COVID-19 PROTOCOL

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Safety is our #1 priority as we learn to race within the pandemic.

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General Protocol:

Plans call for our 2022 event COVID-19 protocols to mirror those followed in 2021.
 

All athletes, volunteers, event personnel and vendors in “active athlete areas” including the Health & Fitness Expo, Start/Finish areas and Fluid Stations will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Centers For Disease Control or present results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within recommended CDC timelines prior to participation in the event.
 

This will include showing proof of vaccination or a negative test result to pick up a race number and t-shirt at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15.  A mask mandate for indoor gatherings is currently in place in the City of Columbus.
 

Race organizers reserve the right to alter or possibly even drop requirements should conditions regarding COVID-19 and its variants change and in keeping with any changes made in CDC guidance.

Health & Fitness Expo Protocol | Athletes

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within recommended CDC timelines is required to pick up race numbers and t-shirts

  • If you are picking up for someone else, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within recommended CDC timelines will be required for the registered athlete

  • If a mask mandate is in effect for indoor gatherings in the City of Columbus, attendees will be expected to wear a mask.

  • Unapproved bib transfers are never permitted for safety and security reasons.  If an athlete is on course without submitting the proper COVID-19 documentation, results will be removed from the database and both athletes may face a permanent ban from the event.


Health & Fitness Expo Protocol | Attendees + General Public

  • There is no vaccination or testing requirement to attend the Expo 

  • If a mask mandate is in effect for indoor gatherings in the City of Columbus, attendees will be expected to wear a mask.

Health & Fitness Expo Protocol | Vendors

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within recommended CDC timelines is required to be an exhibitor or vendor at the Health & Fitness Expo

  • If a mask mandate is in effect for indoor gatherings in the City of Columbus, attendees will be expected to wear a mask.

Health & Fitness Expo Protocol | Volunteers

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within recommended CDC timelines is required to be an exhibitor or vendor at the Health & Fitness Expo

  • If a mask mandate is in effect for indoor gatherings in the City of Columbus, attendees will be expected to wear a mask.

 

Volunteers | General + Race Day

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within recommended CDC timelines is required for all volunteers

  • If a mask mandate is in effect for indoor gatherings in the City of Columbus, those volunteering at indoor events will be expected to wear a mask.

Saturday Races | Athletes

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within recommended CDC timelines for all participants aged five (5) and over is required for race day packet pick-up and participation in the 5K, 1-Mile and Kids Run events.
     

Sunday Races | Athletes

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within recommended CDC timelines must be shown at the Health & Fitness Expo. 

  • If you have paid the additional fee for Reserved Packet Pick-up, you will be required to show your COVID-19 vaccination card or negative test result that morning.

  • Registered athletes are not required to carry COVID-19 vaccination cards or test results on the race course and will not be required to show them at water stops.

Health & Fitness Expo Protocol | Vendors

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within recommended CDC timelines is required to be an exhibitor or vendor at the Health & Fitness Expo

  • If a mask mandate is in effect for indoor gatherings in the City of Columbus, attendees will be expected to wear a mask.

FAQ's

How do I show proof of vaccination or negative test results at the Expo?

Proof of vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test can be shown via paper card/copy or digitally (phone) at the race number pick-up counter.

 

Do I need my vaccination card on the course or at water stops?

You do not need to show your vaccination card or COVID-19 test results on race day unless you have paid the $30 fee for the Reserved Packet Pickup service and will be picking up your number race morning.  You will not need to show your vaccination card or COVID-19 test results on the race course or at water stops. 

You will show your proof of vaccination or negative test result in order to have your race number released.  


Can someone else pick up my number/t-shirt at the Expo?

Yes, but they will need to show their photo ID, your ID (a photo or copy is acceptable) as well as proof of your vaccination or your negative test result.  If a mask mandate is in effect for indoor gatherings in the City of Columbus, they will be expected to wear a mask.

Does my family need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to come to the Expo or to attend the race?

​No, but if a mask mandate is in effect for indoor gatherings in the City of Columbus, they will be expected to wear a mask.


What is the vaccination and testing window? 


Athletes:  All athletes must show proof of full vaccination completed by September 30, 2022, or proof of a negative test. The acceptable testing window for athletes will follow the recommended CDC timelines in effect at the outset of race week. Any negative test results received during this window will be accepted in accordance with the guidelines detailed below.  Athletes are responsible for any testing costs.

Athletes will show proof of vaccination or negative test results at the race packet/number pick-up inside the Expo. Per the City of Columbus mask mandate enacted September 10, 2021, masks are required inside the Expo, taking place in Hall E of the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

 

Unapproved bib transfers are never permitted for safety and security reasons. If an athlete is on course without submitting the proper COVID-19 documentation, results will be removed from the database and both athletes may face a permanent ban from the event.

Will you offer onsite testing at the Expo?

​No, we will not offer testing at the Expo.  Athletes are responsible for obtaining their own test results prior to arriving at the Expo.


What if I forget or lose my vaccination card or test results before picking up my race number?

​Proof of vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test can be shown via paper card/copy or digitally (phone) at the race number pick-up counter. We suggest you take a photo of your vaccine card or test results and have it on your phone and in your email account to be looked up to be sure you do not encounter any problems.

What types of SARS-CoV-2 test results are acceptable? 

Individuals must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Examples of available NAAT methods for SARS-CoV-2 include but are not restricted to: 

  • Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 

  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) 

  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) 

  • Nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR) 

  • Helicase-dependent amplification (HDA) 

  

How do I meet the testing requirements? 

​Individuals can use a personal physician's office, national pharmacy chain, or drive-thru collection clinic provided testing meets the following criteria: 

  • The sample is collected at a personal physician's office, national pharmacy chain clinic, or drive-thru collection site and testing is done on-site (point-of-care) using a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (NAAT or antigen test) with EUA from the FDA. 

  • The sample is collected at a personal physician's office, national pharmacy chain clinic, or drive-thru collection site and testing is performed at an accredited laboratory using a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (NAAT or antigen test) with EUA from the FDA. 


Does a self-test meet the requirements? 
Individuals can use a self-test (sometimes referred to as home test) that meets the following criteria: 

  • The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (NAAT or antigen test)