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 2022 season in order to provide a higher level of safety to participants, volunteers and supporters. Please download and read the Covid Safety Participant Handbook.

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. Had any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 7 days, such as a new continuous cough, fever, change/loss of taste/smell
  2. Been in contact with anyone who is sick (symptomatic) in the past 7 days

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. Participants are reminded that if they have recently been in contact with anyone that has tested positive, they should be in self isolation.

At registration, briefings, start line and finish line all runners and support crew must maintain a physical distance of 1.5 m minimum and wear a face mask.

Event Registration/Check in

  1. At registration runners must register using a QR code, 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, 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.
  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. Final advice will be provided in pre-run briefing notes.
  7. Event briefings will take place outdoors with participants practising social distancing.
  8. All tables are to be cleaned/wiped down with disinfectant prior to use.

Volunteers

  1. Volunteers must register using QR code, 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. On arrival at registration, volunteers 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, do so into your arm or a tissue/handkerchief and immediately sanitise your hands.
  3. Must wear face masks when interacting with runners.
  4. Must not handle runners packs and/or water bottles during the event.
  5. Volunteers will be required to dispense food and water at aid stations.

Aid Stations

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

Runners

  1. 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 someone's ‘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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Must fill their own water bottle
  5. Must NOT touch food, food containers, water containers—volunteers will assist.