Due to COVID-19 the 2020 St. Michaels Running Festival Has Been Canceled

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2020 SMRF CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

2020-03-12 14:18:36

Hi Athletes, Race Team and Friends

 

It is with heavy hearts we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming St. Michaels Running Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020. Given the great uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the guidance and information provided by our local authorities, and, a standing executive order issued by the Governor of Maryland, the decision was made to protect participants, staff members, volunteers, and our overall community. The decision was not made lightly, and we recognize the disappointment it may cause. Please know this is something we considered very seriously and cancelling the race is the last decision we wanted to make.

 

The governor's executive order initially issued the middle of March has been further expanded and modified. The additional precautionary measures taken were to extend the closing of all public schools until May 18th, the closing of all non-essential Maryland businesses and a tighter restriction on holding any public event of more than 10 people. Governor Hogan has repeatedly indicated we are on the front end of the COVID-19 battle and no definitive date can be given as to when the temporary restrictions will be lifted - whereby we can begin to resume our normal lives. Additionally, the federal guidelines we're updated yesterday to strengthen precautionary and social distancing measures until April 30th further indicating we are dealing with an extended timeline.

 

In addition to safety, it is also now clear the logistics of holding this year’s event are simply not feasible considering the current circumstances and our extended state of emergency. Therefore, we can no longer keep our race team, volunteers, and most importantly our participants, in a holding pattern in light of the fact that little will change over the weeks to come - unfortunately cancelling the event was the choice that needed to be made.

 

PARTICIPANTS: If you are registered for this year's event, please see your email for options and further information about the cancellation.

 

SMRF thanks everyone and we wish you much health and safety as we navigate our way through these very trying times.

 

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Additionally, we’ve posted a Few Helpful Links which we hope will help to keep us all informed:

 

CLICK HERE for up to date information from the CDC

 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the coronavirus and general information as provided by the CDC

 

CLICK HERE to access the Maryland Department of Health’s webpage regarding the coronavirus

 

HELPFUL TIPS

 

We’re sure you’ve seen this, but we thought posting it here as a gentle reminder of what we call all do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 would be helpful:

 

  • Please do NOT to go the hospital or emergency room UNLESS you are experiencing breathing and/or respitory problems
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

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