2021 Modifications / COVID-19

Since our 2020 cancellation, we have been hard at work to make changes for 2021 that will improve your experience and follow the State and Federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. We will be implementing the following procedures in order to operate a safe and successful event. All of these details will be available in the Final Runner Instructions on April 15th.
REMEMBER THAT WE MUST FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES TO HAVE AN IN-PERSON EVENT.
SHOULD THINGS IMPROVE WE WILL MODIFY THE EVENT ELEMENTS.
THE FINAL DECISION ON THE LOOK OF THE EVENT WILL BE MADE ON APRIL 2ND.
AS OF RIGHT NOW, HERE IS HOW THE EVENT WILL WORK:

No In-Person Race Expo

 

We will mail everyone their race bib along with race weekend instructions on April 15th. If you have MOVED since you registered please send us your new mailing address - racedirector@hofmarathon.com

 

Limited Race Capacity
We are only allowing 900 Marathoners, 2000 Half Marathoners, 200 Five Person Relay Teams, 50 Two Person Relay Teams, and 1100 Draft Day 5K participants for the IN-PERSON race. We have a limited number of VIRTUAL spaces as well.
Parking on Saturday
All Draft Day 5K runners will park in Downtown Canton using public parking. A diagram and directions for all garage and surface lots will be sent to you on April 15th, and will be available in the Final Runner Instructions.
Parking on Sunday
All Marathoners and those who purchased Preferred Parking will park next to the race site. We do not have additional preferred parking passes available. Half Marathoners will park at Belden Village Mall and be shuttled to the race site. Shuttles will run in a loop all day long. Team Relay parking will be announced in February.
Runner Drop Off
We will have a designated drop off location / route if you are being dropped off rather than parking. Details will be in the Final Runner Instructions.
Wave Starts / Assigned Corrals / Assigned Start Times
We have devised a system to keep the number of runners starting and finishing at the same time to a minimum. Remember we HAVE to follow these COVID-19 rules. DETAILS WILL BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 15TH.

 

Modified Water Stations

We will utilize contact free water stations along the course. Each station will have 8 ounce bottles of water for you to take. Bottle deposit containers will be placed 200 meters past each water station for you to deposit your bottles.

Gatorade / Gel Stations
We will NOT have Gel Stations along the course. We recommend that you carry the nutrition that you used during your training. We will ONLY have TWO Gatorade Stations. One will be after Marathon Mile 11 and one will be after Marathon Mile 20 / Half Marathon Mile 7.
Pace Teams

We are unable to offer Pace Teams due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Stadium Spectators / Family Finisher

We are unable to allow Spectators or Family Finishers this year. We have strict rules to follow in order to run in-person. If you purchased the Family Finisher Bib for the 2020 event, that money has been donated to the Timken Family Cancer Center. Only Runners are allowed in the Stadium at their designated Start Time. There will not be access to the seats after the race as well.

Neighborhood Cheering / On Course Spectators
Letters will go out to all homes on the course requesting that they come out and cheer for you AT A SAFE DISTANCE. We will ask them to keep at least a 12 foot distance from the course. We will provide Course Entertainment in as many places as possible.
No Post-Race Party
After crossing the finish line you will receive a bottle of water. You will then proceed out of the Stadium. Along the way be given a box containing your finisher medal, fleece blanket (Sunday events), event shirt, snacks, and a beverage. We will not have access to the Stadium seating after the race.
Masking and Physical Distancing
  • All runners MUST wear a mask to enter the Stadium prior to the start.
  • All runners MUST keep their mask on in the corral area UNTIL 30 seconds before your individual start.
  • We are asking that you carry your mask during the race.
  • All runners MUST wear a mask after you cross the finish line until you exit the Stadium.
  • We will provide a mask to you if you lost your mask during the race.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry into the Stadium if you refuse to wear a mask.
  • We reserve the right to NOT recognize your finish if you refuse to wear a mask.
  • We will provide a safe, physically distanced plan at the start, on the course, and at the finish.
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Additional Procedures
We reserve the right to modify the race environment, based on COVID-19 conditions, that will allow us to safely run in-person. We will continually monitor and comply with State and Federal Guidelines. 
In-Person vs Virtual
All In-Person participants have the opportunity to participate Virtually. Virtual runners who wish to change to the in-person option must contact us and will only be granted access if we have space based on our in-person capacity.