It’s been a tough year and a half for races across America. While running has seen a boom in interest amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic, there have been few – if any – opportunities to race. The virus closed gyms and opened the streets to new runners, but those of us with packed racing schedules have been grounded for what feels like a very long time.
So, when will running be safe to do in the race format again? Some elite runners have already been back at it, participating in smaller events that can institute tough coronavirus testing and quarantining guidelines. There’s certainly been a lot of coverage about when amateur racers can get back in the game, too. But, as it stands, we don’t really know.
We think the ability to race again will come down to a few factors: Widespread testing, low or no community transmission, and race size. So, a smaller 50K race in rural Utah will probably be back before the Provo Marathon.
Still, some of these races require quite a bit of planning, so you’re probably looking for a direct answer to this question. The truth is, we don’t have one, but we’d rather folks be safe. So, it is our official recommendation that runners don’t schedule races until late 2021 or 2022. This is probably hard to hear for many of you, but this is the timeline where we feel confident races won’t need to be cancelled at the last minute.