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Moose Run is virtual this year

Since the first Moose Run in 2000 on the first Saturday in May, it has become the unofficial kickoff event for the busy summer season in Moose Lake.

This year, the Moose Run organizers wanted to help some local businesses impacted by the ongoing pandemic, so they decided to hold a virtual race. The registration fee is $20, and each participant will receive a $20 gift card from their choice of a participating business. Pay $20; get $20. It’s virtually free. Gift cards will be mailed out during the week of May 10 and can be used through the end of 2021. People can now have fun, be active, and support a business of their choice.

Because the Moose Run is virtual, participants can run or walk any 5K or 10K route on any day May 1-9. Racers are encouraged to “like” and post a photo of themselves on their walk/run to MercyFoundationMooseRun on Facebook.

Last year, the race was canceled and organizers raised funds to purchase “Heroes Work Here” signs. A total of 11 large banners and six large window clings were hung in Willow River, Moose Lake, and Barnum to acknowledge and thank the frontline workers who were helping so many during the ongoing pandemic. The Moose Run donated an additional $1,120 to the Moose Lake Area Food Shelf and the United Way of Carlton County. The Moose Run always donates profits to local charities and nonprofits.

Entrants can register online or by mail for the 2021 virtual Moose Run. Online, go to the Moose Lake Chamber of Commerce’s website, and find the race under the Events tab in the calendar or visit http://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/moose-run-5k-10k-virtual-event-2021.

Registration forms are available at the Moose Lake library, Moose Lake Chamber of Commerce and Gateway Family Health Clinic.