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COVID 19 Process & Policy

The Pilgrimage Run will be adhering to all COVID guidelines in order to produce a safe & fun tradition for the 7th year!



*This process is one that we activated for one of our runs in Minnesota on July 4th. It was used as an example by the MN Distance Runners Association in presentation to the State of MN Dept of Health as one of the safe ways to produce an in-person run/walk event. We operated the event with amazing success and received 100% great feedback from hundreds of participants, the community and City! 

2020 Pilgrimage Run Tickets:


The Pilgrimage Run 2020 edition is surely going to be different and one to remember!

We have adapted and are adhering to all local guidelines in an innovative and accommodating way.


Check out the below for a brief overview of the changes we're making.



  • Limited to only 1000 participants this year.

  • Wave starts in small groups on 2 days!

    • Thanksgiving morning: 8am-Noon​

    • Black Friday morning: 8am-Noon

    • More info on Wave Start Process / Safety: HERE

  • Free super nice poly/cotton blend shirt

  • 1 Free complimentary beer/cider per runner. (21+) (To-Go!)

  • Free hot chocolate / coffee (To-Go!)

  • No chip timing in 2020 (the handful of people who registered early for chip-timing option will be contacted & receive a $5 refund)


  • Below is a general overview of how 2020 will operate. 


    • Nov 26 & Nov 27​

    • 8am to Noon

    • Start groups will be in waves of 25 people, every 10 minutes.

  • GROUP START REQUESTS: We'll be sending out an email to all registered email addresses with a link to a Google Form to submit your start group requests. This will allow you to participate in the same wave & day as your family/friends. 

    • Please follow these instructions when you get the form: (*check your spam if you don't see the email!)

      • ONLY 1 person per 'group' submit the form: This is very important, so please coordinate with your family & friends so that only one of you submits the form.

      • (Now): Start picking/coordinating with your group. Communicate with them to designate who will submit the form so you are ready to go on Nov 22, the deadline to submit your group request form.

      • Nov 22: Google Form will be sent by email to all registered email addresses. 

      • Nov 23: Forms must be submitted by end of day through the Google Form only.

      • Nov 24: Start times will be sent to each person via email only.


    • You will have the option to choose your preferred day for your wave, but not start time.​

    • Preferred days will be given in the order that we receive your Google form Group Requests.

    • If we do not receive a form with your name on it, we will randomly select an open wave & day for your start time.


    • Packet Pickup: Nov 25: Noon-7pm​ - Erie Community Center (drive-through only)

    • Start Line / Finish Line: Adjacent to each other but separated in parking lot next to Erie Community Park.

    • Parking: Please see map for parking locations & No-parking locations.


    • Map Coming Soon for Print. You can take this with you to help navigate. Course signage and Markings will be also be abundant.​

    • Runners/Walkers must follow pedestrian law if you choose to do the courses.

    • We'll have all normal course markings and mile markers for both 2 Mile and 4 Mile courses.

    • No water stations in 2020.

    • No course marshals in 2020.

    • Start Line Arch, Announcer & Music for all participants!

    • Finish Line Arch, Announcer & Music for all participants!

    • Finish Line Photo Stage for all participants!

    • Traditional 'Thankful' chalkboards for all participants!

    • Get your 'to-go' hot chocolate, coffee, beer/cider at the finish line area.

POLICY & More:

If it is illegal to host the event on November 26th, we have some great options for you.


Option 1: Participate in a Pilgrimage Run 'Virtual run' and also receive a 40% off discount code for the 2021 event. (as a small business, this option would be our most favored. Honestly, no pressure to choose option 1 if it doesn't fit your current situation)​

  • You can pick up your 2020 event shirt(s) and bib number at our office in Erie.

  • Discount code would be emailed to you when the 2021 registration opens.

  • We'll give you a virtual high-five!

​​Option 2: Transfer your registration(s) to 2021.

​Option 3: Receive full refund if:

  • You do not want options 1 or 2


Option 4: What if you are still not personally comfortable with being part of an event on November 26th when it is not cancelled?

  • In this situation, since there is no cancellation, we'll happily transfer your registration to the Virtual Run option.​


HUGE THANK YOU to all of our loyal Pilgrimage friends (you). As a small business we are doing everything we can to STAY in business during this time to bring you the 7th year of The Pilgrimage Run!


Regardless of your decision to join us or not, please consider making a donation to the Hardship Gift Nominated family, which is the whole reason for this event!

  • You can do this HERE

We appreciate you and we do not take you for granted!

Please do not hesitate to call our founder if you have questions, comments or just want to NOT talk about turkey. Let's Do This!

Cell Phone: CLICK HERE

Love you all, David Janowiec





The Pilgrimage Run

Community working together


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