In-Person COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Your safety has and always will be a top priority. As we all have been navigating COVID-19 pandemic procedures, we have learned creative ways to stay healthy and come together as a community. With that in mind, we are planning to implement several COVID-19 Safety Protocols for our 2021 in-person events that focus on social distancing, mask/face coverings and good hand hygiene. These are subject to change as we work with local officials, public health officers and medical partners.

Masks – Individuals should wear a masks/face coverings per their vaccination status. This includes participants, volunteers and spectators.

  • All participants will be allowed to remove their face covering while running/walking. At the Start Line and Finish Line, we ask runners/walkers to wear a face covering if not vaccinated.
  • Masks are required at the OSMS Health & Wellness Expo in accordance with guidance from the University of Wisconsin system.
  • Per Lamers policy, face masks are required when riding the shuttle busses.

Social Distancing – We will be making various changes to our event footprints and timing of activities to prevent overcrowding. Some other guidelines include:

  • Health and Wellness Expo (Including packet pickup): An expanded footprint, limited capacity, plentiful hand sanitizer and wipes.  Visit our Expo page for more details.
  • Start Line Areas: We will spread out participants at the start line. We will also assign corrals.
  • On Course: Aid Stations will be provided in an expanded footprint to allow for water, Gatorade and porta potties to be spread out. Volunteers will wear gloves to hand out water, Gatorade and GU Gel. Relay Zones will also feature an expanded footprint.
  • Finish Line Area at Riverside Park, Neenah: The Finish Line area will be expanded to provide more space for social distancing and will include directional guidance to promote one-way foot traffic. After you receive your medal, you will be handed a food and drink bag to go. If needed, you will be able to go the ThedaCare Recovery Zone and Medical Areas at Riverside Park.

Sideline Support & Spectators – Having people supporting you and cheering you on is an important component of a successful and satisfying event experience. This year we will be providing your supporters safe ways they can still be there for you.

  • Runner Tracking App – We will be offering an enhanced app experience to allow your supporters to track your progress and cheer you on whether in person or at their homes. We encourage you and your supporters to download the app for important race and safety reminders as well. Your supporters can use the tracking component to arrive at Riverside Park or any location on the course with ample time that minimizes gathering in any one area for long periods of time. More details will be shared soon.
  • Live Stream of Start and Finish – We are excited to share we are exploring live stream options of the start and finish of our races to allow your supporters to watch wherever they choose as you achieve your goals! Go to our YouTube page and subscribe to our page to catch the action.

Good hand hygiene – Hand sanitizer, hand washing stations, wipes and other cleaning supplies will be available throughout our events to promote good hand hygiene for all and the wiping down of surfaces.

The status of the 2021 Community First Fox Cities Marathon weekend of events is subject to change at any time. Our staff is working with local officials to develop COVID-safety protocols for our events to make the races and its surrounding events as safe as possible for our participants and volunteers.

Questions? Send us an email to help build out FAQs.