‘Cancel culture’ has taken on a new meaning for event planners during the pandemic of 2020. With almost every major summer event being canned or postponed. The ‘Cedar River Complex’ event team is not following this automatic protocol, as Osage’s ‘Main to Main’ marathon will still be happening this Saturday.
Around 250 runners will be participating – which is the most in event history (2019 there were under 200) – but the team believes the relatively smaller size of the event is the reason it is even happening, as it won’t be too hard to social distance.
5 runners will start every minute to break-up peloton-like racing:
- The Wheelchair Division starts at 6:25 a.m.
- Followed by the Marathon runners at 6:30 a.m.
- Half Marathon 7 a.m.
- 10K at 7:30 a.m.
- 5K at 8 a.m.
Speaking of social distancing, some regulations will be in place:
- Athletes must wear a mask/ face covering at all times, except when running. Single use masks will be provided before and after the race.
- Runners will have a cool off area to breathe after race finish line. Please be mindful of physical distancing as you cool off. As the runners leave the cool off area they are required to wear a mask/ face covering. Single use masks will be available for runners as they exit the cool off area. Runners will then follow the one way to the medals and food tables.
- Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks/ face coverings. Individuals serving liquids and snacks will be wearing masks and gloves.
- Hand washing stations and sanitizer stations will be spread throughout the start/finish line area.
And for spectators:
- Spectators must wear a mask/ face covering and practice social distancing.