​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 changes and 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.


  • Participants are required to wear a face covering except when actively participating in an event –i.e. during check-in, at the start line, at the finish line and at any time persons cannot maintain physical distance.
  • Do practice social distancing - 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.


  • 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.
  • Do practice runner etiquette:
    • 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.

On Event Day

  • In order to minimize large gatherings at the event and on the course, runners will be starting in small waves. To further ensure maximum social distancing, runners will be released five at a time over the course of each wave. This reduces the number of runners in proximity of each other and the number of people in the Start and Finish areas at a given time. In addition, appropriate spacing between runners in the corrals will be identified by marking the center of a 6-foot radius circle allowing each runner to maintain distance from one another while waiting.

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.