How Coronavirus (COVID-19) is Affecting Running Races

This statement affects only races owned by Trivium Racing. The Trivium Triad Running Series, Multisport Series, and Southeast Michigan Running Series include events that are not owned by Trivium Racing. Those event directors may have different policies and procedures regarding this situation. You may contact them individually for more information on their policies.


As our loyal customers, we want to keep you informed about the ways this current public health issue could potentially affect our events. We take the health of our community very seriously and want to make sure we are providing safe and healthy environments for all, including staff, volunteers and participants.  As of right now, from an event schedule standpoint, nothing will change with Trivium Racing 2020 scheduled events.  We are not experts on public health or disease control and therefore we will be listening to health professionals, the CDC, and state and local government for guidance when making decisions that affect our events. As news of this outbreak changes daily, we will continuously monitor the situation and make decisions regarding cancellation on a race-by-race basis and keep our public informed accordingly.  We will also work together with other event and health professionals to create new precautionary measures at events considering the highly contagious nature of this disease.

If Trivium must cancel a race, we will attempt to reschedule or make other options available for participants to complete the race virtually. We will first work with the event venue and local permitting agencies to attempt to reschedule.  We cannot guarantee an event will be rescheduled due to the number of events on our own calendar as well as the limited availability at many of our event venues.  We have already had conversations with several of our venues in preparation for potential rescheduling to fast track decisions, if it came to that.  The next option would be to convert the race to a virtual only event. Participants would have the option to run the distance on their own time and still receive a race shirt and finisher’s medal.  As usual, we will not take cancellation lightly and will not do it unless it is absolutely necessary.

We will be increasing our precautionary practices at our upcoming events and encourage all participants to do the same.  All volunteers working computers, handing out water at waterstops, and serving food will be wearing gloves.  Volunteers will be contacted prior to the race and asked to stay home if they are feeling sick.  Runners are asked to do the same.  Any person that is currently registered for a race has the option to switch to a virtual race and still receive the race shirt and medal/finisher’s item. We will be taking a more lenient approach to deferrals than our normal policy allows for.  Requests for a deferral of a race entry will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  If things worsen, individual social aspects of certain races might be affected (ie. cancellation of a pre event social gathering, but not the actual race).

We think of each and every one of you as a member of our community and family and we want to make the most responsible choices possible for all.  As of right now, that choice is to continue to monitor the situation, host great events, and allow athletes to reach their goals, while providing some extra precautionary measures at the race site.  Any race updates will be posted on the individual race websites.

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