Manhattan Invite XC, photo by Jeff Benjamin
The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated events in the sport. Consider this: All major marathons in US cancelled this spring, hopefully some moving to fall. 1.1 million high school athletes will not compete in track & field this spring! 20,000 dual high school track meets were cancelled. 50 high school state track & field meets are probably on the chopping block.
The RRCA is one of the most important sports organizations in the country. It was founded by actual runners (Browning Ross), and the Executive Director Jeane Knaack has asked us to fill out this survey so that they can help us figure out how to do our sporting events in future!
Stay healthy, stay safe, run with physical social distancing!
RRCA Launches Survey to Understand Runner Attitudes Related to a Return to Group/Event Running in the U.S.
Arlington, VA April 21, 2020 – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has launched a nationwide survey to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected participation in running events as well as locally organized group runs and training programs. The goal of the survey is to gather data from runners to better understand what changes they expect to see within the running community and event industry, post-pandemic.
“The pandemic has impacted everyone in some way, from individuals and families to organizations, businesses, and events like running races and group runs,” explained Erica Gminski, RRCA Youth and Coaching Program manager. “Public health officials’ guidance on gathering size has led to countless events and group run postponements and cancellations in the coming months.”
Runners and race directors, like the population at large, hope to return to “normal” at some point in the coming months. Runner feedback will be helpful as the RRCA works with a consortium of race directors, club leaders, health experts, industry leaders, and more in partnership to craft guidelines and recommendations to assist the running community in formulating best practice plans for post-pandemic running in the coming months.
Results will be shared in a few weeks following data review and analysis.
Complete the survey: http://survey.constantcontact.