Resuming Races Resources


Running USA is creating and aggregating content on the returning of member running events around the U.S., including documentation like operations plans, state and city guidelines, and case studies on past events. If you have a story to share or a document to submit, please reach out to, director of marketing and communications, for next steps.


Flying Pig Pivots Runner Packet Pickup

With the entire running industry looking for unique and safe ways to serve its participants, thousands of finishers for the Cincinnati Flying Pig and Queen Bee events took advantage of this past weekend's open-air Kroger Packet "Pig-Up" to claim their medals and premium gifts in a socially distant manner.

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Published: Oct. 19, 2020


Spectrum Sports Management Launches California Coalition of Endurance Sports

The coalition’s intention is to gather members from the endurance sports world so that they can speak with a united voice as one cohesive  business unit, which is imperative to the health and economic vitality of the events, participants and communities.

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Published Oct. 16, 2020


A Dedicated Runners' Perspective on Virtual Events

Running USA member Patrick Stiegman has fully embraced running through the challenges of 2020. He shares his thoughts on races and engaging mid-pack athletes.

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Published Oct. 8, 2020


Virtual Race Camp: Resuming Live Events in Minneapolis

On Sept. 3, three members of the Twin Cities in Motion team (Virginia Brophy Achman, Eli Asch and Ed Whetham) briefed over 120 industry peers on their first in-person race held since the pandemic began. The first MNy 250 Series event had less than 225 participants.

View the presentation recording

See the webinar presentation slides

Check out the Minnesota statewide guidelines

Video: ARE Event Productions Holds the Socially Distanced Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon

Published: October 1, 2020

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Find out more about the event in this link to its participant Q&A, shared by Josh Merlis, president of ARE Event Productions. 

A Guide for Participants: Are Running Events Safe?

Published: Sept. 11, 2020

Lonnie Somers of HAL Sports authored this guide specifically for running event participants who may have questions about their health and safety as events begin to resume.

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Moving Forward in Minnesota

Published: Sept. 9, 2020

In July, Grandma’s Marathon of Duluth, Minn. held its first race since COVID-19 halted most road racing nationwide. “Our city approved it, and it went fantastic,” said Shane Bauer, executive director. Grandma’s Marathon produces a year-round schedule of a dozen running and walking events in normal times, including its flagship race, Grandma’s Marathon.

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See the event operations plan

Q&A: A Proactive Approach to Resuming Events in Indiana

Published: Sept. 3, 2020

The Indiana Sports Corp’s Indy Ultimate was in the streets of Indianapolis in late July. Race director Caleb Kolby answered questions about the planning and operations process.

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See the event case study

Case Study: NYC Runs Holds First Race in Six Months

Published: Sept. 2, 2020

Founder and CEO Steve Lastoe shares his takeaways from the event with Running USA and even more importantly, his operations plan

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See the operations plan

Event Producer Takeaways: Lonnie Somers, HAL Sports

Published: Sept. 3, 2020

"Reviewing the events we have done, things have gone exceptionally well. Here are takeaways that hopefully will be useful if you plan to execute an in-person event during the pandemic," writes Running USA board member Somers, co-founder of HAL (Healthy, Active, Living) Sports in Denver.

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See the full document

Stepping Up for a Return to Smart, Scalable Events in Colorado

Updated: Aug. 14, 2020

Industry veterans Andrea Dowdy and Creigh Kelley worked with Colorado officials to create COVID-era event guidelines, taking care to make them practical and useful to events nationwide. On Friday, August 14, Creigh Kelley shared that the final guidelines had been approved by Denver officials.

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See the Denver guidelines

Making a Case for the Cape Cod Marathon

Published: Aug. 5, 2020

Ultimately, the Cape Cod Marathon was not approved. This article was written several days before the final Town Council meeting that determined the event would pivot to virtual.

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See the proposed event operations plan

Additional Known In-Person Events by Running USA members

Marine Corps Marathon's Aug. 22 races for 300 people:

NYRR Held the Return to Racing Pilot 4 Mile on Sept. 27 for 200 people:

The Welcome Back 5K in Denver, set for Oct 10, is sold out: