COVID-19 UPDATES

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Negative Split Produced Events

RACE CHANGES 2020 – posted 11:15AM 3/25/2020
After ongoing evaluation of the COVID-19 situation, Negative Split and event organizers have reached a decision regarding all Negative Split produced events in the month of April and May. Negative Split Half Marathon, Windermere Marathon, and Coeur d’Alene Marathon will be postponed to a future date in 2020. This decision does not come lightly and was a product of extensive thought and conversations between government officials and event organizers. Participant and community safety remains our top priority.  Specific event updates, transfer, and refund policies are listed below.
RESCHEDULED TO: SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
  1. The original event date fell within the CDC and state of Washington limitations on event gatherings which forced postponement.
  2. We did not want to cancel this event or turn it entirely into a virtual option. For an event of this size, we wanted to make sure the runner’s efforts put into training did not go unrewarded.
  3. This date was one of the few dates available relative to existing Spokane city construction projects and surrounding other Spokane events.
  4. The event will still take place in Kendall Yards and surrounding areas which was a priority to event organizers.
  5. The event supports UGM and Second Harvest which both play a primary role in the Spokane Community helping the underserved. The event will continue to support these great causes in an ever increasing time of need.
  6. Participants will be emailed more event details and packet pick-up locations as soon as they are available.
  7. Event pricing will remain the same until September 8, 2020.
RESCHEDULED TO: SEPTEMBER 6, 2020
  1. The original event date was on the edge of CDC and Washington State limitations on event gatherings. Given this situation, we felt many participants would opt to not participate in the 2020 event.
  2. Volunteer recruitment has become near impossible given the original event date relative too COVID-19.
  3. Windermere Marathon has 15 water / food stations all requiring hand sanitizer and protective glove stockpiles. Event organizers did not want to try and stockpile these items due to the high demand for these items within our current healthcare system.
  4. Windermere Marathon medical team is staffed by the Spokane Fire Department, AMR, and Providence ER doctors and nurses.  In this time of crisis, we do not want to pull these individuals from the greater task at hand.
  5. Windermere Marathon uses many other high demand items such as bottled water, toilet paper, and other products and we felt it was a poor community decision to push forward with an event having limited supply chains for these items in the community.
  6. The current date was one of the few dates available across the calendars of city of Spokane, Centennial Trail, City of Spokane Valley, City of Liberty Lake, and Spokane County.
  7. The new date will allow for a finish at the Convention Center and be adjacent to Pigout In The Park.  Our plan is to work with Pigout In The Park event organizers to create an improved event experience for both events.
  8. Start line venues will still be Rocky Hill Park in Liberty Lake (full marathon) and Pinecroft business park at Mirabeau in the Spokane Valley (half marathon). The 5k will start and finish from the Convention Center.
  9. We recognize that this event is used as a Boston Marathon Qualifier for many and plan to have a nearly identical course to previous years (there will be a small Centennial trail detour near Avista due to a scheduled construction project on Upriver Dr). Event organizers are also planning to have the course Boston certified before race day. Additionally, keeping the event in early September should allow for this event to remain a Boston Qualifier for the 2021 Boston Marathon similar to the original Windermere Marathon date (although Boston Marathon is still working on posting updates relative to their event and this situation).
  10. The event supports the Windermere Foundation and many other small non-profits in the greater Spokane area. Postponing this event still allows for financial support of these great organizations.
  11. Participants will be emailed more event details and packet pick-up locations as soon as they are available.
  12. Event pricing will remain the same until August 24, 2020.
RESCHEDULED TO: AUGUST 23, 2020
  1. The original event date was on the edge of CDC limitations on event gatherings. Given this situation, we felt many participants would opt to not participate in the 2020 event.
  2. Our region still seems to be on an upward trend of COVID-19 cases and restrictions at this time.
  3. Volunteer recruitment has become near impossible given the original event date relative too COVID-19.
  4. CDA Marathon has many water / food stations all requiring hand sanitizer and protective glove stockpiles. Event organizers did not want to try and stockpile these items due to the high demand for these items within our current health care system.
  5. CDA Marathon has a great medical team that also needs to serve the community as a whole.  In this time of crisis, we do not want to pull these individuals from the greater task at hand.
