PRIVATE COMPETITIONS GUIDELINE (POST-COVID-19 PANDEMICS)

 

FRAMEWORK STATUS

  1. INTRODUCTION

 

This Private Competitions Guideline which has been prepared for COVID-10 pandemics includes all measures and practices that are required to be fulfilled by all participants and organizers, and during the race, an organization and practice which are in accordance with the last regulation and decrees of the T.R. Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other relevant Administrative Authorities will be applied besides this guideline.

 

  1. BEFORE THE COMPETITION

 

2.1 A constant and clear communication will be established with the participants about the regulations on health during the event. Therefore;

 

  • It will be published on the website of the event. The website will have a highly apparent page for the special rules on the health policies, specified regulations to be followed, and amendments that may be applied before the event.

 

  • The event should be published on social media accounts. A representation of the behaviors of each runner and special regulations on health issues should be made.

 

  • A bulletin (e-bulletin) will be sent to the participants weeks before the event.

 

  • Special regulations should be stated in writing on the competition application form.

 

  • The rules and status of the competition should be reviewed according to current conditions, and if necessary, improvements should be applied. Improvements should cover new topics such as health declaration, commitment to fulfilling the health measures and time measurement systematics, etc.

 

  • If the competition management sets up a rule for the mandatory stop in refueling stations or another point where it is possible to get crowded, it should be considered how the runner will calculate the waiting time and add it to the race time, and it should be announced before the race.

 

2.2 For national- or international-scaled events:

 

  • Registration will be stopped at least 2 days before the event.

 

  • It is possible to request additional health controls or conditions before the arrival of the participants or athletes. (The last legal legislation such as measuring fever, the 14-day quarantine period for those coming from other countries should be followed.)

 

  • The requirement for the athletes and participants to keep a disinfectant with 70% or more alcohol with them and to keep it in a pocket easily accessed during the race will be stated on the website and other announcements.

 

  • The personnel to take part in the event should be trained on the measures to be taken and how to apply the measures safely for themselves and other people participating in the event.

 

  • Special informative sign regarding the health conditions and measures taken by the organization team should be printed and placed.

 

  • First stages of the race will be reviewed, and, if necessary, start area and the first stages of the race will be enlarged, extended to facilitate for the athletes to position and run in accordance with physical distancing rules before they enter the thin paths from starting as a group.

 

  • Start according to the capacity of the race should be done similar to the start waves of big city marathons but with less runner. For more detailed information, see Article 5.

 

  • Information panels should be placed in strategic areas. (race ribs collection area, access to the start point and finish line, access to race transportation, etc.)

 

  • If race capacity is more than 150 runners, the runner should be requested to state the estimated race time in the competition application form, and start time should be determined by assigning the runner to different start boxes accordingly. The final start time will be assigned by checking the scores of the runners on the ITRA table.

 

  • If there is a competition briefing, it can be webcast. A direct link should be sent to each runner via e-mail. Organizers should evaluate the opportunities to send the last updated information via Whatsapp/SMS.

 

  • These measures can be adopted according to current conditions, as the date of the event gets closer.

 

2.3. Emergency preparations should be made for the possible COVID-19 suspected cases before and during the event. Therefore;

 

  • An area (a tent, a room) to isolate the suspected person, protective equipment (FFP2 (n95) class mask, visor, disinfectant for this person and persons who will contact with this person)

 

  • Emergency action plan: decision and implementation roles, workflow, implementation, and communication plan,

 

  • Address and contact information of the closest authorized healthcare institution,

 

  • Legal requirements.

 

  1. RACE RIB DISTRIBUTION

 

3.1 An Appointment System should be established. Therefore;

 

  • An appointment system will be established for the receival of the race ribs and runner bags to minimize the crowd. Each runner should come to and leave the specified place within 15 min.

 

  • Alternative systems that decrease physical contact will be evaluated.

 

  • It will be mandatory for the persons who will enter the race rib distribution area to use a facemask (preferably surgical face mask), and it will be announced beforehand.

 

3.2 Race Rib Distribution Area should be prepared. Therefore;

 

  • Safety tapes will be set up to provide social distancing.

