When the COVID-19 Virus was announced, wreaking havoc and hardship on 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 conversations with municipal leaders, county health department staff, C.D.C., medical professionals 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 events and how to safely put them on. This group consisted of 80 individuals from various sources including race directors, camping 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. 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 Village 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 your review:
THESE PROTOCOLS AND GUIDELINES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED AND AGREED TO BY ALL PARTICIPANTS, VOLUNTEERS AND SPECTATORS.