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COVID-19 and its impact on Races

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I created this thread for discussion on all things related to the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on organised races. 

Feel free to share news on races that has been cancelled because of the outbreak. 

Pls be careful of what you post. And do not post anything that is not substantiated by official government agencies. 

The COVID-19 is in its 2nd month and the number of cases continued to increase.

The 2002-03 SARS outbreak run its course from Nov 2002 to July 2003 - a period of 8 months. There's no telling how long this outbreak will run.

I was not an active runners in 2002-03 so I am not sure what the impact a virus outbreak will have on races. There has been quite a number of races that has been cancelled in Hong Kong and China because of the outbreak. 

In Singapore, no race organisers has made any race cancellation yet but EPIC-ESR has announced that they are suspending registration for Marina Run 2020 (14 Feb 2020).

Those who were active in races during the SARS outbreak, pls share what it was like at that time. 

Summary of Postponed/Cancelled Races

Race: Lunar Run  2020
Event Scheduled: 9 Feb 2020
Organiser: Tampines Central CSC
Status: CANCELLED
More Info: HERE

Race: Relay for Life 2020
Event Scheduled: 15 Feb 2020
Organiser: Singapore Cancer Society – TalkMed
Status: CANCELLED
More InfoHERE

Race: Marina Run 2020
Event Scheduled: 15 Feb 2020
Organiser: Epic ESR
Status: Postponed (Date not available) 
More Info: HERE

Race: Run for Light 2020
Event Scheduled: 22 Feb 2020
Organiser: Ideas Room Consulting Pte Ltd & Punggol North CSC
Status: Postponed to 25 July 2020
More Info: HERE

Race: Run for Hope 2020
Event Scheduled: 23 Feb 2020
Organiser: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)
Status: Postponed to 16 August 2020
More Info: HERE

Race: Terry Fox Run Singapore 2020
Event Scheduled: 22 Mar 2020
Organiser: Terry Fox Run Singapore Committee and the Canadian Association of Singapore, in collaboration with the Singapore Cancer Society
Status: Postponed 
More Info: HERE

Race: Ground Zero Run 2020
Event Scheduled: 19 April 2020
Organiser: Mercy Relief 
Status: Postponed to 6 September 2020
More Info: HERE 
Postponement FAQ

Race: 2XU Compression Run 2020
Event Scheduled: 5 April 2020
Organiser: Pink Apple
Status: Postponed to 2nd Half 2020
More Info: HERE

Race: Sundown Marathon 2020
Event Scheduled: 23 May 2020
Organiser: Infintitus
Status: CANCELLED 
More Info: HERE

Race: J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Singapore 2020
Event Scheduled: 8 April 2020
Organiser: J.P. Morgan
Status: Postponed to 26 Nov 2020
More Info: HERE

Race: Safari Zoo Run
Event Scheduled: 29 March 2020
Organiser: Pink Apple
Status: Postponed to 2nd Half 2020
More Info: HERE

Race: Income Eco Run
Event Scheduled: 26 Apr 2020
Organiser: NTUC
Status: CANCELLED
More Info: HERE

Race: Volvic Forest Force 50 Race
Event Scheduled: 29 March 2020
Organiser: 
Status: POSTPONED 
More Info: HERE HERE

Race: 50 Hours Non-Stop Running 2020
Event Scheduled: 10-12 Apr 2020
Organiser: Tampines West CSC
Status: POSTPONED to 31 Jul 0900 to 2 Aug 1100 hrs 
More Info: HERE

Race: Bedok Reservoir Ultramarathon (8th Edition) 2020
Event Scheduled:  04 Apr  2020
Organiser: Running Guild
Status: Postponed to 24 Oct 2020
More Info: HERE

Summary of Races Proceeding as Scheduled

Race: Garang Warrior Ultra (5th Edition) 2020
Event Scheduled:  15 Feb  2020
Organiser: Running Guild
More Info: Website

Race: Nasi Lemak Run
Event Scheduled: 16 Feb 2020
Organiser: Running Guild
More Info: Website

 

 

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I don't think running was even considered as an active sport as it is now during the SARS outbreak.

