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Advice for RRCA Members, Running Coaches, and Club Leaders


By Randy & Tia Accetta (Randy is the RRCA Director of Coaching Education)

Republished from RRCA Website. To read in it's entirety, Click Here


First and foremost, please draw on expert medical advice from the CDC  and from your state and county's public health agencies.  Know what's going on in your community. The CDC has a listing of all State Health Departments, which is a quick and easy resource to help you find information for your community.

If you are thinking about cancelling your event, we recommend you err on the side of caution and cancel or postpone your event for a later date, especially if your event is between now and June. Many events are moving to virtual options. . If you elect to move to a virtual option, DO NOT hold a packet pick-up where people can come to collect shirts and medals during the next 30-days. This defeats the purpose of limiting interaction with people. Inform participants that a plan will be devised for distribution of shirts/medals as soon as it is safer to congregate.

LIRunning is currently working with other timers on a virtual event platform. We are setting up currently setting up virtual group runs, walks and hikes with Peconic Pathfinders and attending webinars and work sessions in fine tuning the process. 

Community Leadership and Coaching


Some running communities have cancelled all group runs, while others are continuing to hold small group social workouts.  Regardless of what you personally want, be sure to check the CDC material and local health advisories so that you understand the overall conditions affecting your athlete. 

  • Do not pressure your athletes to run, either in a group or alone. People need to make their own choices about joining a small group run during these uncertain times.

  • Do communicate with your athletes -- if you coach groups, be sure to share with them your group protocols that follow local health advisories. 

  • If you coach individuals, be sure to reach out to each athlete and discuss their individual situation.

  • Do support your athletes as they navigate their personal obligations.

  • Do consider teaming up with others in your local running and endurance community to form a cohesive community-based plan. 

  • Do practice social distancing - ensure six feet of separation between runners if you host small group runs.

  • Consider checking with the community leaders in road cycling, mountain biking, swimming, outdoor boot camps, and others.  

Public Health

First and foremost, please draw on expert medical advice from the CDC and from your state and county's public health agencies.  The CDC website provides resources, data, and advice for specific populations.  See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.  At this writing, we're in a national state of emergency.  As of March 15, the CDC has recommended all gatherings of 50 or more be cancelled until further notice.
When running alone or training in groups, please continue to take all precautions and please be a good health steward.  Assuming that you will follow the overarching CDC advice and drawing on public health advisories, RRCA recommends some basic do's and don't's: 

  • Don’t show up if you are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms.

  • Don't share fluids. Carry your own fluids to avoid contact with others on course.

  • Don't share towels, food, gels, or any other item that runners normally share freely.

  • Do wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using the port-a-john. 

  • Do not spit or “nose rocket” your nose in public – bring along tissues or a small towel or a good old-fashioned hanky if you need to get rid of some snot during the race.

  • Do practice social distancing - ensure appropriate spacing between runners; the current recommendation is at least six feet of separation.

  • Do avoid close-group selfies.

If you're running indoors at a public facility such as an indoor track, a treadmill studio, or in a gym setting:

  • Don't go to the gym if you are feeling ill.

  • Don't wipe your eyes, nose, or mouth while running. (It should go without saying that you should not spit or nose rocket indoors.)

  • Do thoroughly wipe down the handrails and monitor before you use the treadmill.

  • Do thoroughly wipe down the handrails and monitor after you finish your workout.

  • Do create space for yourself by trying to use a treadmill at least 6' from other treadmills being used

  • Do wash your own hands when you're done.

NOTE: All of these suggestions apply to ALL standard gym equipment, including elliptical machines, stair-stepping machines, rowing machines, and the like.