Running Industry Response to COVID-19

 

Resources, news, statements and more from around the global running industry can be found here

 

Editor's note: Running USA, the non-profit trade organization for the sport of road running, is aggregating news, event organizer statements and public resources from official sources relevant to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic here. We encourage you to contribute links to this page by emailing them to us at leah@runningusa.org. We will continue to update this page on a daily basis.

  

Next Virtual Race Camp: How will your business survive until the fall?

Tuesday, March 31, 1pm PST/4pm EST

Moderated by Matt West of DMSE Sports and Tony Yamanaka of Event Southwest, this race camp will focus on questions and concerns around business continuity, including vendor relationships, staffing, and creative solutions.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cpL7qO-MTuSZfAH_LhWUNA

 

A statement from Running USA on COVID-19 and its industry impacts:

https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/A-statement-from-Running-USA-on-COVID-19-and-its-industry-impacts.aspx

 

Statements from Running USA member race organizations

 

Categorized by situation type

Cancellation

Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K (remaining events): https://www.instagram.com/p/B9pufm4jZV3/?igshid=15uvqgwvpec64

Austin American Statesman Cap 10K: https://www.runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/City-of-Austin-Cancels-43rd-Statesman-Capitol-10-000-on-April-5--2020.aspx

 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle: https://www.runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Statement-on-the-Cancellation-of-the-Bank-of-America-Shamrock-Shuffle.aspx

Credit Union Cherry Blossom: https://www.runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/2020-Credit-Union-Cherry-Blossom-Events-Cancelled--Free-Virtual-Race-Planned.aspx

Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/City-of-Pittsburgh-Bans-Large-Gatherings-Through-May-10.aspx

Eugene Marathon: https://www.eugenemarathon.com/coronavirus-updates/

GO St. Louis: https://gostlouis.org/updates/

Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon (Sweden): https://www.goteborgsvarvet.se/en/

Hartford Marathon Foundation events in March: https://www.hartfordmarathon.com/

Marine Corps 17.75K: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Marine-Corps-17.75K-Cancelled-Due-to-COVID-19.aspx

NYRR on NYC Half: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/NYRR-Statement-on-Cancellation-of-the-NYC-Half.aspx

NYRR cancellation announcement of all events through May 10 (updated 3/18): https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/NYRR-s-Statement-on-Cancellation-of-Events-Through-May-10.aspx

Parkrunhttps://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19

Probility Ann Arbor Marathon (Epic Races): https://www.runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Probility-Ann-Arbor-Marathon-Canceled-due-to-COVID-19-Concerns.aspx

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon: https://www.clevelandmarathon.com/events/virtual-race.aspx

Rock 'n' Roll Atlantic City Half: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Update-on-the-2020-Rock-n-Roll-Atlantic-City-Half-Marathon.aspx

Rock 'n' Roll Washington D.C. Marathon and Half: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Update-on-2020-Rock-n-Roll-Washington-DC-Marathon.aspx

Run in the Name of Love (Carmel, Calif.);  https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Run-in-the-Name-of-Love-to-Cancel-Due-to-Growing-Coronavirus-Threat.aspx

Shamrock Run Portland (Motiv Sports): https://www.shamrockrunportland.com/the-spirit-of-shamrock-lives-on-options-for-2020/

Twin Cities in Motion: https://www.runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Twin-Cities-In-Motion-Cancels-Hot-Dash-5K-and-10-Mile-Planned-for-March-21.aspx

WHY Racing Events Couve Clover Run: https://bit.ly/2xrhoIi

Yuengling Shamrock Marathon: https://www.jandaracing.com/blog/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

Find other cancelled events including non-RUSA members here via On Path Events: 

http://onpathevents.com/cancelled/

 

 

General Statement

Akron Marathon: https://www.akronmarathon.org/coronavirus-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR36OsdG4v7xL2fTi5WLqqC4rWWJaMp1dw21wqXhttgl4sS4HDQTrdYPgQE

Atlanta Track Club: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Atlanta-Track-Club-Statement-on-COVID-19.aspx

Atlanta Track Club re: Peachtree: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Registration-to-Open-for-51st-Running-of-AJC-Peachtree-Road-Race.aspx

Boilermarker: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Boilermaker-Statement-on-COVID-19.aspx

Calgary Marathon: https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryMarathon/posts/10157951173952086

CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association): https://cararuns.org/cs/cara/site.viewblog/93

Cool Events: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/CoolEvents-Releases-Statement-On-Coronavirus.aspx

Fort2Base Race: http://www.fort2base.com/uncategorized/fort2base-update-regarding-covid-19/

Grandma's Marathon: https://grandmasmarathon.com/official-statement-about-the-coronavirus-covid-19/

IRONMAN Group/Rock n Roll Marathon Series: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/The-IRONMAN-Group-s-Response-to-COVID-19.aspx

Marine Corps Marathon Pledge to Runners: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Marine-Corps-Marathon-Pledge-to-Runners.aspx

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Mercy-Health-Glass-City-Marathon-COVID-19-Update.aspx

