Virtual Run New Prague -
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - May 9, 2020
Half Marathon • Relay • 10K • 5K • Kids Fun Run
Join us for a virtual event May 2 - May 9, 2020. It's the 35th Annual New Prague Half Marathon! Due to the spread of COVID-19 and our efforts to keep our running community, volunteers and vendors safe, we have decided to turn our physical race into a virtual event!
How does a virtual running event work?
Participants select a distance, sign up and pay the registration fee. Participants will complete the distance at any time within 1 week but will allow runners to earn their medal from anywhere! After the virtual race, runners post their times and can then collect their finisher's medal. Runners will also receive their race swag for participating.
Online registration closes on Friday, May 1st.
Why aren't we rescheduling?
Due to so many unknowns, timing restrictions and other planned Chamber events later in the year, rescheduling the event is not an option at this time and we want to be able to provide our runners an immediate alternative.
We understand that a virtual run is a different model of racing and isn't necessarily what you signed up for, but it still allows our runners to put all their training to good use.
Will you offer refunds if we choose not to participate in the virtual event?
We are offering a 50% refund for those who choose not to participate in the virtual event (less the processing fee). Organizing a race takes months of planning and so much of our registration and sponsorship dollars are spent on advertising, supplies, and vendors well before race day. Because of this, we are not able to offer our registered participants full refunds.
Do we need to re-register for the virtual event if we've already paid?
No. If you have already registered, you are all set!
What do we need to do for a 50% refund?
Email us the confirmation email you received when you registered. Once received, we will begin processing your refund. Please allow up to 4 weeks.
Can we defer our registration to a future race?
Unfortunately, deferment for a future race is not something we are offering.
How do we record our times?
After considering many options, we decided to require a screen shot from your preferred running app. If you haven't already done so, download your favorite running app (many are free), complete your race, and send us a screen shot of the route with your completed distance and time. Please email the screen shot to by 11:59 pm on Saturday, May 9th.
Will you be awarding place medals?
Unfortunately, this would be extremely difficult to do. All participants will be able to choose their route and will have a weeks' time to complete the race. The difficulty of the route chosen, and the varying weather will be a big factor in how quickly a participant can complete their race.
Once you have completed your race, you will have an opportunity to pick up your race swag and finisher medal in front of the Chamber office (101 Main St. E) during individual scheduled pick up times. More information on pick-up times will be available soon.
Can kids still participate in the Kids Fun Run virtually?
Of course! If they choose to participate, the kids will still receive a shirt and ribbon.
Have additional questions?
Please contact us at with any questions and we will try to respond as soon as possible. This is a first-time virtual event for us so we will continue to fine tune the event over the next couple of weeks.
The New Prague Chamber Board of Directors and Staff want to thank the many people who are involved in this event each year including many departments within the City of New Prague, specifically the New Prague Police Department and North Memorial Ambulance for keeping our event safe and the NPFD for leading the pack. Thank you to our many volunteers, generous event sponsors, local businesses, vendors, spectators and runners! We could not host this fun community event without you.
"We are all in this together. While we are asked to distance ourselves socially, being physically active outdoors is still acceptable and recommended. After you cross that finish line, treat yourself by visiting our amazing businesses in any way you can because when you support small business, you're supporting a dream."
Please be safe and join us in taking the necessary steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Run Happy! New Prague...Virtually!"