“The pandemic is in retreat.” That was in the New York Times Morning Report on February 11. While the number of infections and deaths are still high, the trends are going in the right direction around the world. And as vaccinations are surpassing the number of infections, the return to normalcy is on the horizon.
A question we all want the answer to: Will WSER happen in 2021?
With less than 400 runners spread out over 100 miles, we are not like bigger events with thousands of participants. Crews, volunteers, and spectators make up the bulk of the people involved with the event and those are also generally spread out over a very large area. Our start and finish lines, pre-race briefing, aid stations, and crew shuttle busses are areas we expect to have to modify. While California still has pretty onerous restrictions on special events, we believe as the numbers continue to improve that events will be permitted. While the crux in terms of being able to hold the race will be permitting from the state of California, we believe we can conduct a safe event and are proceeding as though restrictions will ease and the race will be allowed to happen. We have come up with myriad COVID-19 mitigation plans and strategies that we will be ready to implement depending on how things are at the end of June. We will continue to update you as we get more clarity.