Even though it's still more than two months away, organizers of the Quad City Times Bix 7 road race have decided to make a major change. Because of the pandemic, the race will be virtual this year.
Race Director Michelle Juehring says participants can run or walk the distance, at a location and time that's best for them.
"It could be a sidewalk, the living room, it could be a trail or out on a track, from July 1st through July 25th, which was our normal race date. You do that distance - run, walk, with a hill or without, it's up to you."
Then upload your results to see how they compare to last year, and to others in your age group.
Juehring says she did not want to postpone the Bix until the fall, the way some other races have done.
"We know that there already fall races out there, not only across the United States but here in the community, and we want to respect the time that they have and so we chose to go virtual in summer."
Making the race virtual also makes it possible for additional competitors - people who work on Saturdays, race volunteers, and even people who live in other parts of the world.