End 2002, there was only the first edition of SCSM which wasn't widely promoted and went on as usual. There were no plans to postpone it even though it is an event that can cause widespread of germs. 

With running being a more popular sport now, and people being more cautious and active in protecting themselves, I won't be surprised to see many of the upcoming runs being postponed or cancelled as a result. Let's see.

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Coronavirus and you as Runners (ported from SCSM 2020 Forum to consolidate on the outbreak on the 2019-nCoV virus on races)

(info - https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a30642790/what-is-coronavirus/)

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Pay attention to hygienic rules, and try not to overtrain (advise - immune system will be expected to be lowered after any endurance run).

Symptoms of coronavirus: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, a general feeling of being unwell. Unlike most cases of SARS begin with a high fever. 

Other early symptoms include those commom to flu, such as aches, chills, diarrhoea and shortness of breath. These will develop over the course of a week. 

Patients may go on to develop pneumonia, an infection of the lungs.

Be safe and stay healthy actively.

 

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This is a really good article that is probably not very popular given the current paranoia over the outbreak.

Here are some excepts

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Almost 30 years ago, Philip Strong, the founder of the sociological study of epidemic infectious diseases, observed that any new infection prompted three epidemics: of fear, then moralization, then action. 

Whenever new infections emerged, the first response was invariably fear that they’d become an existential threat to humanity. We are all going to die. The second response was to see the outbreak as a verdict on human failings; divine judgement has gradually been replaced by political miscalculation. The third response was to engage in action, however pointless, intended to “do something” about the threat.

 

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The responses to the coronavirus devoutly follow this pattern. At this stage, some eight weeks into the outbreak, there is still a good deal of uncertainty: A clear picture of the risks may not be available for another couple of weeks, when the virus’s incubation period and mode of transmission are better understood. However, it is already reasonably apparent that the virus is a relatively mild infection for most, potentially serious in a small proportion of cases and fatal in a few cases, particularly where the victim is already in poor health.

International conservation and animal welfare organizations are using the outbreak to moralize about the traditional Chinese practice of eating a wider range of animal species than people of European heritage consider acceptable. Although wildlife markets are seen as a likely point for viruses to cross from animal to human hosts, as in Wuhan, they are a long-established part of Chinese food culture.

The outbreak is also the basis of a critique of the authoritarian nature of the Chinese state. Some of the online videos making implausible claims about infections and death rates are clearly being produced by political opponents to further their own agendas.

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Although it is still early for a definitive view, the challenge to governments and international organizations may not be the militaristic one of fighting a war against the virus but in helping people adjust to a “new normal.” Perhaps they should spend more time communicating that the coronavirus may be just another virus, broadly comparable in risk to a bad seasonal influenza or, at worst the 1918 influenza pandemic, that will circulate in human populations for a number of years. Eventually, there will be a vaccine and reasonably effective therapies. This is not good news, but it is news that we should be able to live with. People are being spooked by the novelty rather than the severity of the infection.

 

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The problem with the coronavirus is that we are not yet absolutely sure whether it is more like SARS, highly contagious and lethal, or like seasonal influenza, contagious and unpleasant but rarely fatal. Right now it appears to be closer to influenza (which is from a different family of viruses). If this continues to be the case, then we must question whether waging a full-scale war on the disease is really the best thing to be doing. Military language encourages the illusion that we can bring evolution under human control: Wars are to be won. The risks of death or serious illness from the coronavirus currently seem to be broadly comparable to those that we accept every year as a result of influenza. It’s not desirable if you are in a vulnerable population group, but it’s better than total disruption of your usual health care in search of an unachievable victory. Would it be less damaging to social and economic life to accept that most people are quite likely to become mildly infected by the coronavirus, and that this will, in itself, reduce the possibilities for transmission as more people develop antibodies, and that biomedical science will eventually develop vaccines and therapies, much as happened with HIV?

Full Article: We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus

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Not strictly a road race but the race organiser for Tembusu Vertical Marathon 2020 is taking some precaution. 

