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Your Race Director and his key staff have been personally working on or participating in LIVE events (running and triathlon) since July 2020 in the "new normal" environment. We are grateful for this and are bringing what works well to our event here and won't be bringing what didn't work well.
After having a very successful (and safe!) 2021 Live Event on March 20th, 2021, our team brought back live/in-person medium sized racing ‘at-scale’ to Central New York. Continuing our tradition of looking at National Standards and Guidance, we are building out the following operational updates to the 11th Annual Lake Effect Half Marathon and Lake Effect Quarter Marathon.
Keep in mind that these modifications and changes that we are using are in-line with things that you are already doing on a daily/weekly basis in these times.
Not everyone should race Live! We encourage folks to instead register for our Virtual Event from the start or if there is a race week situation that comes up, to email us and request a switch to the Virtual Event or to request a Deferral to our 2023 Event. Now, more than ever, if you do not feel well and think that you might be sick (head cold, seasonal flu, COVID-19, etc.) please DO NOT COME ON RACE WEEKEND.
EVENT CHANGES "Play-by-Play"
Pre-Race Packet Pickup (Thursday February 10th & Friday February 11th 2022) - Raymour & Flanigan in Dewitt, NY
It is expected that New York State Governor Executive Order will require all persons who are indoors to be required to wear face masks, no matter your vaccination status.
Race Day Parking - We plan on having 6 different locations plus overflow
Athletes or Volunteers will park orderly and safely in designated parking areas [refer to the Live Athlete Guide].
Upon exiting vehicle, face masks/coverings will be required only if covered by the conditions set for by the CDC. Face masks are optional for all others.
Race Day Packet Pickup (Saturday February 12th 2022)
We really encourage athletes to pickup their packets on Thursday or Friday instead of waiting to race day! This will help reduce the lines on Saturday.
Please refer to #1 "Pre-Race Packet Pickup" for guidance
Please arrive EARLY and plan for enough time to get your packet as well as attend to your pre-race routines. Race will start promptly at 9:30am ET for ALL participants in BOTH events.
Pre-Race / Before You Start
Port-o-Potties will be available and spaced out. They will have hand sanitizer inside of them as well as hand sanitizer outside.
While athletes are outside, face masks or face coverings are optional.
Start Line / Starting Procedures
We will have a main start time of 930am ET. However, the start line will be “Open” for approximately 15min to allow those that do not feel comfortable in the lining up procedures.
Athletes are requested to ensure that they are “race ready” by 930am ET!
On Course Expectations
Follow the designated race route and any direction/requests provided by our Law Enforcement partners or volunteers.
To the maximum extent possible, discard any trash into designated trash cans.
On Course Aid Stations
Volunteers will be providing cups of water and sports drink hydration to athletes.
Athletes requested to discard trash into garbage cans.
Athletes encouraged to be self-supported and carry your own hydration and nutrition if you are concerned with the aid stations procedures.
Finishing / Finish Line Procedures
Finisher Medals will be placed around athletes’ necks. They will also be available on a table/holder for those that are not comfortable with this procedure.
Finisher mini water bottles will be handed out by volunteers or athletes my pickup on a table if you are not comfortable with this procedure.
Please clear the finish chute to allow more space for athletes finishing after you.
We encourage our athletes to proceed to post-race refreshments.
Post-Race Refreshments and Hydration will be limited to "To Go" types of items. Plastic bags will be provided.
Paper Results will be posted and located OUTSIDE only. Athletes are also reminded that results will be posted near real-time online.
Awards --- Please visit our “Quick Awards” area if you are an Overall Award Winner or an Age Group Award Winner.
Sanitizing stations will be available in the post-race area.