Winterset Rotary hosts three races annually to help raise much-needed funds to support local non-profit programs as well as their scholarships and projects. 

Virtual Virus Victory Race

Their first race of the year was the Virtual Victory Race, held from May 22 to May 25. Entrants were encouraged to walk, run, or ride bikes at their leisure, at any location they chose and were asked to report back with their times by May 25. Doing a virtual race is a great way to attract many people from all over the country to join in who otherwise would not have been able to participate. 

“We reached many more than usual across a broad area” said Rotarian Chris Bertelson, one of the race organizers. 

There were 88 participants walking, running, and/or biking this year, reporting in from Colorado to Massachusetts, Texas to Iowa, and many points in between. 76 years spanned the age differences of the participants, with the youngest being three years old and the oldest 79. 

“Some walked in the rain, others spread it over many days. Some even did it collecting cans!” 

Winterset Rotarians were honored to have District 6000 Governor Erna Moran join in on the fun, as well as Governor elect Steve Dakin and his wife, Governor Nominee Alka Khanolkar and a District Governor Nominee from Missouri District 6060. 

Over $1,200 was raised; a portion of this will go to CRISP and the Food Bank of Iowa to help with food insecurity. 

Winterset Rotarians would like to thank all of the generous sponsors that help make these races possible. And a huge thank you and congratulations to all of the walkers, runners and bikers who made this race a huge success!