It will be a different 4th of July in America this year.  Years of traditional celebrations and events will be turned on their ear by Covid-19.  That is the case, too, in Kingston with the event that traditionally kicks off Independence Day around here, the 4th of July Fun Run.  Co-sponsored by Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club and Kingston High School Boosters Club, the fun run has traditionally featured “runs” of 1k, 5k, 10k and a doggie dash.  Not so in 2020.  That vision is dashed.  

    Please meet the Kingston 4th of July Fun Run Virtual Challenge.  The Challenge is to commit to “an exercise or activity” (subject to Covid-19 safe distancing limits) between July 4 and July 31.  Walk.  Run.  Swim.  Bicycle.  Dog Walk.  Jump rope. Push-ups.  Put a number on it and make the commitment.  “I will bicycle a minimum of five miles each day, a total of five days between July 4 and July 31.”  “I will walk at least thirty minutes each day, etc.” Then secure pledges of support from family, friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances.  “Hey neighbor, I’m doing this 4th of July Fun Run Virtual Challenge.  Would you please support me with $5 for each day I ride my bike a minimum of five miles, five times?”  Secure the pledges.  Do the activity.  Collect and send in the funds.  Feel good about what you’re doing for yourself and your community.

    Registration fee is only $15, including a t-shirt for each participant.  To register, go to:  Proceeds support the Kingston High Boosters Club and Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club.  Participants may designate the High School Club or Team of their choice.