July 12, 2021
OLYMPIC RUN COURSE UPDATE
As you may be aware, our permitting agencies have asked us, in order to return to safe racing, err on the side of caution for this year’s race. Some of these changes you will like (extra room in transition, extra room on the course) and some you might not be a fan of. These changes are for the safety of all potentially affected parties (athletes, staff, volunteers, spectators and the community that allows the race to take over their towns for a several hours/days).
The Olympic Run Course will be 5.5 Miles
We have had to change our Olympic Run course due to one of our Covid protocols and social distancing measures we have to take at swim start. There is nothing you need to do other than know that the official distance has been changed to 5.5 miles.
The new swim start (time trial start which spreads the actual swim out time-wise) would have created a problem with a crossover between swim in and the run course (typically this isn’t an issue as swimmers are past this point before there is crossover).
However, this year with swim start being spread out there would have been far too many hitting this spot at the same time. Thus, the for 2021 the entire Olympic course will be run on the east side of the park. The upside of the Covid protocols are that you have a lot more transition space, a more spread out swim, more room on the bike and run and we’ll still have six aid stations on the run course. The downside is that we had to shorten the distance a bit.
We thank you for your continued support and understanding this year with the above change and others that we need to implement in order to return to racing!
Check out the 2021 Olympic Course
More on the Swim Start
USAT, in their “Safe Return To Multisport” initiative recommended that certain changes be made to normal racing modus operandi.
USAT recommends that rather than the normal wave start in Age Group and/or category grouping of athletes that we “randomize” the line-up of sending people into the water. Their thought process is that this will spread out people at a particular row of transition racks and will help to naturally increase social distancing.
We are all eager to get back to normal. We hope that in 2022 we will race without these new protocols. But for now we’re just happy to finally be participating in live, mass participation racing and consider these changes to be a necessary evil in pursuit of a greater good.
June 22, 2021
As a member of our running family, we want you to know that we are constantly prioritizing your health and safety. For the foreseeable future, we will be agile and flexible in our production processes and procedures to allow for seamless adjustment to changing directives from governing and permitting agencies.
While we realize that many of the state COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, we are required to follow the local permitting agency guidelines. Our permitting agency has asked us, in order to return to safe racing, err on the side of caution for this year’s race.
It is imperative and a priority for us to be the best partners we can be with the townships who have co-hosted this race with us for more than 16 years. They have made a request of us and we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to honor this request and race safely.
One of the most important things you can do for us (and for yourself) is review the 2021 Safety Protocols and be in the know of both old and new policies on race weekend. Download the 2021 Safety Protocols.
We are working diligently to keep you prepared for what the future of racing may look like and what to expect as we prepare to crush PRs, overcome obstacles, and achieve goals on race day.