  6. CDA Marathon uses many other high demand items such as bottled water, toilet paper, and other products and we felt it was a poor community decision to push forward with an event having limited supply chains for these items in the community.
  7. The current date was one of the few dates available during the 2020 calendar year in an already event packed city of Coeur d’Alene.
  8. The new event date will still allow for the same course as 2019 and for use of McEuen Park and the CDA Resort.
  9. We recognize that this event is used as a Boston Marathon Qualifier for many and plan to have a nearly identical course to 2019. Event organizers are also planning to have the course Boston certified before race day. Additionally, keeping the event in late August should allow for this event to remain a Boston Qualifier for the 2021 Boston Marathon similar to the original CDA Marathon date (although Boston Marathon is still working on posting updates relative to their event and this situation).
  10. The event supports the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation and provides a financial resources for many trail maintenance and expansion projects in the greater Coeur d’Alene area. Moving the event date still allows for the marathon to support this cause for the benefit of runners and trail users.
  11. Participants will be emailed more event details and packet pick-up locations as soon as they are available.
  12. Event pricing will remain the same until August 3, 2020.
FAQ:
WHAT IF I CANNOT ATTEND THE NEWLY SCHEDULED DATE?
We are allowing free transfers from any of the above events to another event for individuals that are not able to attend the newly scheduled date. All three of these events are top notch events and provide a wonderful participant experience.  We request that participants only switch events if they are unable to attend the newly scheduled date of the original event they registered for. Shirts, medals, and other items have already been ordered in excess for these events based on our early forecasts. If we have a large number of runners transferring from one event to another just based on personal preference it may strain the projected forecasts of shirts and medals. To transfer from one race to another please email info@nsplit.com : response times may be longer than normal based on the number of requests.
WHAT IF I AM SIGNED UP FOR MULTIPLE EVENTS AND CANNOT ATTEND?
If you are signed up for multiple events and transferring to a new event is not an option as indicated above, then we have also setup virtual event options where you can still participate remotely and be able to interact via social media and posting of your results to the “virtual” race. You will still be able to earn your shirt and medal! To select the virtual event option you will need to transfer into the virtual event on our race registration platform.  Follow these transfer instructions here.
WHAT IF I CANNOT ATTEND ANY OF THE NEW EVENT DATES?
If you are unable to attend any of the new event dates, then you still have the option to earn your medal and shirt by participating in the event virtually.  This feature still allows for interaction via social media and posting your results. To select the virtual event option you will need to transfer into the virtual event on our race registration platform.  Follow these transfer instructions here.
CAN I GET A REFUND?
At this time we are not offering refunds. This situation has been difficult and challenging for everyone. We sincerely wish that we were not confronted with having to change our events. Our organization is putting forth our best effort to make the most of this situation, turning lemons into lemonade. We are trying to provide multiple options for participants to still have a great experience. We believe in our running community and believe at the end of all this, we will need a reason to come together at these events and celebrate.  Negative Split has partnered with many community non-profits that help provide volunteers and resources to our events and we want to still be able to support these great causes. These three events are comprised of about $250,000 in expenses, most of which have already been paid for.  As much as we wish refunds were an option, they would likely sink the ship that supports so many community programs in our region.
WHAT IF I PURCHASED MERCHANDISE?
You will still receive the merchandise you purchased at your event! We are also working on launching an online store for those of you that were looking forward to purchasing and trying on merchandise at our spring events. We will soon have the option to purchase online.
WHAT IF I PURCHASED A PREMIUM PACKAGE?
Due to the fast changes and all the moving parts planning these new event dates, we will not be able to offer a premium package at these new events. The price of the premium entry fee will be refunded since we will not be able to provide this on these new dates. We will send you a link to our online store in the near future if you still wish to purchase the premium gear without the rest of the experience items.
WILL I BE SAFE AT THESE EVENTS?
Participant safety is our first priority and we will be implementing several new measures to help make our events more safe for runners and spectators.
WILL THE 2021 EVENTS BE HELD IN THE SPRING OR FALL?
All three events will be held at their normally scheduled spring dates in the 2021 calendar year (unless some other world pandemic takes place). We anticipate opening registration for the 2021 events in September and October of this year.

