COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place for Austin Marathon
COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place for Austin Marathon

COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place for Austin Marathon

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Ascension Seton Austin Marathon takes place as planned in 2022 after having to postpone in 2021but the race is going to look a little different than it did pre-pandemic.

“The marathon has worked closely with APH and our event staff to take into account the situations that would arise during a marathon where there would be increased infection,” said Dr. Desmar Walkes, the local health authority.

Walkes said there will be staggered start times, more finish lines and stitches will be handed out at the end of the race, among other mitigating strategies. Walkes said they specifically focused on areas where people could breathe heavily during the race, gather and runners would not wear masks.

Participants must show proof of vaccination or a negative test that is less than 72 hours old. There will also be parts of the race that are only available to participants and staff.

High Five Events, which runs the Ascension Seton Marathon, says they have been on COVID-19 task forces and that they have reviewed other event plans to create the safest plan for this race.

Below is the COVID-19 remedy plan for the marathon, which can also be viewed marathon website.

Austin Marathon COVID-19 Remedial Plan (Courtesy Austin Marathon)

That The Austin Marathon in 2021 was postponed due to COVID-19 and they were not alone.

Marathon races around the world have had to change their plans in the midst of the pandemic. The Boston Marathon canceled its 2020 events announced in late October that its 2021 event would be postponed until at least until the fall. The New York Marathon was also canceled this year. Other races provided virtual opportunities or only allowed elite runners like the Tokyo Marathon.

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