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With just over a month until race weekend, the Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5K has released their safety protocol overview for COVID-19. For so many of us runners, resuming in-person races is exciting. The race management is making sure that runners feel as safe as possible during the event. Here is the protocols they have set in place.
** PROTECTIVE GEAR & SANITATION PROTOCOL **
• Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5k will employ strict health and safety considerations regarding staff and volunteers. All are required to wear personal protective gear.
• Participants are required to wear a mask pre and post event. Bring your own mask until the race start. Running in a mask is not required. Carry the mask with you in your pocket or running belt and put it on post event.
• Hand washing and sanitizing stations will be accessible through the event venue.
• Portable restrooms handles will be sanitized regularly.
** PHYSICAL DISTANCE **
• Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5k will limit participation capacities to ensure local event size restrictions are not exceeded. Capacity information is indicated on each event.
• Physical distancing will be maximized in runner-only areas, including but not limited to bib pick-up area, portable restrooms lines, race start, water stations, finish and post- race food activity.
• The race start will be managed by the release of groups based on pace.
• Spectators are to practice social distancing and must be spread out
• There will be no gear check to minimize the contact and exchange of personal items. All personal items and gear should be left in the car or help by a family member.
** HYDRATION STATIONS & REFRESHMENTS **
• Participants will be provided with water in a cup at water stations, but volunteers will not distribute water to participants while running. Cups of water will be placed on a table. If you prefer you may bring your own container.
• Water/aid stations will be placed on the course and at the finish line.
• Post-race refreshments may consist of packaged products such as nutrition bars; fruits may include bananas and/or oranges. Sealed water bottle will be available.
These protocols make me feel that the race management has the runners safety in mind while still being able to enjoy a great race weekend. I’m looking forward to running the streets of Mount Dora on December 20th. You can still join me! Register on the race website and use discount code BIBRAVE for 10% off!