Understandably, safety is a big concern for many as they are deciding whether to participate in this year’s postponed event. And rest assured, the safety of the participants, staff, and volunteers is of utmost importance to us. Our main goal is to eliminate as many touch points as possible and limit exposure between people, which is why our staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times and we request participants do the same during packet pick up and the expo. We also ask that participants wear face coverings while tending to their items in transition and leaving it with their items when they leave to head to the swim start.
Packet Pick Up
Packet pick up will be touchless and staff will be separated from participants by a minimum of 6 feet. Our layout for this and the expo will allow for one way flow through the pickup process to eliminate too much crossover.
We will be altering the swim wave starts, and limiting waves to 20 athletes to allow for social distancing. Athletes will still line up in their age group, just in smaller groups. Athletes will each start with a “time trail start,” where each athlete will start individually, 5 seconds apart. We will supply a wave time sheet closer to the event. The bike and run routes will be reviewed and modified to allow for best social distancing. After working through those details with the city and municipalities we will share finalized routes.
In the transitions you can expect this to be spaced out to allow more space between athletes and best one way flow as possible to eliminate crossover. Aid stations will still be offered inside transition as well as on the run course as normal. However, there will be a few modifications to abide by public health guidelines. We will be supply bottled water that will be self served for your safety, however Gatorade or other electrolyte drinks will not be offered this year, please plan accordingly. You can expect gel packets at the aid stations as self-serve.
The pre-race talks are still planned as usual, but will be set up with safe spacing for chairs and tables. We also ask that face coverings be worn during these times.
Finish Line/Post Race
And finally, the finish line and post race area will be a slightly different feel than previous years. Tables and chairs will be spaced out for your safety and post race meals will be a sack lunch. We ask that everyone continue to maintain social distancing and follow directional flow to move through this process safely. We will also be supplying masks at the finish line and ask that you wear them when possible.
We can’t stress enough how important it is that we provide a safe event for all involved. And if we and the village of Pleasant Prairie didn’t think we could do that, we wouldn’t be hosting the event this year. So although things may look a little different this year, we’re still looking forward to producing a high quality event you’re used to.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected].