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Vertical Slam events going virtual

The Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge Society announced last week it was taking its two upcoming events — the Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge and the Sadownik Memorial Run — virtual.
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It was a very close race in the 10K event. Colby Snider (left) leads Celine Quigley by just a few strides in the final kilometre. It would be just as tight at the finish line as Snider would win by only eight seconds.

The Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge Society announced last week it was taking its two upcoming events — the Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge and the Sadownik Memorial Run — virtual. The Ultimate Challenge was set for June 6, with the Sadownik Memorial set for the following week on June 13. Instead, both events will be open for participants to submit times and run on their own time from June 1 to 15. 

"We all understand that the event is in June. But due to the unknown facts of COVID-19 and the fact that if we are possibly only going to be transitioning back to some sort of normal at the time of the event, we want to not encourage an event that promotes crowds," the society said on its Facebook page

For the Ultimate Challenge, there is a registration fee, with money going towards School District 60's Hot Meals Program. An option to donate more, as well as to have a participation medal shipped to runners, is available as well. Participants can run, hike, bike, walk, or even use an exercise machine at home. It's not mandatory that your time be recorded on the actual Beatton River Valley route, though that route will be mapped out for those interested. 

There are three options — a 5km or 30 minute run, a 10km or one hour run, or a 21km or two hour run or activity. 

To register, and for information on submitting times, go here

The Sadownik Memorial, in honour of the late Steve and Nicole Sadownik, will be run in a similar fashion as the Ultimate Challenge, but will focus on running, hiking and walking. Funds raised from the run will go towards chemotherapy patients at the Fort St. John Hospital. 

"Time dedicated can go from 30 minutes to 12 hours! Challenge yourself! Make a statement out loud on our page of what you are dedicating in the name of the cause!" said the Vertical Slam Society. 

A leader board will be kept for both runs as times start to come in. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca