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Safety, safety, safety! This is the name of the game. We want each and every participant to have a fun, healthy, and safe event experience! In these unprecedented times, we as your event organizers, are not able to look after your safety at our event site or on the run and walk courses. The ball has been thrown back to each of us as participants to ensure our own safety and the safety of others while participating. We can and will provide guidance, but ultimately you must be responsible for YOUR own health and safety during the virtual event.
There is no concrete rule, evidence, or recommendation on wearing masks while exercising outside and therefore we as your event organizers will not take a stance on this issue. We encourage you to do your own research and act accordingly and ALWAYS listen to your body while engaging in fitness activities. As per the CDC's website: "We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms." With this is mind, we do ask that YOU put public health and safety ABOVE competition and athletic goals at this time. While out running or walking, please make sure you and others you encounter on your chosen path are maintaining the minimum recommended social distancing gap of 6'. If this means that you need to pause your run/walk, and allow someone to safely pass, please do so. If you need to (safely) cross the street, to allow for proper social distancing, please do so. If you need to reroute your intended course to avoid others, please do so. And above all, if you feel sick in any way or not 100% healthy, please DO NOT participate. (We will be happy to manually add you in to the results when you ARE back to healthy.)
Unless you are able to participate on traffic-free paths or in a closed park, traffic is a concern for runners or walkers as it is on any normal day! Never assume a vehicle will stop for you. Please be alert and aware of your surroundings throughout your run/walk especially when approaching intersections or if there is no pedestrian sidewalk. This part may seem obvious, however...always be sure to obey traffic rules such as stopping at stop signs and traffic lights and looking both ways before you cross a street!
One very cool thing about our first Virtual Event is that you can participate from anywhere! This means that we have participants from many states and even outside the United States! It is essential that while planning your participation you are fully aware of your local regulations. For example: Check if your parks are open for use before arrival. Does your area require masks while outdoors? If so, and you are not comfortable participating with one, can you create a unique course around your yard and throughout your home? Is traveling (driving) for recreation allowable by local authorities, or should you run a course that starts and ends on your own steps? Please do your research and ensure you are in compliance.
Above all, get out (or stay in) and have a great time while supporting Market Street Mission! Your registration, team recruitment, and fundraising efforts ARE making a difference for those in need in our community and your participation keeps YOU fit while inspiring others in your neighborhood to do the same. While our normal routines may have shifted, no one has told us to stop having FUN, being FIT, and SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER! Thank you for joining us this year!