COVID-19 GUIDELINES AT THE 2021 LRS EVENTS

2020 is all but in our rear view mirror, and with that, we are looking forward to what 2021 will bring. We are remaining positive and hopeful for next year, but also want to do our very best to set expectations for all of us so that we can look forward to gathering safely in Leadville next year. This is going to be a team effort, for sure, and educating you on what the 2021 Leadville Race Series events may look like will help us all enter the 2021 race season safely and confidently.

We all know that the COVID-19 situation changes rapidly. What we know today versus what we know in the summer of 2021 will change drastically. The measures outlined below are based on the most up to date information and will almost certainly change as we approach the race season. Please check back often as we will be updating our guidelines as the situation evolves. 

Thank you to our Leadville Races Series family for working with us to make sure our 2021 event season is as safe as possible. As we get closer to our race season and the COVID situation evolves, we will be sharing protocols and updates for each specific event. We promise to keep you in the know as we get closer to a successful ‘21 race season. One thing’s for sure, we can’t wait to see you back in Leadville! 

Packet pickup is a crucial part of all Leadville Race Series events. We will be taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of all participants and volunteers. Be ready for changes to both procedures of packet pick up and locations. We will host an outdoor packet pickup at all of our LRS events and implement the following guidelines:

  • Masks will be mandatory at all times at packet pickup. 
  • Temperature checks will be done on all individuals entering the packet pickup area. Anyone with a fever will be turned away and not allowed to participate. 
  • Directional signage, cones, and barricades will help guide athletes through the packet pickup area to keep movement in one direction. 
  • Signage will help everyone maintain a safe social distance throughout the process. 
  • Volunteers and staff will have been screened and masked for your safety as well.

 

We know that the pre-event briefing is one of the best parts of the LT100 experience. We look forward to it every year, but at this time, it’s just too early to tell if we will be able to hold any kind of large rider briefing in 2021. We are exploring a multitude of outdoor options and will make a decision as we get closer to the event. 

In order to keep our participants safe, the pre-event meetings will also be live-streamed and distributed to all participants.  Don’t worry if you don’t catch it live, you will be able to tune in and watch the full meeting after it has been recorded. 

No matter what, we promise to deliver you smooth communications leading up to the event and make sure that you’re ready for race day!

Start & Finish Line

Face coverings will be required for the entire time that you are on the start line. NO EXCEPTIONS. New procedures will be implemented to reduce the number of people gathering at once on the start line. More information on start line procedure and timing will be communicated to all participants as we get closer to the events. 

Spectators Guidelines: 

  • Support / Public – Sections of the finish line area will be separated for rider support and general public. This will help us spread out spectators at the finish line. 
  • Health Officials – Number of visitors in the finish area will be limited in order to abide by local health department regulations. This number will be based on what public health officials in Leadville and Lake County allow.
  • Mask up – Social distancing protocol will be in place, which means masks on at all times while in the finish area and maintaining a distance of 6 ft between people. 
  • Crew and Spectator Guide – Keep your eye out for our full Support Crew Guide to read up on all crew guidelines. We will provide tracking your athlete information in this guide as well to assist you in following their progress across the course. 

Holding an outdoor expo is one of the key components for our race and allows our partners and sponsors to engage with our athletes. There are certainly challenges to creating a safe expo, but we do believe there is an opportunity to do so in 2021.  

Similar to packet pickup, we will implore the following measures:

  • Directional flow will be utilized throughout the expo so that people are all moving the same way and not overlapping and congregating in one place. 
  • Masks will be required to be worn at all times by vendors and athletes. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed at each booth.
  • 6’ of distance will be required from all vendor booths and participants. 

Aid Stations and crew areas are a vital component of the event experience. However, this is another area that we need to take some extra precautions. We will be spreading out volunteers and aid station infrastructure in order to keep people distanced. In addition to the measures we are taking, we are asking you to consider the following: 

  • Make it quick – We know it’s great to see friends and loved ones at a checkpoint, but this is a great reminder to get in and get out as quickly as you can. You might just set a new PR! 
  • Self Supported – prepare to be more self-sufficient than in years past. Utilize drop bags and carry necessary equipment and nutrition. More drop bag locations will be created and LRS staff and volunteers will transport your bags out on course. Drop bags will be returned to the lot next to the LRS retail store. 
  • Support Crew Limits – support crews will be limited to one vehicle and two crew members. Vehicles will be given individual vehicle tags that correlate with the athlete’s bib number. Crew members will receive a wristband with the athletes bib on it also. Any crew with extra members or vehicles without a tag on course will result in an athlete DQ, no exceptions.
  • The Crew Abides – All riders and support crew folks will be required to abide by mask and social distance guidelines. That means wearing a mask any time you are outside of your car and around other people and maintaining 6 feet of separation.

Although we look forward to seeing  you at our events, we understand certain things may come up that prevent you from attending. Please make note of our deferral and refund policies:

Leadville Trail 100s Policies:

Athlete Deferral Policy

  • Athlete can defer into the following year’s event and repay 50% of entry fee at time of registration. No deferral fee.
  • Should athlete defer less than 2 weeks prior to the event – defer into the following year’s event for free (no deferral fee) and repay full entry fee
  • No refunds, no transfers, no exceptions

If the Leadville Race Series Cancels Event

If we have to cancel due to a series of reasons, including pandemic, natural disaster, etc.

Athlete Option 1: Deferral 

  • Complimentary, guaranteed entry into the following year’s event

Athlete Option 2: Refund 

  • 90+ days out – 70% refund
  • 60-89 days out – 50% refund
  • 30-59 days out – 40% refund

*No refunds on service fees or donations

Leadville Race Series Qualifier Policies

Athlete Deferral Policy

  • 90 Days prior to the event- Free Deferral
  • Up to 2 weeks prior: Flat deferral fee
  • Less than 2 weeks – Increased flat deferral fee
  • Do not repay following year
  • Deferrals are only eligible for the following year.
  • No refunds, no transfers, no exceptions.

If the Leadville Race Series Cancels Event

If we have to cancel due to a series of reasons, including pandemic, natural disaster, etc.

Athlete Option 1: Deferral 

  • Complimentary, guaranteed entry into the following year’s event

Athlete Option 2: Refund 

  • 90+ days out – 70% refund
  • 60-89 days out – 50% refund
  • 30-59 days out – 40% refund

*No refunds on service fees or donations