2021 Coronavirus Policy

In order to comply with public health recommendations, Race for Hope DSM will be undertaking the following policies in regards to this year’s race:

Staggered start times

  • Start groups will be limited to 30 participants per group and will be staggered by 10 minutes.  A start mat will record your starting time.
  • Please arrive at the park no earlier than 60 minutes prior to your start time.
  • The kids fun run will begin at 8:45 AM in front of the shelter house.  
    • Parents of kids participating in the fun run will be scheduled for an early start time unless otherwise requested.  If you aren’t an immediate parent but wish to watch the kids’ fun run, please let us know and we’ll try to accommodate. 
    • All 10.1K runners will be scheduled for a 9 or 9:10 AM start time.
  • Efforts will be made to have registration groups start at the same time.  If you aren’t part of a group but will be racing with another participant, please let us know and we’ll try to make sure you’re in the same group.


  • Touch points will be reduced as much as possible
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be provided around the common areas and near spaces where touching is required. 
  • Limited Race Day registration
    • You are encouraged to register online if at all possible in order to reduce the need for same day registrations.  While many races are eliminating day-of registration, we are choosing to keep this option open for now.

Mask Policy

  • Masks will be required of all participants while not actively running.  
    • Disposable masks will be made available when you arrive along with a trash bag at the start line for you to discard if desired.  
    • Replacement disposable masks will be available at the finish line. 
    • Custom Race for Hope DSM masks are available for purchase here


  • Post-race refreshments will be limited to pre-packaged items and bottled water. Bottled water will be available along the course at the standard water points but you are encouraged to bring your own water if possible.

Athlete Responsibilities  

Feel Sick? Stay Home 

Athletes, staff, and volunteers will be asked to self-screen and stay home for any of the following reasons: 

  • Have tested positive with COVID-19 in the last 21 days. 
  • Have experiences or been in contact with someone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days prior to the event. 
  • Have a body temperature reading of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. 
  • All athletes, and especially at-risk persons, are encouraged to consult a physician prior to participating. 

Mask Up in Mask Zones 

  • Face coverings are required to be worn by athletes at the event whenever they are not running the race route. Face coverings are not required while running the race route but encouraged if you are walking.  
  • When are face coverings required?
    • Indoor environments such as packet pickups 
    • Start line chute and after you cross the finish line 
    • Any event grounds 
    • Waiting in lines or crowded areas 
  • When are face coverings not required? 
    • Running the race route
    • Personal vehicles 
  • Staff and volunteers will wear masks at all times.

Maintain Social Distancing

  • Practice Social Distancing: 
    • Reduce frequency, proximity and duration of contact with others. 
    • Maintain a distance of 6 feet whenever possible. 
    • Avoid congregating before or after the race. 
    • Walkers are requested to stay to the right of the path at all times so runners can pass on the left (inside corners).  
    • Move away from the finish line as soon as you are finished

Avoid Touching 

  • Whenever possible, avoid physical contact with: 
    • Other people 
    • Touching your face 
    • Surfaces 
    • Items that are not your own. 

While we don’t anticipate there being any issues this year, Race for Hope DSM reserves the right to alter in-person activities to a virtual event.  Further, Race for Hope DSM reserves the right to modify this policy as needed.  Any updates will be promptly communicated to all participants.

We’re thankful that we are able to hold an in person event this year and are overwhelmed by everyone who chose to join us!  We’ll be modifying the park layout to accommodate as many participants as possible.  We’ve come a long way in the past year and we’re all in this together. By following these guidelines we’re confident we can safely have an amazing time raising funds for brain tumor awareness without putting anyone’s health at risk.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out!