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COVID-19 Impacts & Procedures

As we navigate our ever-changing world, our mission to inspire you to live an active lifestyle remains. Now, more than ever, the Sports Backers team wants to keep you moving, but only in a way that keeps our participants, volunteers, staff and communities safe and healthy. Our team has been working hard to revise our event plans to meet the current social distancing requirements so that we can get back to celebrating your active lifestyles through our events in the safest way possible.

With individual’s safety and transmission mitigation in mind, we have been working on new event modifications and procedures that will allow us to safely operate the Virginia529 Kids Run. These policies and procedures are based on current recommendations for COVID-19 safety protocols and are subject to change at any time.

Expo/Packet Pick-up

 

What Sports Backers staff will be doing:

  • All staff and volunteers will be required to wear a mask at all times while at the Expo
  • Cleaning and sanitizing high-traffic areas at the Expo
  • Reducing communal surfaces that encourage group or repeat usage
  • Hand sanitizer available for usage throughout the Expo

Social Distancing Procedures and Safety Guidelines:

  • All Expo/Packet Pick-up attendees will be required to wear a mask at all times while at the Expo
  • All packets will be pre-packaged with your shirt, bib number, participant bag and finisher medal for a one-way touchless experience.
  • Be sure you know your bib number prior to exiting your vehicle. Bib number notifications will be emailed to all participants or can be looked up by CLICKING HERE.
  • Please maintain social distance between yourself and others while attending the Expo. There will be social distance markers on the ground to assist with spacing while in line to pick up your packet.

 

Official Virginia 529 Kids Run Courses

 

Social Distancing Procedures and Safety Guidelines:

  • Please maintain 10ft of social distance between yourself and others while accessing the official Kids Run courses and avoid any crowding.
  • When passing someone on an official Kids Run course, please allow 10ft between you and the other participant or pedestrian. If 10ft is not available to you, please wait until you can pass safely.
  • Please wear a mask while not actually walking or running on an official Kids Run course and when 10ft of social distance is unable to be maintained.
  • There will not be supported water stops at the start/finish or on course, so plan to bring your own hydration for before, during and after your race on an official Kids Run course.
  • There will not be medical support dedicated to any of the official Kids Run courses so plan to carry your phone with you on your walk/run in case of an emergency. If you do have an emergency please dial 9-1-1.
  • Please do not attend one of the official Kids Run courses if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Roads are NOT closed to vehicular traffic so please follow all rules of the road (i.e. when there is a stop sign, you should stop) and stay alert.
  • When running on an official course where traffic is sharing the road, be sure to stay to the left.

Please Note:

Per CDC guidelines the following groups are considered to be at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19. If any of these apply to you, we ask that you take the increased risk into consideration before participating on an official Kids Run course:

Our policies and procedures will continue to be updated as we learn more about COVID-19 and how to keep our participants, volunteers, staff, and communities safe and healthy. These procedures are subject to change at any time and we appreciate your flexibility as we enter a new phase of social distancing races.