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CommUNITY Rainbow Run Rescheduled; Pulse Annual Remembrance Going Virtual

Friday April 17, 2020

The Fourth Annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run benefiting onePULSE Foundation, originally scheduled for June 6, 2020, at Wadeview Park has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 12, 2020, and the Annual Remembrance Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12 at the Pulse Interim Memorial will be experienced virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation announced today.

"Please know we do not make these decisions lightly -- we will always prioritize the health and safety of the public, the Pulse community, and our employees," said Barbara Poma, CEO of onePULSE Foundation. "We are exploring different ways to honor and remember the 49 Angels, survivors, first responders and all those affected by the Pulse tragedy."

On June 12 of each year, onePULSE Foundation holds an Annual Remembrance Ceremony at the site of the Pulse Interim Memorial. The observance brings together the families of those whose lives were tragically taken and provides them a space to remember their loved ones in peace. Survivors and the brave first responders and trauma teams are also honored.

"While we are aren't able to honor our Angels in the same manner on June 12, we appreciate onePULSE creating a way for our community to be able to come together in a different manner to heal and honor our 49 Angels," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "Even as we face this new challenge, we remain a community and a city that cares deeply for each other and we will continue to exhibit love and kindness in everything that we do to honor the 49 lives taken and to support those who have been impacted by the tragedy."

More information will be communicated to family members, survivors and first responders as plans develop for the Annual Remembrance Ceremony to be experienced virtually and it will be shared on the onePULSE Foundation website, social media channels and through local media for the general public.

"This unprecedented time in our country has been uncomfortable for many, but the public health measures and continuity solutions adopted by onePULSE Foundation are examples of how local organizations are working together to break the backbone of this virus," said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. "Working collaboratively, similar to the months after the Pulse tragedy, we can begin to heal as a community while honoring our 49 Angels."

The 4.9K honors all those affected by the Pulse nightclub tragedy and is presented by Orlando Health in partnership with the UCF DeVos Sport Business Management Program. Race registrations will automatically transfer to the rescheduled race on Saturday, September 12, 2020. As per the refund policy signed at the time of registration, runners' entry fees and donations are non-refundable.

In addition to the 4.9K, which begins and ends at Wadeview Park in downtown Orlando, the event also includes a 1K Old Town Kissimmee Kids Fun Run and an option for runners from across the country and around the world to join the event by participating in a PNC Bank 4.9K Virtual Run. The virtual run can be run at any location at the runner's pace.

Launched in 2017 by students in the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF, the CommUNITY Rainbow Run has increased from 800 runners in its inaugural year to over 3,300 in 2019. The course includes a "Remembrance Journey" guiding runners past the Pulse Interim Memorial along the 0.6 -mile route victims took from Pulse to the Orlando Health Trauma Center in the early morning of June 12, 2016.

Early registration, which has been extended to May 31, is $40 and same-day registration is $60. PNC Bank 4.9K Virtual Run registration is $49, and the Old Town Kissimmee Kids Fun Run is $5. The general public is also invited to the free CommUNITY Festival that will include live entertainment, food and family-friendly activities. For more information or to register for the 4.9K Rainbow Run, 1K Old Town Kissimmee Kids Fun Run or the PNC Bank 4.9K Virtual Run, please visit www.communityrainbowrun.com.


About onePULSE Foundation

onePULSE Foundation is the official 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated to manage the design and construction of the permanent national memorial and museum dedicated to the PULSE tragedy.

onePULSE's mission is to create and support a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes and legacy scholarships that open doors. Its vision is to establish a sanctuary of healing and a beacon of hope by memorializing the lives taken, the lives saved, and all the lives affected by the Pulse nightclub tragedy of June 12, 2016 — ensuring Pulse's legacy of love lives on forever. For more information, visit https://onePULSEfoundation.org/.

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