Special to The Clinton Courier
The Clinton Chamber of Commerce held its third annual Yule Run last month, but with a COVID-necessitated pivot to a virtual event.
Yule Run Clinton 2020, presented by Continental, offered choices of a 5K Run, a 5K Walk and an 8K Run. The annual course usually takes walkers and runners through Clinton’s main business core — Olde Towne and the Clinton Boulevard District — all festively decorated for the Christmas holiday season. But, this year, runners were encouraged to choose their own course and event date. This opened the door for the Continental organization to turn the local Clinton run into a global event.
“This race is known for bringing the community together. Now, with the new virtual element, it will bring the world together,” said Michael Egner, Continental’s Clinton Plant Manager, ahead of the race. “The Yule Run will give our Continental Team a chance to stay close from a distance.”
More than one hundred Continental employees from Asia, The Americas, and Europe joined the race throughout the month of December.
“For the first time in the history of our race, we opened up the event to virtual participants,” said Yule Run Chairman Nathan Cummins. “Although this was a necessity due to COVID restrictions, it resulted in the ability to bring in Continental employee runners and walkers from around the globe. We ended up not only going national but worldwide in 2020!”
“I want to thank everyone your support and participation. By simply agreeing to be a part of this event, you are providing a true example of what living our core values really looks like – For One Another, Passion to Win, Freedom to Act and Trust,” said Egner, in a message to Continental employees.
“Continental’s sponsorship and employee participation brought additional dollars and global awareness to our community,” continued Cummins. “Not only did the participation fees go a long way in fundraising for the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, but Continental employees also received information about Clinton, Mississippi, in their race packets and participated in a Facebook group with other race participants.”