COVID Updates – 2021

September 25, 2021

The continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic provides some interesting challenges to planning for races into the first half of 2021.  We certainly don’t pretend to have all of the answers as to what COVID will mean to the the 2021 Missoula Marathon; but, in order to be as transparent as possible, we wanted to let you know what actions we’ve taken to date and what steps might be considering over the coming months.

  • We will monitor conditions throughout the winter and early spring and intend to determine the status of the live, in-person race no later than Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
  • Our “early bird” registration fees will remain unchanged from 2019 and 2020, and will stay in place until March 31, 2021.
  • To allow for flexibility in race operations, we have reduced our race caps for 2021
    • 5K – 1,000 (from 1,500)
    • Half Marathon – 2,750 (from 3,500)
    • Marathon – 1,100 (from 1,300)
  • Should conditions improve, we will consider moving race caps upwards.
  • A virtual race option is available right from the beginning of our registration period.
  • We have made changes to our Refund & Race Cancellation Policy.  To view the 2021 policy, please go HERE.

If new or existing COVID restrictions on “mass gathering events” exist in June, it may be necessary to modify race operations to mitigate risk.  This may include, but not necessarily be limited to, items such as:

  • Race start times & start line venues
  • Wave starts
  • Changes to the Beer Run and Big 3 Challenge
  • Changes to the Runner Expo
  • Changes to Packet Pick Up

We will provide updates as and when appropriate to the Missoula Marathon website, our social media platforms and via direct email.

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