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 2020/21 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.

Given that events take place in remote locations, please consider carefully the distance that you choose to enter and your training/ability to complete that distance safely. During the pandemic we urge runners 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. A fever of ≥38°C on the day of the event
  2. Had any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days, such as a new continuous cough, fever, change/loss of taste/smell
  3. Been in contact with anyone who is sick (symptomatic) in the past 14 days
  4. Travelled within the past 14 days to any local, interstate or international location with widespread ongoing local Covid-19 transmission

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

Runners and Support crew must disclose, prior to arrival, (by phone or email to the race director) if they currently have any cold or flu symptoms. If they have, they are not to attend the event and should be tested for Covid-19, they should self isolate as per DHHS guidelines. Also a reminder that if you have recently been in contact with anyone that has tested positive, you should be in self isolation.

At registration, briefings, pre- and post run all runners and support crew must maintain a physical distance of 1.5 m minimum.

Event Registration/Check in

  1. Participants will have their temperature scanned on arrival at registration before interacting with other volunteers/participants. Any runner demonstrating a temperature of 38.0°C or higher will be requested to self-isolate. At registration, runners must sterilise their hands using hand sanitiser and should continue to practice safe hand hygiene frequently, and particularly when coming into contact with communal surfaces or equipment. When coughing, please remember to do so into your arm or a tissue/handkerchief and immediately sanitise your hands.
  2. Registration will be held outdoors (where possible) with participants undertaking social distancing. Face masks must be worn if registration is held indoors.
  3. Contact details of runners and support crew will be checked/recorded.
  4. At registration runners must produce a small bottle of hand sanitiser and pressure snake bandage.
  5. Runners with pre-existing respiratory issues (eg. asthma) must bring and carry their own inhalers on course.
  6. Mandatory gear checks will be suspended and replaced by random gear checks at checkpoints and at the finish line.
  7. Event briefings will take place outdoors with participants practising social distancing and wearing face masks.
  8. All runners will have their temperature taken at registration. Any runner with a temperature of 38.0°c or higher on 2 consecutive measurements will not be permitted to commence the race and will be requested to immediately self-isolate.
  9. All tables are to be cleaned/wiped down with disinfectant prior to use.

Event Start/Finish

  1. Staggered starts will be implemented for all events with runners departing in waves with fastest runners going first.
  2. Runners must hand sanitise on entering the finishing area and at intermediate checkpoints.
  3. Runners will be required to keep a record of their timing and advise finishing line staff and then socially distance if remaining in the finishing area, after taking some refreshments.

Volunteers

  1. Volunteers must disclose, prior to arrival, (by phone or email to the race director) if they currently have any cold or flu symptoms. If they have, they are not to attend the event and should be tested for Covid-19, they should self isolate as per DHHS guidelines.
  2. Will have their temperature scanned on arrival at registration before interacting with other volunteers/participants. Any volunteer demonstrating a temperature of 38.0°C or higher will be requested to self-isolate.
  3. On arrival at registration, volunteers must sterilise their hands using hand sanitiser or soap/water, and should continue to practice safe hand hygiene frequently, and particularly when coming into contact with communal surfaces or equipment. When coughing, please remember to do so into your arm or a tissue/handkerchief and immediately sanitise your hands.
  4. Should wear face masks which should be changed every 3-4 hours or if they become moist or dirty. If needing to remove the mask, do not touch the front of the mask—remove the mask from the earpieces, and discard into a waste bin. Immediately perform a hand wash or sanitise after handling a mask.
  5. Must not handle runners packs and/or water bottles during the event.
  6. Volunteers at aid stations assisting with food services will be required to wear disposable gloves (provided by event organiser) when preparing and handling food. Do not touch your person, objects, or surfaces whilst wearing gloves for food preparation and service. If necessary, remove gloves to perform non-food related tasks, then put on a new pair of gloves to resume food preparation or service.

Volunteers will be required to check temperatures at registration and dispense food and water at aid stations.

Aid Stations

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

Runners/Support Crew

  1. Will have their temperature scanned and recorded on arrival at registration before interacting with other volunteers/participants. Any runner with a temperature of 38.0°C or higher on 2 consecutive measurements will not be permitted to commence the race and will be requested to immediately self-isolate.
  2. On arrival at registration runners must sterilise their hands using hand sanitiser or soap and water and should continue to practice safe hand hygiene frequently, and particularly when coming into contact with communal surfaces.
  3. Must maintain physical distancing (1.5 m) and if indoors, wear a face mask at registration, briefing, checkpoints, finish. Distancing should be greater on the course (see 4 below).
  4. 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 someones ‘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
  5. 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.
  6. Must carry individual hand sanitiser and use it prior to arriving at an aid station/finish as well as using it before using toilet facilities, and immediately after exiting in addition to routine hand washing.
  7. Must fill their own water bottle
  8. Must NOT touch food, food containers, water containers—volunteers will assist.