 

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Tokyo Marathon 2020 (has issued updates and are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak)

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In the past like SARS, the World Health Organisation declares officially the start and the end (free) of outbreak. However, Singapore continued monitoring till SARS is eradicated. 1 March >> 30 May >> 16 July 2003. 

(info https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_in_Singapore)

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World Athletics Indoor Championships Nanjing (postponed till March 21), possibility of relocation to another country outside China (yet is not an option).

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US declares coronavirus a public health emergency

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Wuhan coronavirus vaccine will take months

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Any WHO issued warning statements will be "reasons" for any cancellation or postponement or suspension of any race in the coming days/weeks/months.

If taking SARS outbreak timeline as example,  likely races from Feb (started already), March, April, May and even June will be likely be affected - meaning first half of 2020.

Will there be a refund option for races for those who have signed up which will be affected by the Wuhan coronavirus? Based on the Haze-affected races in the past, not likely. Rescheduling will be the norm.

All of us have a part to play... likely RAP on 2019-nCOV soon..Remembering SARS RAP

Be safe and keep healthy actively.

 

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Metasprint Aquathlon 2020 proceeds with Race Kit Collection and Race on 9 February at Sentosa

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We may all have different nationalities, speak different languages, but in our hearts we all speak of love, love for one another, continue fighting Wuhan.

One day, this soon will also be pass.

 

 

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The risk of virus spread during the race is too huge a risk for the race organisers to bear.. hence this is the right decision to go for postponement or cancellation...

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2 hours ago, AutumnRunner said:

The risk of virus spread during the race is too huge a risk for the race organisers to bear.. hence this is the right decision to go for postponement or cancellation...

Really? :rolleyes:

That assertion is absurd when #1 there is no evidence of wide spread local transmission at the moment #2 if you are sick, you shouldn't even be at the race to begin with.

In fact, I think of all large gathering of organised events, races may be the safest to go to. 

So if you ask me, I think this is just a typical CYA move from the organiser, not that I really blame them. But I expect this from a govt-link organisation like PA rather than a private charity organisation:crazysmile:  

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National Command and Control Structure follows the components of pandemic response are outlined according to DORSCON (Disease Outbreak Response System Condition) with the scale of response to the public framework comprises four levels: GREEN, YELLOW, ORANGE and RED, based on the likely public health impact on Singapore.

(info extracted : https://www.moh.gov.sg/docs/librariesprovider5/diseases-updates/interim-pandemic-plan-public-ver-_april-2014.pdf pg 5 - pg 11)

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From the past experience with SARS, ORANGE is definitely important because that would mean High Virulence, and that includes Closing of Schools and facilities which include Childcare and Eldercare. FYI, it was activated before then. Definitely, there shouldn't be any gathering of people at any event at ORANGE DORSCON.

Questions for the sake of discussion, which DORSCON are we now at this stage? Can the gathering of people and hosting of races be still relevant? Who is likely to be (or not at all) at risks? Who shall bear the responsibility (the host or the audience or in our context, athletes or runners)?

 

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10 hours ago, AutumnRunner said:

The risk of virus spread during the race is too huge a risk for the race organisers to bear.. hence this is the right decision to go for postponement or cancellation...

Coronavirus Cases linked to Singapore Meeting

(info - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-05/coronavirus-cases-linked-to-singapore-spur-multinational-inquiry)

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What if international runners taking part in local race got infected? That will be too huge a risk for the race organisers to bear, for what would be the consequence of locals being banned from entering other countries for the same reason - someone from their countries being infected with 2019-nCoV Virus after having  participated in a local race.

Singapore is probably second only beyond China, having known to have "coronavirus cases" infected other individuals with none infected in local transmission. It is still pending with Multinational Inquiry as reported.

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Run for Light 2020 postponed to July 25th. But REPC will still be open on 15th & 16th February as scheduled.

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Assemblies, large group activities in Singapre schools to be suspended

(info - https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/coronavirus-assemblies-and-other-large-group-activities-in-schools-and-pre-schools-to-be)

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Reminder to keep kids and children (because they are the vulnerable groups) away from public assemblies and large group activities. MOE and MOF have taken the precautionery steps to minimise contact because we have had cases of local transmission.

