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Gilford Village Road Race still on


August 13, 2020
The Gilford Village 5K Road Race will still go on its original date with a number of new rules and precautions because of the pandemic.

The Gunstock Nordic Association hosts this race every year on Old Home Day. Old Home Day was canceled this year because of COVID-19, though the Gunstock Nordic Association announced on July 31 that this year's race was still a go as a live event.

There will be several new rules that participants will have to agree to before registering, all of which are listed on the Gunstock Nordic Association's website.

This year the race is open for preregistration only and there will be no same day registration. Registration opened on Aug. 1 and will be open until Friday, Aug. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Only New Hampshire residents will be able to take part in the race.

Race packets including bibs and t-shirts will be ready for pickup on Friday, Aug. 28 with a location and time to be announced and can be picked up Saturday morning. The GNA will announce the times in tis website.

Volunteers will take racers' temperatures when they pick up their bibs, and participants must have a temperature lower than 100.4 degrees to take part. Runners will also have to complete an online survey on COVID-19 symptoms and possible exposure, they can also do this on their phones the day of the race.

To minimize the event's duration, the race will only be open to people who can complete a 5K course in under 40 minutes. The official clock will be stopped at 40 minutes to allow the race to go ahead with awards and cleaning and sanitizing.

The race will have a mass start right at 8 a.m. on Aug. 29. All runners will be staged six feet apart from each other at the starting line and line up in the order of anticipated finish. Signs will be out helping people determine their starting points based on their expected finish time. Finish times will likely range between 16 and 40 minutes.

All participants and staff must wear face coverings at the start and end of the race, though the runners don't have to wear them during the race itself or while warming up and cooling down. Runners are asked to call out to others when they are passing them with, "On your left!" or "On your right!"

There will be no water stations and runners are asked to hydrate appropriately with their own containers before and after the race. There will be portable toilers available to only people who have race bibs.

"We appreciate every runner's cooperation and honesty to help us keep everybody safely distanced at the starting line, and also to minimize the occurrence of runners passing one another out on the course," the Gunstock Nordic Association said on its website.

Runners can find a link to register on https://www.gunstocknordic.com/events.

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