LAKE COMO, NJ — Jersey Shore Running Club’s 16th Annual Lake Como Spring Bash 5K is going virtual this year, but there will still be plenty of activity involved.

Rather than having one single event on Saturday, April 27 in Lake Como, participants can run a 5K anywhere — in their neighborhood, on their treadmill or in any safe place — from April 25 through April 30. Then they must email their GPS-guided results to race organizer Carly Alburtus at carlyalburtus@gmail.com by midnight on April 30.

A post-race party, including distribution of race T-shirts, will be held at a date to be determined at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como — after restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak are lifted.

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Alburtus said it was important for the race to be held since it benefits two important efforts — the New Jersey State Elks Association’s Camp Moore for Children with Special Needs and the Lake Como Giving Tree.

“I'm grateful that we will still be able to support our charities this year,” she said.

Situated in Haskell in the Ramapo Mountains, Elks Camp Moore offers a fun-filled vacation away from home for specially challenged children. Its goal is to further develop the recreational and social skills of each child in a relaxed and accepting atmosphere.

Each year, Lake Como reaches out to borough families in need through its Giving Tree, offering children special gifts through donations to brighten their holiday season.

In addition, the “virtual” race will provide a competition for JSRC members and others at a time when social distancing has put a halt on all community runs. “I am super excited to be able to provide this opportunity to our runners,” Alburtus said. “Many of us are missing the thrill of the competition and this will hopefully give people some needed motivation.”

Awards will go to the top 10 overall male and female participants, as well as to the 16th-place finisher — marking the number of years the event has been held.

Alburtus said that sponsors are needed for the event. “Any amount is welcome and most sponsors will get (their businesses’ name) on the back of our shirts,” she said.

To sign up for the race, click here. Registration fee is $25. GPS systems that can be used to document race results include Garmin, Strava, Fitbit and Mapmyrun. 

For more information about the race or becoming a sponsor, contact Alburtus at carlyalburtus@gmail.com.

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