COVID-19 Safety Measures

Updated September 9, 2021

We will keep this page up to date with the latest general COVID-19 safety measures at our events. The website for each event will describe specific measures for that event, as well as linking to this page for a more detailed description of measures we are asking those attending our events to take.

Part of our duty as event organizers is to plan carefully for safety.  We take this responsibility seriously, and we appreciate the trust you place in us by coming to our events.

Outdoor endurance events remain one of the safest and most health-promoting things you can do during the still ongoing pandemic. Thanks to the high rates of vaccination in our region and the brief proximity to others due to the below precautions, you are unlikely to be exposed to anyone at the event with COVID-19, and there is only a very small chance of serous illness should a vaccinated person be so unlucky as to catch it.

We would still like you and everyone attending our events to take common-sense precautions to minimize the risks of transmission: Avoid remaining in close proximity to others (where you are face-to-face or breathing the same air) for prolonged periods, especially in still air or enclosed spaces. Be conscious of hand hygiene, including washing or sanitizing frequently and avoiding touching your eyes with dirty hands. And of course, stay home if you have cold- or flu-like symptoms or a new loss of your sense of taste or smell that could be COVID-19. You don’t need to wear a mask most times at the event if you are vaccinated and maintaining your distance from others. If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask in the registration/start/finish area and at other times when you cannot maintain six-feet distance from others. Everyone is asked to put on a mask for the start lineup, and everyone may run without a mask once they are spread out from other runners. Thank you for your participation in making this a safe event!

Maintain Physical Distancing

  • Avoid prolonged close contact with others, where you are breathing the same air (especially in still air or confined/enclosed spaces) or are in close, face-to-face proximity.  Try to keep at least a six-foot interpersonal distance from anyone not in your household whenever possible.  As a rule-of-thumb, if you and a person nearby could reach toward each other and touch fingertips, then you are closer than six feet.  Briefly being within six feet is unlikely to be a problem, so this applies primarily to situations where you are near to others for several minutes, especially if you are unvaccinated.
  • Travel to and from the event only with people in your household, or with one other household if you and they have been vaccinated.  Driving with windows ajar for ventilation probably significantly mitigates transmission risk in the confines of a vehicle.
  • Abide by COVID safety guidelines if you make stops on the way to or from the event.  Indoor spaces continue to pose a far greater transmission risk than outdoor activities.
  • Avoid gathering around the registration/check-in area in order to facilitate distancing for yourself and others.
  • If you are unvaccinated: Unless you are passing, please maintain at least a 20-foot distance or position yourself to the side rather than directly behind when following other runners who are going a similar speed on the course.  If you are vaccinated, you are at significantly lower risk and need not observe this guideline, although we still recommend you observe normal distancing most of the time while running.

Wear a Mask if You’re Unvaccinated & Practice Good Hygiene

  • If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask or face covering at the event, only uncovering your face when you are starting or are eating or drinking.
  • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer promptly after contact with respiratory fluids or possibly contaminated objects, like portable toilet doors and other commonly-touched surfaces.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze please cover it with a tissue (which you should then throw away as soon as possible) or with your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • When taking your bib number, drinks, snacks, or any other items, please use care to touch only the item(s) you are taking. Drinks and snacks will be served in individual portions only, and common water and snack containers are to be touched by staff only.

Stay Home if You’re Sick or Vulnerable

  • Do not attend the event if you have a temperature of 100.4F or greater, feel sick, have had a positive COVID-19 test or illness within the past 14 days, or believe you may have recently been exposed to the COVID-19 virus
  • Consider your risk before deciding to attend the event if you are a member of a high-risk group or are in close contact with one or more people in a high-risk group (per CDC: 65+, immune compromised, having another health condition that exacerbates COVID-19 and unable to be vaccinated).
  • If you begin to experience the flu-like symptoms of COVID-19 while you are at the event, please immediately notify a staff person (at a safe distance) and self-quarantine away from others until you are able to safely depart the event

We ask you and everyone attending the event to abide by this code of conduct. We also ask that we be allowed to contact you after the event if we discover that someone at the event was sick and have reason to believe you may have been exposed. If you become sick soon after attending the event, we would appreciate you letting us know, so that we can track potential risk to our staff and other participants.

Thank you!