The Granby Road Race Committee started meeting to plan the 49th Annual Road Race in November. We brainstormed ways to make the 2020 race better than last year and began to dream about what the 50th Annual Granby Road Race would look like (stay tuned for that). We worked with countless community members, sponsors and volunteers to set up for the big day. It was with great disappointment that we postponed the actual race until Sept. 19, but we knew it was best for the safety of the community.
Our volunteer committee quickly began planning what a virtual race would look like and how we could get the word out. We sent emails, posted on social media tirelessly and met as a team virtually to work out any flaws that might arise. On May 1–3 we had our first virtual road race. We weren’t sure how our amazing community was going to receive or participate in this but, as usual, our community did not disappoint. Over 200 people signed up to race—we had runners from 15 different states and two different countries participating! We were blown away by social media posts, tags, pictures, and comments showing your dedication to the YMCA. I think this experience and outpouring of love has us even more excited for the fall when we can all run physically near each other.
We look forward to supporting our local farms, restaurants, and brewery (much deserved) after putting in the miles in September. In the meantime, we hope you continue to get out there and run as we begin to experience the gorgeous weather that spring brings. See you in September—register today ghymca.org/granbyroadrace
Submitted by Kaytlyn Ferrando, Granby Road Race Volunteer Committee Member