Pike Lake 10K and Half Marathon Safety Procedures and Protocols

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Pike Lake 10K and Half Marathon Safety Procedures and Protocols

Duluth Running Co.’s full Covid-19 Preparedness Plan is laid out below. This is in the event there are gathering restrictions in place per the requirements or recommendations of the MDH and Governor Walz at the time of the event.

  • Packet Pickup will take place over the course of two days: Thursday, May 13th from 4:00pm-8:00pm and Friday, May 14th from 10:00am-6:00pm at Duluth Running Company
      • 1026 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55805
    • Race Packets will not be available to pick up on race day. If you are participating in the in-person event, you must pick up your packet during the designated packet pickup time listed above.
    • We encourage you to send one person to pick up packets for multiple people if you are planning to participate in the event as a family or group. 
    • Face masks are required at Packet Pickup. If you do not have a mask, you may purchase one from Duluth Running Co. for $1.
    • Please adhere to the social distancing instructions and indicators at Packet Pickup and at the event itself. 
    • The race start has been modified-you will be sent a link later to sign up for a wave start time. All waves will be capped at 25 people. We ask that you do not arrive any more than 30 minutes before your wave start time. (See “Wave Information” below to learn more about the wave start structure).
      • A check-in pass will be emailed to you prior to the event with your wave number and start time. 
      • You will be required to present this check-in pass to the volunteer at the athlete checkpoint prior to entering the race area.
      • If you arrive more than 30 minutes prior to your start time, you will not be permitted to enter the race area.
      • If you plan to run with a family member or friend, you may coordinate ahead of time to sign up for the same wave. 
    • No spectators. In order for us to host an in-person event we must strictly adhere to the gathering limits put in place by the State of Minnesota. Therefore, spectators are not allowed to congregate at the event location including at the start and finish lines.
    • Face masks are required in the race area. This includes the pre-staging area, the start corral, and after you finish. You may take your mask off once you have started the race. 
    • This will be an open course-Traditionally, we have closed roads and intersections on the race course, however with less runners on the course, we are not required to close the course anymore. 
      • We will still have volunteers on the course directing athletes and ensuring vehicles are aware of the event happening. 
      • Please be aware of vehicle traffic while you are on the course.
  • There will not be staffed aid stations-In order to limit the amount of physical contact between athletes and volunteers, we are not providing staffed aid stations on the course. 
      • There will be tables with individual water bottles available to grab on the course, if needed. If you grab a water bottle, you must take it with you and dispose of it in the designated “drop zone.”
      • We encourage all athletes (especially half marathon runners) to carry their own hydration and any nutrition needed. 
  • Please avoid running side-by-side and in groups-Please respect the social distancing guidelines and remain 6 feet away from other runners, except while passing.
    • Please do not participate in the race if you have experienced the following:
      • Any signs or symptoms of illness within 2 weeks leading up to the event.
      • Have been in a large group setting that is not in compliance with health and safety protocols put in place by the MN Department of Health
  • Please do not linger after your run is complete-we have to ensure our numbers stay within regulations, therefore we ask all runners to depart the finish area as soon as possible after their event is complete.
  • All participants have the opportunity to transfer to the virtual event at any time prior to the in-person event. 

Please be aware that the status of the Pike Lake 10K and Half Marathon is subject to change at any time. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is an ever changing situation, and we will continue to monitor how things change as we get closer to the event. 

If the status of the event changes, we will notify participants via email as soon as possible.

Alternative plan if race is cancelled

In the event the regulations set in place by Governor Walz and the MN Department of Health change resulting in the cancellation of the event, all participants will be automatically transferred to the virtual event, and will be allowed to complete the course distance at any point during the month of September on any course that they choose. In this event, all participants will be mailed their shirt during the month of October.

Wave information

Runners will be assigned to waves of up to 25 runners, and the wave will be spaced 10 minutes apart. The race start will range over a time span of 4 hours. 

Wave starts will be structured as follows:

Block 1 (Half Marathon Runners Only)

7:00am-Wave 1

7:10am-Wave 2

7:20am-Wave 3

7:30am-Wave 4

7:40am-Wave 5


Block 2 (First round of 10K Waves)

8:00am-Wave 6

8:10am-Wave 7

8:20am-Wave 8

8:30am-Wave 9

8:40am-Wave 10


Block 3 (Second round of 10K Waves)

9:00am-Wave 11

9:10am-Wave 12

9:20am-Wave 13

9:30am-Wave 14

9:40am-Wave 15


Block 4 (Third and final round of 10K Waves)

10:00am-Wave 16

10:10am-Wave 17

We at Duluth Running Company value all of you, and we thank you for your patience as we navigate all of these changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. Thank you for your continued support of the running community.


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