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The hours and hours our team has worked with local, regional, and state officials to obtain clarity on the Commonwealth’s Phase III guidelines as they relate to foot races, have finally reached the point where we can no longer move forward. The guidelines were written with the best intentions to keep us all safe, but do not factor in the many different scenarios and variables that make a foot race on a 40-foot wide road over the span of miles different from a football game or a tennis match. The unprecedented situation requiring fast turnaround of guidelines and stipulations surrounding the pandemic do not account for all the variables, and so we as runners and walkers find ourselves stuck in the middle. Ultimately, after multiple conversations and correspondence with the Governor’s office we are resigned that it is simply not feasible to hold this event under the limited attendee stipulations, regardless of duration of event and length of course and size of staging area.
We will continue to assist the Governor’s staff in Richmond in proposing a policy change that will rewrite the guidelines, but the harsh reality is this cannot be done, approved, and put in place before November 7th. While we work to ensure that the PNC Parkway Classic may go forward in-person next April under updated guidelines, we have been given no choice but to forego the in-person 2020 PNC Parkway Classic and transition all registrants into the Virtual Race.
All registrants will be able to pick up their race swag (shirt and medal) at Pacers Alexandria during the weekend of October 31 - November 1 and November 6 - 7. In order to maintain proper social distancing guidelines, we will be requiring all registrants to sign up for a time slot during normal business hours. You will be able to select your time slot starting at the end of this week (a separate email will be sent with these instructions). Should you wish to have your items shipped to you, there will also be that option. Those of you who paid for the pre-mail packet during your original registration will have your items shipped automatically. Your only action item will be to confirm your shipping address in your RunSignup Profile.
Hosting racing events is what we live for, and our hearts break every time we have to cancel a race. It is not our choice, and it severely impacts our business and it’s staff. This pandemic has taken something from all of us - physically, emotionally, and financially. But racing is at the heart of what we do, and we are all in this together. We hope that you will lace up those shoes, and run your race whenever and wherever you can. Share your experience on social, and by uploading your results (more on how to do that in the coming weeks). Someday we will look back at 2020 - maybe glare back - thankful that it is over, but we will remember everything we did to keep our lives going, no matter what got in our way, to do what we love.
In this together,
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