Athlete Guide
FROM THE RACE DIRECTOR:

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. 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

COVID-19 PLAN:

Stay home or participate virtually if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (have not recovered or are still within the required 10-day isolation period), had symptoms of COVID-19 (within the last 24 hours), or had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 (within the last 14 days).

Please email info@nsplit.com if you would like a full detailed copy of the COVID-19 mitigation plan. The highlights of the plan are below. 

PACKET PICK-UP:
  • Packet pick-up will be outdoors.
  • Friday 4/16 Fleet Feet Kendall Yards 4pm-7pm 1315 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99201
  • Saturday 4/17 Fleet Feet Kendall Yards 11am-4pm 1315 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99201
  • NO RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP
  • You may have another runner or family member pick-up your packet if you cannot make these times. 
  • Face coverings are required at packet pick-up and 6ft physical distancing must be maintained. 

Virtual runners also have the option of having their packet shipped to them for $10 (this can be done during registration).

FACE COVERINGS:

Face coverings are required at packet pick-up and in the start/finish area. Face coverings may be removed while running.

RACE START: 

Runners will be allowed to self select a start window (i.e. 8:00 - 8:10am) starting on Thursday 3/25/2021 at noon. Instruction on how to select your start wave can be found here. YOU MUST SELECT A START TIME TO RUN!!! Start times will be available between 8:00am - 11:00am based on your event distance and projected finish times. The start wave system is setup to help reduce congestion in the start line, finish line, and on course.

Runners must start during their start window.  There will not be an official gun that goes off for your start, you are allowed to start anytime during your start wave in which the start line is empty of people and you can maintain physical distancing. Check out our video for what this looks like in practical terms. Please do not show up more than 5 minutes before your start time. If you accidentally  arrive early, please stay by your car and away from the start/finish area until your start time.

ELITE STARTS: 

This year, we will have an elite start for each distance. Runners can self select themselves into the elite start if their anticipated finish time is fast enough. You must select these start waves in order to race in the elite start. The elite start will have a socially distant gun start with 30 athletes. Due to the nature of this socially distant start, chip time will be used as the official race time and not the gun start time. Face coverings are required in the start chute and may be removed when you cross the start line. If you want to be eligible for fastest overall awards, you must start in the Elite Start waves.

  • HALF MARATHON ELITE: 8:00am start wave | men under 1:30, women under 1:40
  • 10K ELITE: 8:05am start wave | men under 50mins, women under 55mins
  • 5K ELITE: 8:10am start wave | men under 22mins, women under 24mins
PARKING:

Please do not block Kendall Yard resident parking areas. There is several free parking areas just to the north of Kendall Yards near the Health Safety building and the Spokane County Courthouse.

AID STATIONS / NUTRITION

The Half marathon will have 5 aid stations. The 10k will have 2 aid stations. The 5k will NOT have an aid station on course. 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 gels and gummy bear chews. All products will be bottled and/or pre-packaged due to COVID-19.  Unfortunately, this creates more waste.  Please do not litter on course and dispose of your trash at the aid stations.


GEAR CHECK

We will have an athlete only gear check corral in which athletes will drop their bag at a pre-labeled area based on their bib number. There will be adequate spacing between bags and runners. 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. Bib numbers will be required to enter and exit the gear check corral. For safety purposes volunteers may ask to look inside of gear bags.

FINISH AREA

There will be a limited amount of booths near the finisher area. All finishers will receive a finisher medal, bottle of water, snacks, and food options. Finishers may take a photo at the photo backdrop after their finish. Race merchandise will also be available near the finish.

TOILETS

Portable toilets and hand washing stations will be available in the start / finish area. Please follow physical distancing protocol when using the toilets. Gel in and hand wash coming out of the restrooms. 

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