We worked hard to establish new race procedures and COVID-19 compliant protocols, and as always have committed to runner safety as our absolute first priority. Following successful implementation at WildJoburg Summer Breakout 2020 we will continuously be fine tuning these protocols. It has been established that outdoor exercise like trail running is probably the safest thing you can do in terms of avoiding infection from COVID-19. At the same time all gatherings of people mean some risk. In the interests of all our safety, as well as the safety of those vulnerable people out there with whom we may come into contact, we ask all WildJoburgers to join us in erring on the side of caution.
1. Participation Numbers
Subject to the Regulations under Level 1 all gatherings are subject to maximum capacity requirements. We will be monitoring entries to ensure compliance.
We are have a strict and socially-distanced registration system in place to eliminate the potential for queues and to minimise the contact with race staff, volunteers, and each other. Runners will be communicated with and provided with more details prior to the race.
3. Race Briefing
There will be minimal Race Briefing. All information will be provided by email in advance. For those of you that have gotten by without reading pre-race communications in the past, that will have to change!
As always, the 3 distances will have separate starts. Traditionally they have been half an hour apart. Assessing the nature of the trails and our past experience this gap is probably optimal in terms of minimising congestion on the routes, but this will be subject to further study and confirmation.
As always we will have batched starts, but the number of runners per batch will be limited to 15-20, for obvious reasons not least of which is compliance with the 2sqm radius requirement of social distancing between participants. Batches will start 5 – 10 minutes apart depending on final numbers.
5. Water Tables
We will keep the Water Tables and Checkpoints in their positions, BUT they will be water drops only, where runners can fill up with water. As far as food on route goes, runners will need to be self-sufficient.
6. Race Finish
This is probably one of the most significant differences to previous events, but we will be encouraging runners to spend minimal time hanging around the Finish.
7. Prize Giving and Prizes
We will be providing a range of Free Race Entries as prizes. There will be no gathering for Prize Giving but rather winners will be provided with their prizes by email after the event.
In terms of the Regulations spectators are not permitted.
Organisers, Race Staff, Volunteers and all Participants will be required to wear masks at the event. What this means to runners is that masks will be required at the Start and for approximately the first couple of hundred metres of the routes until the fields have spread, as well as at all times around the Race Venue.
We are sure that we will still see some developments and changes between now and Race Day, but to marry a quote of a top COVID expert and some running jargon, the virus sets the pace. One of the things we are usually most proud of as trail runners is our flexibility and our ability to adapt and keep going whatever is thrown at us. We are confident that WildJoburg Winter 2021 will be responsible, safe, and as WILDLY FUN AS USUAL! We are just thrilled to be able to be back out there enjoying spectacular rugged Highveld trails, long-missed running camaraderie, authentic African wildlife, and the best weather on the planet! This will be an event to remember!