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COVID-19 Guidelines

2021 COVID-19 Walking Tall Race Guidelines.

The Spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resulting COVID19 pandemic has caused us to implement a plan so that everyone visiting for the race, everyone helping at the race, and everyone in McNairy County, TN is protected. The health of everyone involved is the reason we are developing these guidelines.

We politely but strongly ask that every runner and crew follow these guidelines exactly. These guidelines will cover all State of Tennessee guidelines and additional ones from us. (Walking Tall RD’s).

We ask anyone not feeling well the morning of the race to not come.

Additional guidelines and/or protocols may be added or removed before race day.  We will communicate these via email and on our Facebook page.



Pre and Post Race – Tennessee Public Appearances

  • All visitors (visitors = runners, crew, runner family, volunteers, and friends) follow local laws and regulations in public places in McNairy County, TN.

Packet Pickup

  • At packet pickup runners will not be allowed to pick up packets for other runners.

  • At packet pickup you will have an additional form to sign saying you are willing to abide by these rules.

Start Line

  • WT will provide face buffs in your packet to use at your discretion

  • Race will be divided into 50k and 25K starts that are 1 hour apart to allow for social distancing on the trail.

  • The starting line is a large area, there is plenty of space to social distance while waiting for the gun to go off.

  • Everyone has a different comfort level with the current situation.  Please be respectful of everyone and be the best you possible.

Drop Bags

  • Drop bags for the 50K runners will placed in a box at the start line and transported to the halfway point.

  • This year each runner will be responsible for handling his or her own bag if the aid station worker feels uncomfortable handling them.

On the Trail

  • Runners should communicate when interacting on the trail. While runners are passing each other on the trail, they should communicate to maintain social distancing (step off trail) or can put on face coverings if desired.

  • Put your face buff/covering on as you climb the tower if desired.

Aid Stations

  • Hand sanitizer will be made available for your use.

  • Runners that do not need to fill bottles, eat food, or perform any other stop in the AS can just run through without having to stop. 

  • If you need to stop and take real time to fix problems you can do this before or after the AS boundaries.

  • All runners wear face covering in AS’s if desired.

  • Aid station volunteers will not touch your bottles, hydration packs, trash unless they are comfortable doing so.

  • All AS food will be placed on the food table in self-serve paper containers.  Take the ones you want. Dispose of the container in the trash bag located at the edge of the AS. All paper containers will be recycled.

  • All volunteers will be adhering to special guidelines to protect themselves and runners that make them feel comfortable.  (e.g. regular disinfecting of surfaces, social distancing, face coverings, etc.).  Be respectful

  • Aid Stations will be manned by already established social teams. North Mississippi Endurance, Journeymen, MIM, and the like.

Finish Line

  • We will have tables spread out around the area, but if you can bring your canopy you can have your own private space to relax.  There is lots of space and the park has additional picnic tables behind the restrooms. Also, bring your camp chairs.

Notes on face coverings:

From the CDC: “Our race activity ranks as one of the safest activities you can participate in with regard to the spread of Covid-19.”   That being said we will still provide buffs to all the racers in their packets.  Please feel free to use them or your own masks depending on your individual comfort level.  Click here for the CDC information on cloth face coverings.

Research studies have found that the primary method of SARS-CoV-2 transmission is most efficiently via mouth droplets.

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