This page will keep you, our valued participants and partners, informed about the latest developments concerning COVID - 19.
Update as of March 27, 2020
In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the postponement may come as a disappointment but look forward to providing athletes with an exceptional race experience in the future.
ROCK 'N' ROLL OAXACA
We want to inform you that last night the Government of the State of Oaxaca has decided to take preventative steps due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, which include suspending all mass participation events from this date forward and until further notice. For this reason, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Oaxaca scheduled for this Sunday, March 15, will be officially POSTPONED.
The organizing committee and the local authorities will work together to establish and announce the new date as soon as possible. We deeply regret this situation and would like to emphasize that our priority will always be to provide a safe environment for all participants and spectators. For other questions you may have regarding your participation and options available please contact us at [email protected]
ROCK 'N' ROLL WASHINGTON D.C.
Based on the mandate from DC Health, the 2020 Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington D.C. Marathon & ½ Marathon originally scheduled for March 28 has been postponed to the fall. The new event date is November 7, 2020 which will offer distances of the Half Marathon and 5K. However, the Marathon distance will not be offered for this new date. Athletes that are registered for the event will receive an email with further details. If you have questions, please contact athlete services at [email protected].
In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the postponement and removal of the marathon distance may come as a disappointment but look forward to providing athletes with an exceptional event experience in the future.
We are committed to the safety and well-being of everyone in our race community. We have been following and will continue to follow the recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities. At this time, we can confirm that the 2020 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco will not take place as planned on April 5, 2020. Stay tuned to www.runrocknroll.com/updates for the latest information. We appreciate your patience in this very dynamic time.
In alignment with the Spanish Health Authorities, the Community of Madrid and the Madrid City Government, and with the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series race officials in conjunction with local authorities have decided to postpone the 2020 EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon & ½ Marathon originally scheduled for 26 April to 15 November 2020. This change also affects the EXPODEPOR Sport Exhibition which will now take place on 13 and 14 November. Athletes that are registered for the event will receive an email with further details. If you have questions, please contact athlete services at [email protected].
With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the direction and recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon, originally scheduled for April 25-26, 2020 has been postponed. This includes the Rock This Town service project that was scheduled for April 26. The new 2020 event date, which is currently being finalized with local officials, will be communicated as soon as possible. Participants that are registered for the event will receive an email in the coming days with further details. If you have additional questions, please contact [email protected].
In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the postponement may come as a disappointment but look forward to providing participants with an exceptional event experience in the future.
In alignment with the Liverpool City Council and based on recent direction and recommendations from the British Government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon, originally scheduled for the weekend of May 23-24, 2020 has been postponed to the weekend of October 24-25, 2020 due to force majeure. Athletes that are registered for the event will receive an email in the coming days with further details. If you have additional questions, please contact [email protected]
In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the postponement due to the above-mentioned, unforeseen events may come as a disappointment. While we are prevented from holding the event during the original May event date, we are looking forward to providing athletes with an exceptional event experience in the future.
We are committed to the safety and well-being of everyone in our race community. We have been following and will continue to follow the direction and recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities. At this time, we can confirm that the 2020 Rock ‘n’ Roll Atlantic City Half Marathon will not take place as planned on May 15-16, 2020. Stay tuned to www.runrocknroll.com/updates for the latest information. We appreciate your patience in this very dynamic time.
In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the postponement may come as a disappointment but look forward to providing athletes with an exceptional event experience in the future.
To our global community,
We know that both our athletes and our communities want to be racing; we do too.
While The IRONMAN Group’s mission is to provide exceptional, life-changing race experiences for athletes of all levels, from their first step to the finish line, we can only accomplish this by providing the safest possible environment, and safeguarding the citizens of our host communities.
COVID-19 has substantially altered the global sports landscape and will have material impact on the mass participation industry in the immediate term. We want to reassure you that the health and well-being of our community is our primary concern. To this end, we are doing our part to communicate effectively and follow public health agencies and governmental authorities’ recommendations.
We expect that there are going to be substantial and widespread event postponements in the coming weeks and months. The decision to proceed, restrict, modify or postpone an event will be based on availability of community resources and ongoing event-specific risk assessment in coordination with the relevant healthcare and government authorities and the IRONMAN Global Medical Advisory Board, an independent medical advisory board focused on health and safety.
