The University of Alabama's Moundville Archaeological Park is changing things up this year for its annual 5K 'Run 'Round the Mounds' Footrace by going remote.

Rather than holding the event at Moundville Park, runners will have all of November and December to register to run on a course of their choice (including on an at-home treadmill) in order to keep the race safe and socially distant.

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"We created the virtual race with our park patrons and Moundville residents in mind,” said Lindsey Gordon, education outreach coordinator at Moundville Archaeological Park. “By choosing to do a virtual race rather than the traditional run, participants have the ability to pound the concrete with the assurance that they’re supporting the park in an environment that is comfortable.”

Runners shouldn't worry too much about the event feeling too different this year. Upon registering, they will each receive a downloadable race bib, as well as a commemorative finisher medal and certificate. Additionally, they'll earn a free admission pass to Moundville Archaeological Park.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, a link to download a playlist of traditional and modern Native American music on their streaming platform of choice to listen to during their run.

Registration can be done online via the Moundville Park's website. The registration fee is $25 for all runners, and all proceeds to benefit the park's educational fund.

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