Please read this message carefully and in its entirety as it contains important information and actions on your part will be required.
I am sure that each of you are aware of the ongoing health crisis and its impact on events across the globe. Despite my optimistic hopes over the past few weeks, I have determined that the only prudent course of action is to cancel the 2020 Cree | Wolfspeed Erie Canal Race, in its current form, as a traditional, live running event.
Many costs have already been incurred and, in order to salvage something from this unfortunate situation, the event will be transitioning to a virtual race. If you are not interested in the virtual race, no need to worry. We are also making the following options available to you:
- DONATE REGISTRATION FEE. Events are expensive, whether they happen or not. The Boilermaker, which operates this race, is a non-profit organization which operates community outreach activities throughout the year and generates millions of dollars of economic activity for our community.
- REFUND. This event has a no-refund policy; however, we understand that these are extraordinary circumstances. We will refund your registration fee minus a small ($2-$2.40) processing fee. Your refund will be processed after the selection deadline of Friday, April 10th.
- ONE-TIME COMPLIMENTARY ROLLOVER TO 2021. Although this event has a no-deferral policy, we understand that these are extraordinary circumstances. You will be able to register for the 2021 race at no additional charge. You will receive instructions on how to do this prior to next year's registration.
- PARTICIPATE IN VIRTUAL RACE. Run the distance on your own terms and we will send you a finisher's medal, your performance t-shirt and possibly an awards medal if you place in your division. If you do not choose an option by the deadline below, you will be placed into this category by default. You will receive further instructions on submitting your time after the selection period is over.
In order to make your selection, simply go this link and log-in to your RunSignUp account: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Utica/ErieCanalRace
Select from one of the four options from the drop down menu by the selection deadline of Friday, April 10th. Based on your selection, you will receive further communication after the selection deadline. You will be able to manage all registrations made under your account if you registered other individuals.
Please understand that this decision has been made with your safety in mind. Regardless of your decision, we hope that you keep running and striving towards your personal fitness goals. Long may you run!