COVID-19 Information and Plan

UPDATE 9/17/2020: We are on!

Placer County is currently in Stage 3 of California's four-stage plan to reopen, with Stage 4 being the end of the "Stay Home" order.

Stage 3 stipulates that higher-risk workplaces may open.

"Phase in higher-risk workplaces at a pace designed to protect public health and safety, beginning with limited personal care and recreational venues (with workplace modifications)." 

As of June 12th, 2020- Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation are permitted to open. 

After speaking with Ride To Walk, we are confident that our race will run as scheduled, with some added safety measures.

What we will do:

  • Provide and adhere to an action plan, per Placer County See our plan here:

  • Train volunteers on limiting the spread of COVID-19

  • Implement traffic control measures and screening

  • Implement disinfecting protocols

  • Implement physical distancing guidelines

  • Provide increased handwashing and sanitizer stations

  • Regularly clean and disinfect all restrooms

  • Provide cleaner aid-station protocols

  • In the unlikely event of a flare-up and return to Stage 1, we will augment our "No refund" policy and issue 100% race credit for next year, or moves to the virtual events with a discount for next year.

What we ask of you:

  • Stay at home if you are sick, or have been sick. Email us at thunderultras@outlook.com, and we will issue a credit for next year's race.

  • Stay at home if you are in a high-risk group. 17 of the 20 deaths in Placer county have been age 65 or over. Placer County

  • Wash your hands regularly. Both permanent restrooms have sinks, and we will provide a handwashing station by the portables.

  • Use hand sanitizer regularly. We will have lots!

  • Wear a mask when checking in, and when not running.

  • Maintain social distancing, following marked guidelines, and traffic directions.

  • Move in a single direction through the aid station and check-in lines, as well as around the course.

  • The course is wide. Use it all, and maintain safe distance between one another while on the course.

  • Refrain from running with other runners not in your household.

  • Refrain from contact with other runners. You may be ok with hugs, but they may not. Have fun, and be friendly to your fellow racers- but respect personal space.

  • On the short two-way section of the course, refrain from "high-fives" or other personal contact. We appreciate your love and enthusiasm, but please keep your hands to yourself.

  • Refrain from spitting, "snot-rocketing", and any other bodily fluids on or around the course. Use the restroom.

  • Help keep the restrooms clean. We have to clean up after you.

  • Be patient with us. Aid station stops may take an extra second or two- but it is for the protection of you and your fellow runners. If this will be a problem for you, please bring your own aid.

  • Consider using wide-mouth water bottles to speed up ice and fluid fills at the aid station. Take your lids off as you come into the aid station to speed up the process.

We are a small event, in an open venue, and racers are generally well-spaced throughout the course. We feel that we can provide an environment that is just as safe or safer than going to the grocery store.

Our new protocols:

  • All runners and volunteers will be temperature checked, and pre-screened. Runners failing checks will be given 100% credit to next years race.

  • All aid station volunteers will wash and sanitize hands regularly, wear gloves, and wear masks.

  • Runners will hold their bottles under the water and Tailwind dispensers- Aid volunteers will push the button. We won't touch your gear, you won't touch ours.

  • Unfortunately, we can no longer be "cupless". We will use small, single serving cups to hand out food, so runners will not be reaching into food with bare hands. We will use packed single serving snacks where possible.

  • Please, only touch what you take, and take what you touch. Throw your trash in the nearest receptacle.

  • Aid station and check-in lines will be marked and "one-way". Please do not go against traffic.

  • Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized every hour. Consider bringing your own wipes for pre-usage wipedowns.

© 2018 - Craig Simmons dba Thunder Ultras- thunderultras@outlook.com - Sacramento, CA

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