COVID-19 UPDATE

Update August 18th, 2020

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Due to COVID-19 we developed a running protocol for the KLM Curacao Marathon 2020. This 7th edition will have different starting moments/ waves per distance so that social distancing is guaranteed in the starting area. Instead of a 'gunshot start' your starting time will start when you cross the starting line. Because of the different start waves per distance, there will be enough running space at the course and participants will finish not in the same time slot, which also guarantees social distancing at the end of the Race. So before, during and at the finish, we guarantee social distance. No public will be allowed at the start and finish area, no awards ceremony and no after party on the beach (or at the pool) will take place. We are convinced that this serves the public interest in the sense that we participate proactively in "outbreak control". Below the complete KLM Curaçao Marathon running protocol. 

NOTE: If you travel to Curaçao, read here the up to date Curacao's response to the Coronavirus and latest travel updates.

Protocol Responsible running event KLM Curaçao Marathon 2020

This protocol for the running events was drawn up, based on a report released on June 12, 2020 by the Netherlands Athletics Union in collaboration with the medical committee of the Athletics Union and leading marathon organizations, speaking for the 2000 running events that take place annually in the Netherlands. The protocol is also based on the general protocol Responsible Sports of NOC * NSF.

Curacaoans and International participants want to exercise, and science supports the importance of physical exercise for both physical and mental health. It has been proven that running makes a positive contribution to better resistance. Running events take place outdoors and participants do not hang around in one place. More importantly, events are the motivation to stay fit and healthy. The participants in running events are generally healthy, sporty and young. This protocol is to support our participants, volunteers and visitors in the interest of public health and adherence to the measures.

The key point here is that the safety and health of every participant, volunteer and person involved is paramount.

Starting points:

The principles of social distancing are:Using common sense is paramount.
We always follow the measures of the Curaçao Public Health Department
Creating a safe environment for all participants; volunteers, visitors and stakeholders.
Preventing direct physical contact. Intended or unintentional.
Additional hygiene measures.
Good and transparent communication to all stakeholders.
Protocol

In this protocol the measures that apply to the organization, participants and visitors

Safety and hygiene rules for everyone:using common sense comes first.

Keep 2 meters away from others, except people in your household and young people up to the age of 18
Stay at home:
If you have any of the following (also mild!) Symptoms: colds, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, tightness, or fever.
If someone in your household has a fever (from 38C °) and / or shortness of breath. If everyone has no complaints for 24 hours, you can exercise again.
If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Since you can still get sick up to 14 days after the last contact with this person, you should stay home until 14 days after the last contact.
Go home immediately if during the sporting event complaints arise such as: colds, cough, shortness of breath or fever.
Everyone who belongs to the risk group or is 70+ must analyze his / her own risk and determine whether he / she can go in public spaces in groups. If necessary, consult your doctor.
Cough and sneeze into your elbow and use tissue paper.
Before you leave for the event, go to the toilet at home.
Shower at home and not at the event.
Come to the starting location as short as possible before the start and go home immediately after the finish.
Before the event, wash your hands with soap or disinfectant for at least 20 seconds.
Wash hands with soap or disinfectant if your hands are dirty; after touching objects that have many people sitting on them (for example crush barriers); after a toilet visit; after coughing, sneezing in the hands; after blowing the nose.
Avoid touching your face.
Do not shake hands.


Measures for the organization

General:

Someone from the organization is responsible for complying with this protocol.
Someone from the organization is the point of contact for the municipality and / or emergency services.
Determine Maximum number of participants considering the measures.
More space and enough ventilation in the spaces of medical facilities.
Instruct volunteers / employees on how they make the event possible in a responsible and safe way.
Regularly informing all stakeholders through publication of the website, newsletter, social media and event App.
Clear communication via posters at the event location about the hygiene rules and the rules / walking directions to be used.
Prevent large groups of people from occurring on site by planning enough time between each start wave.


Task areas running event

Attendees

Limit the number of participants based on; road space. Gradual progression and no peak load.
Inform participants about the measures taken during the event.
Deployment of volunteers / stewards and speaker to steer the behavior of the participants. If people fail to comply with the measures, they must be removed from the competition.
Informing International participants about government travel advice
Communicate about the measures taken prior to the event.


Registration

There is only online pre-registration.


Start numbers and additional orders Pick-up

In the open air/ open tent


Starting area

Participants enter the relevant starting area as soon as possible before the start.
Limit the number of participants per starting wave to maintain the 2m. There will be several starting moments per distance.
Classification of participants is filled in on time indication to limit overtaking as much as possible.
Presence of disinfectants and / or water and soap.
More spacious starting area.


Course

A a good and safe barricaded course.
Placing multiple walking lines on the road at “junctions”, so that participants walk across the width and overtaking can be done more clearly. 


Water stations

Longer water stations so that participants can grab their drinks or place water stations on both sides of the course where possible.
water stations only in places where the course is wide enough.
There is no contact between participants and volunteers at the water station.
Advise participants in using their own drinking cup / water bottle / water bag.
Provide more open bins after the care station.
Volunteers working at the water stations always wear gloves and face masks where they come into contact with the participants.


Finish area

Ensuring a fast flow of participants in the finish area.
Provide care and guidance for participants who are unwell after finishing through separate exit(s).
Provide a wide range of care after the finish, in which participants drink and take a medal. Again, there is no contact between the participants and volunteers.
No issue of extra goods / goodie bags at the finish.
Provide multiple exits / exit roads in the finish area.


Prize giving

The award ceremony will take place immediately after the fastest runners (1,2,3 men and women) have finished. Not after all participants have finished. This is to prevent possible peak loads and group formation. 


Volunteers

Volunteers are well informed and instructed (digitally) in advance.
Ensure the hygiene of volunteers by providing gloves; mouth masks and disinfectants.
Volunteers have one specific task that they perform during the day.
Keep the number of volunteers to a minimum.
Red Cross employees, Imsan employees, (para) medics adhere to their own protocols.


Transport & logistics

Someone from the organization is responsible for the flow of the participants
Advise participants to come alone (no audience in start and finish area)
Placing markers to control spread. Avoid crowds.


Sanitary facilities / changing rooms

The use of changing rooms is not allowed.
Ensure adequate sanitation with soap and water.
Sanitary facilities are cleaned regularly.
Provide ‘hand’ alcohol at the start; water stations and finish.

Luggage drop-off

Clothing storage is permitted provided that the 2-meter distance measure can be used.

Measures for participants

Follow the general safety and hygiene measures.
Register in time for a running event.
Come to the event on foot or by bicycle as much as possible and comply with the measures of the Curaçao Public Health Department.
Come to the event in sportswear.
Go to the event well prepared, know the routing, starting area, course and finish area.
Bring your own necessary food and drinks for the match.
Enter the relevant starting area as soon as possible before the start.
Avoid spitting saliva and emptying the nose on the street before, during and after the event.
Always guard your own boundaries and go for walks when needed. This prevents unnecessary deployment of medical services.
Always follow the instructions of volunteers / the organization.
Leave the event immediately after the finish.


Additional measure:

For participants who require physical contact due to, for example, support in the field of running and toilet facilities, they can have one caregiver present at the event. The protocol must also be observed for this person. 


Measures for spectators (especially in start and finish area)

Stay at home to allow the event to proceed.
Follow your participant (s) online (e.g. the website and KLM Curacao Marathon event App) from home

Keep on Running & Sunny regards,
Kees van Muiswinkel 
Chairman Foundation Run in the Sun