It’s been over a year and some races are being scheduled again.
If you have participated in any, you know that they are not the same as before the pandemic.
Here are FIVE ways racing has changed:
1.Course Changes – No Point to Point Routes.
So most courses are now loops or maybe several loops due to eliminating shuttles to the start from the finish or vice versa.
As result, the course may not not be as scenic as before or even monotonous.
2. Little Crowd Support
People congregating is discouraged so as result you won’t see many people cheering along a race route.
3. Mask Mandates
All the races that I have run have required that masks be worn at the start, finish and at any time where runners are less than 6 feet from each other.
4. Lack of Post-Race Food and Water Stops
Some races ask that you carry your own water. Some races have even eliminated post-race food totally.
5. Limited Capacity, Staggered Starts and Minimal Post-race Gathering
Races have limited the numbers of runners that can register for the race. The race starts are organized so that groups of runners start separately and standing 6 feet from the runner in front, behind and next to one another. And after the race, there are usually no indoor facilities or tables to sit together.
Obviously having races with the above limitations is better than having NO races.
Hopefully at some point, races will gradually become more “normal.”
Happy Running! Have you run races during the Pandemic? Did you find any of the above or other limitations? Which ones bothered you the most? Please share.
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