Leprechaun Leap Goes Virtual

For the past three years the Lexington Rotary Club has sponsored the Leprechaun Leap 5K run/walk to raise funds for the Rockbridge Christmas Baskets program.

Normally held in late March, this year’s race was upended by the coronavirus and rescheduled for September, in the hope that the pandemic would have been resolved by then. Alas, say organizers, the pandemic remains a very real threat.

Accordingly, the Leprechaun Leap has been converted to a virtual race. At a virtual race area residents run individually or with one or two members of their health pod and report the time it took for them to complete the course.

Organizers are encouraging area residents to run at a time of their choosing on Sept. 25, 26 or 27, starting and ending at the Piavono Building, 350 Spotswood Drive, Lexington.

“This is a fun and healthy way to support Rockbridge Christmas Baskets,” said a spokesman.

Rockbridge Christmas Baskets provides nutritious food and educational toys for households in need across the Rockbridge area. Audrey Hawkins, RCB board president, says during this year of heightened need, baskets will be distributed, with packing and delivery stretched out over several days to permit social distancing. Details for this year’s weeklong packing event are coming soon.

Online registration for the 5K is open at www. leprechaunleap.com. Entry fee is $25 for participants age 12 and older, and $15 for those age 11 and under.

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