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This safety plan below is designed to cover the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon event at the University of Toledo. The event will be held from Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Community Directors involved in preparing this safety plan:

Clint McCormick - RRCA and USAT Certified Race Director, Toledo Roadrunners Club
Dr Jason Smith - Medical Director of Sports Medicine, Mercy Health Toledo
Eric Zgodzinski - Health Commissioner, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department
David Welch - Director of Environmental Health, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department


Requirements for Youth & Collegiate, Amateur, Club & Professional Sports


At this time we do not believe an indoor expo will be possible for maintaining a safe environment. We are looking at options to hold an outdoor event. The details are yet to be determined, but could include a drive through packet pickup, or a large tented packet pickup option to be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of race weekend. No race day pickup will be offered.


The goal for 2021 is to reduce the field size of events to allow for adequate social distancing in each wave at the start line, at aid stations, relay exchange points, finish line, medical tent and refreshments areas.

Field capacity will be limited to a total of 7,500 participants broken down into the following events:


  • 5K: 2000 Runners/Walkers
  • Kids Run: Canceled


  • Marathon: 1,500 Runners
  • Half Marathon: 2,500 Runners
  • Marathon Relay: 250 teams of 5 Runners Each


The course routes for each event provide routes that allow for adequate social distancing, provide minimal or no overlap, and allow for start lines to have many corrals for staging.


All participants will be required to wear a mask/face covering during non-competition times:

  • Pre and Post Race
  • Start Line Corrals
  • Immediate Finish Lline Area
  • All Staff and Volunteers Will Be Required to Wear a Mask/Face Covering at All Times
  • All Spectators Will Be Required to Wear a Mask/face Covering


  • Must Wear Mask/face Covering
  • Must Maintain 6’ Social Distancing
  • Must Conduct Daily Symptom Self Assessment
  • A Minimal Amount of Spectators Will Be Allowed at Start/finish Lines
  • No Spectators Allowed Inside the Glass Bowl Stadium


Each participant shall be required to complete a declaration at packet pickup that they are not currently infected by COVID-19 and have not had, or knowingly been in contact with, someone experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days.

By acknowledging, the participant agrees to take temperature on race day.  Fever of 100.4 or higher, the participant shall not participate.
All spectators are requested to self assess prior to attending the event.


Clint McCormick // 419.356.4881


  • Outline safety procedures for participants, staff/volunteers, and spectators;
  • Publish on registration page and website;
  • Email to participants prior to race day;
  • Diagrams outlining specific patterns of flow will be developed; specifically diagrams for the packet pickup, start line, aid station, finish line, and refreshments will be developed;
  • Mobile App will be developed as another method of spectator and participant communication.


  • Sanitizers provided in all portajohns;
  • Portable restrooms spaced 6’ apart;
  • Increased number of portable restrooms available at start/finish line;
  • Hand wash stations and hand sanitizer stations added to the start/finish line area.


We have been working closely with the Lucas County and Wood County Health Departments to develop safe running procedures since May 2020. Through this collaboration, we have developed a path and field capacity that targets the Glass City Marathon through other area road races. Operational procedures are being developed and refined as the field capacity grows to maintain social distancing guidelines where necessary so we can safely execute the different events within the marathon. Below are the events and field capacities leading up to the Glass City Marathon event.

START LINE CORRALS -- Social Distancing

The start line for the marathon, half marathon, and relay is on Secor Road, south of West Towerview Blvd. Given the conditions as we know it in October 2020, we anticipate corrals of 100 people. Should the climate improve, we would explore corrals of 250-500 participants each. We will corral runners up Secor, wrap around to Towerview, then south on West Rocket Drive. With a start line width of 50 feet, we are estimating we will start a wave every 60 seconds. 

The main concentration is to keep people moving and to not have people remain in the same place for more than 15 minutes. Masks will be required of participants until they cross the start line.


  • The immediate finish line within the Glass Bowl will not allow any spectators.
  • Runners “encouraged” to leave finish area ASAP;
  • Results streamed live and sent to mobile devices. 
  • No awards ceremonies. Pickup at separate tent;
  • Finisher medals will be distributed at packet pickup;
  • Refreshments are to be determined. In normal years we serve sliced pizza, pasta, and offer beer to finishers. As we know it today, all food items are to be individually wrapped items, or whole fruits packaged in advance and distributed in bags, no self-serve or bulk items.

We continue to monitor the conditions locally, and nationally as road racing returns. These guidelines are being put in place with every effort to hold this event as close to normal as possible, proving the best experience we can given the climate we are in. There is always a chance the event will be cancelled. Should you not feel safe participating, or if the race changes from an in person race to either a virtual or cancelled event, we will work to provide deferment or transfer options. There are no refunds.

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