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What would future Races (post Covid) look like??

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Another marathon race set to take place is Hamburg Marathon.... some of the things I mentioned in my 1st post will be implemented such as sanitation stations along the route...

https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/news/a32978042/hamburg-marathon-to-go-ahead-coronavirus/

Interesting to know that they want all participants to wear a scarf to cover their nose and mouth at the expo, start and end of race. And they want all elite to go for covid-19 test before they are allowed to join.. maybe cause elites will be more  closely packed to one another? 

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On 6/25/2020 at 8:58 PM, starfinder said:

Objective opinion indeed. The organizers can only go ahead with the race upon 'approval' by the authorities, who must have deem is safe to do so. 

Yes!!! Indeed those races which continued were given the green light by the Authorities... so every individual can decide if u want to join...

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UK leading the way with the government announcing that participation activities such as running races could start... interesting read to see if these could be the norm for future running.

https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/news/a33381078/guidelines-mass-participation-races-covid/

They set quite a few rules before, during and after the race on what should and should not be done.

Something quite sad will be the human touch we have with "some" volunteers along the route or at drinks station (although most are half asleep due to helping out over the night) as bottled drinks will be self helped instead of the usual cups we are used to.

The social distancing part during the race is the most difficult. Can expect to have many starting waves if organiser really want to spread the people out.

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4 hours ago, Lady Ice said:

The vanguard marathon by 1m2go will be going ahead this weekend. It is a small event. Going to be hot as well. Uk in the 30s at the mo

Interesting if the Vanguard Marathon is to go ahead. I am looking forward to see how the organiser manages a few hundred participants for this event. Source at https://www.1m2go.co.uk/races/vanguard-way-marathon/

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This is their Covid plan: https://www.1m2go.co.uk/covid-19/   

My issue will be with the volunteers wearing gloves and handling stuff. They will be untrained, so will tend to forget if they have touched the bin, push their hair to the side, etc. Have already seen this happening when just volunteering for clean ups both in Sg and UK. The volunteers will be working at their station for up to 8 hours. So still see a lot of opportunities for cross contamination. The organisation had open cups last year so 

Can only see BYOB as being one of the safest options here and allow volunteers to fill your cup / bottle from a bottle whilst you hold on to your own cup / bottle.

  • We will apply social distancing of 1 metre at all times, and will ensure there is no possibility of contamination through or exchanged items such as race numbers, medals, foods or liquids.
  • Runners will be set off in waves of no more than 10 runners and at 1 minute intervals to ensure everyone remains socially distanced, or depending upon numbers, enough space will be provided so that the entire field can go at the same time, but with social distancing of 1m being observed.
  • Participants will be required to have no flu like symptoms. If they have any symptoms of Coronavirus infection on the day, they must advise Race Directors and not participate.
  • Suitable distance will be encouraged  for all participants and supporters to gather before and after the race, in a socially distanced manner.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be available at a number of locations before and after the race.
  • All marshals will wear masks/face coverings. All Registration to take place outdoor.
  • Any queues will be socially distanced. Pinch-points and crowding will be controlled and avoided.
  • If required, additional toilets will be provided.
  • Race entry is ideally online, with minimal entries on the day.
  • Those dispensing numbers or race packs will wear gloves. Runners pick up race numbers at arm’s length – there will no physical contact.
  • Where possible runners must socially distance from each other at all times, and officials will carefully monitor on the day 
  • Runners must wear face coverings from the time that they arrive at the race venue until the start of the race, and after the race (from the finish line) until they leave the venue. Runners need to supply their own masks at their discretion.
  • When passing another runner, they must use some discretion overtaking other runners, and take care to remain socially distanced.
  • Runners must not block runners from passing (for example by running abreast)
  • All water/feed stations, marshals will wear gloves and face coverings.
  • At the finish, there will be an extended long finish funnel, and we will ensure all runners remain socially distanced.
  • Medals will be posted some time after the event. Any other mementos will be given out by gloved and masked volunteers, with social distancing and no contact.
  • Medical and first Aid will be on hand with Personal Protective Equipment to deal with any situations, in case of any incidents that may require treatment.

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actually i know what u meant @Lady Ice... the volunteers are untrained and definitely the "hygiene" side will be just on the surface only and i usually just close one eye. In the past i already felt it this way, this time round when a virus is out in the wild, the hygiene part is much more crucial like never before. 

Some pointers are not easy to adhere to and race directors got to stick to it in order to ensure the group of runners in the race are as safe as possible...

  • Participants will be required to have no flu like symptoms. If they have any symptoms of Coronavirus infection on the day, they must advise Race Directors and not participate. --> The security team must be strong enough to cordon off runners who turned up in the morning and have flu like symptoms. There might be some shoutings or screamings on reluctant participants.
  •  Runners will be set off in waves of no more than 10 runners and at 1 minute intervals to ensure everyone remains socially distanced, or depending upon numbers, enough space will be provided so that the entire field can go at the same time, but with social distancing of 1m being observed. --> Is this possible? For small events maybe, but large events unlikely to have 10 runners at 1-min interval. This translates to 600 runners in an hour only. For the latter part of this point, once the runners ran past the starting line, it will be chaos and runners will still be getting closer to one another.
  • Runners must wear face coverings from the time that they arrive at the race venue until the start of the race, and after the race (from the finish line) until they leave the venue. Runners need to supply their own masks at their discretion. --> This meant runners need to carry their own masks while running the race. Quite common now as I am running this way now, but i am sure there will be people whose masks dropped along the route.

 

I really hope the next race will be able to pull these off nicely....safely...

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Moscow held a half marathon with 10k participants yesterday...

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2020/08/03/sports/runners-told-to-observe-social-distancing-in-moscow-half-marathon/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ydOMBcdUFY

It just look like any normal mass event run that we are used to seeing before the pandemic. Not sure why for one particular flag off the runners were wearing masks but for most parts of the run many were running without the masks.

So there, business/running as usual in Russia. 

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1 hour ago, beast said:

Moscow held a half marathon with 10k participants yesterday...

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2020/08/03/sports/runners-told-to-observe-social-distancing-in-moscow-half-marathon/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ydOMBcdUFY

It just look like any normal mass event run that we are used to seeing before the pandemic. Not sure why for one particular flag off the runners were wearing masks but for most parts of the run many were running without the masks.

So there, business/running as usual in Russia. 

Wow, this is interesting... i have really mixed feeling when i see this race in youtube... i do not know if i should feel happy or afraid about it... 

From what i infer from the youtube video, runners were wearing masks when they are in the pen, and the elites were socially distanced (can't see the rest)... And right before the race starts, they can remove their masks and keep it somewhere, to be worn again when their race completed. 

Most were wearing their masks after that and even the volunteers at the end point were wearing full PPE..

other than the runners, i think the spectators turned out in large crowds too and i don't think the spectators were checked for high temp like the runners do....  

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