Peavine Falls Race Plan – July 4, 2020
The Birmingham Track Club Executive Board formed a Safety sub-committee to discuss and formulate a race safety plan in consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic. These are the steps we will take to ensure all participants, volunteers, spectators and other park-goers will be kept safe before, during and after the event.
- Pre-race instructions provided to runners will encourage each to bring their own mask to be worn before and after the race (and during if they so choose).
- Participants are urged not to attend if they feel sick or have been in close proximity to anyone who has been sick or tested positive for Covid-19.
- Those that are “high risk” individuals will be urged not to attend. Please reference CDC guidelines for the definition of high risk: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
- Volunteers will be provided with masks and gloves for their own protection and that of other participants.
- Hand sanitizer and sanitary wipes will be on hand to wipe down surfaces of tables and other touch points. Hand sanitizer will be available for participants to use as well.
- Tables for race bib pickup will be spaced and temporary markings (tape) will be placed on the ground at intervals of six feet to maintain social distancing.
- Race day registration will be discouraged, and participants will be urged to pick up race packets off-site the day before the race. If registering the day of the race, registrants must use their own smartphone device to register and registration will be cut off 30 minutes before the first wave of runners take off instead of 15 minutes prior like in past years.
- While we are not currently limiting the number of participants in the race, if we see registration numbers growing to levels that begin to reach previous years’ levels, we reserve the right to close registration for the safety of all involved.
- Walkers will still start at 6:30 am and will be asked to maintain space between one another on the course.
- Runners will start in waves consisting of 50 runners per wave, grouped by estimated finishing time, with waves spaced three to five minutes apart. Temporary markings will be placed at the starting line to space participants six feet apart.
- This year’s race will utilize a timing mat at the starting line as compared to previous years when the race was based on “gun” time.
- Runners will be asked not to congregate at the start line until a minute before your wave begins. This will all be clearly communicated on race day and volunteers will be there to help direct our participants.
- Runners will be asked to be considerate of others on the course and maintain social distancing where possible (when runners are passing each other going up/coming down the road).
- The number of water stops will be reduced from two to one (located at the Peavine Falls parking lot) and the water stop will be manned by masked and gloved volunteers who will be ensuring that runners are spaced out when approaching the tables to pick up water. We are attempting to secure individual small bottles of water and sports drink but will utilize sanitized coolers if need be, and only our gloved/masked volunteers will be touching the coolers/cups prior to use. Runners will pick up their own cups/bottles from the water station to limit contact between volunteers and runners.
- Runners will be encouraged to carry their own hydration as well to limit the numbers using the water stop.
- Upon crossing the finish line, runners will be escorted to the post-race hydration tables which will be at the other end of the parking lot from the finish line to discourage groups from hovering at the finish line. Masked and gloved volunteers will be present to provide hydration at the finish.
- Food and beverage options at the finish line will be limited this year and will again be controlled by our gloved/masked volunteers.
- Awards will be announced via email to all participants and awards will be mailed/presented to recipients off site to avoid gathering after the race.
- Hand sanitizer will again be available after the race for all to use.
We understand that there are many changes being presented, but we trust the excitement of being able to get back to racing will greatly outweigh the limitations we must put in place to do so safely. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we tackle this new race safety plan. We are grateful for our Birmingham running community and for the support of all our BTC members and others that support our races.
Other General Safety Plans
The Birmingham Track Club has a medical professional on site for all of our races. We will also be in touch with the City of Pelham’s Fire and Rescue services to make them aware of the large presence we will have at the park. We are unsure if they will provide us with a unit on site but will ask them to be on standby (not Covid-19 related but general safety practices).
Should you have any questions about our race plan, please contact Hunter Bridwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.