Missoula Marathon: https://www.missoulamarathon.org/race-info-faq/covid-19-updates/

NYCRUNS: https://nycruns.com/nycruns-corona-virus-cancellation-policy/

OC Marathon: https://ocmarathon.com/important-update-regarding-covid-19/

Ottawa Marathon: https://www.runottawa.ca/news-item/covid19-update

XTERRA: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/XTERRA-Statement-on-COVID-19.aspx

 

Postponements

Bay to Breakers: https://capstoneraces.com/bay-to-breakers/statement/

Big Sur Marathon: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/-Big-Sur-Marathon-to-Postpone-Due-to-Growing-Coronavirus-Threat.aspx

BOLDERBoulder: https://bb10k.bolderboulder.com/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

Boston Marathon:  https://www.runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/124th-Boston-Marathon-Postponed-to-September-14.aspx

Carmel Marathon: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/2020-Carmel-Marathon-Postponed-to-Sunday--June-14.aspx

Catalina Island Marathon: https://www.catalinaislandmarathon.com/Race/Catalinaislandmarathon/Page/coronavirusnotice

Delaware Running Festival: https://www.delawaremarathon.org/2020/03/17/delaware-marathon-running-festival-postponed/

Flying Pig Marathon: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/-Flying-Pig-Marathon-Moves-to-October-9-11--2020.aspx

Frederick Running Festival:  https://www.frederickrunfest.com/frederick-run-fest-rescheduled/

Guinness Open Gate Brew Run: https://www.guinnessbrewrun.com/

Hartford Marathon Foundation events in April: https://www.hartfordmarathon.com/

Illinois Marathon: https://illinoismarathon.com/2020-postponed/

Oakland Running Festival: https://oaklandmarathon.com/oakland-run-fest-new-date/

Ogden Marathon: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Ogden-Marathon-Postpones-2020-Events-to-the-Fall.aspx

OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon: https://capitalcityhalfmarathon.com/news/2020/2020-ohiohealth-capital-city-half-marathon-rescheduled-to-august-29

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Oklahoma-City-Memorial-Marathon-Postponed.aspx

Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon: https://www.motivrunning.com/the-love-run/2020/03/10/love-run-coronavirus-preparation/

Silicon Valley Half Marathon: https://svhalfmarathon.com/

St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon and Half: https://www.runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/2020-St.-Jude-Rock--n--Roll-Nashville-Marathon-and-Half-Marathon-Postponed.aspx

Ukrop's Monument Ave. 10K (Sportsbackers): https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/-Ukrop-s-Monument-Avenue-10k-Postponed-Until-September-26--2020.aspx

 

Virtual Events (hosting a virtual event in place of a cancelled race? Please contact us and we will list it here.)  

Allstate Hot Chocolate (for pre-registered participants)

Credit Union Cherry Blossomhttps://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/CUCB-Ten-Mile-Run-and-Outside-Interactive-Announce-Free-Official-2020-Remote-Participation.aspx

Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh: https://thepittsburghmarathon.com/VirtualRace

HMF Free Virtual Fitness Challenge for Kidshttps://www.hartfordmarathon.com/miles-with-miles/

Marine Corps 17.75K: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/New--Virtual-Open-Run-for-Marine-Corps-17.75K.aspx

Probility Ann Arbor Marathon: https://www.runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Probility-Ann-Arbor-Marathon-Canceled-due-to-COVID-19-Concerns.aspx

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon: https://www.clevelandmarathon.com/events/virtual-race.aspx

Shamrock Run Portland (this event has concluded)https://www.shamrockrunportland.com/the-spirit-of-shamrock-lives-on-options-for-2020/

WHY Events Couve Clover Run (this event has concluded): https://bit.ly/2Ujjx1Z

Yuengling Shamrock Marathon (this event has concluded): https://www.jandaracing.com/blog/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

 

Running Events and Charities Race Camp Recording

Held Tuesday, March 24. Listen here: https://zoom.us/rec/share/2fckE-7PtU1OHoXp9BGAe7IYNIPZaaa81CUWrvcNnUd2P2BRMdSUQTo8eeNcwuP1

 

Crisis Management Race Camp Recording

A virtual race camp on crisis management, moderated by Kirsten Fleming of RunCalgary and Mike Coleman of TimingHQ.

Listen to the race camp recording:

https://zoom.us/rec/play/6Jwkfr-vqm03E4WcswSDU_8oW9XsfKushCUY_fBZyRrjVXFXO1vwZ-dDYbFnnOy4wwBnxQYV0HyKtlPi?continueMode=true

 

Data Insight Series No. 10: Event Cancellations Recording

In depth insight on event cancellation best practices, from Jeff Matlow of imATHLETE

Listen to the recording: 

https://zoom.us/rec/share/zv5XCers321IW4ng92TEeY8YWZy1eaa823AYrKZeyEYLBA0VVPftY1t30orFTKO-

Download a summary of key insights from Data Insight Series No. 10

 

Official guidelines

CDC Mass Gathering Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fmass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

General COVD-19 Readiness Resources from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fmass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html#resources

USATF: https://www.usatf.org/covid19

World Health Organization information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