 

  • The delivery area surface (table, counter) will be enlarged to provide social distancing. If possible, a transparent curtain will be used between the personnel and runners.

 

  • If there is a line, lines should be drawn on the ground to prevent the crowd.

 

3.3 Personnel having hygiene agents;

 

Materials will be distributed with gloves, facemasks, and hydroalcoholic gel dispensers, the personnel in charge will be informed about the correct use and disposal of the personal protective material and COVID-19 measures.

 

3.4 Available hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be placed at the entrance and exit of the race rib collection area.

 

3.5 Equipment to be delivered to the runners;

 

  • Race t-shirts and runner kits with race ribs will be prepared beforehand according to COVID safety measures and they will be allowed to wait at least 72 hours.

 

  • While distributing the race kits, it will be suitable to pack the all materials of the kit in a single envelope or nylon bag and to deliver it fastly at one time.

 

3.6 if there will be a material control area ;

 

  • As it may increase the crowd, the capacity of the appointment system will be evaluated.

 

  • It will be tried to establish an alternative system and structure, which may decrease the physical contact.

 

  • Materials will be declared in written before the race, and the control system will be used during the race.

 

  • A query should be carried for at least 1 material among the mandatory materials for all participants at 1 or 2 points during the race, and the runner whose material is missing should be disqualified.

 

  • While auditing the materials during the race, the area and mechanism having the features stated for the race rib distribution should be used.

 

  1. ACCESS TO THE RACE AREA

 

Restrictions applied by the authorized institutions will be strictly followed during the race; this service will be limited with the maximum capacity recommended by the authorities.

 

Before the shuttles get mandatory, the waiting time of the runners in the shuttle departure and arrival areas should be controlled.

 

Calling the runners for the shuttles and entrance to the vehicles will be planned, the social distance will be maintained while getting and sitting in the vehicle.

 

Participants will be informed on the access opportunities via various channels.

 

  • The related information will be published online, shared on social media, and sent via e-mail.

 

  • During the event, information and guiding personnel/plates will be kept at the important points,

 

Disinfectants will be available in the shuttles.

 

  1. RACING START

 

5.1; Racing Start According to the Groups;

 

  • The race should be started similar to the start waves of big city marathons but with less runner according to the capacity of the race. That every 10-50 runners will start within 1-2 minutes and consecutive waiting areas (start boxes) should be considered. Time trail in bicycle races and interval start in orienteering races are similar to this method.

 

  • Runners will be grouped with a system similar to elite runners start boxes but considering health criteria instead of competition:

 

– Runners are classified according to ‘next time’, and all the participants are encouraged to comply with physical distancing rules at the beginning of the race. All participants are not subject to single start time.

 

  • Estimated race time stated in the competition application can be used by the organizers to create different start boxes at the start line and to assign them.

 

– Special boxes can be allocated for runners of advanced age (> 60, >65, etc.) to decrease the contact of the risky age groups.

 

  • Start time for each runner will be assigned by the organization.

 

  • The runner should be informed on the start boxes and start times to decrease the crowd before the race starts.

 

  • If there are call areas (a limited area where each runner should present for a specified time before the race), these areas will be defined clearly with signs. After the one who starts the race passes the group line, time boxes at the back proceed to the next box upon the instruction of the attendant so that they will available at their start time. (Similar to orienteering races, more boxes are recommended)

 

  • Start time intervals and the capacity of each box/group are determined according to the current pandemics condition on the date of the event and the recommendations of the authorized persons.

 

For example: In a race to which 500 runners are registered, target time estimation and age of each runner are asked during the registration (or with an additional form). If the width of the start area is 4 meters, 3 runners can stand side by side by complying with the physical distancing rule, and 30 runners can be accepted in an area (start box) with a distance of 13.5m towards the back. 150 runners are lined up with physical distancing with 67.5m length. The area is entered only from the back at a specified time for each box. The foremost box starts the race within every 2 minutes (it can be prolonged by the organizer). The 2nd box proceeds to space with the accompany of the attendant, then, each runner in the following boxes proceeds to the next box. Runners should enter -10 box 10 minutes before the start time assigned to them. Those who late for their start can start the race in a box showed by the attendants. The organizer is recommended to leave vacant spaces. In this example, if a vacant space is left every 4-5 boxes, it may take 38-40 minutes for 500 runners to start the race (as 19 – 20 waves).

