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We are optimistic and excited for our 2021 event. When many events around the country were forced to cancel in 2020, we were fortunate enough to work with local and state officials to come up with a COVD-19 safe race plan which has become a model for the rest of the industry in our region. We know that races will still not look totally "normal" in 2021, but we are committed to creating a great race experience for our runners. We will update our runners and websites as we get closer to the race with the full action plan, but we expect that the 2021 event will take place over a single day with socially distant staggered starts. Thank you to all the runners that have put trust in us to deliver them a running experience year after year. We will work tirelessly to deliver on that promise again!
- Ryan Hite, Race Director
Stay home or participate virtually if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (have not recovered or are still within the required 10-day isolation period), had symptoms of COVID-19 (within the last 24 hours), or had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 (within the last 14 days).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a full detailed copy of the COVID-19 mitigation plan. The highlights of the plan are below.
Face coverings are required at packet pick-up and in the start/finish area. Face coverings may be removed while running.
Runners will be allowed to self select a start window (i.e. 8:00 - 8:10am). Instruction on how to select your start wave can be found here. YOU MUST SELECT A START TIME TO RUN!!! Start times will be available between 5:30am - 9:00am based on your event distance and projected finish times. The start wave system is setup to help reduce congestion in the start line, finish line, and on course.
Runners must start during their start window. There will not be an official gun that goes off for your start, you are allowed to start anytime during your start wave in which the start line is empty of people and you can maintain physical distancing. Check out our video for what this looks like in practical terms. Please do not show up more than 5 minutes before your start time. If you accidentally arrive early, please stay by your car and away from the start/finish area until your start time.
All in-person runners regardless of distance will select a start wave time for the morning of Sunday, May 16th. We are offering a Full Marathon walking start wave at 5:30am if you need extra time on the course. Full Marathoners will be given start wave priority in the first hour (6am-7am), Half Marathon priority in the second hour (7am-8am), and 5k runners can start after 8am. Runners will be able to self select start times with longer distances given priority for the earliest start times.
If you want to be eligible for fastest overall awards, you must start in the Elite Start waves. There are no age group awards this year.
This year, we will have an elite start for each distance. Runners can self select themselves into the elite start if their anticipated finish time is fast enough. You must select these start waves in order to race in the elite start. The elite start will have a socially distant gun start with 30 athletes. Due to the nature of this socially distant start, chip time will be used as the official race time and not the gun start time. Face coverings are required in the start chute and may be removed when you cross the start line. If you want to be eligible for fastest overall awards, you must start in the Elite Start waves!
MARATHON ELITE: 6:00am start wave | men under 3:10, women under 3:30
HALF MARATHON ELITE: 7:00am start wave | men under 1:30, women under 1:40
5K ELITE: 8:00am start wave | men under 22 mins, women under 24 mins
Parking is available at the start & finish area at: 16201 E Indiana Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Participants will cross aid stations roughly every 2-3 miles on the course with the exception of the 5k. The 5k does not have a water station on course. Aid Stations will be equipped with the following, 20oz bottled water, 12oz bottled sports drink, GU gels, and gummy bear chews. All products will be bottled and/or pre-packaged due to COVID-19. We understand that most participants will only take a few sips of the bottle and throw the rest. Unfortunately, this is still our best way to provide nutrition during a pandemic. We have had some requests for smaller bottles, but we will only have the larger bottles due to them being significantly less expensive than the smaller bottles and some runners like to carry the larger bottle with them or pour it over their heads. Please do not litter on course and dispose of your trash at the aid stations. Due to the increased use of bottles, we do have a team that sweeps the entire course for garbage post race, but please make their life easier and do not litter on the course.
We will have an athlete only gear check corral in which athletes will drop their bag at a pre-labeled area based on their bib number. There will be adequate spacing between bags and runners. Volunteers will not handle any gear bags. Volunteers will staff the entry and exit of the gear check area to make sure bags match the bib number of each runner entering and exiting. Bib numbers will be required to enter and exit the gear check corral. For safety purposes volunteers may ask to look inside of gear bags.
There will be a limited amount of booths near the finisher area. Finishers may take a photo at the photo backdrop after their finish. Race merchandise will also be available near the finish. Bottled water, Gatorade, bananas and oranges courtesy of Pepsi and Pierone Produce will be available at the finish line. New this year - tear off the pull tag at the bottom of your bib number for a post-race meal from Cosmic Cowboy OR Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese. They will be available on a first come-first serve basis, every runner will be allowed one post-race meal ticket.
SMILE! We will have an automated camera set up at the finish line that is triggered by our timing box when you cross the finish line. These photos will be available on the results page within 72 hours after the race. The more visible your bib number is, the easier it is for our automated software to tag your photo with your bib so you can find it easily post race. If your bib number was not visible, you can still search all the finish photos to find your photo.
Portable toilets and hand washing stations will be available in the start / finish area. Please follow physical distancing protocol when using the toilets. Gel in and hand wash coming out of the restrooms.