covid safety plan for 2021 race weekend

The Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon and related events, scheduled for May 15-16, have been postponed until the fall due to COVID-19.

The marathon team is committed to holding a safe in-person event and has been working closely with health officials at the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio since the summer of 2020 to do so. Ultimately, the city advised that the race be moved to the fall.

The health and safety of runners, volunteers, staff and spectators are the marathon’s top priorities, and the team will continue to work with officials and its medical partner, University Hospitals Sports Medicine, to hold an event that is safe for all who participate. For those who do not feel comfortable with an in-person race, virtual options for all race distances will be available.

What are the planned safety protocols for 2021?

We take the health and safety of our runners and volunteers very seriously and are working with local and state health departments, as well as our medical partner, University Hospitals, to execute a safe event. As such, there will be a limited number of participants based on local and state guidelines. Health and safety protocols in place for race weekend are as follows:

  • Social distancing will be enforced at the start and finish lines, as well as during the race.
  • Masks must be worn at the start and finish lines at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer must be used before entering the race zone and at restrooms.
  • Runners must practice safety etiquette on course and maintain social distancing. 
  • Waived start times
  • Event registration reduced capacity
  • Contactless water stations
  • Contactless finish line amenities (medals, food, drinks, etc).

*We reserve the right to modify these guidelines based on current conditions. 

What will the route be?

We are working on modified routes for 2021. Please stay tuned for updates.

What will packet pickup look like?

Since there will not be an in-person Health and Fitness Expo this year, bibs and shirts will be picked up on site. More details on logistics to come.

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us directly at info@clevelandmarathon.com

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