I think we can all agree that 2020 has not quite been the year that we had all planned on. Seeing so many events, plans, trips, and experiences getting canceled or postponed has been so hard on everyone, and at the beginning of this crazy journey, we’ve been assuming that by fall, we would have this whole pandemic in hand and would be able to safely hold our fall races. *insert facepalm here*.
Over the last months we have been closely following our local (Kansas and Missouri) regulations, restrictions and recommendations, we have been following local and non local races, and we have been talking endlessly to each other, to runners and to other race directors about how we could safely hold our Ogg race. The conclusion that we have come to, is that we can’t. We’ve talked through aid station protocols, mask requirements, contactless packet pickup and check in. We have solid plans in place for each of these things and we genuinely believe that we could institute them safely, but our biggest problem and the place we can’t get over the danger, is the course itself. Because the course is so short and the road is not very wide, we are extremely worried about the constant passing and bottlenecks that will happen over and over during the 6 hours of the race. We know that outside events are safest, but we also know that the safety relies on keeping that 6 foot or more distance between people. If the course was longer with more opportunity to carefully spread out and stay spread out during the race, we would be planning on holding the race. We are absolutely heart broken at having to cancel but we would be devastated if someone got sick at our event.
If you are on the waiting list, you do not need to do anything, your card was not charged and you will automatically be removed. If you are signed up for the race we will be rolling over 100% of your entry to next years race. We will send out emails in January when we open registration with a code to register.
If you are registered for the Ogg 2020 challenge, we will be extending the eligible time by 2 weeks, so the end date will now be October 10. All Ogg repeats will need to be completed by 11:59 on October 10. All repeats need to be uploaded and tagged on Strava by October 13th, final calculations and award announcements will be made by October 16.
We are so sorry that we won’t be seeing Jay’s many costume changes, or screaming at the end for the last few finishers to sprint across the line before time is up, we won’t get to sponge you all down with ice water and hear Todd ask how far to the next aid station. We promise that next years race will be one hell of a party!
Until we see you again… stay safe, keep running and don’t forget the glitter.
Coleen and Leia