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.

Event Caps –We are also implementing participation caps to safely manage the amount of people gathering at any one time.

  • Saturday Events (5K and 10K): At this time, we are planning for 500 in-person 10K spots and 1,000 in-person 5K spots. If we can safely host more participants, we will open up additional spots. Visit our registration site to see current availability and secure your spot.
  • Sunday Events (Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay Marathon): At this time, we are planning for 650 in-person Marathon spots, 130 in-person Relay Team spots and 2,050 in-person Half Marathon spots. If we can safely host more participants, we will open up additional spots. Visit our registration site to see current availability and secure your spot.

Masks – Masks/face coverings will be required by all people in areas where social distancing is more difficult. This includes the Expo, Start Line area and Finish Line area. Participants will be allowed to remove their face covering while running. Our volunteers will wear masks, and in some instances will wear gloves. We are also encouraging spectators to wear masks when cheering for walkers and runners along the course and at the finish line area.

Social Distancing – We will be making various changes to our event footprints and timing of activities to prevent overcrowding. You will see more directional signage, physical barriers, participant only areas, no large gathering areas/tents and less contact throughout the event spaces. Some other guidelines include:

  • Health and Wellness Expo (Including packet pickup): One way traffic, an expanded footprint, physical barriers, limited capacity, mask wearing, plentiful hand sanitizer and wipes. Visit our Expo page for more details.
  • Start Line Areas – We will be utilizing staggered arrival times, staggered corral staging, and wave starts at the beginning of every race. You will be assigned a start corral and associated arrival time and location for your wave. We anticipate that each corral will have dedicated porta potties, hand washing stations and gear check. Waves will allow for social distancing at the start and will spread-out runners/walkers throughout the course and finish. Shuttle buses will run with windows open at half capacity. No spectators will be allowed in the start line area.
  • 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 masks and gloves to hand out water, Gatorade and GU Gel. Relay Zones will also feature an expanded footprint. Each zone will be divided into dedicated team areas. Your team will be assigned an area to exchange your timing belt based on your predicted pace/finish time. Only the two teammates exchanging should be in the Relay Zone. No spectators will be allowed in the Relay Zones.
  • Finish Line Area at Riverside Park, Neenah – At the Finish Line, we ask all runners/walkers to put on your face covering as soon as possible after crossing the finish line. We will have two finish lanes for you to collect your mylar blanket and well-deserved medal. 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. Please determine a meeting place away from the Finish Line area to meet your supporters. Spectators will be allowed at the Finish Line area with masks and social distancing.

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!

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.

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