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Virtual Tely 10 offers virtual challenges

This year marks the first time the in-person Tely 10 has been cancelled since 1940-45 during the Second World War. However, a virtual Tely 10 event being offered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association promises to give entrants a chance to take on a new challenge.

#StayHomeTely2020 offers four virtual challenges expanding on the traditional in-person 10-mile event to include shorter and longer distances. Details of those challenges were released Tuesday.

#StayHomeTely2020 challenges include an opportunity for kids to participate, and runners who enjoy longer endurance events.

#StayHomeTely2020 allows participants to run, walk, or wheel (push-rim), at their own pace, any time and any place. Participants can choose their start and finish lines. They can be active on a treadmill or a neighbourhood street.

#StayHomeTely2020 challenges (run, walk, or wheel) can be completed anywhere using a treadmill or other equipment for as long as entrants can keep track of their times and distances covered.

If outdoors, entrants are encouraged to follow safety guidelines, stay active, safe and respect social distancing.

#StayHomeTely2020 is not a race, and no results will be posted. Instead, the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association will publish an alphabetical list of participants that have completed their challenge.

As #StayHomeTely2020 times and distances covered are based on an honour system, there is no finishing order, and there are no placing awards.

Entrants will be able to login to Trackie and manually enter #StayHomeTely2020 times and distances covered. Entrants can come back again and again to improve results within two months.

Participants in #StayHomeTely2020 will not be eligible for the Dr. Williams Award.

Kids Tely 10 Mile (ages 6 to 11) (born in 2009 through 2014)

Participants in Kids Tely 10 must complete the total distance of 10 miles (16km) in segments within the two-month challenge period; the total daily length covered must not exceed 1 mile (1.6km). For example, they can run/walk a variety of distances less than 1 mile per day, within the two months, until their total distance is 10 miles. Participants must use Trackie (online registration site) to submit their time and distance covered following each segment. Trackie will keep an up-to-date tally of each participant’s times and distances until they complete 10 miles (16km).

Tely-5 Mile (age 12 and older) (born in 2008 and earlier)

Participants in the Tely-5 must complete the 5-mile (8km) distance in one segment, at one time. Participants can complete multiple Tely-5 within the two-month challenge period and record it on the Trackie site after each run/walk. The Digital Tely-5 Certificate will only show their best effort.

Tely-10 Mile (age 15 and older) (born in 2005 and earlier)

Participants in the Tely-10 must complete the 10-mile distance in one segment, at one time. Participants can complete multiple Tely-10 within the two-month challenge period and record it on the Trackie site after each run/walk. The Digital Tely-10 Certificate will only show their best effort.

92-Mile Endurance Tely (age 18 and older) (born in 2002 and earlier)

The 92-Mile Endurance Tely celebrates the history of the Tely 10. Athletes participating in this challenge must complete 92 miles in segments within the two-month challenge period to commemorate the 92 in-person Tely 10 races held to date. Participants must submit their time and distance covered following each segment to Trackie, which will keep an up-to-date tally until they complete 92 miles (148km).

The registration period for thre virtual Tely 10 is Sept. 1-30, with the Challenge period between Sept. 15-Nov. 15.

The virtual challenge can be completed anywhere and on any surface that participants can safely walk, run, or wheel (push-rim), e.g. trail or road, treadmill, track, backyard, balcony.

Course Time Limit: none, take as little or as much time as you need.

Participants registered for multiple challenges may submit times and distances for no additional fees.

Medals and neck gaiters will be mailed out after November 15, 2020.

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