COVID-19 Information and Plan


UPDATE 8/1/2020: We are still on. In the unlikely event we get cancelled, we will augment our "no refund" policy for this year. We will offer either 1) 100% rollover credit to next year's event, or 2) Conversion to the virtual race this year, and a 20% discount off of any race next year. (No discount for current virtual runners). That's double swag! Register with confidence!

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. Gyms, Fitness Centers (including pools), zoos and aquariums are all allowed to open. Casinos, and restaurants are open.  Placer County Guidance

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 race credits, partial refunds, or moves to the virtual events with partial refunds.

What we ask of you:

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

  • Stay at home if you are in a high-risk group. 8 of the 9 deaths in Placer county have been age 65 or over. Placer County

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

  • Consider wearing a mask when checking in.

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

  • Wash and sanitize your hands regularly, after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing or blowing your nose.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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 aid station volunteers will wash and sanitize hands, wear gloves, and wear masks, if still recommended.

  • 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.

  • We will fill your bottles for you, to limit the number of hands touching the dispensers. Our hands will be gloved. Please be patient.

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

© 2018 - Craig Simmons dba Thunder Ultras- - Sacramento, CA

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