Stepping Up for a Return to Scalable, Smart Events
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
Update: On Friday, August 14, Creigh Kelley shared that the final guidelines had been approved by Denver officials:
“For all of my fellow event professionals, I’m excited to announce a ‘win’!
All of you that have labored to fashion a workable solution with your respective permitting institutions intimately know it is a treacherous pathway, filled with obstacles (reasonable and unreasonable). Andrea Dowdy and I have felt your pain.
Today, after over three months of work with the City of Denver, our Guidelines were vetted and accepted and many of you contributed to our success. So, a huge ‘Thank You.’ We can do this!”
Read the approved Denver Guidelines here
Original story, July 7, 2020
DENVER – After three months of dedicated research, study, conversation and collaboration within the running industry and most pivotally, within Colorado’s governmental bodies, two longtime running industry leaders and Running USA members were able to release a set of state guidelines for resuming endurance events, guidelines they hope can be useful to event production professionals nationwide.
Andrea Dowdy and Creigh Kelley, the CEO and race director of Denver’s Colfax Marathon, shared with us the story of the guideline creation process, which has resulted in the document all are invited to access here
The guidelines link will continue to be updated as needed if situations change, as has become the normal during the time of coronavirus. Post-race festivals and close pace groups will be a thing of the past, but events must find a way to operate safely and at scale if they are to continue.