ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The annual St. Patrick's 5K in Allentown was canceled this year because of the virus, but that didn't stop runners from participating.

Instead, the race took a different route...online!

Runners were encouraged to participate in a "virtual 5K" on Sunday.

That meant they could do any route, or even run the 3.1 miles on a treadmill.

Once they completed the run, participants submitted their bib number, a time and a photo of themselves running in their green attire.

Organizers say the response was good!

"It's one of the most fun and festive 5Ks in the area. People come out, everyone is dressed in green their having a good time and on a day like this I'm just happy people are able to embrace that spirit," said Michael Drabenscott, race director of the West End St. Patrick's 5K.

The race results are starting to be posted for finishers of the race and a photo gallery should be posted by sometime Monday.

The race usually kicks off Allentown's St. Patrick's Day celebration, and is typically followed by the parade, but that was also canceled this year.

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