LARR Season Update
As the start of the LA Road Runners 26-week training season would traditionally begin in-person next Saturday, September 26th, we want to provide you with an important update.
Due to the newest issues the Greater Los Angeles area is facing with air quality from California wildfires, and in addition to the on-going circumstances regarding COVID-19, we do not believe it is safe or responsible to start the in-person LARR training season on the originally planned date.
We are doing all we can to ensure the safety of our members, participants, volunteers and staff, and will be looking to augment our classic 26-week training program to accommodate the shifting circumstances while keeping everyone healthy and safe.
We have begun our planning to adopt a staged approach to allow for weekly, in-person, small-group runs and meet ups following guidelines from the CDC and public health agencies and are hopeful that we will begin in-person runs very soon.
In the mean-time we are working hard to try and ensure the continuity of our training groups and community adding online classes, building out additional training resources and through the expansion of virtual access to our amazing coaching group.
We will be kicking off the season by pairing members with their official pace groups so they can start connecting in virtual private-groups to plan and explore training options that are safe and appropriate for each runner at this time.
Thank you for your patience and continued support and we can't wait to run together again as a group.
Happy running, and please stay safe.
Health & Safety Guidelines
Weekly Group Run Policies & Member Participation Requirements
For the health and safety of all our members, participants will be required to follow the below guidelines in order to participate in 2020-2021 group runs–– without exception.
• A physical distance of 6 feet is required at all times.
• Masks must be worn at all times while not actively running.
• Masks must cover the nose and mouth and be worn at all times, except while running – in which case a distance of 8-feet or greater from other runners must be maintained.
• You may not participate if you are feeling sick or ill, and/or have a fever, or if you have been in contact with someone unrecovered from COVID-19.
• You may not participate if you have been in contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 positive case in the last 14 days. For any members who have been in contact with someone who is COVID positive, quarantine instructions can be found at ph.lacounty.gov/covidquarantine.
• For those participating in the group runs, should you test positive for COVID-19, and have attended groups runs in the past 14 days, notify LARR Coach Mark Minichiello and LARR Program Coordinator Maria Miller and/or a McCourt Foundation/LARR representative immediately. Continued participation will be contingent on medical verification of negative status.
• Persons from high risk groups for COVID-19 complications should consult their physician before participating.
• Do not engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, etc.)
• Do not share personal items such as hydration, energy gels, towels, etc.
• Participants will be required to carry personal hydration (bottles/packs). Limited single use refills will be available for those in need but cannot be guaranteed.
• If you have recently returned to the U.S from other countries or areas effected by Covid-19, please wait 14-days before participating in any group run.
• Participants whose actions do not meet all the above requirements, will not be allowed to participate.
Meeting Locations & Gathering Size • Weekly Runs
• Every Saturday, Pace groups will meet at separate, designated locations in Santa Monica.
• Each pace group will be given pre-planned routes that allows for social distancing, avoiding any other pace groups.
• Location announcements and instruction will be sent prior to the run, directly to each individual pace group.
• There will designate one-way streets for our training routes this season - TBD.
• We will avoid any meeting locations or routes that may cause conflict for others (businesses, residents etc.)
• Never block entryways, sidewalks, or access to bathrooms. Ensure that others have room to get past the group while maintaining social distance guidelines.
• We will limit the size of the pace groups to remain in compliance with local guidelines––current maximum not to exceed 10 individuals per group per LA County Public Health Guidelines.
• Participants may be broken up into even smaller groups based on Pace Leader numbers and updated with any changes to LA County Public Health and Safety guidelines.
Post Group Run Procedures
• As pace groups complete their runs, participants must maintain social distance. Gathering of multiple pace group is not allowed.
• Organized post-run activities at the training site that serve or share food will not occur until further notice.
We will continue to update procedures and guidelines throughout the season in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and LA County Public Health Commission
LA County Public Health: http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/index.htm