 

  • Each call room should have enough space for physical distancing. If possible, ground marking is recommended.

 

  • If it is allowed to enter the race area with a private car, it is recommended to arrive on time (not late or early).

 

  • Safety rules will be announced on visible tables at the start line. It will be sent to the runners via e-mail.

 

  • Disinfectant should be available at the start and finish lines.

 

  • Body temperature should be checked away from the start area.

 

  • Protective facemasks should be used in the start area.

 

  1. REFILLING STATIONS SET-UP

 

6.1 Minimizing the Contact;

 

  • The possibility of decreasing or separating the water and food stations should be considered. Self-sustainability should be encouraged during the race. (It is depending on the conditions of each race.)

 

  • Express stations should be prepared for the runners who will use only the water and beverage stations and fast pass should be facilitated.

 

  • External help (preferably) should be forbidden or limited with one or two stations. In this case, access to these areas should be arranged with due care.

 

  • At the entrance of the station, the number of runners who can present inside according to the station capacity will be determined and limited. In this case;

 

– Entry and exit should be checked by the attendant at the entrance.

 

– If the area is full and new runners are coming, to limit the use time of the area or to add passive time to the new coming runners should be evaluated. For a system where passive waiting is not an advantage/disadvantage, the maximum passive waiting offtake which can be acquired during the race should be specified. It should be ensured that these rules will be followed and should be announced before the race.

 

  • For runners who do not want to rest in the stations, a rest area should be specified out of the station and the seating arrangement should comply with physical distancing rule. Rest areas should be limited to chairs or benches;

 

– It should be away from the refilling tables.

 

.– There should be a physical distance between the chairs.

 

– If the area is full and new runners come, limits the use time of the area, and define and announce the rules for runners to leave the area upon the instruction of the attendants.

 

6.2 Serving of the refilling foods and beverages;

 

  • The runners should be prohibited to contact and access directly to the area where refilling materials are kept. Access to the portion or receiving portion upon request at the refilling stations will be evaluated, and the set-up will be according to the race and station.

 

  • Access to the portion: Foods and beverages provided at the stations should be served so that each runner can access to the portion personally, and contact should be avoided even though there is not any infection case due to beverage and food. Portions must be located so that while the runner is getting the portion, s/he should not touch the other portion/product.

 

  • Receiving portion upon request: A physical restriction (a warning tape, tables, etc.) should be placed between the runner and the table where foods and beverages are served.

 

  • Attendants will stand at the space between two tables and take the foods and beverages requested by the runner from the table at the back and put them on the table at the front without contacting the runner physically. The personnel should not contact the runners physically and the requested products should be placed on the table between them.

 

  • The foods with solid packages should be closed or packed in a suitable portion within an early time recommended for COVID. Cake, biscuits, and fruits should be packed beforehand or products packed individually should be used.

 

  • The fruit should be fruit (preferably) as a whole or without peeling off. If the fruit will be cut and served, it will be packed as a portion, kept in a cold chain, and then served.

 

  • If it is necessary to serve hot meals such as soup, the runners should be obliged to keep their pot such as glass with them, and the meal should be served by the attendant.

 

  • Water and beverages should be served in small and personal packages. Contact the products such as a flask, water bottle, and similar products should be avoided. Accordingly, it should be considered that it will cause more rubbish and waste.

 

  • In refilling units such as a fountain, tap, carboy, a tool should be considered to prevent the flask from touching the opening of the tap.

 

  • Surface area of the station tables should be enlarged to prevent the runners to get crowd. (More tables/counters should be places; if possible, there should be spaces between them etc.)

 

  • Distributors with sensors or used with footswitch should be used to distribute the food and beverage to decrease the contact.

