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We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus information. At this time we have no plans of cancelling or postponing the event. We will follow the recommendations and direction of Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS), North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings. We will plan to take extra measures for runners to keep good hygiene before and after the event. Our top priority is always the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, staff, and spectators, and we will continue to monitor all safety aspects of our race including the COVID-19 (coronavius). However, in the event of any change or race cancellation, we would notify all participants via email and social media channels as soon as we make any decisions.
We’ve been working diligently to provide you some options with postponement to a later date in the year being the option we were hoping to accomplish. We all want to enjoy in the race we love so much. So the GOOD NEWS is that the City of Asheville have given us a postponement date, should we need it, to August 29th, 2020. If for some reason you can not make that date or we are still not permitted to gather, we will have a Virtual 2020 Asheville Half Marathon & 10K. Per the race policy, there will be no refunds.
Will you postpone the event?
We have no intentions of cancelling at this time but if we are forced to cancel, the City of Asheville has granted us a postponement permit for August 29, 2020.
Are you still planning to host packet pick up on Friday, June 5th at Highland Brewing?
YES. All plans are proceeding with our packet pickup. If the race is postponed to August 29th, 2020 packet pick up will be Friday, August 28th, 2020.
Can I defer to 2021?
YES. We have the option to defer for a fee and it will expire May 10th. You can log into your www.runsignup.com account and go to MANAGE REGISTRATION. Click on DEFER For more information on deferrals for HERE
Can I run Virtually instead?
YES. Anyone who still wants to earn their swag and their bragging rights can run at their convenience. All runners in Buncombe County will still need to come to Packet Pick Up on Friday to collect their swag but those outside of Buncombe County can get their items mailed to them at no cost. if you ordered Will Call, we will mail your packet to you as well at no additional cost. You can log into your www.runsignup.com account and go to MANAGE REGISTRATION. Click on SWITCH EVENT. More information on Virtual Runner HERE
Can I get a refund?
We have not changed our policy that we do not offer refunds. This policy is consistent with most races across the country and we encourage you to respect the refund policy and know that this situation is completely out of our control. The race incurred costs for staff, marketing, medals, t-shirts, custom bibs, pint glasses, food, etc. based on registered runners.
Is there a risk to my health?
When you registered you signed the electronic waiver, you understand that there is always risk to participate in an event like this. We will take extra precaution noting COVID-19. We encourage people with compromised immune systems, current illness, parents with infants/toddlers, and the very elderly with health issues to consider staying home if they registered for an event, as those are the populations that appear to be susceptible to the dangers of the virus. If you are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms, please do not show up.
You can help prevent the spread of infectious illness
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including:
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
3. Stay home when you are sick.
4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.