This Year’s Apple Run Runs All Week!

The 8th annual Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) Apple Run (fka the Dan Scharfman Memorial Run) kicked off on Friday and – in keeping with these pandemic times – is running all week long as a virtual event. It’s not too late to register -or even get a T-shirt.

A Virtual Warm Up with TrioGo and a Run Playlist on Spotify

Now, in many ways, virtual events pale in comparison to their physical counterparts. At a normal Apple Run, after all, we have hundreds of people down on Belmont High School Track, DJ Paul Maden spinning tunes and Donna Ognibene of Triogo doing a live warm up. This year the warm up is virtual…

And DJ Paul Maden’s race-day playlist is on Spotify:

And They’re Off: 10 Days, 350+ Runners

The virtual format doesn’t seem to have discouraged runners so much. More than 350 people have registered to run this year’s race. In the meantime, there are some benefits to a virtual event.

For one, the rolling, 10 day window allows folks who haven’t yet signed up to run to do so. Also: the virtual format allows for a number of new categories of achievement. In addition to the fastest man and woman, there are awards for the “slowest 5K,” the “fastest reverse 5k run” and the “most times running the course.” That doesn’t even mention the prizes for “most festive running outfit” (male and female), or “best Finish Line photo.”

You can view live results here:

You can check out a preview of the course by a cohort of super heroes including Flash, Hulk and Wonder Woman below.

The Apple Run is a Belmont institution that has raised more than $150,000 for the Belmont Public Schools since it first ran in 2013. You can check out some of the great photos that people submit at the FBE’s Instagram feed.

Submitting Results and Course Route

Some other information on this year’s run:

If you haven’t registered yet, do so and become part of the Apple Run community!