Stay Active. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.
PA’s popular summer games go virtual this fall with 5K Run/Walk and Esports Challenge.
Every summer for nearly 40 years, the Keystone State Games have served as a popular competitive platform for Pennsylvania’s finest amateur athletes. The Olympic-styled games featured top PA athletes of every age in a wide variety of events. From bocce and badminton to table tennis and taekwondo and everything in between, the Games have always represented the Commonwealth’s commitment to celebrating wellness in all its varied forms – physical, psychological, emotional and social.
This year, due to health and safety concerns regarding CVOID-19, organizers decided to cancel the games. As a result, they also decided to cancel the affiliated PA Senior Games. James Costello, Executive Director of the Keystone State Games offered the following, “Our priority is the safety and well-being of our game participants, sponsors and volunteers, and we believe this is the best decision.”
Our priority is the safety and well-being of our game participants, sponsors and volunteers, and we believe this is the best decision.
James Costello, Executive Director of the Keystone State Games
Cancellation of Games opens door to new opportunity for PA athletes to stay fit, connected and competitive.
Since 1981, the Keystone State Games have welcomed over 500,000 participants. And, despite cancelling this summer’s events, organizers are still hoping to keep that loyal community of athletes connected. All summer and throughout the remainder of October, all are welcome to take part in a Virtual 5K Run/Walk and Esports Challenge. The Keystone State Games, PA Senior Games and the K.A.R.E.S. (Keystone Athletic, Recreation and Esports) Community have partnered to present the first-of-its-kind virtual event.
The Virtual 5K Run/Walk & Esports Challenge continues a long tradition of support for amateur athletes. Additionally, The Keystone State Games’ partnership with the K.A.R.E.S. Community aims to fight social isolation among older Pennsylvanians. The modified virtual platform brings these communities together, adheres to social distancing guidelines and helps to curb loneliness.
Signing Up is Simple
Virtual 5K Run/Walk & Esports Challenge
Register for the Race — Registration includes: T-shirt, Keystone State games Race Bib, Finisher’s Medal, Publication of Results, K.A.R.E.S Community Face Mask (first 1,000 participants) and automatic registration in the Esports Challenge.
Run the Race — Complete the 5K Run/Walk on your own, or with friends by October 31, 2020. Take on any 5K (3.1-mile) course in the neighborhood, on your treadmill, or on your favorite trail. Record and send in your results via the convenient online form.
Compete in the Esports Challenge — From October 16 – October 31, sign in and compete for prizes in the Esports Challenge. Upon registering for the 5K, participants will receive an email detailing instructions and competition guidelines.
And, of course, don’t forget to have fun.