2020 Beaver Chase Urban Trail Race

COVID-19 Procedures & Adjustments

COVID-19 PROCEDURES & ADJUSTMENTS

Virtual Race Guidelines/Expectations:

We ask that all registrants certify that they will comply with the current CDC Guidelines and other directives from the Governor of their respective state in participating and completing their half marathon.  Our strong advice is to “RUN ALONE” or with your immediate family members. We all need to do our part to “stop the spread”. Please be safe and do your part.

Here are some ways to be safe and still get your workout, training or virtual race completed:

  • RUN ALONE!  We’ll have plenty of opportunities to run in groups when this is all over.  If you do run with a partner maintain 6 feet or more distance at all times.  
  • Use common sense about where you run and when you run.  Going to run 8 miles in a busy park on a nice Saturday morning probably isn’t your best choice.  You may need to change up when you run and where you run.
  • Vary your routes.  This is a great opportunity to switch things up, just be sure that you are running in a safe area with wide paths, roadway or trails.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  We are all vying for some of the same space when we are out exercising.  Be courteous of others and providing plenty of room when you pass. Crossing the street when possible is a great strategy.
  • Consider more workouts from home.  Lots of great things are happening with technology, online classes and exercise instruction.

Live Race Procedures: 

Beaver Chase Urban Trail Race is a perfect event to take place while maintaining safe steps during COVID-19. Please read below completely so you understand our plan, and can make the choice to race in person or virtually at your own place & pace. 

Please adhere to ALL CDC/WHO, and Local Guidelines from Health Departments, Governors Office, Mayors Office. 

Very Limited Event: 

We will only allow 250 total registrants for the live in person race. This assures plenty of space for participants to spread out allowing a safe and fun race. 

Early Packet Pick Up: August 7-Friday 3-6PM at Graham Martin Park 

  • All participants picking up packets are asked to wear masks while on site (unless you go for a run/hike etc) 
  • Please practice social distancing while waiting to get your packet 
  • All packets will be PRE Packed with your shirt, bib, safety pins, & finisher medal 
  • No On-Site restrooms during packet pick up to save the port o pots for race day
  • Please limit loitering around the packet pick up area (snag your packet, and move on to check out the park/leave)

Race Day Packet Pick Up: August 8-Saturday at Graham Martin Park (near start/finish line 

  • Race day packet pick up will be staggered along with the start times for each division. This allows for maximum social distancing/spacing at pick up, and at the start line. 
    • Marathon Packet Pick Up: 5:40-6:10 AM 
    • Half Marathon Packet Pick Up: 6:20-6:50 AM 
    • Quarter Marathon: 6:55-7:25 AM 
  • All participants picking up packets are asked to wear masks while on site (except while running/walking unless desired) 
  • Please practice social distancing while waiting to get your packet 
  • All packets will be PRE Packed with your shirt, bib, safety pins, & finisher medal 
  • Please limit loitering around the packet pick up area (snag your packet and move on), the start line (arrive when ready to start), and the finish line (grab recovery items and move on post race) 

Sanitizing Station & Restrooms: 

  • We will have port o pots on site race morning. Please use the sanitization station prior to entering and when exiting the units. 
  • We will have sanitizing stations at the start/finish, near all port o pots, and at aid stations including your self-serve aid station (no common items). Please use it as necessary. 

Start:

  • We will start each division individually and allow them a 15 minute window to start. This allows maximum distancing at the start. Please listen to instruction on site over the PA, and when your distance start opens you can enter the corral and run/walk when you feel safe/ready. 
    • Marathon Start: 6:15-6:30 AM
    • Half Marathon Start: 7:10-7:25 AM
    • Quarter Marathon Start: 7:50-8:05 AM  
  • Our start corral will be 12ft wide and we will encourage participants to start individually or in 2-3 person spaced out groups. 

While Racing:

  • Maintain Social Distancing-we can race together…apart! 
  • Pass with Care-make sure you have plenty of space to pass and stay spread. The trails have tight spaces in some spots, but plenty of room overall. Holler “on your left” when a ways back, and then work together to pass/be passed. 
  • Avoid touching…we always say “rubbing in racing” at RMP, but with the current situation-let’s leave out the rubbing, and even chatting if too close 🙂 
  • Stay safe, work together, and have fun pushing your limits! 

Aid Stations: 

We will have our traditional 3 aid stations that are passed twice each over the course of one 6.55 Mile loop. We will have 1-2 staff/volunteers manning the aid stations with gloves, masks, and plenty of hand sanitizer. Please snag your refuel items, and move along. Also please dispose of your items in one of the many trash bins around the aid stations. We will provide water, gatorade, some coke (at the self aid/loop station), bananas, and pretzels. We also have the self aid station for any full or half marathon participants that want to drop their own aid. You pass this spot around mile 2, and at the end/beginning of each new loop. We will put out additional tables to allow ample space to set your items out. We ask that you snag your specific items as needed and move along (do not stop and spend ample time in the one common area). Again hand sanitizer will be near your items in the self aid station. 

Finish: 

The finish line will also be 12ft wide, and clear/open for folks to run through without a crowd. You will have your finisher medal already from your packet. We will provide you water, and select pre-packaged food post race. Please allow the staff/volunteers to give you the food as they will be masked/gloved up. We will have our backdrops up for a quick photo, but we do ask you to plan to quickly move on post race. This is to keep crowds to a minimum assuring the healthiest atmosphere possible for participants, volunteers, spectators, and staff. Results will be posted online immediately after you finish at Run Sign Up, and photos will be up on Facebook within 24hrs. 

Post Race Celebrations: 

We will not be able to offer any post race celebrations. Unfortunatly our long time partners with this event (Stacked Pickle) has perminantly closed their doors with the challenges from COVID-19, and even if open it is not ideal for groups to form/congregate. We are also not able to secure permits for beer etc due to office closures from COVID-19. This race is all about chasing your goals, and leaving it all out on the course. We WILL have very nice custom finisher certificates that you can download from your results screen that will showcase your finish place overall, age group place, time, etc. Bring the speed, perform your best, and have fun while staying safe! 

Spectators: 

The park is huge, so if spectators are coming please encourage them to spread out, and enjoy the scenery. If you can estimate your finish time they can certainly watch you do loops, and then pop out to cheer you into the finish. We strongly encourage spectators to wear masks if they are near others or not able to socially distance. 

Thank You: 

We know this is VERY different from our normal events were we thrive at brining lots of folks together to race, compete, and celebrate. Please know these changes are for the health and well-being of us all, and is a way we can assure a safe and fun event. We are beyond excited to watch, cheer, and support you all in chasing your goals at Beaver Chase Urban Trail Race! Thanks for considering racing, and supporting the event industry during these times.