Bellin Run Goes Virtual for 2020

April 7, 2020

Health system dedicates all resources to COVID-19 pandemic

The 2020 Bellin Run will be a virtual-only event as Bellin Health dedicates all available resources to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is with heavy hearts but clear purpose that we announce this fundamental change to our 2020 event,” said Executive Race Direcor Randy Van Straten. “Bellin Health is a health system first, and at this time we must focus our attention and resources on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting our patients and communities.”

The majority of the Bellin Run’s Operations Team and countless event volunteers are Bellin Health employees, Van Straten said. Those individuals have appropriately turned their efforts to focus on fighting COVID-19.

Race officials are encouraging runners and walkers to stay active as a means of bolstering their physical and emotional health. They will continue to offer virtual training support through this year’s event and beyond.

“While we can’t be together physically, we encourage the Bellin Run community to come together as we support each other during these challenging times,” said Assistant Race Director Linda Maxwell. “We’re hosting our 6 p.m. Wednesday training runs via Facebook Live, and we’ll be offering other resources and messages of encouragement to keep people engaged. We encourage participants to share their journey across our social media channels and stay virtually connected however they can.”

Runners and walkers are encouraged to continue their activity solo (always taking personal safety into account) or with members of their household only. In-person group training sessions of any kind are strongly discouraged.

Virtual Bellin Run participants will run or walk a 10K (6.2 miles) anywhere, anytime between June 6 and June 21, adhering to any physical distancing guidelines that are in place at that time. Results will be submitted electronically, and participants will receive a race shirt and metal reusable straw (part of the event’s sustainability efforts) via mail.

Individuals who have already registered for this year’s event may choose to transfer to the Virtual Bellin Run, defer their registration to the 2021 event or receive a refund (less $2.50 in online registration fees). Visit to register for the Virtual Bellin Run as a new registrant or select your option if you have already registered.

For health and safety reasons, race officials are strongly discouraging participants from running the Bellin Run course on race day.

“We appreciate our Bellin Run community more than they know,” Van Straten said. “Things won’t be the same this year, but we look forward to celebrating the power of perseverance and community through this very special virtual event. We look forward to coming back, stronger than ever, for our 45th anniversary event in 2021.”

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  • We are more than 8 weeks away and we are cancelling events?  Am I the only one who thinks this is a little crazy right now?

    Kal    April 7, 2020 at 3:05 pm

  • How will this virtual run affect the Titletown Wellness Series points?

    David Moore    April 9, 2020 at 11:53 am

  • Anyone who doesn’t understand this cancellation needs to really step back and understand the magnitude of what we’re all going through right now.

    No, Kal, you’re not the only one who thinks this is “crazy”...but the other people who feel this way are just as misinformed as you are.

    Emma    April 10, 2020 at 5:50 pm

  • The race series will be evaluated and information posted in due time.

    Nate    April 15, 2020 at 4:51 pm

  • I am new to virtual runs how do you log it? Do you need anything special to do the virtual run.

    Roberta     April 16, 2020 at 3:43 pm

  • I am new to virtual runs also. How does this work? Do I plan my own course and send the time it took me to walk it?

    Linda Wagnitz    April 17, 2020 at 4:09 pm

  • What do the Volunteers do? I am makingbird nest boxes for WLS.

    M.Woesner    April 28, 2020 at 11:28 pm

  • How are we supposed to submit our times electronically ?  Do we have to have some sort of device that tracks us and provide you with that data or can we simply send you an email with letting you know what our time was ?

    Will finished certificates be available this year ?

    Thank You !

    Adrian Meseberg     May 6, 2020 at 1:28 pm

  • Stay Safe! This is the most important thing.
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    Nate    September 30, 2020 at 4:54 pm

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