SWEAT NOW WINE LATER COVID SAFETY PLAN FOR MAY 1, 2021
With strict COVID-19 safety rules in place, a partnership with a professionally licensed and bonded commercial sanitization company, and plans to enforce those rules, we believe we can safely hold this year’s Sweat Now Wine Later Adventure Race by avoiding large gatherings, touch-free exchanges, sanitization and socially distancing volunteers and participants.
Established in 2013, runCanton, Inc. is an Ohio corporation, registered as an IRS-recognized 501c(3) nonprofit that hosts and manages high-quality, family-friendly fitness events that generate charitable contributions for worthwhile organizations.
As set forth by the State of Ohio and Stark County Health Departments, for the purpose of contact tracing, organizers will keep track of the names of all staff and volunteers in attendance in any capacity at the event.
Signage providing guidance on social distancing, masking and sanitizing will be prominently placed throughout the venue.
The race consists of a 1.5-mile kayak paddle followed by a 2.25-mile trek on the Middlebranch Trail. Racers start at Martindale Park and finish at Gervasi Vineyard.
NATURALLY SOCIALLY DISTANCED
Participants are divided into waves of 40 persons every 30 minutes. They board school buses at Gervasi Vineyard, with a maximum of 20 people per bus, with socially distanced seating and wearing masks. Hand sanitizer will also be available on each bus.
Participants register for their preferred wave time and are directed to arrive no more than 20 minutes prior to their departure time, allowing for packet pickup and the stowing of gear back in their cars if necessary.
T-shirts, race numbers and timing chips are individually pre-packaged prior to the event and kept in sanitary containers. We will offer a touch-free self-serve packet pickup as participants arrive for their wave.
Any use of the facilities on Gervasi property by participants prior to competition will require a facial covering in public shared spaces.
When participants arrive at Martindale Park, they will line up 6-feet apart, with masks on, and await their individual start time.
Participants will start one at a time, cross the field at Martindale park, board a kayak and enter the stream. They may remove their masks at the start line. Upon completion of the kayak section at Spangler Street, participants will return to Gervasi via the Middlebranch Trail. All will follow Gervasi Vineyard’s guidelines once on their property.
Each person will put on a life jacket that has been electrostatically treated with Vital Oxide by a technician from Virus Busters, a licensed and bonded company that provides coronavirus remediation and other sanitizing services. In addition, shared kayak paddle hand grips will be treated with Vital Oxide between each use.
PASSING ALONG THE COURSE
Passing in the creek is rare, and by its very nature, socially distanced. If passing is required on the trail portion, participants are encouraged to use the entire width of the trail and advise those ahead of their intention to pass and on which side. Participants must also avoid gathering throughout the course, at the aid station, and after completion of the event.
CAP ON ENTRIES
The event is capped at 40 people per 30 minute wave, and bus capacity is reduced to 50%. Additional buses have been rented to accommodate the spacing. The length of the event is from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.
A self-serve aid station will be staffed by a masked volunteer who will place individual mini-water bottles on a table for those who wish to take one. Recycling containers will be spaced after the aid station for collecting the bottles. No other food or beverage will be served by race organizers anywhere before or during the event. Participants must maintain a 6-foot distance from any volunteers, course marshals and race staff. Signage will be posted to remind participants of safety guidelines.
Upon crossing the finish line, participants may take a pre-packaged bag of snacks and a bottle of water, which will be positioned on tables by masked volunteers for self-service.
PRE-RACE SELF-ASSESSMENT PROIR TO TRAVELING TO THE RACE, THE NIGHT BEFORE, AND THE MORNING OF THE RACE
The State of Ohio mandates that participants in outdoor activities in a shared social space, conduct symptom assessments prior to engaging in outdoor recreational activities. In addition, we will follow the CDC guidelines for symptom self-assessments, which will be required by all participants, staff and volunteers.
No person should attend the event if they are experiencing the following symptoms:
At least one of the following:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Loss of taste and/or smell
Or at least two of the following:
Fever (100° or higher) or chills
Tiredness/Muscle or body aches
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Symptomatic individuals are advised to stay at home and perform daily symptom assessments before interacting with others.
The State of Ohio requires that non-contact sports abide by a ‘no touch rule’ where individuals must avoid physical contact with others or other close contact before, during, and after the event.