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Hundreds of runners take part in the virtual Med City Marathon

Devin Martin
Updated: September 06, 2020 07:17 PM
Created: September 06, 2020 07:13 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Let’s face it, everything looks different this year because of COVID-19. But the pandemic is not stopping runners from achieving their goals with the Med City Marathon.

"As a runner, you're not really running against people, you're not racing people, you're always racing against yourself,” runner Karla Arndt said. That motivation carried Karla across the finish line this year as she completed the virtual half marathon Friday. But this year was different, "When I ran it last year, it was the first time I ever ran a half marathon so I got the feeling of the crowd and there were always people along the way,” Arndt said.

Even without the crowd cheering, Karla says having her family close by meant the world to her, "My husband supported me along the way. He always went a half-mile or a mile ahead. He was my water boy; he would pass out water as we went,” Arndt said. “In fact, my daughter ran it yesterday as well where she lives in Wisconsin and her fiancé rode a bike next to her. So, we're all doing things a little bit differently."

Participants of the virtual Med City Marathon this year have until the end of September to complete the race. It starts at the Rochester International Airport and runs straight through the heart of downtown at Mayo Civic Center. After runners complete the race, they will go to a website called Race Roster which is designed to record the time in which they completed the marathon,  "Race Roster allows them to take credit and look at their times and results. They put in three to four months, it's just nice to see where they stack as far as their age, maybe their gender because they put so much time into it,” Brian McQuilkin, co-owner of ActivePT said.

And if you're sitting at home, still having a marathon to run, here's what Karla has to say, "Get out there, get your body moving. Any kind of forward motion is great. You don't have to be fast, I'm clearly not fast, and just have fun with it,” Arndt said.

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Organizers say this would have been the biggest Med City Marathon yet. They had more than 3,000 runners registered before the pandemic hit.


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