We understand that you may (or may not) have concerns regarding participating in our United Community Bank 43rd Reedy River Run on Monday (Labor Day), September 6th due to recent cases of COVID-19 trending higher.
Every since the postponement of our April 2020 event, our planning has revolved around conducting a safe event. While we had anticipated that COVID-19 cases would be trending downward by our September races, that has not been the case. However, with vaccination rates continuing to rise and promoting as much social/physical distancing as possible we believe that our event will be as safe as possible considering the current circumstances.
We are not requiring proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 tests (as some other fall running events are requiring). However, we are encouraging those that are willing to wear a face mask to do so when in potentially crowded areas before and following their respective race (10K or 5K). This is not a requirement, only a suggestion to keep everyone as safe as possible.
We will have five starting waves of up to 200 runners in each for the 10K. We are recommending and encouraging runners not in the same family to keep a safe distance between themselves and others while in their respective staring wave corral. With that in mind, we are using Chip Timing for our official results (excluding the top ten overall men and women). The clock will start when you cross the timing matt and not with the starting gun. The starting wave is printed on each 10K race bib. Bib numbers were assigned by the estimated finishing time recorded during the registration process and may or may not reflect your current level of fitness.
The 5K start will not have pre-assigned starting waves, but we encourage participants to practice physical distancing.
Due to our attempt to eliminate needless contact, we will not provide water on the 5K route. One of our local running specialty shops, Run In, will be providing water for the 10K, which will available between 5K and 6K (in Cleveland Park). If you anticipate you will need water in the 5K or more than one water access in the 10K, then we recommend that you carry your own.
We will provide bottled water immediately after runners finish either race. The water will be situated just past the finish line on S. Main Street at the intersection with Falls Park Drive.
In order to reduce close contact and gathering we will not have an awards ceremony following the races. Awards will be available at Fleet Feet Greenville beginning on Tuesday. We are encouraging participants to depart the finish line area immediately after receiving their 10K finisher medals, bottle of water and mini-sub from Jersey Mike's Subs.
We want to thank everyone in advance for their understanding during this hopefully atypical period. We are planning on resuming our Spring date for our 44th edition of the race on April 23, 2022.