Overall Health

& Safety

Read all about our safety philosophy and get the basics here.

The Big 3

Specifics about our mask policy, social distancing while on the event site and the course, and sanitizing stations.

Water, Refreshments

Know our policy on providing water and what we're planning for refreshments this year.

The Rest of It!

Everything else regarding health & safety that doesn't fit in one of the other boxes! Adding more words so this box will be the same length as the others ;)

Event Day Health & Safety Rules - Attendee Expectations

(in great detail or in other words our GREAT EXPECTATIONS)

Overall Health & Safety

  • Above all, we are anticipating an amazing day of live competition, camaraderie, and support for each other and our community! In these times, it is each of our responsibilities to protect one another, ourselves, and the community at large. What follows is the plan we have created for a safe and healthy event day. We ask that each attendee reads this guide prior to event day and understands what is expected of them as part of the Westfield Turkey Trot community. That's right, we want YOU on our Team!

  • The event management reserves the right to disqualify and ask to leave anyone not following these rules of participation.

  • If you have any signs or symptoms related to COVID-19 including an elevated temperature … DO NOT ATTEND. We can convert your registration to a virtual run/walk, and you'll still have your cool commemorative swag. We will add your finish time ANYTIME after the event once you are 100% healthy and it is safe for you to participate.

  • As per USA Track & Field and our Insurance Policy:

    • Attendees who have a documented case of COVID-19 must have a written letter from a physician indicating they are cleared to compete.

    • Participants must perform a self-temperature check prior to arrival at the event.

    • Attendees must not be experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, must not have been around anyone who was sick in the past 14 days, and must not have travelled internationally or to a travel advisory state in the past 14 days.

    • Event Day Safety Survey – Participant Statement & Advisory

      • On event morning, your verbal confirmation and acceptance of this document upon arrival will serve as your signature and agreement to this document. Please see below to read the text prior to event day.

Distancing, Masks, & Sanitizing - oh my!

  • There will be no bag check to limit contact between attendees and volunteers/staff. Please do not bring extra items to the site or return them to your vehicle before your assigned start time.

  • Where to spend time on-site

    • Upon arrival (max of 30 minutes prior to your start time please) report to the check-in tent (if you were not able to attend a packet pick-up) and wait on line on a socially distanced arrow; once at the check-in table, give your name and wait behind the line to receive your bib and shirt.

    • Between check-in and assigned start time, we would appreciate attendees to find a socially distanced area in the park or return to your car if you prefer. There are many grassy areas for warm-ups, but we ask you to avoid the paths as we are using most of them for the course. Basically, we are asking for you not to congregate near check-in, the music, or the starting chutes. 

    • Please report to the starting chutes 5 minutes prior to your assigned start time. There will be socially distanced arrows within the chutes to keep you safe. YOU MUST WEAR YOUR MASK INTO THE CHUTE AND ONLY REMOVE IT WHEN YOU START YOUR 5K.

    • After your run or walk, we encourage you to enjoy your Turkey Trot Travel Treats from a socially distanced area of the park or your car prior to departing. Again, please do not congregate at the finish area or refreshment tent. 

  • Masks

    • Required at all times on the event site

    • Required to be worn properly over both the nose and mouth (no chin diapers people!)

    • Do not lower or remove your mask when speaking to someone. Yes, it is a little harder to hear, but speaking near someone is one of the most vulnerable times for transmitting respiratory droplets. Suck it up, buttercup!

    • Required to be carried on course, but not required to be worn while running or walking

      • except when you can not maintain a minimum of 6' social distance (12' preferred while in motion)

      • except when passing others (and please announce yourself generally with an "ON YOUR LEFT")

  • Social Distancing

    • Always respect the personal space of others

    • Maintain a minimum of 6’ separation from other attendees and crew

    • Pass widely on course to maintain a minimum of 6’ distance (preferably 12’), put on your mask whenever this is not possible, slow down if necessary and announce your intention to pass so the other party has the opportunity to also put on their mask. A choice between a PR and risking health isn't really a choice, don't you agree?

  • Sanitizing Stations

    • Hand sanitizer will be available at check-in, prior to entering the restrooms, at the event site water table, at the course water station, and at the finish/refreshments.

    • Sanitizing wipes will be available in the restrooms, at the event site water table, and at the course water station.

