LOOKING FORWARD: GUIDELINES FOR RACES
Modifying in-person events for safe races in the COVID-19 era.
RACE GUIDELINES DOCUMENT
We are moving into a new phase of COVID-19 response. The first was denial that it would be a threat to the United States. The second was acceptance of the situation and an accompanying feeling of helplessness. We are now moving into a third phase: discussion of when and how things open up. If the endurance industry can develop sound practices based on local health guidelines, we have the opportunity to be a way for communities to regather - at safe distances.
This living document was originally created by RunSignup with input and suggestions from dozens of race organizers and industry leaders. It will continue to be updated regularly as new information becomes available, and can be adapted and modified by any organization to meet their needs and comply with their state and local health guidance.
VIEW LOOKING FORWARD GUIDELINES
How Can We Use This?
This is a living document that will continue to be updated as new information and ideas become available. The document can also be downloaded to provide a starting point for individuals, governing bodies, clubs, and running stores to create their own localized guidelines for races. You can use the menu on the left of the document to click on a heading and jump to that specific section in the document.
So, Can I Put on a Race?
The guidelines in the document are suggestions and ideas to consider as you look towards putting on your races again. Every event should consult and comply with national, state, and local governmental orders as well as national and local health official's guidelines.
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Looking for something specific? Use the links below to jump directly to that section of the document.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
A Rapidly Changing Situation
A Community Approach
Testing and Proximity Apps
Best Practices for Runners
Other Guidelines, Conversations & Policies
How toUse This DocumentVIEW OVERVIEW
Applying for a Permit
Size of Race
Location of Event & Course Design
Emergency & Cancellation Plans
Procurement & Contract Provisions
Plan a Virtual Option(s)
Hybrid Events - In-Person & Virtual
Flexible Participant ManagementVIEW REGISTRATION
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
Communicating Through Your Website
Event Logistics & Race Status Communications
Marketing Your Event as Safe
Marketing Through a Crisis
Volunteer CommunicationsVIEW COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
Beyond helping races convert and create creative virtual races, there are a lot of ideas on how timers can help our industry transition to the “new normal”.
This section will be used to add creative timing and scoring ideas for Timers to help races.
CheckIn and Packet Pick-Up
Start Line Logistics
Finish Line Flow
Post-Race Clean Up
Real Race Examples with Social Distancing
Races will look different in the weeks and months to come, but technology and creativity are letting us get back to racing in a way that complies with social distancing.View Examples