Business resources

Guide to Federal Small Business Stimulus Aid Programs:

https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/federal-small-business-stimulus-aid-programs-guide

CARES Small Business Guide and Checklist

https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final.pdf

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

SBA Disaster Assistance

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

Small Business Relief Tracker from Forbes (includes state-by-state resources);

https://www.forbes.com/sites/briannegarrett/2020/03/20/small-business-relief-tracker-funding-grants-and-resources-for-business-owners-grappling-with-coronavirus

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources page

https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus

 

Insight for small events dealing with COVID-19

Download PDF here

By Lonnie Somers,owner and Chief HAL Officer, HAL Sports and Running USA board member

 

Event Cancellation Insurance and COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in early March, Running USA has received a high volume of questions about event insurance and the options for future event cancellation coverage.

Find answers here: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Event-Cancellation-Insurance-and-COVID-19.aspx

 

Additional content resources from Running USA vendor members

Race Roster, ASICS, and the Runkeeper™ app team up to offer a more rewarding virtual experience: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Race-Roster--ASICS--and-the-Runkeeper--app-team-up-to-offer-a-more-rewarding-virtual-experience.aspx

Race Roster announcement: https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Race-Roster-introduces-a-free-innovative-virtual-event-toolkit-to-support-industry-professionals.aspx

RRD: COVID-19 Solutions and Case Studies: https://sites.google.com/view/rrdcovid-19solutionscasestudie/home?authuser=1

Blerter resources page: https://www.blerter.com/covid-19

AMI Graphics update: https://amigraphics.com/covid-19

Eventhub: COVID-19 Event Cancellations: Crisis Management from RUSA: https://eventhub.net/eventhub-blog/index.php/2020/03/18/covid-19-event-cancellations-crisis-management-from-rusa/

Eventhub: Coronavirus: Overcoming Challenges Presented to Live Events: https://eventhub.net/eventhub-blog/index.php/2020/03/11/coronavirus-overcoming-challenges-presented-to-live-events/

imATHLETE blog post: The Coronavirus and Your Event/s: https://blog.imathlete.com/blog/the-coronavirus-and-event-gatherings-in-sports

imATHLETE blog post: The Coronavirus and Your Endurance Event Planning: https://blog.imathlete.com/blog/the-coronavirus-impacts-event-planning

RaveRaves blog for runners: So Your Race has Been Cancelled .. Now What? https://raceraves.com/what-to-expect-when-race-canceled/

Race Roster article: Managing the effects that COVID-19 may have on your event: https://raceroster.com/articles/covid-19

RunSignup blog: https://runsignup.blog/2020/02/27/event-race-emergency-plans-for-coronavirus/

RunSignup PR: Tools for Coronavirus Emergency Planning: https://www.runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/RunSignup-Releases-Tools-for-Coronavirus-Emergency-Planning.aspx

 

Places for online discussion among industry peers

 

Running USA Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/106718176920351/?source_id=152384698126880

Event Professionals Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EventPros/about/

 

News articles

For the marathon community, what's best in the long run isn't great for long runs

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2020/03/29/marathon-community-whats-best-long-run-isnt-great-long-runs/

Running USA Commentary: Get Ready for the Third Running Boom

https://runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2020/Running-USA-Commentary--Get-Ready-for-the-Third-Running-Boom.aspx

Running Safely During Coronavirus

https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a31439358/running-during-coronavirus/

Tokyo Olympics Postponed to 2021:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/24/sports/olympics/coronavirus-summer-olympics-postponed.html

Running from Coronavirus: A Back to Basics Exercise Boom:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/sports/running-exercise-coronavirus.html

Running is the Outlet That Unites Us All During the Coronavirus Crisis:

https://www.si.com/sports-illustrated/2020/03/24/running-boom-exercise-coronavirus-pandemic-olympian-alexi-pappas

Japan's prime minister says IOC president agrees to postpone 2020 Summer Olympic Games:

https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/28945824/report-japan-prime-minister-propose-1-year-delay-olympics

USA Track and Field Calls for Tokyo Olympics to be Postponed: 

https://www.si.com/olympics/2020/03/21/usa-track-and-field-postpone-tokyo-olympics-2020-letter-max-siegel

Popular Mechanics:  How can you Safely Run a Marathon Amidst Coronavirus Fears? We did the math.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/a31265226/la-marathon-coronavirus-math/

Thousands of runners expected at Cyprus Marathon despite coronavirus cancellations

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/03/09/thousands-of-runners-expected-at-cyprus-marathon-despite-coronavirus-cancellations/

USA Today worldwide list of sporting events (not just running) cancelled

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2020/03/11/coronavirus-sporting-events-affected-covid-19/5020235002/

NYT Running in the Time of Coronavirus

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/well/move/running-coronavirus-hong-kong-marathon.html

Runner's World Coverage of Cancelled Events

https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a31353444/coronavirus-marathons-running-events-postponed-canceled/

How the LA Marathon responded to coronavirus concerns

https://www.dailynews.com/2020/03/08/2020-la-marathon-ready-to-roll-while-other-events-cancel/