CHECK-IN: All guests for the THRILLSEEKER POWER Run will enter through the Softball and Baseball Training Center exterior doors (mask required). All runners are required to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled start time for check-in and full safety briefing and course overview. Temperature checks and health screenings will be administered to all who enter the building. Anyone who fails to be in the acceptable temperature range (97-99F), will be allowed 5 minutes to “cool down.” A second temperature test will be administered. If second test fails, that individual is not allowed into the venue. If it is a runner, their entry fee will be refunded excluding processing fee. Once a person passes the health screening and the temperature check, they can proceed to the check-in/registration tables to get their heat assignment. The check-in/registration lanes will have large markings will be placed 6 feet apart on the floor to indicate socially distant spacing. Hand sanitation stations will be available at the main entry and on all registration tables. Pre-registered runners will give their name to the staff operating the check-in table. Once confirmed, each runner will grab a “swag bag” and proceed to their assigned holding area (Heat Zone). Each registered runner will be allowed up to 2 spectators to watch the race in specific, socially distanced viewing areas. Spectators will be required to go through the same health screening upon entry, and wear masks except when eating or drinking at designated tables in the concessions area. Runners and spectators will be identified by the color of the wrist band they are given for that event. All guests attending a THRILLSEEKER POWER Run must be wearing a bracelet while inside the facility. When spectating on the course in viewing areas, masks are required, and social distancing needs to be observed. Violators will be warned once and asked to leave if a second non-compliance is observed by any course marshal of staff security. If a runner has not advanced registered, race payment is done by credit card (no cash transactions due to COVID-19 risks). This is a “touchless transaction” using Square. Credit card owners will be the only people to touch their cards. Runners are sent to their assigned heat zones located near the starting line area for pre-race guidelines, safety protocols, and COVID-19 health reminders. A mask is always required inside by all attendees except for when athletes are on the course, or while seated in the concessions area at a table. Masks must be worn when leaving the table and going to the viewing areas on the course. We ask that all spectators be respectful and honor social distancing of others watching the races.
PRE-RACE HEAT ZONES MANAGEMENT: Each of the 6 assigned heat zones for pre-race preparation will have chairs socially distanced 6-feet apart for each (maximum of 20 people per heat zone). There will be hand sanitizer stations upon entry to the heat zones. A complimentary pre-race snack area will be setup in the space for runners only. Runners are to be in their heat zone within 30 minutes of their scheduled race. Hand sanitizer will be given to each runner upon entry to the pre-race area. Masks are to remain on the runners during the entire pre-race period until prompted to remove them. Runners will watch a course safety briefing (2-3 minutes long) before their race. This video briefing will review the protocols and guidelines on how to maintain a COVID-19 free environment, inflatable apparatuses safety tips, course layout, and instructions on how to best navigate the various elements of the course. A virtual muscle stretch by a professional trainer will conclude the course safety briefing. 3 minutes before the runners’ designated start time a staff member will have them remove their masks and place them by their chairs in their designated heat zone. Runners are then escorted to the starting line where they will be asked to sanitize their hands thoroughly before the race begins. Runners will depart first in a staggered start fashion allowing for separation of the heat over a 2 minute “start” window. Small groups of families, friends, teammates, or coworkers that prefer to run together are allowed if desired. No more than 8 runners shall start at the same time. Groups are spaced out for both COVID-19 and safety purposes (limiting number of runners on inflatable obstacles at one time).
RACE RULES: Runners are asked to wear lightweight, traditional running shoes with no heavy tread. The inflatables are not designed for heavy or mountain tread shoes. If treads are not lightweight the runner may be asked to run the course in socks with bottom treads (available for purchase). Runners will be required to follow signs to reduce speed where turns and tight corners are posted. Runners are encouraged to pass ONLY on the running portions. Runners may pass on the many straightaways and give proper distance as they pass. Runners may overtake another runner while on an obstacle, assuming they have their own designated lane. However, it is not permissible to pass someone on the same lane while on the obstacle course. This action can result in an immediate removal of the runner. Before runners tackle the obstacles located in the food court, they will remove their shoes in a designated holding spot. Following the completion of obstacle 6 (Ripple Runner), the runners will put their shoes back on to complete the course. Runners are asked to remain smart, observant, and careful while on the course. Many inflatables are 12 to 20 feet tall and they must use precaution while navigating these obstacles. Reckless climbing and behavior can cause injury to themselves and others. Reckless runners will be disqualified and removed from the course if such behavior is witnessed by a course marshal. Following the completion of the race, runners will gather their items out of the pre-race heat zone and put on their masks immediately then proceed to the post-race area near the main entrance. Runners and spectators can enjoy post-race refreshments and food in the concessions area following the race while respecting social distancing and mask rules when not eating or drinking. Outdoor tents and seating are also located just outside the main entrance (weather permitting). Spectators may stand along the starting sprint (located immediately along the main hallway from the starting line). Spectators can proceed through the starting area to the finish line viewing area (near Ice Zone). Spectators can also watch from a large, designated area located in the main gauntlet (former food court), where they can watch runners tackle 4 large obstacles in a matter of 2-3 minutes. If a spectator chooses this area for viewing, they will not be able to leave until that heat is completed and will not be able to witness the finish line.
COURSE SAFETY MEASURES: There will be course marshals stationed along the entire route. Each inflatable apparatus will have a minimum of 1 marshal. Some may have an additional marshal depending on the difficulty of the apparatus. Course marshals will supervise the runners use of each apparatus. They are trained to make sure all runners are abiding by the safety guidelines. If a course marshal sees a runner behaving inappropriately, they can remove that runner from the race. Each inflatable apparatus will be equipped with a fire extinguisher for safety precautions. Course marshals will sanitize the high touch points on each apparatus frequently in between the various races/heats. The running lanes will be clearly indicated by fencing and directional signage when necessary. All runners will stay on course in supervised areas.
HEALTH GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS: Temperature checks and health screenings will be administered to all persons upon arrival. Social distancing to be practiced throughout the race day (45,000 square feet provides ample space for everyone to spread out and enjoy the race). Masks must be worn at all times except while competing in the THRILLSEEKER POWER Runs, while eating or drinking in the concessions area only, or while outside at a post-race tent area (weather permitting). Runners hands to be sanitized just prior to the start of every race. Limited number of runners on the course at a single time. No more than 8 runners to start at a time. Each obstacle and inflatable will be sanitized, and all high touch areas wiped down frequently by course marshals throughout the day. Doors, countertops, tabletops, will be cleaned frequently by race-day staff and concessionaires. Disposable plates, napkins, utensils, and cups will be used to avoid any items shared by spectators or runners. Proper sanitizing disposal process will be used. Hand sanitizing stations will be in all high traffic areas, including but not limited to main entrance, concession area, starting line, and spectator areas. Restrooms will be equipped with sinks and anti-bacterial soap and will be sanitized numerous times daily.