We hope to get them to you mid-July.
Now, the news on the virtual run: it'll be 5 miles, just like all of our Mattapoisett Road Races - forget the kilometer stuff! We are sticking with the good old American 5 miler. This would have been the 50th running of our race on July 4th, and we aren't about to change now.... except for this being "virtual".
The best part is you can pick any time or day between Friday, June 26 and Thursday, July 2nd to run your 5 miles. Everyone knows that every July 4th at 9 AM it is oppressively hot, and it seems like 98% of the course is up hill. So, pick any place and any time you like. After you have signed up and completed your "virtual run", all we really need from you is a picture from your run so we can splash it on the website on July 4th. Times don't mean as much in a virtual race. Some might find a flat course, others might run down the side of a mountain, and others may treadmill it. We just want everyone staying healthy, continuing to work out, and be in even better shape for next year's race.
Please. Run for our Seniors. Run because you need to stay (or get) in shape. And run because you wouldn't have missed the race no matter how hot and muggy or rainy or whatever other excuses there are, excuses weren't good enough before and they still don't hold water now. Even our sentences run! Please join our virtual run and send some love to the Old Rochester Class of 2020. Then, get ready for next year's actual 50th running of the Mattapoisett Road Race because it will be AMAZING!!!
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 50th running of our race in 2021 but that is only possible with social distancing this year. Stay well and we look forward to seeing you all personally next year.
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