Negative Split Events Updates

March 18, 2020 @ 1:02PM

The Negative Split team continues to work very hard and long hours to try and solidify contingency plans for our spring events.  Safety remains our top priority in this challenging time.  We recognize the hard work that our runners have put in to training for our events and are doing the best we can to make sure that effort does not go without reward and recognition.  Negative Split has always prided itself on creating top notch events and great participant experiences. Our mission to that regard is unchanged in these times and we are doing all things possible to keep these events from turning into virtual runs. Due to the CDC mandates and quickly evolving situation regarding the coronavirus, the below info is the most up to date and accurate plan for our events through the end of May.

Negative Split Half Marathon: Since the CDC shut down events greater than 10 people until early May, the event will not happen as planned. We are doing everything we can to postpone the event to a later date in the 2020 calendar year.  We are working hard with city officials to find open dates on the calendar. Since the start of the situation with coronavirus, Negative Split has been searching for alternative dates for all events.  The city gives events with the largest size and economic impact first priority in moving dates to Fall.  Some Fall dates that were on the Negative Split calendar have been bumped for events with larger economic impacts and needs. Negative Split and city officials are still sorting through which dates are available. City officials are also reaching out to event organizers of pre-planned Fall events to ensure that they are still moving forward with their events.  Our original April date also avoided many of the construction projects that challenge course routes in 2020.  We are working hard to evaluate construction timelines and create new road courses that would work given the new dates.  Registration will stay open and pricing will not increase at this time.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to sort through this.

Windermere Marathon: Windermere Marathon still is scheduled for May 17, after the CDC mass gatherings limitation time frame. We are working with city officials to also secure 1-2 back-up date options for this event. We anticipate we will have a much better idea on the status of this event in the next two weeks with further guidance from the CDC and DOH.  Even if the CDC event limitation does not extend, there is still a possibility of postponement for this event.  We continue to evaluate our ability to recruit volunteers in these challenging times as well as the strain on the medical systems locally. We do not want to put further strain on the medical system by pulling hard working medical staff from needed facilities to staff the medical tents at this race. We are hoping that this situation starts to evolve for the best in the coming weeks.

Coeur d’Alene Marathon: CDA Marathon still is scheduled for May 24, after the CDC mass gatherings limitation time frame. We are working with city officials to also secure back-up date options for this event. We anticipate we will have a much better idea on the status of this event in the next two weeks with further guidance from the CDC and DOH.  Even if the CDC event limitation does not extend, there is still a possibility of postponement for this event.  We continue to evaluate our ability to recruit volunteers in these challenging times as well as the strain on the medical systems locally. We do not want to put further strain on the medical system by pulling hard working medical staff from needed facilities to staff the medical tents at this race. We are hoping that this situation starts to evolve for the best in the coming weeks.

-Ryan Hite

Owner, Negative Split

Negative Split Events Updates

March 17, 2020 @ 3:54PM

Negative Split continues to assess the current COVID-19 situation relative to planned events for the 2020 calendar year. The situation is quickly evolving and we continue to make more decisions by the hour.  We do not take these decisions lightly and runner and public safety is our highest priority.  Many factors influence our decisions about these events. Government orders, safety, runner experience, volunteer support, sponsor support, course management, Boston qualification status, date availability, other moving events, and product availability are just some of the factors that are weighing on our decisions for upcoming events. The below is a list of changes to upcoming events as we know them.

Negative Split Half Marathon: Modifying event. More details to come.

Windermere Marathon: Continuing as planned for May 17, 2020. Alterations to existing event will be made to reduce social concentrations and exposure.

Coeur d’Alene Marathon: Continuing as planned for May 24, 2020. Alterations to existing event will be made to reduce social concentrations and exposure.

-Ryan Hite

Owner, Negative Split

Negative Split Events Updates

March 16, 2020 @ 5:32PM

In light of recent updates regarding COVID-19 protocols in the state of Washington, we are planning some changes to our Negative Split Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k scheduled for April 19, 2020.  More official details regarding this will be released on Tuesday March 17, 2020.  Our team has been working hard on these changes and we are excited to share the updates in the coming days!

-Ryan Hite

Owner, Negative Split

Negative Split Events Updates

March 13, 2020 @ 6:17PM

Today the COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Washington were escalated significantly.  As many of you are aware, the Governor closed schools across the state and put a ban on community gatherings and events greater than 250 people.  At the time of writing this, the ban on public gatherings of greater than 250 people is planned to be in effect for 30 days in the city of Spokane.   Any events that fall within that window are to be cancelled and/or rescheduled.  All Negative Split produced events currently fall outside of that 30 day window.  We are still cautiously optimistic about our produced events. This situation is very fluid, and we expect to know more and have more updates through the weekend and early next week.  We continue to work diligently on contingency plans for the events we produce and the events we provide services for.  Negative Split has now created a virtual race center for many of the races that have been affected by this situation. We acknowledge the hard work that runners and race directors alike put into preparing for each of these races and do not want their efforts to go without recognition.

