​Safety Guidelines for Live Events

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To prioritize the health and safety of the MCM running community and staff, we’re taking preventative measures and implementing the following guidelines for all in-person events:


  • Do not participate if you are feeling sick or ill, have a fever or experiencing flu-like symptoms, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Persons from high-risk groups for COVID-19 complications should consult their physician before participating.
  • Runners are encouraged to not attend, defer or switch to a virtual event if they’re experiencing any symptoms.
  • Bandanas are no longer advised as a face covering


  • Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
  • Do practice social distancing - at various locations at the start and finish and along the course. Ensure appropriate spacing between runners; the current recommendation is ten feet of separation during activity.
  • Do not engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching) or close group pictures/selfies, unless from the same household. *Please be respectful of other people’s personal space and their reactions – if they seem uncomfortable, add more space between you if possible.
  • Do wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using a port-a-john.
  • Do not share personal items, such as towels, food, hydration, energy gels, etc.
  • Participants should carry personal hydration (bottles/packs) if possible and use water stations as necessary while maintaining social distance guidelines.
  • Additional masks will be available at water stations should your mask need replacing.


  • Do not spit. If you must spit, do so away from people and areas that will have foot traffic.
  • Only blow your nose in a tissue or a small towel; store, then dispose of properly.
  • Announce when passing to allow for maximum space
  • Run single-file, not two abreast unless there is ample public space to do so
  • Dispose of waste in proper receptacles
  • Lower volume in earbuds to maintain ability to hear other runners.

Please note that all individuals, age 18 and above, attending a Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) event on base and who do not possess a valid DoD issued ID card (CAC or TESLIN) must register into DBIDS and stop by the Visitor Control Center (VCC) to obtain a visitor pass. Please click here for more information.