Dozens of young runners laced up their shoes and participated in the virtual Great Race through Frick Park.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Bright and early on Saturday morning, more than a dozen kids got out of bed, laced up their shoes, and raced their way through Frick Park.

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This was part of the Great Race, which went virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The race also inspired a local mom to create a running club to help students that are dealing with canceled races and cross country seasons.

“It’s been a real joy, the practices have been the highlight of the week for me and the kids,” said Meredith Grelli, the organizer. “It’s a nice way to get together safely.”

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The young runners ran roughly three miles and family members came with cowbells and signs to cheer them on.