We are just now coming down from an awesome weekend in Fort Pierce! Our first triathlon of 2020! If you didn't join us at the Game On! Treasure Coast Triathlon, you missed a great race. Everyone was so excited to be back, to be racing, to be "together". Despite the strict COVID-19 protocol in place, we were all able to have fun, while staying safe.
The Time Trial start was one of the highlights. Many had never seen a swim start with 2 athletes every 5 seconds. It went very smoothly and everyone loved it. Top that with a very cool (practically closed) A1a bike course, and a scenic run, and we had athletes ooohhhh 'n and ahhh 'n. It was hot, but mother nature spared us the worst of it with some well needed cloud cover.
So, what's next? The Game On! Palm Beaches Triathlon which was to take place in Singer Island on 7/25 has been postponed. The City of Riviera Beach is not allowing events over 50 people just yet, but we will be there soon. The 8/22 Game On! Sand Key Triathlon has also unfortunately been postponed. We are working on new dates for both and you will be the first to hear when we reschedule.
But Guess what? The Game On! Ponte Vedra Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike has been approved!!! We are moving forward as planned for August 9th and will be at Mickler's Landing with our team before you know it. The time is now to sign up!
As always we want you to know we care about you and your welfare. We will strive to bring you safe (in more ways than one), quality, organized, fun events. In an effort to be completely transparent, we intend to give you the latest information on every event as soon as available. With COVID-19 situation changing from day to day, it is difficult to guess too far in advance whether a planned event will actually happen. We sincerely appreciate your understanding as we work through this difficult time.
We do know that for the foreseeable future we will keep our CODVID-19 protocol in place (see below).
We appreciate your support and welcome your input and/or questions. Please feel free to reply with any questions, comments or concerns.
Willie and Brian
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Following is a list of our race precautions for the next event (subject to further updates and addiotions):
Events Limited to 250 athletes: In order to keep our athletes safe and maintain proper social distancing, we will cap the event at 250 athletes on race day.
Registration: Online only. No race day registration, cash exchanged, etc.
Packet Pick-up: Procedures will be altered to promote physical distancing and mitigate person-to-person contact. An outdoor, possibly drive thru packet pick-up will take place following proper “social distancing” guidelines.
Giveaways: Only competition-essential materials will be included inside the race package (no promo materials) while reducing packaging as much as possible. Essentials include: T-shirt, bib/bike/helmet numbers, swim cap, and timing chip.
Timing Chips: Timing chips may be found on designated bike rack. If not disposable chips, athletes will be required to remove their own chip and place in sanitized bin near finish line.
Pre-Race Clinic: Pre-Race Clinic will take place virtually.
Body-marking: We will encourage self-body-marking prior to arrival and give clear instructions.
Face Coverings: Athletes will be required to wear face coverings before and after competition. Staff and volunteers will be required to wear face coverings throughout the entire event.
Health Screening: All participants and volunteers will be required to fill out an electronic questionnaire regarding their overall health in the last 14 days and asked to stay home if they have any symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, etc.). All attendees (staff, volunteers, athletes, spectators) will be screened upon entrance to the venue. Medical staff will be equipped with thermometers, extra face coverings and gloves. As per the CDC guidelines, if an anyone has a temperature of 100.4°F or above, they will be asked to leave and seek medical attention.
Sanitize Areas: Areas will be sanitized prior to, and during the race.
We will promote Social Distancing: To promote physical distancing and mitigate person-to-person contact, we will have ample signage placed in key areas of venue encouraging physical distancing (i.e. markings on the ground and signage) around potentially crowded areas to encourage people to spread out. Announcements will also serve as reminders.
Hand washing and sanitizing stations: Hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be available and placed throughout the venue. Additional signage will be displayed reminding everyone to use them. Announcements will also serve as a reminder to wash hands.
Increase Athlete Footprint in Transition: Transition will be 100% bigger. We will reduce the number of bikes per rack to 3 (normally 6/rack), thereby increasing the size and space in transition.
Time Trial or Limited Wave Start: In order to maintain social distancing, rather than the usual 30-50 athletes per wave, we will reduce the number of athletes starting at once to between 2-10 people at one time.
No Wet-Suit Stripping: We will not offer wet-suit removal. If the event is “wet-suit legal”, triathletes will be required to remove their own wet-suit.
Run Aid Stations: We will ask each athlete to bring their own water bottle for the run portion of the event. Single use water bottles will be available at aid stations along the course. Please dispose of properly.
Finish Line Tape: Eliminating finish line tape to avoid cross-contamination.
Finish Line Fluids: Single-use water or electrolyte drink will be handed to athletes by staff or volunteers wearing gloves/masks. Athletes will NOT be permitted to grab their own hydration.
Finisher Medals: Medals will be wrapped in plastic and handed to each finisher by a gloved/masked volunteer or staff member. Please feel free to unwrap and wear proudly!
Timing: We are eliminating results screens but will text or email results and publish results online, post-event. Timing trailer/van will be locked, and timer will not be physically available for timing questions. We will post a number to call or text with timing questions.
Food Area: Post-race food will be pre-packaged. All staff or volunteers handling or in proximity of food will wear face coverings and gloves. There will be a designated queue line for athletes to receive their meal.
Awards Ceremony: (Subject to cancellation) Awards area will be increased to allow for a ceremony with proper social distancing protocols in mind. Awards will be given by staff member wearing mask and gloves.
Following is the current status on each of our 2020 events.
6/27 Turtleman Triathlon, new date TBD 2021
7/25 Palm Beaches Triathlon, new date TBD
08/22 Sand Key Triathlon, new date, TBD
STILL ON THE CALENDAR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
08/30 Key Largo Triathlon
09/12 WVRF Running for Heroes 5K
09/19 Miami Trail Festival
10/03 Palm Beaches Triathlon
10/11 Ponte Vedra Beach Triathlon
10/17 Run Singer Island Half Marathon & 10K
10/25 Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon
10/31 #Run For Wendy 10K & 5K
11/15 Riverfront Tri @ Cocoa
12/03 Doral Corporate Run
12/06 Treasure Coast Tri
Game On! Race Events COVID-19 Policy:
*POSTPONED EVENTS: (No Refund policy remains in effect)
Option 1: Automatic transfer to the new date
Option 2: Request to defer your entry to the same event in 2021
Option 3: Transfer to another 2020 Game On! owned event
Option 4: Complete the event virtually; Swim/Bike/and/or Run wherever, whenever, send us your results, and we will mail the finisher medal and t-shirt. Please confirm your mailing address.
In the event of a CANCELLED race, your options will be as follows:
Option 1: Automatic deferral to the same event in 2021
Option 2: Transfer to another 2020 Game On! owned event
Option 3: Request a refund; unfortunately this refund will not include processing fees.
Please know we are here for you if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces as you cross the finish line later this year. Please take care of yourselves and each other. Remember to wash your hands, practice social distancing, eat right, continue to exercise, and maintain your healthy lifestyle. We will get through this together, and come out stronger in the end.
Willie Savoie & Brian Huether
Game On! Race Events
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