Tri for a Cure Goes Virtual for 2020
Since the day after the 2019 Tri for a Cure, Maine Cancer Foundation has been excitedly working towards plans for July 19, 2020. 2020 is “lucky” year 13 for an event that has come to be MCF’s largest fundraiser and which represents a celebration of women who have taken on a personal goal to swim, bike, and run while supporting a cause that is close to them.
After reviewing the public health considerations for reopening Maine as announced by Governor Mills on April 28 and communicating with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), Maine Cancer Foundation has made the decision to change the 2020 Tri for a Cure scheduled for July 19 to a virtual event, taking place in the month of August.
While the logistical plans are shifting, the importance of Tri for a Cure remains. As is the case with a cancer battle, sometimes we must improvise, adapt, and overcome. Our approach to this important fundraising event is no different. No one knows exactly what the coming months will look like here in our state, but we do know that training and fundraising challenges have arisen because of COVID-19. We also understand that we are dealing with a very fluid situation in terms of event/gathering restrictions, and that it is likely that our venue would continue to have limitations in the fall (particularly if students are back on campus). That makes postponing the event difficult.
For these reasons, and to honor the commitment while ensuring the safety of our participants, volunteers, sponsors, and community, we have made changes both to the logistics of the event and the fundraising requirements. We will continue to encourage fundraising, but no one will be penalized for falling short of the new minimum.
Our motto has been “Cancer Tries. We TRI Harder!” and that will not change this year. While it is unfortunate that we will be unable to proceed in the manner that our participants have come to expect, we are excited about the opportunities that a virtual event offers. Most importantly, we will continue to stand up to cancer. While we have all been at home, staying away from the gyms, the tracks, and the pools, cancer has not been canceled and is not practicing social distancing. It is critical to the people of Maine that we all keep TRI-ing and don’t let COVID-19 keep us from helping our fellow Mainers. Cancer patients still need access to care and we still need to support screening and prevention programs to protect everyone from the harmful effects of cancer.
This year will look a little different, but the spirit of Tri for a Cure will persist and with your help we will continue to make a difference and ensure a better tomorrow for Maine.
Maine Cancer Foundation
- Option 1: Triathlon (Swim 1/3 mile, Bike 15 miles, Run 3.1 miles) – Individual or Relay. Please be sure to adhere to safety measures, including not swimming alone and making sure to tell a family member or friend of your run/bike plans and/or keeping a phone on you.
- Swim can be in the pool, in the lake, in the ocean. You name it.
- Bike can be on the road, indoor cycling studio, on a bike trainer, or on a stationary bike.
- Run can be on local roads, on a trail, on the treadmill. Of course, it can be walked, jogged, slogged, crawled, or run to complete.
- Option 2: Duathlon (Run 1 mile, Bike 15 miles, Run 3.1 miles) - Individual or Relay
- We understand that pool training options have been reduced/eliminated lately. Here is an alternative to doing your swim: try a duathlon!
- Option 3: Get creative with any combination of the run, bike or swim elements! – Individual or Relay
- This is the year to truly do YOUR race! If you’d like to take a year off from swimming, biking, and/or running, but still support Maine Cancer Foundation, that’s ok! Create your own combination or singularly-focused version of the event.
- Complete your Tri for a Cure between August 1 and 30. As we wait for water temperatures to warm up, we have chosen August for a time frame. You have 30 days to complete your event (whichever event you choose).
- You set your schedule. Do the swim one day. Do the bike a week later. Do the run in another week! Or do them all in one day. Do your race at your own time, your own location, your own day. If it rains, wait another day for the perfect day that fits you. No need for an early alarm!
- Practice Social Distancing. Please adhere to CDC guidelines regarding proximity to others. Do not gather as a group and please do NOT use SMCC or the traditional course as your route. Plan to complete the legs in your own neighborhood and always follow best safety practices.
One of the best parts of Tri for a Cure is the community of women that come together in the months leading up to the event and on race day. Many of you have already joined the Tri for a Cure 2020 Facebook group. If you have not, please do so. This will be a place to share ideas, encouragement, photos, and more.