At Spartan, getting you safely back on course and overcoming obstacles is the highest priority for us. Over the previous months, a dedicated Spartan team has worked judiciously to create a robust relaunch plan for events worldwide. This plan has been designed to keep all racers, volunteers, and staff safe, meet strict government requirements, and bring Spartan events back to as many people as safely possible.
Spartan formed a task force to design multiple blueprints that meet various guidelines and legislative requirements. These blueprints determine the types of event modifications and transmission mitigation protocols, and are deployed based on government and expert guidance, local rules and regulations, existing industry best practices, and customer feedback.
In this document:
- What Spartan is Doing
- Cleaning and Sanitization
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Social Distancing
- Event Adjustments
- At Risk Persons
What Spartan is Doing:
In addition to implementing actions and best practices mandated by governing authorities and local health and safety experts, Spartan has taken the following steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone attending a Spartan event. These guidelines are subject to change with the evolving situation.
Cleaning and Sanitization
- Reduced customer touchpoints to minimize physical interaction between racers, and racers and event staff.
- Additional cleaning and sanitization of customer touchpoints throughout the festival area, including check-in areas, toilets, medal and shirt collection, results, payment collection points, and at aid stations and obstacles.
- Hand sanitizers will be available throughout events, including around high-traffic areas, after every obstacle, and in and around portable toilets. These will be refreshed by staff throughout the day.
- The use of sealed bottled water at aid stations instead of cups and spigots.
- Increased safety and hygiene procedures for staff and volunteers including regular hand sanitization.
Personal Protective Equipment
- Customers are no longer required to wear masks in the festival and/or while on course. Unless otherwise required by local government authorities or the venue owner, customers, or other relevant parties.
- Customers WILL be required to wear masks while on any shuttle buses, so everyone should plan to have masks available for these circumstances.
- Customers are welcome to wear a mask in all situations if they prefer.
- Staff & Volunteers will not be required to wear masks, except in specific scenarios where they are in confined spaces or social distancing is not an option unless otherwise required by local government authorities, the venue owner, or staff and volunteers.
- Customers throughout will be monitored to ensure the number of people within the event space is kept to acceptable levels at all times.
- Heat sizes will be reduced, and courses themselves will be widened from previous standards to ensure safe spacing while running/walking and at obstacles.
- Dedicated lanes and designated waiting spots will be provided at areas where racers tend to congregate, such as at check-in and at obstacles. Where lines are formed, distancing markers will be used to ensure safe distancing.
There will be adjustments to the following broad event components as necessary, on a race-by-race basis:
- Shade tents will be limited to facilitate social distancing.
At Risk Persons
Anyone who falls under or lives with someone in these categories is encouraged not to participate in Spartan events at this time:
- People over 65 years of age;
- People who have chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, or severe heart disease;
- People who are immunocompromised: those who have undergone or are undergoing cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation; anyone with immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, or had prolonged use of corticosteroids; and smokers;
- People of any age with class III or severe obesity; or
- Anyone diagnosed with the following underlying conditions: diabetes, liver disease, and persons with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.