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Riverfire 5K event pivoting to virtual format due to COVID surge

October 13, 2021
BERLIN — For the past eight years, Cos County Family Health Services (CCFHS) has hosted the RiverFire 5K Run/Walk event, held in conjunction with, yet separate from, Berlin's annual RiverFire Celebration. This event serves as the primary fundraiser for Response - A Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Center covering all of Coos County as well as nine communities in upper Grafton County. In its first eight years more than $70,000 has been raised for Response due to the generosity of sponsors as well as the enthusiasm of participants.

Last year, Covid related mandates necessitated that the 8th edition of the RiverFire 5K be held virtually. Plans for this year's event included both "in person" as well as a virtual option. Unfortunately at present Cos County, and Berlin in particular, is experiencing the highest community transmission rates in the state as well as the highest community transmission rates since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic.

Taking all of this into consideration, the organizers of the RiverFire 5K, after much deliberation, have decided to cancel the "In person" portion of this year's RiverFire 5K and hold it solely as a virtual event. To take part, participants are asked to run/walk or hike 3.1 miles on a course of their choosing at a time convenient to them. The distance does not need to be exact and does not need to be done all at once. All registered participants will have their T- shirts and race decals mailed to them. Special awards, not based on time or placement will also be mailed to participants. Though we anticipate that this turn of events may be disappointing to many, we are hopeful that, holding it in this manner will help discourage the further spread of Covid in our community while still supporting Response. For more information or to register, go to www.racemenu.com/riverfire.

Salmon Press
Martin Lord Osman
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