Particularly concerning our Negative Split Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k scheduled for April 19, 2020;  we are still working with government officials to understand if the ban affects this event which is currently outside the 30 day window.  If government officials deem this event as one that needs to be cancelled, we are still exploring the following options relative to public safety and servicing our runners.

  • Mailing runner packets to help with social distancing and avoiding lines and gatherings of people. 
  • Reduce or prohibit spectators at the event, understanding that runners tend to be separated on the course and spectators tend to congregate.
  • Create wave starts and separate by greater time intervals limiting the number of people in a wave to 100 runners to reduce exposure.
  • Reducing or eliminating after parties and award ceremonies where people tend to congregate.
  • Reducing the size of the event and converting it into several smaller events over 1-2 days.
  • Looking at alternative event dates if we are forced to postpone. (Based on city guidelines relative to COVID-19, these dates would likely be in June).
  • Producing a virtual event through our new virtual event center.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work closely with government officials to fully understand the implications of all of this. We will continue to provide updates as soon as they are available on our website and social media channels.

-Ryan Hite

Owner, Negative Split

Negative Split Event Action Plans Regarding COVID-19

March 12, 2020 @ 5:08PM

Over the past week COVID-19 has had an increasing impact on events and public gatherings in the United States. Negative Split provides services to over 100 races annually in the Pacific Northwest and has been watching this situation closely.  The safety of our runners, volunteers, and spectators is our first priority. We are working closely with government officials to create contingency plans for our upcoming events. At this time we do not plan to cancel any of our events and have several strategies in place for modifications to our events if needed.  New updates and information regarding our response to COVID-19 will be disseminated on our website and social media channels as soon as it is available. 

We realize there are many things out of our control about the current state of COVID-19 in our community. What we can control is our reaction and contingency plans to make a safe and positive experience for our runners, volunteers, and spectators. Below are a series of plans that we continue to evaluate daily for our events.  We are trying to be transparent through this process and the following are only a list of actions considered and are not final action plans. As our races get closer, we will continue to inform participants of updates and changes to the events as they happen.

  • Increased hand sanitizer and hand washing stations throughout the event.
  • Increased signage and education to participants, volunteers, and spectators about social distancing.
  • Mailing runner packets to help with social distancing and avoiding lines and gatherings of people. 
  • Reduce or prohibit spectators at the event, understanding that runners tend to be separated on the course and spectators tend to congregate.
  • Create wave starts and separate by greater time intervals limiting the number of people in a wave to 100 runners to reduce exposure.
  • Reducing or eliminating after parties and award ceremonies where people tend to congregate.
  • Looking at alternative event dates if we are forced to postpone.
  • Evaluating virtual event options if city mandates end up forcing cancellation for several months.

As much as we all wish that we did not have to make these tough decisions, we feel it would be irresponsible and naive to avoid the issue. We welcome your concerns, comments, and questions as we help the runners and events in the Pacific Northwest through this time of challenging decisions.

-Ryan Hite

Owner, Negative Split

Events Timed By Negative Split

Updated March 13th, 2020 (5:45PM)


St. Patricks Day foot Race (Kennewick, WA)

The event planned for 3/14/2020 has been cancelled and moved to a Virtual Event due to government mandate.  The virtual event can be found at our Virtual Race Center


Dirty Leprechaun (Portland, OR)

The event planned for 3/14/2020 has been cancelled due to the Oregon mandate. Event organizers are working to find an alternative date in late April or May. Participants should continue watching their emails for updates.


St Paddy’s 5 Miler Run (Spokane, WA)

The event planned for 3/15/2020 has been cancelled and moved to a Virtual Event due to government mandate. The virtual event can be found at our Virtual Race Center


Echo Red to Red MTB Race (Echo, OR)

The event planned for 3/22/2020 has been cancelled due to the Oregon mandate.  Event organizers are still sorting through their options and will be in touch with participants.


Rapid Rabbit Run (Spokane Valley, WA)

The event planned for 3/22/2020 has been cancelled and moved to a virtual race due to government mandate. The virtual event can be found at our Virtual Race Center

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