Second Annual Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K

Event Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 Directions
Frequently Asked Questions

 

What has the event done to ensure runner safety?  

Please note that the Els for Autism Foundation will be following all best COVID-19 practices at this outdoor event. Please review the Els for Autism COVID compliance plan below.

Pre-event: Race registration will only be conducted online. Day-of race registration will not be permitted. Els for Autism will also host early packet pickup for three days prior to the race. Day-of packet pickup will not be permitted. 

Day-of event: Els for Autism will place signage throughout the event site reminding runners to wear a mask and to maintain a safe social distance of at least 6 feet. Els for Autism staff and volunteers will be wearing masks at all times. Els for Autism staff and volunteers will remind and encourage attendees to wear a mask and social distance before and after the race. Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer will be available to participants if needed.

Race Format: To take the highest precautions for COVID-19 prevention, runners will start the race in waves depending on average mile time. During each wave start, five runners at a time will be directed into the start line corral and started every 20 seconds.

Water Distribution: Individual water bottles will be placed at water stations along the course, rather than using water cups. An Els for Autism staff member, wearing a mask and gloves, will place individual water bottles at the water stations so runners can take their own water. We please ask that runners dispose of these bottles in a race-provided garbage can. Els for Autism also encourages participants to bring their own water bottles and/or hydration backpacks to the race.

Post-Race: To avoid large gatherings, there will not be an in-person awards ceremony. Instead, Els for Autism will host a virtual awards ceremony where we will announce participants’ times and race winners. 

 

Where do I pick up my race packet?   
Early packet pickup will take place on Tuesday, April 20th through Friday, April 23rd:

Tuesday, April 20th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Fit2Run in The Gardens Mall
Wednesday, April 21st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Els Center of Excellence
Thursday, April 22nd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Els Center of Excellence
Friday, April 23rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Els Center of Excellence

You will receive your race t-shirt, bib and other gifts at packet pick up. Please note that day-of packet pickup will not be permitted.

 

How will scoring be conducted?
Every runner will be provided with his/her own disposable timing tag which will be affixed to the race bib. AccuChipUSA will record net timing for each participant, which is the elapsed time between when a runner crosses the timing mats at the start and finish lines.

 

Where do I park on race day? 
Participants will park at The Els Center of Excellence. On race day, parking directors will assist once you enter the gates at The Els Center of Excellence. Parking will open at 6:30 am. Parking is free. 

 

What time does the race start? 
To take the highest precautions for COVID-19 prevention, runners will start the race in waves depending on average mile time. During each wave start, five runners at a time will be directed into the start line corral and started every 20 seconds.

6:30 am – Parking Opens, The Els Center of Excellence Pavilion

7:15 am – Welcome Announcement and National Anthem

7:30 am – 7:40 am – Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K Wave 1 (competitive racing and experienced trail runners; mile pace: 10 minutes or less)

8:00 am – 8:10 am – Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K Wave 2 (intermediate racing/trail runners; mile pace: 10 to 15 minutes)

8:30 am – Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K Wave 3/Family Fun Run Begins (beginner trail runners and walkers; mile pace: 15+ minutes)

 

What time should I arrive on race day?  
To avoid large group gatherings, we please ask that all participants arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before their start time. If you arrive earlier that 15 minutes prior to your start time, we respectfully ask that you wait in your car.

 

Do I need to wear a mask?  
We please ask that all participants wear a mask and maintain a safe social distance of at least 6 feet before and after the race. During the race, participants are permitted to take off their masks. Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be available to participants if needed.

 

Can I sign up on race day?  
To avoid social contact, day-of race registration will not be permitted. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, space at the Roots & Ruts Off-Road 5K is limited. Be sure to secure your spot NOW while space is still available!

 

Will there be an awards ceremony?

To avoid large gatherings, there will not be an in-person awards ceremony. Instead, Els for Autism will host a virtual awards ceremony where we will announce participants’ times and race winners. Winners will also be contacted separately by an Els for Autism staff member who will coordinate award delivery. 

 

How do I find out my results?  
AccuChip will upload results in real time to the race website where runners can check their times on their smart phones and/or computers. Additionally, Els for Autism will host a virtual awards ceremony where race winners and participants’ times will be announced. Race winners will be contacted separately by an Els for Autism staff member who will coordinate award delivery.

 

What can I expect on the course? 
North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area is a 160-acre natural area preserves comprised of mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, depression marsh, and dome swamp ecosystems. Because the run will take place in natural woodlands, participants should be cautious and aware at all times during the race. Racers should expect to encounter multiple ground surfaces throughout the race such as pavement, gravel, sand, and grass.

 

Are strollers or bikes allowed on the course?

Both strollers and bikes are not permitted on the course. Since the race will take place in natural woodlands, participants should expect to encounter multiple uneven ground surfaces throughout the race such as pavement, gravel, sand, and grass.

 

Can I bring my pet?

Pets are not permitted at the North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area. 

 

Are there water stations on the course? 
Water stations can be found just past the 1 Mile Marker and again after the 2 Miler Marker. Individual water bottles will be placed at water stations along the course, rather than using water cups. An Els for Autism staff member, wearing a mask and gloves, will place individual water bottles at the water stations so runners can take their own water. We please ask that runners dispose of these bottles in a race-provided garbage can. We also encourage participants to bring their own water bottles and/or hydration backpacks to the race.

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