EL PASO COUNTY — A beloved tradition to kick off the new year is being held virtually.
The annual Rescue Run is typically held on New Year's day in Palmer Park. This year, the 43rd Rescue Run is virtual and runs from Dec. 24 until Jan. 3. Individuals sign up for a 5K or 10K and can complete their virtual run anytime, anywhere during that time frame.
The event raises money for the El Paso County Search and Rescue (EPCSAR). The EPCSAR is a volunteer organization that provides search and mountain rescue services in El Paso County. They are entirely funded by donations and team members pay for their own gear and supplies.
While race entries are down about 500 runners so far this year, fundraising is still on track with past years.
"We are so supported, and we are very fortunate in this community that we have such good support," said EPCSAR team member Teresa Taylor. "We are the biggest team in the state. We have a lot of rescue missions here in El Paso County. If you consider that we range to the plains and the blizzards up to the summit of Pikes Peak and everything in between."
The EPCSAR hosted a socially distant open house at the rescue base today, so runners could pick up a commemorative neck gaiter and see the vehicles and equipment used by the team. Another open house will be held on Jan. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information or to register for the race, CLICK HERE.