Run For The 96 5K

Running alone won't deter huge turnout for Run For The 96 5K

The coronavirus outbreak means that the 2020 Run For The 96 5K has become a virtual race but the Merseyside public has responded magnificently determined to run or walk to honour the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough.

Organisers BTR Liverpool report higher that expected interest with over 800 entries already for what will be the sixth outing for Run For The 96 5K (albeit in a virtual format) on Saturday 16 May in Stanley Park, Liverpool. The annual community legacy event remembers the 96 Liverpool FC fans who on 15 April 1989, tragically lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster. The event pays tribute to the families of the 96 and the survivors who fought for justice over a 30 year period.

Run For The 96 5K has raised more than £25,000 for charity and has the backing of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG).

Whilst the global pandemic has led to sport being put on the back burner, virtual events have sprung up enabling participants to complete their chosen distance and stay within the guidelines. Organisers BTR Liverpool wanted Run For The 96 to continue but as a virtual event open to everyone around the world.

Runners are sent their medal along with their race number and complete the distance in their own time although the organisers encourage them to do this on Saturday 16 May if possible. They run or walk 5K, take a selfie and email this to race director Alan Rothwell.

They are also asked to fundraise or donate to the following beneficiaries: Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, Everton in the Community, LFC Foundation and Stanley Park Liverpool CIC. All proceeds will be equally divided between these four good causes.

To enter visit the BTR Liverpool website.

Image courtesy of Paul Francis Cooper (via BTR Liverpool)

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