Running Club plans ‘loop run’ for Memorial Day weekend

Dorchester Running Club member Meghan Nee will virtually run the Brooklyn Half Marathon this weekend.

Dorchester Running Club is planning a three-day “Social Distanced Loop Run” over Memorial Day weekend — with an extra emphasis on boosting business in Adams Village.

The event will begin on Sat., May 23 at 6 a.m. and end Monday, May 25 at 9 p.m.

The three-mile loop will cover a stretch between Neponset and Gallivan Boulevard and will end in Adams Village, with runners asked to show support by ordering takeout from a local business at the conclusion of their run.

Runners can participate solo or with someone they are quarantining with, or run a mile and pass off the next to a relay partner in their team. Each runner will depart in time slots spaced out by half-an-hour to accommodate social distancing. Runners, families, walkers, and dogs are all welcome with proper masks and distancing.

Runners not located in Dorchester are also invited to join virtually.

Stefanie O’Shea, president of Dorchester Running Club, said the idea behind the event was to reestablish a sense of normalcy and community for the club’s runners, while supporting local establishments at the same time.

“There are normally a lot of road races that weekend, so we were just trying to think of a way we can still run...and at the same time we wanted to give some business to the restaurants down there,” explained O’Shea. “We want to let people know we’re still here as a running community, and it seems that a lot of people have picked up running and walking during this time, so we want to welcome them, as well.”

Registration is $20, or $30 with a DRC Under Armour shirt included. For details and to sign up, visit dotrunners.org.