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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. Our organization is working hard to increase the post race experience even without large gatherings and after parties. 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
From very early on in the pandemic, our organization has worked very hard to develop new race strategies to keep our runners, staff, volunteers, and community safe. We continue to regularly make updates to our planning relative to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we get closer to the race, we will finalize our action plan with very detailed specifics. The below information is meant to give participants as much information as possible to allow them to prepare for the race and different possible scenarios.
Current state guidelines allow for start volumes of up to 200 runners per hour in phase 2 and 300 runners per hour in phase 3. Racers must still start physically distanced and in small start waves (less than 10 or 15 respectively) or rolling starts. As we get closer to the 2021 event, we will release official start time options based upon the most current state of COVID-19. We anticipate that all runners will be able to start in the morning of May 16, 2021, with start waves to be available between 7am to 10am with the course closing at 1:30pm. Runners will be able to self select start times with longer distances given priority for the earliest start times. Start wave selections will be made available a month before race day.
Participants will cross aid stations roughly every 2-3 miles on the course. Aid Stations will be equipped with the following, water, sports drink and GU products. Depending on the state of the pandemic water and sports drink may be in bottled form or cups.
We expect that gear check will be an available option for runners for this event. The plan will be for an athlete only gear check corral in which athletes will drop their bag at a pre-labeled area for their bib number. There will be adequate spacing between bags and runners and 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.