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2021 Safety Protocols

An update from the Race Director

All of us who are working to plan the 2021 Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race and Dollar Bank Junior Great Race are excited to welcome all of you to an IN-PERSON start line on One GREAT Weekend! We know that you have been waiting for more information regarding our Covid-19 safety protocols and requirements.

As you know, the situation regarding Covid changes often, and we are committed to keeping all of our runners informed as we continue to plan for in-person races on September 25th and 26th. This current plan has been reviewed and approved by the Medical Director of the City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Safety.

Throughout One GREAT Weekend:

  • As required by the Medical Director, all event staff and volunteers will be fully vaccinated against Covid and will wear masks throughout the event.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be strategically located throughout all event areas.
  • If you are exhibiting any Covid symptoms, including but not limited to fatigue, fever, or cough, please do NOT come to the event. 

Packet pickup has been moved to Point State Park:

  • Friday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Masks and social distancing are highly encouraged.
  • One person can pick up race packets for multiple runners.
  • Please consider picking up your packet(s) at non-peak times to help us facilitate social distancing.
  • Please note that there is no parking on Commonwealth Place. There are several parking garages in the downtown area.

At the Dollar Bank Junior Great Race on Saturday, Sept. 25:

  • The start lines for the One-Mile Family Fun Run, Tot Trot, and Diaper Dash will be open from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Families can come to the park at any point during that time period and begin their race(s) whenever they like. The courses will be clearly marked to make navigation easy.
  • Per the medical director, as all of the day’s registered participants are younger than 12 and still vulnerable to Covid, masks will be required for everyone while in Point State Park.
  • There will be no post-race activities in Point State Park.

At the Great Race on Sunday, Sept. 26:

  • Per Port Authority requirements, masks are required while on board Port Authority busses (transportation from Point State Park to the 5K and 10K start lines). In the coming weeks, we will provide a detailed map with road closure information if you prefer to have someone drop you off at your respective start line.
  • Masks are highly encouraged at the 5K and 10K start lines.
  • There is plenty of open space at the 5K start line to maintain social distancing. Your finisher time (and all time-based awards) will be based on when you cross the start and finish lines (chip time), so there is no reason to crowd together.
  • We will employ a “rolling start” at the 10K start line, and the start line will be open from 9-9:45 a.m. This means that as soon as you arrive at the start line during that time period, you will be able to start your race. This year’s results and awards will be based solely on chip time. As a reminder, the course time limit is 12 minutes/mile.
  • There will be no on-site awards ceremony in Point State Park this year, nor will there be any other activities in the Park following the event. All awards will be mailed to winners within two weeks following the event.

We know that this year’s event will look and feel very different compared with what you last saw in 2019; however, these are the precautions and changes that we need to make this year in order to host the event in person. We are grateful for your patience and understanding. 

We understand that everyone has different comfort levels, and we have made options available for everyone to participate in the event in a way they feel comfortable. If you decide that you are more comfortable switching to the virtual version of the event, you can do so at no additional charge until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 15. You can still switch to the virtual event through Sept. 23, however you will not receive your race gear until after the in-person event. For more information about how to switch to the virtual event, click here.

We are continuing to work with our expert medical partners, as well as our colleagues in the City of Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania, regarding the safety measures we will take — the health and safety of everyone who attends the event is our highest priority. As the situation continues to evolve, we will update our plans accordingly, and we will provide weekly updates to keep all of you informed. We are all looking forward to a fantastic and safe GREAT Weekend — keep running!

Brian Katze
Race Director
Manager, Special Events
City of Pittsburgh

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