Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon & 5k

Sat November 7, 2020 Tusayan (Grand Canyon), AZ 86023 US Directions
Public Health Expectations for All Participants

While there is still uncertainty about public health and mass participation sports, given the remote location and the limited number of entrants, we are expecting to be able to manage a safe event. We have provided an operations plan that entails social distancing, a staggered start, additional cleaning resources, and no pre- or post-race social activities and the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Tusayan, the Kaibab National Forest, and the Tusayan Fire Department have confirmed their approval of an in-person event.  Over the coming weeks, we will be in communication with the appropriate regional permitting agencies and we'll provide additional communication with race participants via email and the various race pages.  

We will need your help, though. For those planning on doing the event in person, all participants must agree to the posted and announced race protocols:

You agree to a temperature check before starting the race; if your temperature is above 100 degrees, you will not be allowed to start.  
You agree that participants will not congregate near other participants, volunteers and organizers, spectators, or one another.
You agree to start in a pre-assigned corral at a pre-assigned time, at the discretion of the race organizers.
You agree to be socially distant until it is your time to start, staying at least 6 feet from people you don't live with.
You agree to wear a face covering during all pre-race activities and all post-race activities.
You agree that when on the race course, you will wear a face covering when passing and being passed.
You will agree to wear a face covering after crossing the finish line and while in the staging area.
You will agree that after the race you will not congregate near other participants, volunteers and organizers, or one another.
You agree to bring your own pre-race and during-race hydration and nutrition.  
You agree to provide your own post-race hydration and nutrition.If receiving medical care, you will agree to wear a face covering and follow the medical professional's conditions for treatment.
You agree that guests will not be invited to congregate at the start or finish line staging area.
You agree that guests will follow standard social-distancing and face-covering protocols when at alternate locations or elsewhere on the race course.

Most importantly, you agree to not attend the event if you display symptoms such as fever, coughing, sore throat, over-all fatigue, and other standard symptoms of those exposed to COVID-19, and you agree to not attend if you are sick with or have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or if you were recently (within 14 days) exposed to COVID-19.

If you have specific questions, please contact the Run Tucson race directing team at randy@runtucson.net. 

MORE DETAILS: Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon: Safety Protocol for Event Weekend, Based on What We Know on October 9, 2020.  More to follow.

Pre-Race Communication

  • Email newsletters provide consistent stream of safety and public health updates\
  • Updated waiver provided to all participants
  • Event Weekend "Rules & Directions" emailed and provided via video 
  • Participants must use online form to agree to 2020 Rules & Directions

 
Pre-race Staging

  • All participants and volunteers required to wear a face covering at all time
  • Shirts, medal, race maps, water bottle, and energy gels are placed in plastic bags marked with each person's name
  • Participants pick up their personal bag on Friday night or Saturday morning before the event
  • Pick-up is with face covering, with hand-sanitizer available and social distance rules followed -- only a few people allowed into IMAX building at a time, and so forth
  • No pre-race group dinner
  • No pre-race group meeting

 
Race Day Parking Lot Staging Area

  • Socal Distance, hand-sanitizer/soap available, multiple portojohns with distance between, and so forth
  • Ambulance parked in parking lot
  • Fire Department set up as they need
  • Water bottles and other packaged food items available 
     

Half-Marathon and 5k Race Day Start Location in Front of IMAX

  • Pre-race temperature check required
  • Social distance is required
  • Staggered start times, TBD
  • Runners will be asked to submit answers to a questionnaire with their estimated finishing time 
  • First runner begins at 7:00 am 
  • Last runner starts at around 11:00 am 
  • Participants are required to wear a buff on the race course and pull it up when near other runners
     

Half-Marathon and 5k Race Day Course

  • Self-sustained run with no volunteers at water stations 
  • Volunteers patrol on 4-wheeler
  • Fire Department and Sheriff on hand
  • Participants are required to wear a buff on the race course and pull it up when near other runners
  • Participants cross mat and receive chip time, based on their starting time
  • Participants asked to leave the staging area upon finishing the event
  • No group photos 
  • No post-race food
  • Required facemasks, hand-sanitizer available, social distance rules followed -- only a few people allowed into IMAX building at a time, and so forth
  • No awards ceremony -- awards mailed to participants in the weeks after the event (perhaps modify to social-distance award hand-out)
     

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