ORANGE DORSCON would mean the closing of Schools.

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Latest news for Tokyo marathon https://www.marathon.tokyo/en/news/detail/news_001563.html

An entry ban to (1) foreigners who have traveled to Hubei Province in China within 14 days before arriving in Japan, and (2) foreigners who have a Chinese passport issued by Hubei Province.
Due to reduction of flights and travel suspension within People's Republic of China, the travel to Japan may be difficult even if the above restriction is not applicable.
To avoid further distress for Tokyo Marathon 2020 registered runners who are flying through People's Republic of China, the following measures will be available for those who meet the eligibility.

Available Option
Residents of People's Republic of China (according to address registered with us by February 1, regardless of nationality), having the difficulty in flying to Japan, or choosing not to travel will have the option to defer their entry to the following year, Tokyo Marathon 2021.


In short, people residing in China, HK and Macau are given the option to defer. Unfortunately, we dont have this option and seems like the race will take place as planned. I'm quite undecided if I should travel during this period. 😔

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13 hours ago, akane81 said:

In short, people residing in China, HK and Macau are given the option to defer. Unfortunately, we dont have this option and seems like the race will take place as planned. I'm quite undecided if I should travel during this period. 😔

"What if international runners taking part in local race got infected? That will be too huge a risk for the race organisers to bear, for what would be the consequence of locals being banned from entering other countries for the same reason - someone from their countries being infected with 2019-nCoV Virus after having  participated in a local race."

I shared this previously, race organisers are to bear the consequences for every information and action from the country reaction to the level of pandemic response. In Singapore, we take WHO announcement seriously, next MOH (Ministry of Health) according the MOH's plan to medical and emergency response, and Ministry of Home Affairs to restrict travel (international) or security such as lockdown or enforce law and order. We must be ready to act based on Our Nation DORSCON Response. Currently, we are still YELLOW.

Taking if Singapore should go DORSCON ORANGE, international race hosts would surely restrict/ban Singapore participants from participating due to community transmission is confirmed and that can and will cause transmission and infection to the host nations. Yes, locals may be/likely to be banned to travel overseas upon DORSCON RED, just like in China.

Be strong and stay healthy actively.

 

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10 hours ago, kohpapa said:

"What if international runners taking part in local race got infected? That will be too huge a risk for the race organisers to bear, for what would be the consequence of locals being banned from entering other countries for the same reason - someone from their countries being infected with 2019-nCoV Virus after having  participated in a local race."

I shared this previously, race organisers are to bear the consequences for every information and action from the country reaction to the level of pandemic response. In Singapore, we take WHO announcement seriously, next MOH (Ministry of Health) according the MOH's plan to medical and emergency response, and Ministry of Home Affairs to restrict travel (international) or security such as lockdown or enforce law and order. We must be ready to act based on Our Nation DORSCON Response. Currently, we are still YELLOW.

Taking if Singapore should go DORSCON ORANGE, international race hosts would surely restrict/ban Singapore participants from participating due to community transmission is confirmed and that can and will cause transmission and infection to the host nations. Yes, locals may be/likely to be banned to travel overseas upon DORSCON RED, just like in China.

Be strong and stay healthy actively.

 

We just went orange this afternoon, hopefully the organisers of TM2020 will give us the option to defer too. Either that or postpone/defer everyone is the best, since Japan themselves also in pretty dire situation now. Just too risky to travel now. :(

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1 hour ago, akane81 said:

We just went orange this afternoon, hopefully the organisers of TM2020 will give us the option to defer too. Either that or postpone/defer everyone is the best, since Japan themselves also in pretty dire situation now. Just too risky to travel now. :(

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Better wait for more updates, because nobody will know from now, what will happen next in Japan. Only via a Widespred Community Transmission in Japan that will deem as equivalent to Singapore's DORSCON level of ORANGE. Perhaps that will mean  a deferment of Tokyo Marathon to later date.

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