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A trail runner makes his way along the Marquam Trail, as it winds through the forested Marquam Nature Park in southwest Portland.

Amy Theberge sadly watched over the last month as event organizers throughout the Portland area announced the cancellation or postponement of some of her favorite annual runs and relay races in response to the coronavirus outbreak. While she understood the need for the cancellations, Theberge, the founder of Revel Events, started to wonder if there would be a way to launch a run, while still maintaining social distancing measures.

That’s how she came up with the idea for the “Going the Social Distance Relay,” a series of virtual relay races open to teams throughout the country. The first race in the series will take place on Sunday at 8 a.m. Pacific.

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