Challenge accepted by runners

Amy Puzey races to victory in the Butte Challenge women’s 10-kilometer run in May 2017 at Hermiston Butte Park.

The 21st Butte Challenge walk/run will take place virtually this year between Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21.

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, this year’s participants can do a 5K run, 5K walk or a 10K run on their own time and record and upload results via a fitness tracker website called It's Your Race or through the company’s IYR Virtual app. Another way to submit a time is through itsyourrace.com. All times must be placed between Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21 by midnight.

Those who join the challenge can either do the Butte Challenge loop or participate from anywhere else in the city. There will be no awards this year, unlike previous years where participants were given prizes based on times in each category.

“Since we cannot meet in large groups we are doing it as a virtual race,” reads a statement on the Butte Challenge website. “This still allows you to support and join us for this event.”

All proceeds from the event benefit Hermiston Cross Country.

Registration information can be found on their website at buttechallenge.itsyourrace.com or www.buttechallenge.com

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