August 14, 2020

The year 2020 has proven to be quite an unpredictable year for all of us. For the past 16 years, the District 54 Run to Read has been a race dedicated to promoting health and wellness for all ages. With that in mind, our 17th annual Run to Read is going virtual. Current state guidelines don’t allow for us to gather such a large crowd in one space.

However, by going virtual, you can still participate in your favorite local race, by running or walking as a family. In addition, all money raised this year will be donated to the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, to provide food and other necessary supplies to District 54 families who are struggling financially during this pandemic.

As in years past, you can choose from a variety of distances – and because we are virtual we have added some additional events. Our youngest runners can sprint down their sidewalk in a 100-yard dash. Older children can select a 400-yard dash, half-mile run or 1-mile run. Finally, children and adults can sign up for a full 5K (3.1 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles) run. Pick the distance that works for you and map out a route near your home. If walking is more your style, pick a distance and walk instead. 

Another benefit of social distance running is that we are extending the Run to Read from a one-day event to an entire weekend. Run or walk anytime from Sept. 25-27 and submit your time when you’re done. And don’t forget to take a photo and tag us on social, or use the hashtag #54Run2Read. 

Every registrant will receive a Tshirt and a medal. To receive the Tshirt before the event, please make sure to register by Sept. 8, 2020. Any orders received after Sept. 8 will be delivered to participants as soon as possible.

We will not be awarding medals this year for first, second and third place finishers in the 5K as we have no way to verify distances and times. Plus – we are proud of all of you for participating and supporting this worthy cause! Tshirts and medals will be shipped to your home.

Ready to run? Register online by visiting the Virtual Run to Read website

Want to sponsor this event? Check out all of our sponsorship opportunities