Olympic Hopefuls Join Virtual Run Across the Country

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Ten female runners who participated in the Feb. 29 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta will run across the United States, virtually. They, as a team, will participate in the Great American 5000 – a brand new event on Flag Day, June 14, 2020. 

The Great American 5000 will be made up of teams (up to 12 or 24 runners) running 5,000 km (3,107 miles) virtually from the Pacific near San Francisco to the Atlantic near New York City. 

Teams will collectively run for 24 hours each day and send in how far they covered. An online map will track their virtual progress across the country. A leaderboard will show how they compare to other teams. First team to the Atlantic Ocean near New York wins! The Great American 5000 is presented by Sports Backers, a nonprofit active-living organization based in Richmond, VA. 

Feeding America will serve as the event charity partner of the Great American 5000. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and thanks to donations, their network of food banks, pantries, and meal programs serves virtually every community in the United States. Along with making a donation to Feeding America during the registration process, participants can also fundraise on their behalf.

The team of Olympic Marathon Trial participants is: 

  • Teal Burrell, Henrico, VA
  • Keira D’Amato, Midlothian, VA
  • Lindsay Flanagan, Boulder, CO
  • Allison Kelley, Charlottesville, VA
  • Allie Kieffer, Austin, TX
  • Ann Mazur, Charlottesville, VA
  • Neil Rojas, Boulder, CO
  • Bethany Sachtleben, Fairfax, VA
  • Sarah Sellers, Tucson, AZ
  • Katie Taylor, Knoxville, TN
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