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National Cherry Festival Foundation Launches Virtual Run Series

By Beth Milligan | May 28, 2020

The National Cherry Festival Foundation is launching a virtual run series called the Michigan Harvest Challenge that will celebrate the harvest seasons of famous local crops.

The event is open July 15 through October 31 online and allows runners and walkers to choose from races including the Cherry Run, Apple Dash, Hop Trot, and Grape Stomp. Participants can also sign up for the Harvest Challenge and complete all four races. Each individual race participant will receive a themed t-shirt for their race, a finisher’s pin, and other goods. Harvest Challenge participants will receive a Finisher’s Medal, a pin for each race, a special Challenge-only t-shirt, and other race bag goodies. In addition, each participant that logs their VR time will be eligible for a door prize. Door prizes will be drawn one week after the conclusion of each race.

“We spend our whole year finding the best way to celebrate cherries, we thought why not celebrate some of the other amazing crops our state produces as well,” says National Cherry Festival Executive Director Kat Paye.

The Festival Foundation will also be collecting donations for the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC) as part of the event with a goal of raising $10,000. The goal can be reached if every participant makes a minimum $3 donation. Registration and other race information is online here.

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