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Plans advance for Marland Heights 5K

WEIRTON — The Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation is still hoping to be able to offer its annual Marland Heights 5K this year, planning several precautions for the community race in order to cut down on the potential spread of COVID-19.

“We are prepared to move forward,” Programs Director Chris Krishak said of the planned Aug. 14 race during Thursday’s Park Board meeting.

Krishak reported having $1,900 in sponsorships in hand, with another $1,000 verbally committed to assist with the costs of the community race.

The theme selected for the race is “Walk or Run. Make Social Distancing Fun.”

“We will have social distancing measures in place,” Krishak said.

Among those plans are instituting a staggered start, with racers separated into groups of between 20 and 25.

The event also would make use of all of the shelters at Marland Heights Park to encourage social distancing, and racers would be provided with pre-wrapped sandwiches and fruit instead of the traditional post-race cookout.

Those placing in the top spots of their division also would be encouraged to pick up their medals at a later time, instead of receiving them the night of the race.

In addition, participants would be required to wear a mask prior to the race, including during registration.

Members of the board commended Krishak for his work is continuing to organize the race.

“It sounds like you’ve put a lot of thought into it,” board Chair Ed Bowman said.

Applications will be available at the Millsop Community Center beginning next week.

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