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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-26-2020

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Cumberland Lincoln Edition Sports & Recreation @ MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2020 12 Continuing to stay F.I.T. Local obstacle course race company creates virtual challenge to 'promote some positivity' By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor CUMBERLAND – While sporting events throughout the region and country were getting called off due to the concerns of COVID-19, Robb McCoy dug his heels in the dirt and continued with his plans to welcome runners and walkers to the F.I.T. 'Rock 5K/5-Mile Trail Race on Sunday, March 15, at the Monastery. And what was the reaction he received? "I had a couple of people ask for transfers," he said. "I had hundreds of people thank me." Of course, McCoy, who is the award-winning race director, CEO, and owner of F.I.T. (Fortitude, Integrity, and Toughness) Challenge, and his staff made practicing "social distancing" their top prior- ity, and with over two hundred runners invading the Cumberland course for the two races, they for- mulated a crafty plan that actually made that morn- ing an eerily quiet one. "We changed the format a little bit to make it so there were no crowds," McCoy said. "You wouldn't have even known that anybody was there. We didn't corral everyone at the start; we did an open rolling start format, so anytime between 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., runners just went to the start line and ran. You're looking at a couple hundred people and you're spreading them out throughout five miles out there in the Monastery. "Honestly, there were never more than four or five people in the registration area," McCoy contin- ued. "And there were never more than 10-12 people in the finish area. The Parks & Rec director, Mike Crawley, came by and took pictures, and he said, 'Listen, just in case anybody complains, I'm going to show them these pictures. This is the height of your event and there's nobody here.'" While that race was a success, McCoy's F.I.T. Challenge XIV obstacle course race that was sched- uled for April 4 at Diamond Hill Park was post- poned the following day, but that didn't stop him from getting folks to stay active and "promoting some positivity" along the way. The day after F.I.T. Challenge XIV was post- poned, McCoy created the F.I.T. Virtual Challenge, which allows participants to "pick something that challenges you," McCoy noted. Want to run a 5K or a half marathon? Go ahead. Hate running? Want to do a workout? That's also cool. And you can do whatever you want indoors or outdoors, at any time of the day, and either by yourself or with someone else, as long as you are practicing "social distancing" of course! "The idea is to just get some positivity going," McCoy added, "to feel like you're pushing yourself a little bit and challenging yourself. We left it kind of open-ended where it's just a challenge. Some people are doing workouts, and most people are obviously running. I just want to promote some healthy activity and get people to do anything to just get out there, challenge yourself, and feel good." The fee to compete is $27.37, which is the going rate for your average 5K, and participants can visit to sign up or for more infor- mation. And those who sign up will certainly get their bang for the buck. "We have a choice of seven medals from our past More than 200 runners and walkers were scattered throughout the Monastery's trails and practicing "social distancing" on Sunday, March 15, at the F.I.T. 'ROCK 5K/5-MILE TRAIL RACE. Continues on next page Gloria Tanguay 401.334.9555, x126 6 Blackstone Valley Place Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865 phone: 401.334.9555 fax: 401.334.9994 web: Tammy Austin 401.334.9555, x121 Buy Local * Buy Handmade Buy from People You Know 7 out of 10 of Cumberland and Lincoln Residents READ The Valley Breeze!* Where Can You Find Them… In The Valley Breeze *2017 CVC Publication Audit Report REGISTER NOW! At The Valley Breeze, staying informed and being knowledgeable about the world around us is at the core of everything we do. For this reason, we have partnered with MindEdge Learning to offer courses in professional development. Through these courses, you can earn a Certificate of Achievement and "Continuing Education Units" (CEUs) to help you improve your skills and advance your career. Attain a promotion in your current workplace, a new job or simply more knowledge to improve your job performance. MindEdge Learning has been producing online courses and building relationships with professional credentialing organizations for more than 20 years. Founded by Harvard & MIT educators, MindEdge courses have served more than 1.5 million learners and allowed these learners to earn critical skills training and credits. We are currently offering the following courses and certificate programs: • CAREER BUILDING • COMMUNICATION • DIGITAL MARKETING • ENTREPRENEURSHIP • WOMEN IN BUSINESS • EXCEL • POWERPOINT • SECURITY AWARENESS REGISTER NOW AT: or call today to find out more 401-334-9555 x134

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