14 Oct Safety and hygiene measures for the protection of participants in Penyagolosa Trails
The organization of the race will provide runners with a series of indications on safety distances, masks, disinfection and hygiene.
In order to ensure maximum safety during the Penyagolosa Trails races, on October 16 and 17, the organization of the sports event has developed a Covid protocol to all participants and staff involved in the races, both MiM and CSP, before, during and after the event.
Penyagolosa Trails appeals to the individual responsibility of all runners and urges them to consult the official rules of the event, which include indications on the use of masks, safety distances and hygiene guidelines. These recommendations are in line with the latest information provided by the competent health authorities.
For the collection of the race bib and runner’s bag on October 15, a phased reservation system has been set up, which can be requested through the Penyagolosa Trails website (www.penyagolosatrails.com). Despite of the organizations careful planning, it is essential to respect the distancing measures at the pick-up point, organized by lanes, with markings on the ground, informative signs and whose accesses will be equipped with hydroalcoholic gel. Likewise, participants must wear masks at all times. The official T-shirt, which will be included in the runner’s bag, will be packed at the factory and no changes will be allowed.
Measures during the race
The start of the CSP and the MiM will take place both from the athletics track of the Universitat Jaume I, the first one at 0:00 on the 16th and the second one at 6:00 on the same day.
In the refreshment areas, with conveniently separated tables, distances will be kept between runners and volunteers, both with masks and the latter with gloves, which will provide the required products without contact in the delivery of food and bottles between them. On the other hand, the resting points next to the refreshment posts, equipped with chairs or benches, will keep a distance from the feeding area and from each other.
When the runners arrive at the finish line, the staff will disinfect the finish line tape after the arrival of the MiM and CSP champions. The finishers, who must use hydroalcoholic gel, will receive their pack, medal and food without physical contact with the staff. This year, given the circumstances, the eating area and massage services will be eliminated. In the medical services, on the other hand, hygiene measures will be taken to the utmost detail by the medical staff.
Measures at the end of the race
During the trophy ceremonies in the absolute categories, the first three finishers of each race will go up to the podium keeping a safe distance and wearing masks, except for the moment of taking the winners photograph, as long as this distance is guaranteed. The trophies will be strictly sanitized and the volunteer delivering them will comply with all the required safety measures. On this occasion, only one VIP will be allowed on stage for each ceremony.
The life bags of each runner, which have been previously marked with their identification, will be delivered by a team of volunteers without physical contact with the participants.
The organization plans to provide participants with hydroalcoholic gel at all recommended points, as well as indicative signs at various locations. Likewise, they will carry out a rigorous disinfection of all areas, surfaces and tools used at the start, refreshment posts and finish line.
Use of masks
During the race, masks must be worn at the following: bib pick-up area, start area up until otherwise signaled, refreshment points, finish area, during medical services, trophy ceremony area, during bus transportation, and in urban areas. In line with the event’s philosophy of respect for the environment and the municipalities on the way to Sant Joan de Penyagolosa, containers will be set up to discard used masks.