 

6.3 Providing hygiene;

 

  • Limited areas between the runners and the personnel from the entrance of the refilling station will be marked clearly.

 

  • Disinfectant gels should be available at the refilling stations.

 

  • Disinfectant sprays should be available at the refilling stations for the runners. Disinfection consumption should be calculated cautiously.

 

  • Sitting and resting areas at the stations, toilets, and areas to which the runners get contact should be disinfected regularly. Personal hygiene agents should be kept available in these areas.

 

  • Healthcare staff intervention areas at the stations should be separated from station area or located at the limits of the physical distancing, runners should be provided with a disposable mask during the intervention by the healthcare staff, and it should be ensured that they wear it.

 

  1. FINISH AREA

 

7.1 Activities to prevent the crowd at the finish line;

 

The finish area will be isolated and it should be paid attention to prevent access by the persons other than the authorized persons.

 

Audience areas should be restricted and necessary measures should be taken to prevent the crowd and close standing at narrow points.

 

7.2 Award Ceremony;

 

  • To cancel or shorten the award ceremonies should be considered to prevent the crowd.

 

  • It should be evaluated that only the runners who will receive the awards and those who will give the awards should be invited to the ceremony, and the award ceremony should be broadcasted live on social media and/or digital media.

 

  • Memory medal and gifts are delivered with the minimum contact when the runner finishes the race at the finish line. If it is not possible, it is sent via mail after the event.

 

7.3 Finish line services such as massage, pool, regeneration, a shower should be canceled or their alternatives without contact should be allowed by preventing the crowd.

 

7.4 Providing finish meal, lunch or refilling station service at the finish line;

 

  • Individual closed portions or disposable forks-knives will be provided,

 

  • Disinfectant hygiene gels will also be provided in these areas,

 

  • Disinfectant sprays will be available for runners,

 

  • A closed area will not be prepared for the runners to have their meal; the runner will leave the finish line after s/he takes the food package. If the runner has to wait for a specified time, the group sitting area will be made rare, dining tables and sitting areas on the benches and spaces will be marked.

 

  1. PERSONNEL AND VOLUNTEERS

 

For everyone: All the personnel should use a face mask, visor, and gloves while interacting with the runners and other personnel. When the gloves are not used, hygiene gel will be used, if the gloves are used while handling the wares to be used by other people, cleaning with bleacher should be planned before and after the handling.

 

Station personnel: If any, they will use FFP2 face masks, visors, and always gloves. Simple masks may be enough for the stations in the open area. They will use a bleacher to disinfectant the gloves before and after touching the products.

 

Finish line medal and meal team: The same procedure will be applied with the refilling station personnel.

 

  1. FAIRS AND SELLING SPACE

 

For the events containing fair, meal area, exhibition, conference, etc., if the current pandemics condition is not suitable, the possibility to cancel these events should be considered.

 

  • If the health conditions are not safe for these activities, for physical distancing and to minimize the infection;

 

– Maximum participants to attend at the same time should be determined.

 

– Face masks should be mandatory.

 

– A wider set-up area should be provided for the participants of the same number.

 

– (if possible) A single walking path, which is mandatory in the area, should be established.

 

– The used areas should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

 

– In the area, announcements should be made reminding health measures, signs should be available.

 

– Expo site officers and vendors should be informed about the rules and should be made aware of their responsibilities.

 

  1. INSTRUCTIONS FOR RUNNERS

 

10.1 Transmission of instructions by race organizing team to runners via email, social media profiles, press releases, etc.;

 

  • Participants must accept the specific conditions set out by the organizers and their commitment to meet them.

 

  • In order for healthy competition conditions to take precedence over the sporting competition, absolute awareness must be created.

 

  • It should be communicated that instructions on health measures are mandatory rules for athletes to follow.

 

  • The use of face masks must be MANDATORY in the starting area, in the first meters of the race, in the race transport services.

 

  • It should be reported that the time schedules announced for the timing of the race to the starting point must be complied with.

 

  • The distance arranged in each area before, during, and after the race should be respected.

 

  • Before the race begins;

 

– As you enter the event space.

 

– While proceeding to the starting line.

