West Valley Medical Center and the Caldwell YMCA have made the decision to make this year's West Valley Rock'n'Run 5k/10k a free, virtual race. It will take place this week, April 23-26, 2020.

"This is a great option to promote a wellness activity while encouraging community members to stay home during this time and practice social distancing. It's also a great way to bring awareness to the Caldwell Family YMCA and create options for donations to help sustain the YMCA in 2020," said Kaycee Emery, West Valley Marketing Director and Race Chair.

"During this time, it's important to find new ways to connect. A virtual run is a great way to get outside and stay healthy, while following social distancing guidelines," said David Duro, President and CEO of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. "We've found that people are really enjoying our virtual group exercise classes and virtual runs to help them feel part of a larger group activity."

The public can join the FREE, virtual West Valley Rock 'n' Run April 23-26. It's simple to get started. Register for the free event at YMCA TV Idaho.org or register here.

Once participants complete 3.1 miles or 6.1 miles, head over to the Facebook group, Treasure Valley Family YMCA Outdoor Active Community, and share your 5k/10k pictures or workout screenshot with everyone. You can also share on Facebook, Instagram, of Twitter using the hashtag #WestValleyRockNRun. Be sure to tag @TVFamilyYMCA and @WestValleyMedCtr if your post is private. Following the event, three participants will randomly be selected to receive prizes for participating, including the first West Valley Rock'n'Run t-shirt created!

A reminder to all participants to please practice social distancing. If you run your miles outdoors, maintain a proper distance of 6 feet from others.

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