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Peoria group uses technology to keep racing on

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Runners participating in a race
Brad Henz, Shazam Racing Co-Owner

PEORIA (WEEK) -- The coronavirus has canceled and postponed pretty much all sports across the country, even running races.

One group here in Peoria is working to keep people moving and not letting social distancing slow them down.

"Right now there's not a lot of any racing going on," said Brad Henz, Shazam Racing Co-Owner.

Henz and his team are working to keep the races going.

"You have the ability to do it on a treadmill, do it outside on your own, use your Garmin watch, use your run keeper app, that kind of thing, and then you can upload your results," continued Henz.

To participate in Shazam Racing's virtual race, you have four weeks to run at least three 5K's.

Henz says all you have to do is run your distance, upload your results and now you're competing with everyone else again.

"They can't necessarily get together and run, but now they're still being competitive with each other, because they can see these results," said Henz.

If you complete your runs on time, you're not just burning calories, you'll get coupons to local businesses, too.

"We want people to keep moving, we want them to keep running, walking. You don't even have to run the 5K's, you can walk them, but we want you to get out there," explained Henz.

Sign-up is free, all you have to do is follow the link here.

Shazam Racing is also using their technology to help some local non-profits to continue hosting their races virtually.

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