  • Restrooms

    • Please wait on the socially distanced arrows if there is a line.

    • Always wash your hands as per CDC recommended guidelines whenever leaving the restroom (and perhaps even upon entering).

  • Other

    • Please NO spitting on-site or on the course...I know, "but we're runners!"...but No, not in 2020 our friends. 

    • Cough/sneeze away from people and into your elbow

    • Remember that in 2020 it is perfectly polite AND expected to NOT shake hands or high 5

    • Smiles and good vibes are always welcome!

Water & Turkey Trot Travel Treats

  • Water

    • Individual sealed water bottles will be available at the event site, but it is recommended you bring your own for increased safety. 

    • The course water station will only have individual sealed bottles (no grab n’ go cups). It is recommended that you bring your own water for the course in a hydration pack or favorite water bottle to alleviate any congestion near the water station and in a completely different realm of existence...to reduce our environmental impact!

  • Turkey Trot Travel Treats

    • We regret that due to health and safety concerns we must forego our usual Hot Soup and Bagel buffet this year. Instead please help yourself to a Turkey Trot Travel Treat Bag just after you finish and enjoy it from a socially distanced park area or your car prior to departing. We ask that you please do not congregate at the finish area or refreshment tent to ensure a safe environment for all. 

All The Other Non-Conformist-Doesn't Fit In Another Category Stuff

  • Pre-registration only online and until we reach capacity (currently only 138 as of 11/18/20)!

  • Staggered Assigned Start Times

    • Expect to receive your starting time via email a few days prior to the event.

    • Plan to arrive at the event site a maximum of 30 minutes prior to your start time.

    • Report to the starting chutes 5 minutes prior to your assigned start time.

    • There will be socially distanced arrows within the chutes to keep you safe.

    • YOU MUST WEAR YOUR MASK INTO THE CHUTE AND ONLY REMOVE IT WHEN YOU START YOUR 5K.

  • 5K Results & Awards

    • Results are by CHIP time as there is no one official “gun time”.

    • Printed results will not be displayed to avoid close congregating.

    • Finish times will be available quickly after you cross the finish line on BestRace.com/Mobile (places will not be official or final until all runners have finished) and full official results later on the event website.

    • There will not be an on-site awards ceremony this year, again to avoid close congregating. 

  • Spectators: Unfortunately, we can not have any spectators attend the Live Event this year due to the greatly reduced NJ outdoor gathering limit. We thank you for your understanding. ​

 

 

Event Day Safety Survey – Participant Statement & Advisory

Your verbal confirmation and acceptance of this document upon arrival will serve as your signature and agreement to this document.

Participant Statement

  • I certify that I have

    • performed a self-temperature check today and attest that my temperature was below 100.4 F.

    • not experienced any signs or symptoms related to COVID-19 within the past 7 days or if I have that it has been a full 72 hours since all signs or symptoms have fully resolved.

    • not been in close or sustained contact with anyone who was sick within the past 14 days.

    • not traveled internationally to a location with widespread ongoing transmission of covid-19 per the CDC or on a cruise ship/river boat within the past 14 days.

    • self-quarantined for 14 days after arrival from a state on NJ’s travel advisory list.

  • I agree to wear a face covering/mask at all times while on the event site:

    • except when participating on the 5K course except when passing or not able to maintain proper social distance (6’ minimum, 12’ preferred while in motion);

    • unless I have a medical condition where face coverings/mask wearing is contra-indicated.

  • I understand the risks and possibility of contracting covid-19 or any other virus at an in-person gathering.

    • I take personal responsibility for that risk to my own health and safety.

    • I agree to protect others by following event mask-wearing protocol as I understand that people may have covid-19 without knowing or exhibiting any symptoms.

 

Advisory to Participants

  • It is strongly recommended that individuals considered by the CDC to be “at-risk” NOT participate in any capacity. This would include individuals who are/have:

    • Over age 65

    • Living in nursing home

    • (or live with someone with) certain underlying medical conditions.

  • If these “at-risk” individuals choose to participate, it is recommended that they get clearance from their healthcare provider.

  • As per our insurance policy, participants who have a documented case of COVID-19 must have a written letter from a physician indicating they are cleared to compete.

 
 
 
 
 
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