As I am writing this, Santa Barbara is in Stage 2 “shelter in place” order due to The COVID-19 Coronavirus. Restaurants and stores are starting to open again in a limited capacity. Group events like races are going to be the last to come back.
Fortunately we have never been prevented from going outside to run, walk or hike as long as we stay 6 feet from other people. In fact, Public Health of Santa Barbara County lists running, walking, or hiking as a way to cope with the crisis. For more ways to cope, click here.
The trails are open, but please be extra safe when go you out on the trail during these uncertain times. Please be courteous to other trail users. Keep your running under control enough to stop and let others by at any moment.
Do not run or hike if you have a cough, fever, or trouble breathing.
Stay 6 feet from other people. People (including you) may be transmitting the COVID-19 Coronavirus before they are noticing symptoms.
Wear proper footwear and watch your step. Wear quick-drying, moisture wicking gear and bring extra clothes. The weather can change quickly.
Do not race. Make sure you have more than enough energy to make it to the finish and back. If you ever doubt that you will be able to make it to the end, please turn around. Once you turn around, come down slowly and carefully.
Bring a fully charged cell phone. Inform someone you trust when you’ve started, turning around, and finished. In an emergency dial 911. Cell coverage isn’t always great, but it is usually possible to find service within a few minutes of traveling in the front range.
Do not go out in heavy rain or if there is a chance of heavy rain while you are on the trail. Do not go out at night and leave enough time to complete your run before dark.
Carry lots of water or sports drink with you. At least 400ml for every hour you will be out. Bring some food with you. 100 calories per hour you are out should be the minimum.
It’s not possible to eliminate all risk from trail running. By taking these precautions you are less likely to have an impact on the health system that will be very taxed by this crisis.
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I know that running in an event that is organized as a virtual activity where I run on my own, at a date and time of my choosing, which will not have any support or security measures in place by Santa Barbara VK, is a potentially hazardous activity, which could result in injury or death. I acknowledge that I am participating in the activity outlined by this virtual event by my own free will and at my own personal risk. I will not participate in a virtual event unless I am medically able and properly trained and bring the correct equipment. I further agree to abide by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s recommendations for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and attest to having read the CDC’s guidance HERE.
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