For events that will continue, The IRONMAN Group, along with the IRONMAN Global Medical Advisory Board, has outlined a series of pragmatic and practical actions designed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 or any other infectious agent to athletes and to members of our host communities. These steps will help athletes achieve their goals while allowing communities to secure the benefits of hosting mass participation sporting events. They will be implemented worldwide at all IRONMAN Group events beginning March 19 and will continue indefinitely.
Self-care and Risk Minimization
Athletes who are sick or have been potentially exposed to an infectious agent must not compete or attend events, as this puts others at risk. As a community, we each have a personal responsibility to protect each other by complying with this rule.
We ask that all athletes, volunteers and partners follow the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for basic protective measures against the new coronavirus:
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Regularly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash your hands with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Practice good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of used tissues immediately and appropriately in a bin.
Providing Flexibility to Athletes
Certain races will be postponed or cancelled due to the outbreak and we will communicate these as soon as practical. Our goal will be to move the race to a date later in the year. We work in close partnership with the relevant public health authorities in the territories where the races take place and err on the side of safety for our athletes and the host community. If an event cannot occur on the scheduled date, we will take the following actions:
- Postponement: Registered athletes for events that are postponed due to COVID-19 by the local health authorities are automatically transferred to the rescheduled date. For those that the new date does not work, we will allow deferrals into the same event the next year.
- Cancellation: Registered athletes for events that are cancelled due to COVID-19 by the local health authorities are automatically deferred to the same race in 2021.
- Other options: We are vetting other options to allow displaced athletes to race in 2020 and will communicate those in due course.
- Athletes in Quarantined/Restricted Territories: For athletes in certain designated quarantine or restricted territories who have registered for races that take place before June 1, 2020 and have NOT been postponed or cancelled, we will aid in finding alternative races later in the season.
Safe Event Experience
In order to provide the safest experience for our athletes, we are instituting the following at our races, effective March 19.
- Reinforcing Social Distancing in all elements of the event
- Hygiene First
- Medical Service
o The hours of on-site event registration will be expanded.
o Athletes will be allowed to pick up their athlete race kit/race bib and immediately exit expo area.
o Athlete density will be decreased by increasing individual race space staging, corrals, etc.
o No-handshake behavior will be encouraged for the duration of the event.
o Athlete briefing information will be available digitally only.
o Non-core, high-contact services (e.g. wetsuit peeling) will be suspended.
o Staff and volunteers who are interacting with participants pre-race, on race day and post-race will be provided gloves.
o Hand-washing stations and sanitation stations around the venue for athletes, volunteers and spectators will be increased.
o No-touch waste disposal stations and receptacles will be rolled out as available.
o Frequently touched surfaces at race venue locations such as workstations, product distribution areas, tables and electronic devices will be cleaned regularly.
o When possible, on-course food and fluid supplies will be single use/single serving closed packaging.
o Athletes planning to return home by airplane or rail are encouraged to avoid travel post-event for 24 hours allowing their immune system time to recover post-race.
o No onsite interviews or press conference with professional athletes.
o No handshake/contact on the race podium.
o Printed document distribution will be eliminated.
o Education and awareness training regarding signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will be provided to all medical and volunteer staff. o Frequent communication with health authorities and healthcare facilities will be implemented to assist in assessment, referral and initial management of suspected COVID-19 illness of staff, participants, volunteers, and spectators.
This is a highly dynamic situation and we will continue to adapt and adjust as appropriate. We appreciate your patience in the coming days and weeks.
We recognize that this is a challenging time but our community will endure. We are inspired by your ambition, and endeavor to be worthy of your commitment.
Thank you for your continued support, and we wish you the best in health and wellness.
President & Chief Executive Officer
The IRONMAN Group
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency of international concern as it relates to the COVID-19. In response, and to prevent the virus from spreading further, governments around the world are taking a wide set of measures, including limitations on gatherings, events, and school activities, as well as travel and entry restrictions.
We are monitoring the situation with public health officials to follow and implement measures dictated by health agencies and governments. We will continue to take appropriate actions on an event-by-event basis, following the decisions made by these respective authorities and agencies.
Additional information will be shared with athletes and our partners as appropriate and will be made available on event pages and social media accounts. We ask you to stay updated with respect to the impact of the outbreak in your location, follow governmental and agency recommendations to minimize risk, and follow any potential restrictions put in place. Anyone traveling for competition purposes should make themselves familiar with respective national and world health organization updates in those locations as well as travel policies from airlines and hotels. As always, athletes should monitor their personal health appropriately and not race or travel to any event if they are unwell.
Athletes are also reminded to practice hygiene protection measures recommended by the WHO.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 refer to www.who.int.