 

  • During the race;

 

– Encouraging physical distance from entry to start boxes.

 

– Runners should ask for permission as they pass each other, and slow ones should pull sideways and give way to faster runners.

 

– At refilling (food, beverage) stations.

 

  • After the race;

 

– When performing post-arrival procedures. (medal, declaration, finishing dinner, etc.)

 

– While leaving the event space.

 

  • Avoiding physical contact with people and equipment during the event.

 

  • When coming to the event and race area, you will have a portable personal disinfectant containing 70% or more alcohol and will be in an easy-to-access place during the race.

 

  1. GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

 

  • The presence of runners in groups in the Start and arrival areas will be minimized,

 

  • The number of actions and events that require crowds of participants will be reduced. For example, the press conference will be held in digital media or only with a determined number of press members.

 

  1. VALIDITY

 

The rules and recommendations written in this document will be updated in accordance with the new decisions taken by the T.R. Ministry of Health in accordance with COVID-19 measures. The race organizers will be able to organize the race by agreeing in advance to comply with the regulations of the Turkish Athletics Federation, the current health rules and measures of the Turkish Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Youth and sports and other relevant administrative authorities at the date of the race. This guide shall apply from the date of publication.

 

MAIN CONSIDERATIONS

  1. Runners should regularly perform daily health checks and insulate themselves as much as possible, provided they start at least 2 weeks before race day.
  2. Social distance should be at least 1.5 meters for everyone in the event area
  3. Comprehensive disinfectant and cleaning should be done before, during, and after the race.
  4. All equipment used, water bottles and cups should not be shared among the contestants.
  5. All hygiene materials (ex. paper wipes, towels, etc.) should be distributed packaged for safe use.
  6. Fever measurement will be carried out at the entrances to the event area, posters will be hung reminding of health measures and informative messages will be sent to mobile phones. This will reduce the chance of accidental contact.
  7. The social distance advice of the Ministry of Health and the WHO should be taken into account during the competition.
  8. An isolated area will be prepared in the event area before the transfer of the patient identified during the event to any hospital.
  9. Medical personnel and staff will be employed to assist in the assessment of other cases and/or other diseases.
  10. Before the event, all athletes with potential risks (comorbidities, drugs, allergies) must carry out health checks, and even these checks will be mandatory.
  11. All the visuals about being able to infect Covid-19 and prevent them from passing the virus on to others will be hanging in places where everyone can see.
  12. Sponsors will only be visually involved in the field. No activity will be permitted.
  13. Athletes are advised/asked to come to the field in clothing that they will run in order not to use locker booths.

 

ORGANIZER MEASURES

  1. Alcohol-based hand gel and hygiene will be available to everyone in the event area and accommodation areas.
  2. In all areas (dressing and training areas, etc.) posters describing and expressing hygiene and similar measures will be hung.
  3. First aid and health services will be provided for testing and isolation of COVID-19 suspected cases.
  4. At the invitation of the organizing committee, the fever will be checked every day by the medical staff or Local Organization Committee (LOC) officers of the professional athletes who will participate in the event.
  5. Those with a fever above 38° C should report it to the health officer of the organization. Within the scope of COVID-19, applications related to sick passengers will be based at border entry points (International airports, ports, and border crossings).
  6. It will ensure that unit officials, staff, volunteers, and other employees know to isolate suspicious cases.
  7. Risk element to improve communication for participants and to make this communication easier:
  8. Clinical details of COVID-19, protective measures, especially respiratory rules, and hand hygiene practices will be provided.
  9. People with symptoms will be asked to leave the area or go to a designated area.
  10. Knowledge of social distance
  11. Information about the use of visors and medical masks will be given.
  12. In the context of the event, the meaning of quarantine, self-isolation, and self-monitoring will be explained and the practical effects will be addressed.
  13. Personnel and volunteers who have contact with items that need to be hygienic will use rubber gloves.
  14. Only disposable materials will be used.
  15. The water bottles given to athletes will be clean.
  16. All packed materials used in changing tents and on duty buses will be trashed along with the package at the end of use.
  17. How to intervene and where to isolate the runner diagnosed with COVID-19 will be determined in advance.
  18. The quarantined case will be determined where to intervene.
  19. It will be considered that a larger location may be needed beforehand so that many athletes can be quarantined if they are exposed to the disease.
  20. Emergency contact numbers will be determined in advance with medical units.
  21. Masks will be available for medical personnel and patients.
  22. Except for the possession of disinfectant wet wipes, all door handles in the event area will be disinfected several times a day by the cleaning staff, whatever is in contact.
  23. Ensure that hygiene items or equipment are available to runners:
  • Disposable small personal plastic bags for disposal of tissue paper.
  • Small information cards with important basic information.
  • Medical mask s/he’ll wear if s/he’s sick
  • Small alcoholic wet wipes
  • Small disposable plastic cups
  • Thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer

