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North Coast Harbor 2020 race goes virtual, funds to be dedicated to small businesses in Cleveland

Posted at 6:27 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 08:52:04-04

CLEVELAND — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events are going virtual. This includes the 2020 North Coast Harbor 15k race.

The annual race, hosted by the North Coast Harbor, has three races for runners to choose from including a 15k, 10k and 5k. This year runners can complete the race at their own pace and on their own course.

Regardless of where participants choose to run, they're all giving back to small businesses in the city of Cleveland. A portion of their race registration will go towards the Downtown Cleveland Recovery Response Fund.

The fund, created by Downtown Cleveland Alliance, City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Foundation, Greater Cleveland Partnership Destination Cleveland, Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation and corporate and civic partners, has already raised more than $1.45 million to help provide financial relief to small businesses in Cleveland, with an emphasis on minority and women-owned businesses.

Jessica Kerr with North Coast Harbor said 60 businesses have been approved to receive money from the fund. She hopes the race can generate hundreds of participants so they can dedicate additional money to the fund.

"We have a lot of residents that live in downtown and we want to make sure that those small businesses are there to support them," Kerr said. "This race is just one bonus factor that we can give them a little bit more money to help out another small business in Cleveland."

To run in the North Coast Harbor race, you must sign up online by Oct. 31.

Click here to learn more.