In-person 2021 XC Season?!?

While we aren’t yet out of the COVID woods, the current roll out of vaccinations is a cause for optimism that we might be able to enjoy some “normal” things by the time we get into mid-2021.  In case there is some reality to that optimism, plans are in motion to hold an in-person Stumptown Cross series this fall.

The dates are set and permits are being secured.  Add the following to your calendar, and plan to join us.

Saturday, Sept 25 – Lents Park 5k
Saturday, Oct 9 – Mary S Young 5k
Sunday, Oct 24 – Strawberry Island 5k
Saturday, Nov 6 – Fernhill Park – 6k
Saturday, Nov 20 – Pier Park – 6k/8k

Saturday, Dec 11 – USATF club nationals in Tallahassee, FL

At this point it is too early to figure out exactly what in-person races might mean.  The current Phase 2 requirements that the state and Portland Parks has in place is a maximum number of people that can be in the park at a given time (limit of 150 people, which includes participants, volunteers and spectators) and a requirement that masks are worn during the event.  We already have separate mens and womens races, but we may need to adjust start times so that people can leave the park when they are done racing.  There is a list of other safety requirements we will need to plan for, including how to safely do bib pick up, sanitize restrooms, etc.

The guidance in Washington is slightly different, but will apply to the Strawberry Island race.  While it doesn’t require masks while racing, it does require wave starts and limits the number of runners in each wave depending on what phase the state is in at the time of the event.

While we are going to have to plan for conditions that exist at the present, hopefully things are improved as we move another 6 months into the future.  Today’s guidance might require masks at all times, but perhaps by fall it will be safe to have a competitive field of runners who have all been vaccinated?  Time will tell what fall will bring, but for now, optimism has us moving forward with planning an in-person 2021 Stumptown Cross season.  Stay tuned for more details, but for now, add those dates to your calendar and plan to join us!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.