Colorado Running & Walking Event Alliance

Welcome to CRWEA.   This website will be the resource for Race Directors, city/county management.   It will contain:

  1. Links to the newest orders from the Governor, Public Health.
  2. Guidelines and diagrams on how to put on a safe running/walking event in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  DDPHE (Denver Public Health) has accepted guidelines for Denver, and CDPHE (Colorado Public Health) has accepted guidelines for Colorado.

These guidelines were created by Andrea Dowdy, CEO Colfax Marathon and Creigh Kelley, Race Director, Colfax Marathon as best practices based on nationwide research of running organizations, major marathons, and smaller events.  We are continuing to work with the City of Denver, and the Governor’s office to offer guidance to race organizers.

Colorado's newest orders from the Governor

Below are the orders from the Governor.

9-15-20 Update – There is a now a COVID-19 Dial Dashboard.   You can use this to determine the level of safety of your specific county, which will indicate how large an event you can have.    For example Level 2 is 175, which lines up with the current guidelines of 700 (175 per hour).

7-15-20 Update – There is a new section in the orders that is more specific to our industry – Professional Sports, Sporting Events and Races. Please read the entire link as there are many relevant points, but the most significant change is:

“...For events with solely a general public component or division, organizers should follow the personal recreation guidance for the competitive portion of the event. Use staggered start times, multiple heats, long-duration starts or other systems to avoid compact gatherings in the immediate starting area of more than 25 participants.”

6-30-20 – The overarching public health order for safer at home and in the great outdoors  covered all outdoor events.

The State will continually update these orders.

Guidelines for Executing Your Running & Walking Events in 2020

Updated 8-28-20.  Guidelines to produce running and walking events during the Covid-19 timeframe are now accepted.

DENVER – DDPHE (Denver Public Health) and Denver OSE have accepted Denver guidelines

COLORADO (outside Denver) – For events in other parts of Colorado the CDPHE has accepted Colorado guidelines that are slightly different than Denver’s (in Colorado’s version there are additional requirements on runners remasking at aid stations).   These guidelines do reflect the Governor’s orders on 7-15-20 for professional sports, sporting events, and races.   There are differences in acceptable numbers in different counties/cities and those need to be applied to these guidelines.

Additionally, you should be prepared with a Plan B should the Governor alter his orders.    We will update this site as soon as we hear that CDPHE has accepted the guidelines.

City of Denver

10-20-20 update:

On 10-16-20 Mayor Michael B. Hancock issued a stricter general mask order, but special events are not impacted – see the below sentence:

The stricter mask mandate is effective immediately until further notice, and the limiting gatherings to five order is effective now through Nov. 16. The gathering order does not apply to permitted special events that follow all related city requirements because of mandated requirements and oversight of those activities.

8-17-20 update:  GREAT NEWS!   DDPHE (Denver Public Health) and Denver OSE have accepted the 8-14-20 guidelines for events in the City and County of Denver.    OSE is now sending these guidelines to race organizers who are applying for a permit or express interest in putting on a 2020 event.

Race organizers will be able to apply to reschedule their COVID cancelled event for 2020, or apply for a permit for a new event.  An email went out from OSE Friday July 10th with details.   Click here to see the pdf, but please note the links within the pdf are not live.   You should refer to the original email you would have received.

OSE will ask you for your COVID ops plan – you will be able to use the guidelines as a base for your plan, and then will need to add the additional answers/descriptions/maps/plans as required.

Other Colorado Cities

Colorado Guidelines can be used as a base for your planning.   CDPHE has accepted these guidelines.

9-15-20 Update – Local city and county offices can provide your unique local information.  There is a now a COVID-19 Dial Dashboard.   You can use this to determine the level of safety of your specific county, which will indicate how large an event you can have.    For example Level 2 is 175, which lines up with the current guidelines of 700 (175 per hour).

To find your local public health agency of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment click here.