Chippewa Challenge 2020 - 4km and 8km Race and Fun Run

Thunder Bay, ON

Chippewa Challenge 2020 - 4km and 8km Race and Fun Run


Chippewa Challenge 4km and 8km Run

The course is a 4km loop at beautiful Chippewa Park. The route is a combination of paved sections and easy-to-run crushed gravel roads and trails. You'll run through wooded areas and along the beach, allowing for scenic views of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant.

The 8km run is two loops of the 4km course.

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020

Race Kit pick up and late registration: 9:00 am to 9:45 am

Race Start: 4km Run - 10:00 9:00 am sharp New time

                   8km /run - 10:15 10:00 am sharp New time

Cost: Metre Eaters: $10.00; Non- Metre Eaters $15.00

Event is in support of Shelter House meals.



Location:         Chippewa Park, Thunder Bay Ontario (everything is outdoors)

                        Start Line – Picnic grounds 1

Course:            4km (1 loop) and 8km (2 loops) 

Facilities:       Park washrooms will be available

PPE:                 Runners and volunteers are required to bring their own mask and to wear it before and after the race, or any other times maintaining a 2 m physical distance is not possible.  Hand Sanitizer will be available in the registration area

 Other:              The event will include a running race only, there will be no after race awards ceremony.  Runners will receive a participation badge in a baggie when they pick up their race number.  Race results will be posted online after the event.  

 There will be no water or aid/food stations on the course and there will be no food or beverages available post race.

 Race planners will continue to monitor the local situation by following up-to-date guidance from TBDHU about events and social gatherings in relation to COVID-19.  If the situation changed, these plans will be adapted or the event will be cancelled to ensure that all requirements for social gatherings are met.

 Race Organization:


  • Current guidelines state that a maximum of 100 people can be at an outdoor gathering. If these guidelines change, the plan below will be adapted to meet the latest gathering restrictions.
  • Total runner registrations capped at 80 runners (combined total for both distances)
  • Total volunteers will be under 20 people (planning max 15)
  • No spectators allowed
  • Runners will pre register and pay for the event online, no same day registrations will be accepted
  • Pre registration will include standard waiver. In addition, all participants must read the race plan with COVID-19 safety measures before the day of the event to ensure that all runners are aware of the COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures.  This information will be shared on the events registration webpage as well as on the club webpage and social media sites before the event.

 Race Day – Participant (runner) Responsibilities

  • Physical distancing required at all times (before, during and after the event)
  • Masks must be worn during kit pick up process, at the start line until the race starts, and again after the race. During the race, runners will be advised to store the mask in a clean bag.
  • Upon arrival at the registration desk, runners will be required to answer standard COVID health screening questionnaire (attached) with a designated volunteer. Any runners that answer yes to any of the questions will be advised to self-isolate immediately and call their nearest assessment centre for testing.  Runners that pass the screening questionnaire will be granted access to the event.
  • Runners will be asked to arrive no more than 1 hour before the race to prevent crowding, but to also give enough time for everyone to be screened ahead of the event.
  • After completing their run, participants must maintain physical distancing and leave the race area promptly
  • During the race, passing other runners is allowed, the runners must maintain minimum 2 metres physical distancing from other participants during the run – slower runners should stay left and both runners should be respectful of the physical distancing requirement.

Start line

  • Start will be split into 2 groups, with the 4km race starting first (10:00am), followed by the 8km race (10:15) (15min delay between the starts). The starting area will be gridded out (using chalk or flags) to give each runner a specific location in the starting area which will provide adequate space for physical

Finish line

  • The finish line will be touchless. Runner times will be recorded as each runner crosses the finish line.  Runners will keep their bibs.  Volunteers will maintain social distancing at all times
  • Runners will be directed to wear a face mask and leave the finish area as soon as possible. All participants will be asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following the event.  Should symptoms arise within that 14 days that they contact the Health unit for guidance

Race Day – Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Before the event, all volunteers must read the race plan and be comfortable with the COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures and their volunteer responsibilities (e.g. how to do the screening, how to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces, how to wear a face mask properly, etc.). The race planner will be available to answer any questions from the volunteers if they are unsure about how to meet the volunteer duties.
  • Volunteers must also pass the screening questionnaire on the day of the event.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times
  • Wear a mask for the duration of their volunteer duties
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after any contact with a frequently touched surface.
  • Clean and disinfect any high contact areas, wearing gloves if recommended by cleaning product. (registration table, writing utensils etc) on a regular basis (name of cleaning product we will be using?)
  • All volunteers will be asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following the event. Should symptoms arise within that 14 days that they contact the Health unit for guidance