The United Way of St. Charles will host the parish’s beloved Bridge Run this spring, albeit in a non-traditional format. The race, which is traditionally run across the Hale Boggs Bridge, raises awareness and funds for the United Way.
John Dias, United Way executive director, said after the complete cancellation of the run last year the organization is thrilled to be able to offer a virtual alternative in 2021.
“We are very happy to offer the event this year,” Dias said. “More importantly, it is great to see the positive trends in public health and so the Bridge Run, even though virtual, is a still an optimistic sign.
Dias said that pre-COVID the annual runs typically provided the agency about $40,000 – all funds that were used to fund services in the community.
“A healthy United Way helps make a community healthy,” Dias said. “Since all United Ways are independent and local, when you support a United Way you are supporting that local community. The Bridge Run is a fun event that helps your personal health and your community.”
Presented by Shell Norco and co-presented by Valero St. Charles Refinery, registration for the 25th annual Bridge Run is open now. Participants can register and complete a 5K distance run or walk on their own site or course starting April 17.
As in the past, each run participant will receive a commemorative United Way Bridge 5K run/walk t-shirt, a bib number and a custom finisher medallion.
Entry fees for the virtual run vary by age. For the youth (ages 17 and under) and senior (ages 65 and older) categories, the fee is $15. The fee for each participant in the open division (ages 18-64) is $20.
For more information on the Bridge Run or to register for the event, visit www.uwaysc.org/bridge-run.