Smoky Mountain Relay moves to virtual race!
I’m sure you’ve been tracking the spread of COVID-19 and the daily changes in precautionary guidelines. On Sunday, March 15th, the CDC gave us a clear line in the sand, recommending that no gatherings with 50 people or more — including weddings, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events or conferences — be held in the United States for the next eight weeks (May 10th, 2020).
The full statement can be viewed here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html.
This means, unfortunately, that we are going to have to cancel the on-site running of the 2020 Smoky Mountain Relay. We are as disappointed by this as I’m sure you are. It’s not necessarily a vacation for us to produce an extreme race over a spring week wrapped in the scenery of Western North Carolina’s Pisgah and Nantahala Forests – but it is pretty close.
That being said, since we already have your finisher medals, t-shirts and pint glasses, we want to give you something to focus on in these very weird times with some organized fun – and to let you earn your swag!!
So, here’s what we’ve planned…
You have until 4/25 to complete (if you choose to) the “relay” virtually. For teams that complete the entire race, we will be mailing out t-shirts, pint glasses, some goodies from sponsors and finisher medals to captains at some point after 4/25.
You decide how to accomplish this. Your team can either get together and run these distances supporting each other OR you can run your legs separate from your team (which achieves better social distancing). You will need to log your runs with either of these free tools: RIDE WITH GPS or STRAVA or a similar tool that we can use to verify your runs. Your captain will need to post the links for each of your runs into the legs you’ve been assigned on THE MASTER RACE SHEET.
Last year’s winners will receive the same discounts they received this year.
The winning 12 person and 6 person Ultra team from the 200 mile race and the top team from the 135 min race on THE MASTER RACE SHEET, will receive a custom crafted award mug.
Please note, anyone who added swag onto your registration will have those items mailed to them this week.
Also, captains will be sent a couple additional goodies as a thank you for your planning and support, regardless of whether your team runs the virtual race. These will be mailed with the finisher bundle or on their own after 4/25.
Lastly, we wish we could give refunds, but we simply cannot due to the amount of expenses and time already spent preparing and organizing. All 2020 teams will receive a 10% additional discount for the 2021 SMR. These discount codes will be mailed out when the 2021 race registration opens.We will do our best to make 2021 even better!