Updated July 2022

This plan has been developed using the International Trail Running Association guidelines for trail running events during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The following procedures will be implemented in all Running Wild events during the 2022/23 season in order to provide a higher level of safety to participants, volunteers and supporters.

Runners will be asked to carefully review their fitness given that events take place in remote locations. Runners must consider carefully the distance that they choose to enter and their training/ability to complete their chosen distance safely. During the pandemic runners are urged to adopt a conservative approach in order to reduce potential calls on limited first aid/rescue resources.

Runners/Volunteers/Support Crew cannot attend the event if they have:

  1. Had any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 7 days, such as a new continuous cough, fever, change/loss of taste/smell
  2. Been in contact with anyone who is sick (symptomatic) in the past 7 days

Runners must ensure that any crew, supporters or others that they intend to bring to the event are also subject to these criteria.

High risk individuals should exercise caution in considering whether to attend the event.

High Risk individuals include:

  1. Individuals with underlying medical conditions placing them at higher risk: moderate to severe asthmatics, diabetics, severe obesity (BMI > 40), any chronic liver, kidney or heart conditions and immunocompromised individuals or those who live with someone who is immune compromised
  2. Individuals aged 70+ years or those with an underlying health condition like lung or heart disease, diabetes or immune compromised

At registration, briefings, start line and finish line all runners and support crew must maintain a physical distance of 1.5 m minimum.

Event Registration/Check in

  1. At registration runners must wear a face mask.
  2. Sterilise their hands using hand sanitiser.
  3. When coughing, do so into your arm or a tissue/handkerchief and immediately sanitise your hands.


  1. Must wear face masks when interacting with runners.
  2. Must not handle runners packs and/or water bottles during the event.
  3. Volunteers will be required to dispense food and water at aid stations.

Aid Stations

  1. Runners are not to self serve food, volunteers will dispense food and water.
  2. Bulk food will be replaced by individually wrapped packs of chips, chocolates, sweets.
  3. Cut fruit will be replaced by individually pre-packaged fruit cups/spoons and where possible oranges, mandarins and bananas.
  4. Where provided, hot soup will be served by volunteers.
  5. Runners must dispose of rubbish in receptacles provided at checkpoints.


  1. Runners are encouraged to maintain a physical distance of 10 m where possible out on trail if following on single track. When passing, yell out to the runner in front and request an opportunity to pass. Following too closely in someone's ‘slip stream’ increases the potential for droplet transmission. If running with a friend, running side by side will reduce potential for droplet transmission. Please watch this clip highlighting potential droplet transmission during exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTzjC5HATXg
  2. Must not spit, blow, snot onto the course whilst running, runners must use paper tissues/handkerchief and carry them out in snap lock bags. If needing to clear the throat/nose, step off the track, look behind to make sure the track is clear and water droplets will not impact anyone following.
  3. Must NOT touch food, food containers, water containers—volunteers will assist.