The Trooper Kevin Conner Memorial Run on Saturday will have at least 513 participants and registration can be done up through today (Friday), according to race organizer Anna Gore.
Packet pickup is Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Southeast Orthopedics at Columbus Regional Healthcare System, 701 Jefferson St. There will be no day-of onsite registration.
Out of the registrants, 50 of them will be running virtually, for which registration has already closed.
The opening ceremonies will be streamed on Facebook Live and participants are discouraged against gathering for it.
To comply with COVID-19 regulations, there will be separate start and finish lines, with the race finishing across Madison Street from start line and participants turning left to finish.
The start will be done in at least 10 waves, separated by previous run times, so runners can remain socially distanced. Participants are asked not to come to the start line until five minutes before their chosen wave start time.
Masks are required prior to the start of the race when social distancing is not possible. Participants will be asked to exit the finish line area immediately following their race, with single-use facemasks available.
Family, friends and participants watching the race are not permitted at the start and finish lines to stay within the mass gathering number. Water bottles and hand sanitizer will be available at the finish line for runners to grab on their own.
Awards for the top three overall male and female competitors and best overall team will be announced and given on stage. All other awards can be picked up at a later time and the ceremony will be streamed on Facebook Live at 9:30 a.m.
The proceeds of the race go to the Trooper Kevin Conner Memorial Foundation, which this past year gave two $5,000 scholarships to a student each from Columbus and Bladen counties. Columbus County was where Conner lived and worked while Bladen County was where he was born and raised.
Participants can register at trooperconnermemorialrun.itsyourrace.com/register. Registration is $30 per person plus a $3.30 fee.
Conner’s Run race day schedule
7:30 a.m. – Packet pickup opens
8:15 a.m. – Opening ceremonies live on Facebook Live
8:30 a.m. – 5K Wave 1 – 25 minutes or faster
8:35 a.m. – 5K Wave 2 – 30 minutes or faster
8:40 a.m. – 5K Wave 3 – 30 minutes or faster
8:45 a.m. – 5K Wave 4 – 45 minutes or faster
8:50 a.m. – 5K Wave 5 – 45 minutes or faster
8:55 a.m. – 5K Wave 6 – Open to any participant
9:00 a.m. – 5K Wave 7 – Open to any participant
9:05 a.m. – 1-Mile Wave 1 – 10 minutes or faster
9:10 a.m. – 1-Mile Wave 2 – Open to any participant
9:15 a.m. – 1-Mile Wave 3 – Open to any participant
9:30 a.m. – Awards ceremony on Facebook Live