COVID Update

Guidelines for Resuming Organized Runs 

Glen Ellyn Runners is planning to safely resume our organized group runs based on the survey results.  We had 77 GER members responded and 79% of those said they wished to meet as a group. The safest way to accomplish this is to follow the CDC and WHO guidelines now that the State of IL is in Phase 4. The Illinois reopening plan allows for gatherings of 50 or fewer people (IL Phase 4) while maintaining social distancing wearing a mask while not moving. 

Starting Sunday, August 2, 2020, morning runs will be start at both 6:30am and 7:00am to reduce the number of runners congregating prior to our run and GER requests that all members maintain the guidelines of both social distancing and keeping each group as small as possible. Track/Speed workouts will start the following Tuesday (Aug 4th) and the same rules will apply, workouts will be posted on the Track workout page, same as previously posted.

Please review and follow the following guidelines for resuming organized runs:

  1. If you or someone in your household has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, a fever or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (CDC Symptoms of COVID), do not run with the group.
  2. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, stay home until 14 days after your last exposure and do not run with the group. (Quarantine and Isolation).
  3. Wear a mask during any non-running group gathering, including opening comments, group welcome and announcements.
  4. Maintain at least 6’ of distance from others during group gatherings and announcements.  Avoid physical contact including high fives, handshakes, hugs, group selfies, and partner stretches.
  5. Limit pace groups to 10 in a group with suggested smaller groups of 2 – 3 people staggered while running (Runners World COVID 2020).  Based on the number of runners at each pace, segregating at different locations around/near the Gazebo at the start and staggered ‘start’ times can provide safer and smaller groups, we will attempt to mark 6’ apart chalk lines to indicate the different paces to allow for safe, social distancing.
  6. While running, be courteous of other Prairie Path users.  Maintain single or double file formations on the right side of the path, use etiquette (e.g., “On your left”) and avoid bunching up.  Run staggered if necessary, to maintain the 6’ and keep in mind, running realities (sweating heavily, spitting or tissue-free nose blowing) while running in a group need to be avoided whenever possible to ensure the safety of all.
  7. Until GER can safely provide group hydration, you are responsible for providing your own hydration. (Runners World recommends 0.5 to 1 liter of fluid per hour of running).  It might be a good idea to break up your mileage to double back near your car to stay hydrated.  Additionally, here are 4 of the best ways to carry water on your run: 
Handheld bottles, waist packs, along with vests and backpacks.  We welcome ALL suggestions on improving this and figuring a way to provide hydration safely 

We are dedicated to the health, safety, and wellness of our members and visitors.  If, for any reason, the State of IL moves back to a lower Phase, the organized runs will be cancelled as we will need to comply with the state guidelines and we will continue to monitor and communicate the situation as changes arise.  

Please remember to be courteous, be safe and have a great run!

Glen Ellyn Runners

Other Ways to be Informed: 

CDC Mass Gathering Guidelines

General COVD-19 Readiness Resources from CDC

USATF resources

World Health Organization information

Before you leave your house, take every day preventative actions such as: 

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wear a cloth face cover when you go out in public.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • More on how to protect yourself

Before you consider running with a partner or small group, ask yourself:

  • Are there any restrictions on activities or gatherings in my area?
  • Are coronavirus cases in my community increasing or decreasing?
  • Is community spread low?
  • Am I feeling sick?
  • Will those who I’m running with stay home if they’re feeling sick?
  • Are we running in an area where we can spread out?
  • Are we running in an area where we won’t come in contact with others?
  • Have I or my training partners been in close proximity with others for an extended period of time, such as at a bar or restaurant, an office, or club?
  • Do I live with anyone who is immunocompromised?