Just one week to go, and it’s been quite a ride to get to where we are today — from initial planning in January to not being sure if there would be ANY races in 2020 due to COVID-19, to finally receiving approvals from local authorities only a few weeks ago. This has been a hectic time for all involved, but we love the running community and are happy to put on a race in real life for you.
This year will be a bit different than prior years, including:
We are committed to following both provincial and municipal COVID-19 guidelines.
IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME! Avoid the risk of infecting others. This applies to you, your support crew and your spectators. If you, or someone who you have been in close contact with, have tested positive or experiencing symptoms for COVID-19 in the past few weeks, please stay home and contact your local health authority to confirm the protocols you must follow.
Here is a website for a COVID-19 Self-Assessment: https://covid19checkup.ca/
Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 meters with volunteers, race organizers, other runners and their support crews during race weekend. When passing other runners, do your best to give them a wide berth. It might be tricky, but please try your best.
If physical distancing of 2 meters is not possible, please properly wear a face mask. All participants will receive a disposable face mask, and you will be required to wear it at the start of your race. Garbage cans and recycling bins will be located at each start line for easy disposal. Pack an extra face mask in your post-race bag, for after your race.
To minimize contact with volunteers, we have eliminated the race supported aide stations this year. Each participant in ALL races will be responsible for their own aide station/hydration system etc. Ask someone in your bubble to set up a table and hand you what you need while you run, use a hydration vest or carrying water bottles and gels etc. Whatever you choose to use, practice before race day so you are familiar with it. There will be designated areas along the course where you choose to set up your personal aide station (small table, chair etc.).
Support crews should have a mask with them at all times for use when they are around other people not part of your crew. Please make sure they bring their own masks, hand sanitizer, or any other Personal Protective Equipment as required.
In addition to the online waiver, you will be required to sign a COVID-19 specific waiver prior to receiving your race kit.
By-Law enforcement officers will be attending the event throughout the day. Please follow all of the above rules, and ask your support crew to do the same.
We will have extra masks and hand sanitizer available for runners, but you should come prepared to keep both yourself and others safe.
Location: Springbank Park – Stone cottage, 1085 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario
Friday September 18th:
Packet pick-up between 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday September 19th:
7:00 AM to 7:45 AM: Race packet pick-up (by stone cottage)
8:00 AM: ½ Marathon, Marathon, 6 Hour, 24 Hour & Relay Races START
7:00 AM to 2:30 PM: Race packet pickup for 5K
3:00 PM: 5K Race START
7:00 PM to 7:45 PM: Race Packet pick-up (by stone cottage) for 12 Hour Night Race 8:00 PM: 12 Hour (night) Race START
8:00 AM Sunday: Course closes, roads re-open to traffic
PLEASE make an effort to pick up your race kit on Friday Sept. 18th to minimize the crowd and potential delays Saturday morning.
24 HOUR RACER PARKING: There is a parking lot just to the north of the Stone Cottage that will be reserved for those folks running the 24-Hour race. It is close to both washrooms and the race path, and is convenient for the 24-Hour runners. This parking lot will be closed and vehicles will not be permitted to enter or leave after 7:50am Saturday.
OTHER PARKING: There are free public parking lots to the east and west of the Stone Cottage within Springbank Gardens
Relay team captains should pick up the single team race bib and race kits for all team members.
Remember to physical distance and or wear masks in the relay team tent(s).
12 Hour, 24 Hour, and 24 Hour Relay:
All participants will be required to wear a headlamp and reflective gear if running past dusk (approx. 7pm)
1/2 Marathon and Marathon:
For a certified 1/2 Marathon time, complete the partial plus 9 full loops. You are done when the display shows 10 loops/laps
For a certified Marathon time, complete the partial plus 18 full loops. You are done when the display shows 19 loops/laps.
More info here.
We look forward to seeing you race weekend!
Leo DeSumma (519-870-1834)
Dave LaDouceur (519-280-5316)
Bruce Lamb, Timer