THIBODAUX, La. – The annual Colonel 5k is making a virtual transition in its 3rd year.
The April race was originally postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but has been rescheduled for the week of July 18th.
The 5k will be completely virtual.
Officials announced earlier today that there will be no in-person option for runners to take part in because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases across Louisiana.
Virtual participants will have from Saturday, July 11th to Saturday, July 18th to complete the run on their own time and submit their times to race officials.
Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Stefanie Slekis has organized the event all 3 years.
Coach Slekis says, “Anything we raise is more than we raise by not having it. So, for us the virtual race was a no brainer that people in our community will want to sign up and support our teams. The past 2 years we have raised $2,000 and $3,000, so this year we don’t have a set amount just kind of hey lets see who wants to be involved and support our teams. I’m hoping that we can raise over $1,000, keep the tradition going, and use it as we see fit with everything going on with COVID-19.”