Be Heard! "Stop the Stigma" 5K

Sat October 10, 2020 Presque Isle, ME 04769 US Directions
The Maine Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-1112 or 711
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 or 838255
COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Face masks, or face coverings, are mandatory and must be worn at packet pick up, at the start line, and after finishing the race.  We do NOT expect face coverings to be worn during the run itself. 

GUIDELINE GOALS
In May, we drafted guidelines for a safe return to events using a three-phase approach.  As outlined by Maine Governor Mills’ mandate, this event will be held during phase two, which limits gatherings to 100 people or less.


CompetitorME’s Guidelines serve to:

  • Prioritize the health and safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, client staff, and CompetitorME staff. 
  • Mirror and adhere to the Federal Government Guidelines by following the three-phased approach to reopening.
  • Provide documentation to our clients with recommendations for their events.
  • Provide local and state authorities with a written plan from CompetitorME regarding the procedures and processes for the client’s event.
  • Rely on recommendations from several different sources (Centers for Disease Control, USA Triathlon, RunSignUp, and Road Runners Club of America).
  • Effectively communicate changes and set expectations with participants. 

BE HEARD! STOP THE STIGMA 5K!
As mentioned, events in the COVID-19 world will be slightly different for the foreseeable future.  Across the entire industry, event managers have had to adapt and rise to meet the challenges brought on through restrictions. 

The Be Heard! Stop the Stigma 5K in Presque Isle will be capping registrations at 90 participants for the in-person event in order to comply with the COVID-19 gathering guidelines of 100 or less.  After the 90 spots are filled, we are encouraging people to still register and do the event virtually.  We encourage all who want to participate in person to register early!

Because of the need to limit the number of individuals to 100 or less, there will be NO race day registration!  


Packet Pick Up for those registered will occur at two tables near the start/finish from 7:30 am to 8:30 am.   Safety pins for bibs will already be in the packets. 

Face masks, or face coverings, are mandatory and must be worn at packet pick up, at the start line, and after finishing the race.  We do NOT expect face coverings to be worn during the run itself. 


WE'RE READY- ARE YOU!
The racecourse will be a clockwise loop with slight grades and little traffic.  


There will be one water stop at approximately 1.5 miles with smaller bottles of water set out on a table manned by a volunteer.  Runners will need to grab their own bottles and carry them to the end of the course for disposal.


The start of the race will be a rolling start, where participants line up approximately every ten feet.  Your chip time will begin once you cross the start line.  Additionally, we will ask you to self-seed within the corral, meaning faster folks will be near the front.  The idea is for the participants to remain socially distanced along the course.  


Post Event will also feel a bit different.  Water will be set out on a table and packaged food (such as granola bars) will be set out on another table spaced.  Participants will be responsible for grabbing their own items.  


Results will be available online as you cross the finish line.  Additionally, we will be sending emails to those who sign up for this feature during registration. 
There will not be an awards ceremony, since all waves need to finish before results are known.  


Some extras that we will have are additional Porta Potties and hand sanitizer stations onsite. 

ATTENDANCE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS & VOLUNTEERS

  • Face masks, or face coverings, are mandatory and must be worn at packet pick up, at the start line, and after finishing the race.
  • We do NOT expect face coverings to be worn during the run itself.
  • Please, don’t show up if you are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms.
  • Don't share fluids. Carry your own fluids to avoid contact with others on course.
  • Don't share towels, food, gels, or any other item that runners normally share freely.
  • Do wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using the port-a-john. 
  • Do not spit or “nose rocket” in public – bring along tissues or a small towel or a good old-fashioned hanky if you need to get rid of some snot during the race.
  • Do practice social distancing - ensure appropriate spacing between runners; the current recommendation is at least six feet of separation.
  • Do avoid close-group selfies.

Most importantly, you are participating in one of the first events in the state, and Nation, at this time.  We feel safe in the measures being taken to protect all in attendance, and simply ask for your assistance.

Again, please know face masks, or face coverings, are mandatory and must be worn at packet pick up, at the start line, and after finishing the race. 


Together, we will make this a memorable experience wherein we will Be Heard! Stop the Stigma about Mental Health!

Description

Join CompetitorME, United Way of Aroostook, education and health care professionals, plus our sponsors in supporting the Be Heard! "Stop the Stigma" 5K on World Mental Health Day, Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Our goal is to start a dialogue in our community about mental health awareness through Access, Education, and Prevention. Each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health can live better lives with dignity.

Every year one adult in four, along with one child in ten, will struggle with a mental health issue. These conditions can profoundly affect literally millions of lives, affecting the capability of these individuals to make it through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work at times.

Prior to the event, beginning at 8:15 am, we will have a series of speakers.  Those talking will be local educators, those living with mental health issues, loved ones/care givers, and health care professionals.  We ask that you come early to hear their messages.  

Please note the COVID-19 Guidelines below, especially:

  • The Be Heard! Stop the Stigma 5K in Presque Isle will be capping registrations at 90 participants for the in-person event in order to comply with the COVID-19 gathering guidelines of 100 or less.  After the 90 spots are filled, we are encouraging people to still register and do the event virtually.  The pre-race speakers will be live-streamed for those not able to attend in person.
  • There is NO race day registration!
  • First 75 registrants are guaranteed shirts.
  • Face masks, or face coverings, are mandatory and must be worn at packet pick up, at the start line, and after finishing the race.

If you need immediate assistance, please contact: The Maine Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-1112 or 711
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 or 838255

Place
Presque Isle Middle School
569 Skyway Street
Presque Isle, ME US 04769

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