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Virtual Run To Remember The 96 This Weekend – Run For The 96

The sixth annual Run For The 96 community legacy 5K takes place this weekend as a virtual fun run for 2020 – with 1,600 participants taking part across the world.

Participants will follow social distancing guidelines as they complete a 5K close to where they are located. Entries are now closed.

There is no public event this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Mass gatherings and participation events are currently not permitted under guidelines from Government, Public Health England, and the World Health Organisation.

The original event was scheduled to take place tomorrow (Saturday 16 May) in Liverpool’s Stanley Park – a fitting backdrop between the home grounds of Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Stadium and Everton Football Club’s Goodison Park.

Instead, 1,600 runners worldwide will pull on their trainers to run, jog or walk the 5K distance to remember The 96.

Participants are asked to run on the original event date if possible (Saturday 16 May).

Run For The 96 is a community legacy event to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool Football Club fans who tragically lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster on 15 April 1989. The event also strives to remember the families of The 96 and the survivors, who have tirelessly fought for justice with the utmost dignity.

A number of loyal Run For The 96 supporters who have taken part in previous events will also be taking part virtually this weekend, including Liverpool Football Club Chief Executive Peter Moore; former Liverpool FC players Jamie Carragher and Alan Kennedy; and original Big Brother winner Craig Phillips.

Representatives from a number of Hillsborough families; the LFC Foundation; Everton in the Community; and Stanley Park CIC will also be running virtually.

Run For The 96 continues to have the support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG).

Official beneficiaries for 2020 are the LFC Foundation; Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation; Everton in the Community; and Stanley Park Liverpool CIC. Together, they support the vision of creating a legacy event to honour The 96 while ensuring local communities benefit. BTR Liverpool organise and deliver the event.

Participants are encouraged to generate sponsorship or donations through this year’s official fundraising page which can be found at www.justgiving.com/campaign/runforthe962020

All monies raised through the dedicated Just Giving charity page will be split equally between the four named beneficiaries to enable them to continue vital outreach services in their communities.

Members of the public are also invited to make a one-off donation to support the charities.

Anyone making a donation through the official giving page will be entered into a draw to win a Jamie Carragher Liverpool FC shirt signed by the former player. Donations made before midday on 31 May are eligible for the draw.

Virtual run entries have been received from across the world, with both runners and football fans keen to show their support.

Registrations include runners from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and United States Of America. As well as runners from across Liverpool and home soil of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle Of Man, and Jersey.

Virtual runners have been sent their race number and medal. They have been asked to run in football club colours and send organisers BTR a selfie so they can be included in an online virtual gallery. Pictures should be sent to alan@btrliverpool.com

Due to current manufacturing restrictions, organisers are unable to provide event T-shirts this year – so the T-shirt fee has been donated to this year’s charity fund.

First staged in April 2015 to honour and remember The 96, the event has gone on to raise more than £25,000 for charity through donations and the fundraising efforts of its participants.

BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented:

“We’ve had an incredible response for turning this year’s Run For The 96 into a virtual event – therefore still giving people the opportunity to run to remember The 96 wherever they are in the world.

“It’s genuinely overwhelming that given these strange times and the pressures we are all facing, that so many people across the world are taking the time this weekend to honour and celebrate the lives of The 96. We are already receiving photos from far and wide and creating a virtual gallery on the BTR website to showcase the superb global support.

“The world is well represented. We are all of one mind and will beat with one heart this Saturday, we will always remember.”

Please visit www.btrliverpool.com for more information.

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