Runners approach the finish line at the 2019 Railroad Bridge Park Run in April 2019. This year’s event features live competition as well as a virtual option and is set for Saturday, April 24. With construction set at the park, the start/finish line has been shifted about a mile west of the park but features the bridge on the out-and-back 5k and 10k courses. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Runners approach the finish line at the 2019 Railroad Bridge Park Run in April 2019. This year’s event features live competition as well as a virtual option and is set for Saturday, April 24. With construction set at the park, the start/finish line has been shifted about a mile west of the park but features the bridge on the out-and-back 5k and 10k courses. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Railroad Bridge Park Run set for live competition on April 24

Railroad Bridge Park Run, the Run the Peninsula organization’s next road race, will be hosted live on Saturday, April 24, with construction at Railroad Bridge Park moving the start and finish just about a mile west of the park.

Both 5k and 10k routes start at the intersection of Banana Way and the Olympic Discovery Trail off of Business Park Loop in Carlsborg at 9:30 a.m.

Both of the out-and-back courses head east to cross over the historic Railroad Bridge.

Cost for both races is $40; registration ends at midnight on April 23 and there is no day-of-race registration.

Fee includes a race bib, Race the Peninsula running bib belt and Railroad Bridge race medal.

Virtual packages are shipped 1-5 days after orders/registrations are placed.

There is also a virtual option for the run or other races in the series; see runthepeninsula.com for more information.

On race day there will be staggered bib pick-up times to reduce congregation and to ensure 6-foot distancing in any cue lines. In addition, race organizers note, there will be a plastic protection barrier between the participant and the volunteer distributing the bib.

The race will feature a rolling start line — participants will have a pre-assigned starting window — with no more than two people leaving every 15 seconds and no more than 200 total participants starting per hour. The starting area will be limited to no more than 50 participants at any time awaiting their staggered starts. Additional participants must wait in their vehicles or away from the course until their start time approaches.

Participants are not required to wear masks but are asked to remain 6 feet from other participants on the course as much as possible. When passing, race organizers say, participants should “pass (others) in a manner that is safe and makes the moment of passage as brief as reasonably possible.”

For more information, contact the race director at rtp@runthepeninsula.com.

Sponsors of the Railroad Bridge Park Run include the Sequim Gazette, Peninsula Daily News, Olympic Medical Center and Delta Dental of Washington.

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