COVID-19 Guidelines for Group Runs

To help protect our members and the larger community against COVID-19, follow these guidelines for group runs:

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  1. If you are the caretaker, live or work with a high-risk individual it is recommended you do not participate in group runs.
  2. If you are sick, no matter how mild your symptoms might be, stay home or run at another location on your own.
  3. Runners are encouraged to start their runs between 5:45 and 6:15 in groups of less than 10 people. We will not congregate in a central location to socialize and discuss what route to run - once you're in the parking lot, meet up with a few friends (staying 6 feet apart) or make some new ones (also staying 6 feet apart) and go hit the trails.
  4. It is encouraged to wear a buff or other multi-functional face covering that can be pulled over one's nose and mouth if it is necessary to pass people on single track trails and there is no opportunity to keep 6 feet of separation. We also encourage the use of cloth face coverings before and after runs while interacting with runners and other trail users-remember that it isn't just about you not getting sick but more importantly about others you could get sick if you're asymptomatic. If you need to pass a fellow runner please ask the runner courteously who is then encouraged to move 6 feet from the trail to let you by. The same effort should be made if a runner is coming towards you on the same trail. Be mindful not to step on fragile crypto-biotic soil in the process-take a few steps to the side, don't run parallel to the trail to avoid people which would only damage the trails we love.
  5. Once finished running we will continue to form groups of 10 people maximum being mindful to keep chairs separated by 6 feet. We should not have two groups of 10 people immediately adjacent to one another-this means one group shouldn't be able to hold a conversation with the other group. We're all adults, folks should be able to move freely from one group to the other but trade spots to keep group size to 10 people.
  6. BYOB. It is discouraged for individuals not living in the same household to share drinks or food.
  7. Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  8. We recommend all participants bring hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in order to remain safe if using restroom facilities.
  9. Keeping 6 feet of separation from other runners does not apply to members of the same household.
  10. Outdoor exercise is now more important than ever and it is encouraged by health officials if it is done in a safe manner. We all harken for some form of normalcy and we believe that these guideline will allow us to resume our communal running gatherings in a safe and responsible manner. For this to be a success we need your, the members, support. Be kind to one another, be mindful that you may not have the same level of anxiety of the current situation as the runner next to you might have-give them the respect you would expect from them. We all represent the Striders and we need to conduct ourselves responsibly because the community knows who we are when we hang out at trail heads, so lets do it responsibly and set a positive example.