When the COVID-19 Virus was announced in March, 2020 and disrupted everyone and everything, we immediately began researching ways to still put on a safe event, keeping athletes, volunteers, spectators and the public at large safe. We had many discussions with municipal leaders, county health department staff, C.D.C., medical professionals, DNR and fellow race directors. Personally, I was able to serve on the "Michigan Outdoor Recreation Reopening Workgroup". This workgroup was coordinated by the Michigan DNR. The leader of this workgroup is also a very accomplished mountain bicyclist and trail runner which validated his and the DNR's understanding of outdoor athletic events and how to safely put them on. This group included 80 individuals from various sources including race directors, camp ground associations, municipal parks department heads, State organizations (L.E.O., L.A.R.A., MIOSHA, DNR, Attorney General Office and MDHHS) and other outdoor activity organizations. This workgroup developed protocols to safely put on outdoor events. These protocols were sent to the Governor's office for review, consideration and implementation. We also received "COVID-19 Return to Racing Protocols" from numerous triathlon and running governing bodies including USA Triathlon, USAT&F, International Triathlon Union, U.S. Olympic Committee and Running USA.
After thorough review of ALL the information at our disposal, we drafted our "COVID-19 Return to Racing Protocols". Our protocols were then submitted to the DNR and county health department for review. We received approval and strong compliments on the thoroughness of our protocols. Below is a link to our protocols and athlete guide for you to review:
These protocols and guidelines will be strictly enforced and followed by all participants and volunteers
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