COVID-19 & RunningLane Events Update
As a company, we see the health and well-being of participants and our community as our biggest priority. While this is a time of uncertainty, we want to keep you informed on what that status is for our future events. This page will be updated anytime there is new information regarding RunningLane Events and their protocols. We will update this page if and when we have new information. Please be patient with us as we are currently making decisions on how we can keep our running community happy and our world healthy. Before making any decisions on events, travel and social interaction please keep up to date with the CDC’s latest recommendations.
Remaining Wild Thangs Series & Future RunningLane Events
We have currently put on two successful trail races during this time. The Big Foot Trail Run and The Jackalope Trail Run both went on in a socially distanced fashion with generous wave spacing and small wave numbers. We are currently planning on having all remaining RunningLane Events this year as long as the State Parks and local and federal authorities still allow it. We are taking a number of precautions to ensure the safety and health of our participants. As long as our current participants abide by current rules and regulations, then we will be able to host all future events. We know that events do not look quite the same as they usually do, but we are happy to be hosting runners in the safest ways we can! All updates will continue to be found here if any race status changes.
BigFoot 5k & 10k Race Day Logistics & Rules for Happy & Healthy Participants
Setting up an event in these unprecedented times comes with a lot of responsibility that we are privileged to have. We love creating a fun experience for our participants, and we ensure you this will still be fun! We just have to take some extra precautions. Please understand that we are operating within guidelines, and rules must be followed with no exceptions. We wanted to outline our added safety procedures and rules so that all participants can responsibly run and enjoy this race!
Portable bathrooms and park bathrooms with available hand sanitizer
Please stay in vehicles unless you are warming up, using the restroom or picking up your packet. We know you miss your friend Karen and you want to chat, but she is following the rules too.
No warming up on the race course. We are trying to keep our paths as congestion free as possible.
All volunteers will be required to wear a mask or face covering for your safety and comfort.
Our packet pick up will be spaced out, please come within your specified window if you are doing race day pick up.
Chip timed start. If you are warming up, please do not pass the starting line, this can mess with our timing system and you don’t want an inaccurate time.
Waves assigned by registration order (no exceptions except for immediate family)
There will be waves of 25 spaced out in 10 minute blocks.
Aid stations will be contactless and bottled water will be provided. Please still bring your own hand bottle or hydration vest because this is Alabama and it is WARM.
When passing runners, please announce yourself so they are aware you are going around. Please pass people respectfully. We believe it is important to be fast and nice!
When finishing, please do not congregate in big groups.
Age group awards (virtual participants excluded) will be available for pick up at Fleet Feet the following Wednesday.
Results will be emailed out. We will not print out race results to avoid gathering in groups. The official results won’t even be known until after the last wave and we will email these out to the participants.
Please do not congregate around the timing tent and ask for your time. We know most of you wear a watch as it is, and the official results will be emailed out later.
We ask that you efficiently finish your race, hydrate and return home so that we continue having events and maybe soon get to return back to our post-race party. Until then, air-fives around and a smile and wave!
Big Foot Trail Run 2020 is officially on! We are happy to announce that with new local/state guidelines, we are able to have our event on June 20th. Monte Sano State Park has approved our event as well. Our event may not look quite the same as it normally does, as we are responsibly approaching our set up logistics to keep our participants safe as possible. There will be changes to packet pick up, race start, aid stations and post race festivities. We will announce details of our plan in the weeks to come.
The amended Safer at Home order has lifted the restriction of 10 people or less at non-work gatherings. This is great news for us as we are currently pursuing ways to keep our participants safe and still host an event at the end of June. While social distancing practices are still in order, we are currently exploring ways to make packet-pick up and race day safe and effective. We will know more in the coming weeks as our authorities and State Park give us feedback. Thank you for your continued patience and support!
For our events, Big Foot Trail Run (June 20) and beyond , we will be making our decision for the continuation of the event no later than 2 weeks out. At this time we are considering a variety of different approaches on how we will facilitate the event in the safest way. Currently we are looking at multiple finish lines and different aid station methods.
Moving forward as we closely monitor the COVID19 situation, we will make the decision for the Wild Thangs Trail Series, Big Foot Trail Run taking place on June 20, no later than 3 weeks before the event date (May 30).
After discussions with the state park and following the CDC's latest recommendations, we are going to postpone the 2020 Grand Viduta Stage Race to Friday October 2nd - Sunday October 4th, 2020. If the new date does not work for you, you may defer your entry to another RunningLane race in 2020. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details on deferment.
Week by week the impact of this virus is changing significantly. For good or for worse, it will likely look different each week for the foreseeable future. In order to be up to date with the latest information, Monte Sano State Park and ourselves have agreed to make the decision whether or not the Grand Viduta Stage Race will go on, by Friday, April 10 (2 weeks from race day). In the meantime, we will keep our participants up to date with any new information.
As of today, our next event the The Grand Viduta Stage Race and future RunningLane events are still on. This is pending decisions made by the Monte Sano State Park, Land Trust and local authorities. Right now, we are in the process of creating a safer event.
Protocols for GVSR:
1) We will have a chip-timed start. This will keep any crowding to a minimum.
2) This race will be self-aided. For the safety of our competitors, we will not have aid stations. All competitors will be required to carry their own hydration device.
3) The courses will likely change to ensure that competitors have an opportunity to refuel.
4) We will have a virtual participant option (not age group award eligible). Here is the link to our RunningLane Events Strava account. Competitors will be given a time window in which they can complete their registered distances. We trust that people will be honest with their participation and logging of their race distances. More information will be provided for participants on the virtual participation option.
5) Shirts will be available for pick up at Fleet Feet, Huntsville after the race period for those who choose the virtual option. We will not be mailing shirts.
6) For those who are uncomfortable with these options, race deferment/credit towards another RunningLane event in 2020 may be requested.