 

RECOMMENDATIONS TO RUNNERS

  1. Everyone in the event area (including athletes, volunteers, sponsor officers) should regularly measure his/her temperature and monitor his/her health regularly before the race.
  2. Anyone applying for or taking part in the race should listen to himself or herself before the event, not come to the field if sick, and report the situation to the authorities via the internet or by phone.
  3. Athletes, staff, volunteers, suspects, and those who have confirmed the disease should have sufficient information about what should be done and know where to find the details of the measures.
  4. Runners must measure their fever every day and/or on the day of the event, and cooperate with paramedics or staff in the event area.
  5. Those with a fever of 38 degrees or above should be notified to medical teams. Within the scope of COVID-19, applications related to sick passengers will be based at border entry points (International airports, ports, and border crossings).
  6. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers will be kept in the event area, hotel, and on-duty buses and vehicles.
  7. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or with your arm (not your hands). Follow the rules of hygiene. (keep distance: at least 1.5 m), use disposable wipes when coughing or sneezing, or cover with your elbow and wash your hands surely). If the cough persists, isolate yourself immediately and seek help from the nearest medical staff.
  8. Avoid contact with people affected by acute respiratory infections.
  9. If you are sick, do not contact anyone.
  10. Never share personal items such as clothes, soap, hygiene, etc.
  11. Measures for the use of water bottles: • The hygiene team is responsible for having all athletes, officials and staff have their water bottles to prevent transmission of viruses and bacteria.
  12. Avoid contact with your nose and mouth.
  13. Avoid handshakes and hugs.
  14. Do not use the Sauna and/or Turkish baths etc.
  15. Frequently contacted (door handles, elevators, gym items, etc.) make sure it is cleaned regularly.

 

CONTACT

  1. Health measures will start with pandemic questions along with the new registration period.
  2. Questions asked by the Ministry of Health about preventing contagion or new case detection study will also be asked during the race options and then suspicious or sick persons will not be taken into the race.
  3. All areas designated within the event area will be shared with the athletes and stewards before the race.
  4. Posters will be placed in various parts of the event area to raise awareness about COVID-19.
  5. All rules and measures are announced loudly in all areas via the sound system, to be repeated every 20 minutes.
  6. The Promoter will regularly share extensive texts containing all the information with the athletes before the event. (website and social media)

KIT DISTRIBUTION

  1. The opening of a distribution stand in a central area to allow athletes to ride as little public transport as possible will be considered, making transportation easier.
  2. A runner’s distribution time will be limited to 3min.
  3. Social distance landmarks will be applied during kit distribution.
  4. The tables will be deployed 1.5 meters apart.
  5. The officers will use visors.
  6. Distribution kits will be prepared at least 3 days in advance.
  7. Working with the appointment system to avoid crowds will be shared with runners to practice the number of participants/days divided into two etc.
  8. Fever control at the entrance.

