This page will keep you, our valued participants and partners, informed about the latest developments concerning COVID – 19.

January 1, 2021-

COVID-19 – Activity Operations Requirements For on-site Events (This is Specific towards Elwha River Bridge Run) 

  • All participants have been offered a virtual option for the event, for participants who would like to participate on their own and not share a common course with other participants and would prefer a virtual course of their own choosing. Participants have been emailed several times to switch to virtual event at no additional cost.
  • All pre-registration has occur online. There will be NO same day in-person registration is allowed.
  • There will be staggered bib pick-up times to reduce congregation and will ensure 6-foot distancing in any cue lines. In addition there will be a plastic protection barrier between the participant and the volunteer distributing the bib.
  • Starting waves of 10 participants or less will be used with no more than one wave starting every minute and no more than 200 total participants starting per hour. There will be no more than 3 consecutive hours of starting waves on February 6, 2021. Waves will be sequenced by pace with faster racers going first, then working towards the slower racers to reduce likelihood for congestion or passing on the course. The starting area will be limited to no more than 50 participants at any time awaiting their staggered starts (there is plenty of space on the bridge to spread out and keep social distancing. Participants waiting for their start time will maintain at least six feet of distance from all other people and wear face coverings until their race begins. Additional participants must wait in their vehicles or away from the course until their start time approaches.
  • We will be limiting the number of employees and volunteers that are necessary to supervise the event,. These persons are not considered “participants” for the sake of calculating starting waves and are allowed as needed. Employees and volunteers will wear facial coverings and maintain physical distance in compliance with current guidelines.
  • Participants will make an effort to remain 6 feet from other participants on the course as much as possible. If participants need to pass another participant they will pass them in a manner that is safe and makes the moment of passage as brief as reasonably possible. Similarly if a participant is being passed that participant must allow for passing such that distance between participants can be achieved in as brief amount of time as reasonably possible.
  • Spectators are not allowed. However, participants under 18 would require a parent / guardian to be in attendance. The support person must always remain at least 6 feet away from all people aside from their participant and may not visit the start or finish to avoid congestion or crowding in these areas.
  • There will be no congregation of more than 5 people allowed at the turn around, hydration and nutrition stations at any one time. Participants will obtain hydration and nutrition supplies and then proceed. Hydration and nutrition station crews will maintain 6 foot separation from participants, and each other at all times as much as reasonably possible and wear facial coverings.
  • There will be no congregation allowed at the activity start or finish area. Participants will leave the activity area when finished. There will be no awards ceremonies or after party activities allowed in the starting / finishing area.
  • There will be a Volunteer Run the Peninsula Information table with information about 2021 events and swag for purchase. There will be a plastic protection barrier between the participant and the volunteer in charge of the information table. The volunteer and participants will remain 6’ in distance at all times.
  • Lines at portable toilets will be managed such that there is at least 6 foot of distance between all participants waiting in lines. The race will provide hand sanitizer at all restroom stations.
  • Run the Peninsula will retain registration data for 30 days after the activity in order to aid possible contact tracing.
  • PPE provided for all employees and volunteers. Cloth or medical masks will be worn.  Gloves will be worn by employees and volunteers when interacting with participants or equipment.
  • Volunteers, riders and rider helpers will be screened prior to entry the facility.
    • Before loading people on bus participants will be asked the following questions
    • Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition?
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • Recent loss of taste or smell
    • Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).
    • Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?
    • Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-quarantine?
  • We will discourage all carpooling to the starting and busing area.
  • We will encourage participants to be dropped off at the starting area.
  • For participants that cannot be dropped off participants will be transported from Lower Elwha Food and Fuel to the starting area. Buses are being hired by Blackball Ferry lines and the following guidelines will be followed for participants boarding the bus:
    • The bus operator will wear a mask at all times.
    • Busses will be at 50% capacity
    • Screening prior to boarding bus (see questions above)
    • Participants will be required to wear a mask and hand sanitized before entering the bus (we will be providing hand sanitizer and have extra masks if someone forgets their mask).
    • Participants will keep 6 feet from people who are not in the same household.
    • The buses will be entirely wiped down every hour.

October 6, 2020 – 

The governor’s office released new guidance for outdoor reception. Based on this latest document we are in the process of working with all involved agencies to host an in person option for our December 5th event. We will be giving updates as we move forward in this process.

September 4, 2020 – 

Unfortunately the Larry Scott Trail Run has been switched to an all virtual run. Participants will receive an email with detailed information and options.

May 1, 2020 – 

Unfortunately the North Olympic Discovery Marathon has been switched to an all virtual run. Participants will receive an email with detailed information and options.

April 1, 2020

We know that you are all wondering if the 2020 North Olympic Discovery Marathon will proceed on Sunday, June 7. We are hoping for the best, but we are currently planning for all sorts of outcomes. As of April 1, 2020 we are not canceling the race. We remain optimistic.

Currently, Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee, has a “stay-at-home” order. This tells us that our government needs more time to understand the results of the “stay at home” and social distancing order. The “stay-at-home” order is still in the original 2-week timeframe and the government needs to see if this order is successfully flattening the curve.

We will be sending out weekly updates on the status of the June 7, 2020 North Olympic Discovery Marathon. You can also check for updates on our website:

March 22, 2020

We are continuing to monitor this ever-changing situation and will follow recommendations from the CDC and state and local authorities to ensure the health and safety of both participants and staff.

As of March 22, the race is still on as scheduled (June 7th, 2020), although that is subject to change, based on outside developments and decisions from city officials. We hope to achieve more clarity in this regard by the end of this month.

In the meantime, let’s all do our part to limit the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing and good hygiene. Stay healthy, keep washing your hands, and go for a run in the fresh air!