Hearty Hustle is Going Virtual this Year

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The Hearty Hustle as it existed before quarantine.

By Sue Moore

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus shutdown, the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation (VCSF) will be converting its 33rd Annual Hearty Hustle into a free virtual race.

“In these unprecedented times, the VCSF feels the best cure for fear and unknown is the hope that comes with being in a great community that values good health,” said Lucas Hillard, chair of the Foundation. “The race continuing in a virtual fashion will allow our Vicksburg Community Schools families, as well as the many participants that join the race each year, a chance to connect with others in a powerful way.”

Hillard noted that the goal is to create an event for many runners, students and families that historically look forward to the Hearty Hustle every year, while adhering to the CDC recommendation for social distancing. VCSF encourages participants to run or walk as an individual or get an entire household moving. Contestants can choose their own starting line. This could be a treadmill, the neighborhood, a track, wherever folks are comfortable. Then participants can upload and share their results, photos and other useful tools to make the race a success for everyone.

Always the “Second Saturday in May”, the Hearty Hustle has been synonymous with May and Mother’s Day for 33 years. It was started by Danna Downing and Bronson Hospital to encourage running for the health of it. The race has become a family affair over the years by including all ages with prizes for several different age-related categories.

The virtual event will run from May 9th to May 16 and is free for everyone. To receive information on how to run a virtual race or register, send an email to Beth O’Roark at boroark@vicksburgschools.org.

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