SOMERVILLE, NJ - Wednesday begins the Somerville Virtual 50K;; no, that's not a typo - 50K is correct.

That's the equivalent of running 31 miles.- roughly the distance between the historic Somerset County Courthouse and Gov. Phil Murphy's office in downtown Trenton, or - head west from the courthouse on the shoulder of Route 202 to the Flemington traffic circle - and back.

The 50K is not designed as a marathon; instead, runners can set their own pace over a six-week period.

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Those who sign up for the endurance race have until June 1 to cross the finish line, according to the rules, which can be found online at

The Virtual Challenge can be accomplished anywhere at anytime - running around the block, down Main Street, your backyard or on a treadmill - social distancing is required.

For those without a pedometer or other tracking device, running 15 minutes is the equivalent of covering 3/4 of a mile; 30 minutes, 1.5 miles and one hour, 3 miles, according to the log sheet found online which can be downloaded.

The Recreation Department urges those who register to encourage family, friends and neighbors to participate.

Runners should keep track of their distances and submit the log by June 1st by emailing, or by mail to 25 West End Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876.

Participants must be residents of Somerville and need to register at

Awards will be presented to those who complete the Challenge..