Sunday 26th September 2021

Alert Level 2 COVID-19 Rules

  1. If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or a close contact of someone who is self-isolating, stay at home.
  2. If you are ‘unwell’ or a close contact of someone who is ‘unwell’, stay at home.
  3. If you are a ‘high risk group’ (e.g. > 70 years of age, immunocompromised) or a close contact of someone who is in a ‘high risk group’, stay at home.
  4. No spectators please.
  5. Please use the NZ COVID tracer app and QR codes at race registration and during race day. There will be a sign in register option for those without phones.
  6. At all times, participants will be expected to maintain a 2 metre distance from people they do not know. You are able to walk/run next to someone you know if you both agree to this beforehand. In doing so, both parties will be considered close contacts for the purpose of contact tracing.
  7. All staff/volunteers associated with the 4 Paws Marathon will be required to wear a mask. If you see any staff/volunteers not wearing a mask, you are invited to question them about this. If the response is unfavourable, let a marshal or someone at the aid stations know and they will inform the Race Director.
  8. All participants will be required to carry a mask in case they are required to use it (provided in race pack). The Race Director acknowledges that running with a mask for a prolonged period of time is not practical. However, mask usage is expected when you are unable to social distance or you are in close contact with others e.g. if the start/finish area is congested, when getting a massage, when seeing the medical/vet team. When wearing masks think “my mask protects you and your mask protects me”. There may be spot checks. No mask = no participation.
  9. Practise safe hygiene habits throughout e.g. hand sanitiser at aid stations.
  10. Starts will be staggered in groups of 10 via numerical race bib numbers and 30 seconds apart.
  11. Whilst running, if you move within 2 metres of someone you do not know, you have 10 seconds to complete the pass. No passing on single trails. Slower runners, please move to the left if needed.
  12. Only a maximum of 10 participants at any one time at aid stations.
  13. Participants must vacate the finish area within 30 minutes of finishing.
  14. If a participant becomes ‘unwell’ within 2 weeks of the event, for the safety of everyone who has participated, please get tested for COVID-19 and advise the Race Director. In the event we get a positive COVID-19 test, the Race Director (who is a medical doctor) will send out a group email to all participants and inform the Ministry of Health for formal contact tracing. Please note, patient confidentiality will be maintained.
  15. The above rules are for the safety of all participants/staff/volunteers. Anyone who does not comply with the above rules will be disqualified and asked to leave.