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WVMTR Race Preparedness and Safety Planning Guide

The WVMTR Board of Directors has adopted a Preparedness and Safety Planning Guide for hosting club sponsored races and events. The Board defines a set of criteria in determining if a race or event will occur as scheduled. When races or events are held, the Board adopted a set of standards to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The WVMTR Event Waiver also has been updated to include language specific to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Metric for Holding WVMTR Events

  • The event will only proceed if the existing WVMTR race director primarily desires to proceed with the event direction entrusted to them by the WVMTR Board of Directors.
  • As a measure of protection for our running community and to further mitigate COVID spread within our communities, we have instituted our own metric to determine if races will occur based upon the following metric and procedure. We will measure the reported COVID-19 cases per 100k population (from the CDC) over a 7-day moving average, 4-weeks prior to scheduled race day.
  • The data presented by the CDC, 28-days before the scheduled race day, must be equal to or less than 20 cases per 100K of WV population to hold a scheduled WVMTR event. Should the case load be greater than 20 cases per 100K, the scheduled event will be cancelled. The event may be postponed at the discretion of the race director.
  • We will follow WV state guidelines for outdoor sporting events.
  • Until further notice, any races that meet criteria to proceed must have a COVID mitigation plan presented to the WVMTR Board of Directors that must include, but is not limited to:
    • Masks or face covering for all participants at the start and finish
    • Participants must wear masks or face covering when passing other runners on trails, and when entering aid stations
    • No congregating at the start or finish
    • Masks or face covering for volunteers at aid stations
    • No congregating celebration/awards ceremony at the finish
    • No indoor activities for participants
    • Strict participation limits
    • Hand sanitizer available at all aid stations
    • Self-serve aid stations with prepackaged food options
    • Process entries on a “wait list” status until 4-weeks prior to race day before accepting funds from participants.
    • Mandatory for runners to self-report to the race director any new onset COVID-like symptoms (fever, cough, loss of taste/smell, etc.) and/or exposure. Full refund will be given to runners who self-report prior to or on race day.

Club supported fun run guidelines:

  • All participants must complete the updated waiver with the communicable disease exclusion.
  • Limit participants to 50.
  • Participants and organizer/s must follow the club COVID mitigation plan (above).

Our objective continues to be to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among our family of members, volunteers, race participants, everyone’s families, and the community at large. Our policies are informed by the state and federal guidelines put forth by the WV DHHR and CDC. Please stay up-to-date by visiting their websites for more information.

The goal of the WVMTR is to encourage running and the healthy, positive qualities that running encompasses. We contend that the act of running itself is still a safe activity. We encourage you to maintain a healthy active lifestyle by continuing to run, but please follow the federal and state guidelines on maintaining a social distance of at least six feet from others, and be sure to wash your hands regularly. For more suggestions on running etiquette, we found this RRCA article to be helpful.

See you on the trail,
WVMTR Board of Directors and Race Directors

BoD Candidates 2020

WVMTR Response to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WVMTR Board of Directors and Race Directors have decided to reevaluate the occurrence of club sponsored races and events on an individual basis. In these tough times, we must do all that we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our community. As we receive daily information updates regarding COVID-19, we will evaluate each event at least 4 weeks prior to its scheduled occurrence.

Our objective is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among our family of members, volunteers, race participants, everyone’s families, and the community at large. We can accomplish this by limiting the large gathering of people at our races and events. In doing so, we provide the medical field time to respond to the pandemic and treat those who are infected without inundating the healthcare system. Our policies are informed by the state and federal guidelines put forth by the WV DHHR and CDC. Please stay up-to-date by visiting their websites for more information.

There have been multiple changes to our calendar. Please visit each race or event page individually to find more information regarding refund policies and personal notes from the Race Directors.

The goal of the WVMTR is to encourage running and the healthy, positive qualities that running encompasses. We contend that the act of running itself is still a safe activity. We encourage you to maintain a healthy active lifestyle by continuing to run, but please follow the federal and state guidelines on maintaining a social distance of at least six feet from others, and be sure to wash your hands regularly. For more suggestions on running etiquette, we found this RRCA article to be helpful.

We eagerly await the day when we all can join together again on the trail as friends and runners. Until then, watch out for that hairy Sasquatch, keep your dog dirty, and for good measure, howl in your local holler!

See you on the trail,
WVMTR Board of Directors and Race Directors

Luna Run 2018 Success

Lune Run 2018 Coffee Mug

The Luna Run of 2018 was a success. We had 12 people do the run. I’m very excited to report we had about 3-4 people who this run was their first trail run ever. One of them, a high school friend David Crites knew, learned about the race WHILE we were marking it just hours before the race. Then he shows up and runs the race, very exciting.

It wasn’t without its stresses. I want to give a shout out to the wonderful people who helped me put on this little race. Thank you Ashley Dolin for coming to my rescue when i ran out of marking tape half way through marking the course. Ashley Dolin and Mike Dolin for answering all my RD questions and concerns.

Thank you David Crites for helping me flag the course and coming and hang out with me during and after the run. You sacrificed a significant amount of your time, thank you. Oh, and you got the ice.

Thank you Adam Casseday and West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners for allowing me to RD this run and allowing it to come back from the dead, even if it was little, it IS special. It introduced more people to the sport, West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners, and their community.

A very big shout out to my parents. Billie Marie Barrow Gibbs and Joe Gibbs. Not only did they watch my kids, they used their business Gibbs Retail Systems to give away the following at the race:

— 4 Gift cards totalling $300 to Robert’s Running and Walking Shop
— Custom Coffee Mugs for each participant- See picture.
— A discount using their business’s relationship with Gino’s Pizza & Spaghetti House for the post race pizza.

Thanks everyone for helping me in putting on this fun night run! Looking forward to 2019.