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Miners' Day Bark City 5K Adapts to Social Distancing

Park City Rotary Club

The Park City’s Miners’ Day celebration is Covid-limited this year. But the Park City Rotary Twilight Chapter is adapting a traditional event—for what it calls the “Miner’s Day Bark City 5K Run.” 


Twilight Rotary President David Wilcox said they’re doing a running event, but with social distancing.


He said that participants can register on-line, for $25, at “BarkCity5K.org”


On Miner’s Day, you can take a 5K run of your choice, and running with your dog is definitely encouraged. Afterward, you can post your time, and perhaps include photos from your run. The Twilight group will post the results.


Twilight Rotary was founded in the summer of 2019, so this is only their second Miner’s Day. Last year their 5K Run event raised about $3,700.


Wilcox said the funds raised from the event go into their various service projects, such as collecting bikes.


“We collected bikes, and then those are distributed down in Salt Lake to a company that fixes them up and then makes them available to people, either free or at very reasonable rates. We’ve collected 95 donated bicycles couple weekends ago, so that was really cool. We assisted Christian Center of Park City with their back-to-school program that they have, back-to-school basics program that they have out at the Outlet Mall over the last weekend. Right now, we’ve got a freon collection program. This is part of the new Rotary environmental initiative. So we are the club that is going to be gathering up these freon containers and then delivering them to be basically destroyed to help protect our ozone.”


He said he’s also excited about a school project.


“Last year, we got involved in a first-grade literacy program, where we went into the schools, read to the first-graders. And then each of the first-graders got to keep a book each time we did this program. We’re really excited to do that again this year, but of course we need funds to help pay for the books. Of course, with Covid, we’re gonna wait til the second half of the year, and hope we can get in and do it safely. If not, we’ll just deliver the books.”


He said they have 28 members currently and they meet twice a month—on the first Wednesday of the month, with the group meeting outdoors at Rotary Park; and the third Wednesday, on Zoom. 

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.