The Fox Firecracker 5K and Kids Run cares about the health, safety and well-being of all of our participants and spectators, volunteers and committee members. We strive to hold a successful event each year, promoting the fitness of running and competing in our family friendly event.
We have developed a plan moving forward that takes into consideration the current health situation here in our area and the world around us. In this plan we are taking extra measures to ensure the safety of everyone while we host in-person events. This plan was developed taking into considerations all recommendations given by the CDC. These measures will be in place for the 2021 event. Due to the ever-changing recommendations and limitations as a result of COVID-19, all of these plans, and the length of time that they are enforced, are subject to change.
In This Document:
1) CDC Guidelines & Our Response Article: Event Planning and COVID-19:
Questions and Answers | Information for Event Planners and Individuals Source: Considerations for Events and Gatherings | CDC
Article is copied and pasted below. Our response to each area is in red
What actions should I take to plan for an outbreak?
Creating an emergency plan for mass gatherings and large community events, such as concerts and sporting events, can help protect the health of your staff, attendees, and the local community. This planning should include:
How many guests can safely attend a conference, sporting event, conference, or other community event? CDC does not have a limit or recommend a specific number of attendees for these types of events and instead encourages event organizers to focus on ways to limit people’s contact with each other. Each event organizer will need to determine the appropriate number for their setting in collaboration with local health officials. They should also check state, county, and city rules regarding any current restrictions limiting the number of attendees at events. In general, the number that is chosen should allow individuals to remain at least 6 feet apart from each other. Rather than focusing on an ideal number, event organizers and administrators should focus on the ability to reduce and limit contact between attendees, staff, and others. In general, the more people you interact with, the more closely you interact with them, and the longer that interaction, the higher your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces because indoors, it can be harder to keep people at least 6 feet apart and the ventilation is not as good as it is outdoors. - The focus of our safety plan is reducing contact between participants, volunteers, staff & spectators. We will continue to evaluate if a reduction in the number of participants is necessary. Packet Pick-Up, Start and Finish will all have layouts designed to respect social distancing. The entirety of this event is outdoors and the tent space will not have all four walls in order to promote ventilation. The event plan is always introduced to and worked out with local municipalities to be in compliance with current health ordinances.
Does CDC have recommendations on how to maintain 6’ between attendees during events? Yes. CDC recommends several strategies for this. For instance, organizers can:
Should organizers test all attendees and staff for COVID-19 before they can enter an event? CDC does not recommend testing all attendees and staff before allowing them to enter. Testing all event attendees and staff for COVID-19 before allowing them to enter the venue has not been systematically studied. It is unknown if entry testing at event venues provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of the virus beyond what would be expected with other preventive measures (such as social distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection). CDC does recommend conducting health checks such as temperature screening and/or symptom checking of staff and attendees safely and respectfully, and in accordance with any applicable privacy laws and regulations. – We are providing all individuals with a health screening document to use before attending the event (see at the end of this document).
Does CDC recommend all event attendees wear masks? Yes. CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. CDC recommends that organizers require staff to wear masks and encourage attendees ahead of events to bring and wear masks at the event. – All staff & volunteers are required to wear cloth face covering for the entirety of the event. Participants are required to wear masks at the start of the race and again once they cross the finish line of the race until they have left the event property. The Fox Firecracker Neck Gaiter (available in the Store) is an acceptable face covering.
Masks are most essential when physical distancing is difficult (such as when moving within a crowd or audience). Masks offer some protection to the wearer and are also meant to protect those around the wearer, in case they are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Masks are not surgical masks or respirators. They are not personal protective equipment. Masks are strongly encouraged in settings where individuals might raise their voices (such as shouting, chanting, singing). Provide all staff with information on proper use, removal, and washing of masks. Advise staff that masks should not be placed on:
What actions can staff & attendees take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Encourage staff and attendees to take everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19. This includes:
How should staff clean the facility before and during the event to limit spread of the virus?
Event staff should use several strategies to maintain healthy environments, including cleaning and disinfection:
What are things to consider when determining if an event needs to be postponed or canceled?
Consult with local public health officials and continually assess, based on current conditions, whether to postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of attendees (if possible) at an event or gathering. When determining if you should postpone or cancel a large gathering or event, consider the:
The event will continue to be in evaluation based on the current health climate up until race day. If the event is canceled for any reason, participants will automatically be registered for the virtual event option.
2) Fox Firecracker 5K Staff & Volunteer Safety Measures
3) All Races: Participant Guidelines
a. Communication and Reminders:
Participants will be informed of safety and new event guidelines in several ways:
b. Participants Definition:
c. Health Guidelines for Participants
d. Do and Don’t Guidelines for Participants:
4) All Races: Spectator Guidelines:
a. Spectators Definition:
b. Health Guidelines for Spectators
c. Conduct Guidelines for Spectators
4) All Races: Event Changes
Participants will be given their race materials at two different times: July 3 @ 4-8pm or July 4 @ 6-7:45am
What materials are included with the race?
What to expect at in-person packet pick-up:
Event Areas Restrictions:
We will provide the following amenities to encourage hygiene and social distancing at the events:
There will be small sealed water bottles on the table. There will be trash cans along the course. Participants need to discard their water bottle and cap into a trash receptacle and may not toss it on the ground. Participants will be encouraged to keep moving or step away from the water stop quickly to allow others in. Water stop tables will be separated for social distancing and there will be multiple available.
Results & Awards
Any Additional Questions or Concerns can be directed to info@foxfirecracker5K.com
Fox Firecracker 5K and Kids Run COVID-19 Screening Questions Instructions:
If you have one or more symptom(s) that may be related to COVID-19 stay home and take care of yourself.