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Reality check: 'Tax Day' 5-kilometer road race goes virtual

Event takes off April 11 in another reality — or more specifically, on runners' desired timetable, course
By Holly Vanorse Spicer | Mar 25, 2020

Everyone knows taxes are a certainty and "Tax Day" is inevitable. However, the "Tax Day" 5-kilometer road race provides the opportunity to try to run from it.

In a new development, the Saturday, April 11 race has gone from an in-person event to one that is completely virtual due to the social distancing being practiced for the on-going global health concerns over COVID-19, or coronavirus.

The second annual event was to take off at 9 a.m. at Hybrid Fitness in Thomaston. However, now, Lucas McNelly, race director, said the event will done virtually by runners at any point that day on their desired course.

The "Tax Day" race will look different for runners, but it will take off and finish.

The event is part of the Midcoast Race Series and organized by and benefits the local non-profit One Community Many Voices.

The race typically had a runner who bore the name "Tax Man," and all other runners began the race a little more than four minutes ahead of the "Tax Man." If runners could keep their distance from this designated person, and not get "caught," they won a prize.

However, as the race now goes completely virtual, the "Tax Man" may be sent packing or take a different form.

"I'm trying to think of a way to make it interesting," McNelly said.

With the race moving to the virtual realm, sign-ups remain the same at runsignup.com/Race/ME/Thomaston/TaxDay5K.

The registration fees for the race are $20 in advance and $25 on race day.

After runners run or walk their 5-kilometer, or 3.1-mile, distance, they need to email their result and photos of themselves to McNelly at lmcnelly@gmail.com.

"So people can do the virtual race on April 11 wherever they want — ideally at home, practicing social distancing," McNelly said. "It's a great way to get out of the house and get some exercise while still doing something for a good cause like OCMV. They just need to run/walk 3.1 miles on the April 11 and upload a photo."

So far, the race will have prizes for fastest male/female and best photo, McNelly said.

McNelly said people can join the Strava group, "which is a nice way to stay connected to other runners in the area in a venue where we can motivate each other:" Go to strava.com/clubs/OCMV or post results/photos to the Facebook page: facebook.com/MidcoastRaceSeries.

"The COVID-19 virus has changed everything about our lives," McNelly said. "We're all learning as we go how to stay active, stay connected and still help those in our community who need it the most. Our goal with changing the 'Tax Day' 5K to a virtual race is to give people a way to do that in a safe way and we're hoping we can encourage people to stay socially connected while physically being apart."

Funds raised at the "Tax Day" 5K go to the 501c3 Non-Profit, One Community Many Voices (ocmv.org). OCMV provides gap funding through a model called: The Art of Good Fellowship – Paying it Forward One Neighbor at a Time.

The model creates pathways that meet people where they are to resolve a barrier related to employment/skill building, youth aspirations, elderly independent living, transportation, or well-being as quickly as possible.

OCMV collaborates with Hospitality House, Making Community Happen (Meals on Wheels), Rockland and Waldoboro police departments, Knox County Community Health Coalition, Trekkers, Pen Bay YMCA and The Shields Project. OCMV is a place for these agencies to turn to for simple human solutions to barriers when they have no other means to help an individual that meets the criteria.

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