EVENT AREA

  1. The plan of the event area will be shared before the race.
  2. A maximum of 100 bags will be taken to the 4×4-meter tent and there will be 1.5 M of preventative tape in front of these tents.
  3. The interior of the dressing tents will be divided and/or tents of the smallest size (for 1 and/or 2 persons) will be established.
  4. While the number of toilets is 1 toilet for 100 people, 1 toilet for 25 people will be kept.
  5. Massage tents will not be installed.
  6. All microphones used will be foiled.
  7. Contact in the field will only be made between the team leaders. Attendants will not leave their seats throughout the organization.
  8. Your area will be disinfected the day before.
  9. There will be no awards ceremony or similar events.
  10. Rest areas will be installed outside the event.
  11. Athletes will perform warm-up movements in the waiting area where they are allocated.
  12. All sections in the event area (VIP press locker bags and SPONSOR tents) will be deployed considering the pandemic distance.
  13. Runners should have bags such as garbage bags with them, and they will be ensured to collect and tied their wastes such as beverage, food waste, paper tissue, mask in this bag, and throw them into general waste bins.
  14. Garbage bins will be placed in many locations in the area in accordance with hygiene conditions.
  15. The runners who will come to the race will be asked to wear their training and/or race clothes to ensure that the dressing tents are used less due to hygiene and social distance rules.
  16. Athletes and coaches who do not wear masks will not be taken to the field. The race management will provide the mask to the runner or trainer who does not have the mask.
  17. There will be no violation of the social distance rule in the field and no physical contact, such as a handshake.
  18. Runners with symptoms of my salon infection such as fever, cough, shortness of breath will be directed to the created isolation room and notified to the health care provider.
  19. The use of a visor mask will be provided for cleaning and security personnel.
  20. Hand sanitizer will be kept at the entrances and various parts of the site.
  21. Posters will be placed in various parts of the area to raise awareness about COVID-19.
  22. Announcements will be made for the physical distance to be at least 1.5 meters for everyone in the area.
  23. Comprehensive disinfectant and cleaning procedures will be carried out regularly during and after the race.
  24. All athletes, stewards, and staff will have their water bottles to prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria.

 

 

START

  1. Social distance signs, social distance officers, cleaning, and hygiene team will be kept.
  2. In road races, athletes will be arranged so that one person will fall on the lanes and roadsides on the road due to social distance.
  3. The social distance between athletes will be 1.5 M.
  4. 1 runner will have a social distance area of at least 4 square meters.
  5. The start interval between athletes will be at least 5 seconds. (side-by-side sequence numbers may vary according to start width)
  6. Runners will be asked to run from the right of the road as much as possible.
  7. The runner who will pass the forward runner will pass to the left of the runner, maintaining the distance as in traffic.
  8. Pacer will not be applied
  9. Athletes will be grouped into the following sections and will start according to their race rib color. (For example YM 21K)
  • Red exit: 09:00
  • Black Exit: 09:10
  • Yellow Exit: 09:20
  • Navy Blue Exit: 09:30
  • Green Exit: 09:40

 

FINISH

  1. After the finish line, 3 corridors of at least 25M length will be created so that athletes do not come side by side at a certain distance.
  2. Mask hygiene measures will be taken at the end of the race by both officials and runners.
  3. A cleaning and hygiene team will be created.
  4. There will only be a medical tent at the finish and the stretcher ranges will be 1.5 m.
  5. The runner/food kits will be given at a close distance to the event site and will be as far away from the start as possible.
  6. The medal will be distributed inside the food kit.
  7. Chip collection will not be done by staff. Runners will leave chips themselves in chip collection boxes.
  8. Rest stations will be within the area. The rest area and activity areas will all be designated with social distance signs.
  9. Runners will not be able to bring their relatives to the race.

 

 

TRACK

  1. The number of buses collecting runners will be 1 for every 500 people
  2. Water stations will be doubled in length
  3. The waters will be deployed with 1-meter space between the tables
  4. The number of referees and officials will be kept to a minimum
  5. All officers will be informed about social distance warning/training will be given
  6. The sharing of water bottles and cups will certainly be prohibited.
  7. The water bottle given to the participants will be served clean and without touching the hand.

 

EVENTS THAT WON’T BE HELD THIS YEAR

  1. Marathon fair
  2. Medal Distribution
  3. Awards Ceremony
  4. Meeting points
  5. Feeding stations in Start and finish area
  6. Terraces
  7. Audience
  8. Guest