Health & Safety

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Participants will need to provide proof of vaccination prior to participating in the B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 26. To be considered fully vaccinated participants must have completed a vaccination series of a World Health Organization-certified vaccine prior to receiving their bib number. Any registered athlete who cannot provide proof of vaccination will not be allowed to participate in the race. Entries will not be deferred, refunded, or transferred to a future race. Requests for a medical exemption will be reviewed individually.

PRACTICE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

The B.A.A. strongly encourages everyone practice personal responsibility for the 2022 B.A.A. 10K. From guests traveling with athletes to spectators cheering on participants, everyone is encouraged to take efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, anyone who develops any symptoms must avoid public activity except for going to get a COVID-19 test.

All participants must have a plan for isolation in the event of a positive COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated people must also have a plan to self-quarantine following an exposure to a COVID-19 positive person.

MASK WEARING POLICIES

Masks will be required in all B.A.A. 10K medical tents. Masks will be available across various locations associated with the B.A.A. 10K and weekend activities.

VACCINE VERIFICATION WITH CROWDPASS

Upon registering for the B.A.A. 10K, all entrants will receive a confirmation email from the B.A.A. with instructions on how to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on CrowdPass. As a reminder, all participants will need to provide proof of vaccination prior to receiving their bib number.

We ask participants to submit proof as soon as possible to ensure a smooth race experience. You will receive reminder emails from the B.A.A. if you have not yet submitted your proof of vaccination. Medical exemptions can be requested and will be reviewed on an individual basis by emailing medical@baa.org. The deadline to submit an exemption is Thursday, June 2, 2022.

WARM WEATHER RUNNING ADVICE

The B.A.A. advises all athletes to take some very basic steps to ensure your safety while running during warm or hot days.  

1. Reduce your normal race pace: slow down!  If the temperatures are warmer than normal, don’t worry about running a personal best or running at a pace faster than your training. Run at a slower pace, walk if you are feeling too warm, and seek medical attention if you are feeling the effects of heat Illness.

2. Keep in mind that the harder you work/run, the more heat your body will produce. If you are starting to feel the effects of the heat, slow down, stop if needed, and rest. Listen to your body! 

3. Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. General warning signs include headache, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, fainting, or loss of coordination. 

4. Recognize early warning signs of dehydration. Dark yellow urine, loss of energy, dizziness, loss of coordination, muscle cramps, and headaches are all common warnings. 

5. Rehydrate as needed. How much you drink depends on your size and how hot it is during the run. A normal rule of thumb is to drink six to eight ounces of fluid (water or sports drink) every 15 minutes of exercise in the heat. By weighing in before and after a workout or run, you can determine exactly how much fluid is lost during your run.  Remember: approximately a pint of fluid will replace one pound of weight loss during exercise.  On a very hot day, you can increase your fluid intake as much as 25% from this formula. 

6. If you have heart or respiratory condition, or you are on any medications, consult your doctor about running in the heat. Know your body and limitations.    

7. If you have a history of heatstroke/illness, run with extreme caution. 

8. If you have had the COVID-19 virus in the past and are still experiencing fatigue and other post COVID-19 symptoms, evaluate your pace and effort in this type of climate.  

9. Drink your fluids. Pouring water over your head feels great, but it does not necessarily help reduce your body temperature or prevent heat illness.  

10. Wear light colored clothing. If you need to wear a hat, use a sun visor to protect your face from the sun. 

11. Use sunscreen to protect your skin.   

12. Avoid drinking coffee or any drinks with caffeine prior to the race.