The first-ever social distancing races happened concurrently on Saturday, April 25 from the east coast to the west coast of the United States with one runner participating overseas in Denmark.  It all started in Garden City, KS and this was more than just a chance for people to get out of their homes during the mandated stay at home order, this social distancing race raised more than $2,000 for frontline workers at Garden City, Kansas’ local hospital, St. Catherine. 

A total of 77 runners in the Social Distance Races ran in 24 cities, 9 states and two countries. Runners participated independently, tracked their race times digitally and submitted them to the race organizer. 

Race Founder Brandon Mumgaard kicking off his marathon in Garden City, KS

The Social Distancing Races started when the marathon a Kansas man, Brandon Mumgaard, had been training for was cancelled, he took positive action by creating the Social Distancing 5K, 10K, half and full marathon races. 

Washington D.C. Runner Bailey Skiles
David Kuntz preparing to run in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Benny Pedersen snapped a selfie during his half-marathon in Denmark

In compliance with Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Orders to fight COVID-19, the Kansas Social Distancing Race, is an independent road race created to encourage healthy exercise, getting outside and safely social distancing during this pandemic. 

The media shared the news of the race, which created awareness and ultimately helped first responders at St. Catherine Hospital.  The race organizers would like to thank everyone that participated, helped and shared the race details.  Many more race photos will be available at available soon at:

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Ashton Maxfield