We will get through this together!

This is an open letter from coaches Leslie Sexton, Steve Boyd, and Steve Weiler to the athletes, family, and supporters in our running community.

We recognize that you are all going through very difficult times, including uncertainty surrounding future athletic and scholastic opportunities through the various school systems. This sucks, but we will get through it and we are writing to provide you with some positivity and support going forward.

Distance runners are very fortunate: the simplicity of our sport allows us to safely continue during this pandemic, though with restrictions impacting group workouts. Keep running! Activity is important for both your physical and mental health and maintaining regularly activity is perhaps more important now than ever.

Thanks to the great work of the KFL&A Public Health unit, municipal leadership, and community response during this pandemic the Kingston area has been one of the least impacted regions of Ontario per capita. We recognize that may change and, so, we must continue following the guidelines set in place. As of the writing of this letter, there are 0 active cases and have been 0 related deaths in the KFL&A region. Keep up the great work!

What will happen this fall? Or in 2021? We cannot say for sure; however, we can say that the three of us are 100% committed as follows:
*We will continue coaching, with appropriate modifications
*We will resume group workouts as soon as allowed
*We will continue hosting events as needed and appropriate, currently via the monthly Endurance Odyssey virtual races
*We will guide athletes towards formal races once they resume. If there are no school seasons, we will still train with purpose; we are committed to helping athletes continue in the sport and prepare for 2021 and beyond
*We will continue to advocate for athletes and for the integrity of our sport, as we have each done for many years

We will be ‘here’ for you, no matter whether you are running solo, taking classes online, no longer in school, or whatever your situation may be.

We will get through this together!

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