COVID-19 Update

August 18th, 2020

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Please read the Covid-19 guidelines carefully and be aware the race can be cancelled by Aruban Authorities, even close to the event due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns

Due to the latest developments with the number of COVID-19 infections in Aruba, we have tightened the running protocol for the KLM Aruba Marathon 2020. This 3rd edition will have different starting moments/ waves per distance so that social distancing is guaranteed in the starting area. Instead of a 'gunshot start' your starting time will start when you cross the starting line. [Every participants receives it's exact starting time per email in the week before the race.] Because of the different start waves per distance, there will be enough running space at the course and participants will finish not at the same time slot, which also guarantees social distancing at the end of the Race. So before, during and at the finish, we guarantee social distance. No public will be allowed at the start and finish area, no awards ceremony and no after party on the beach will take place. We are convinced that this serves the public interest in the sense that we participate proactively in "outbreak control". Underneath the complete 'Marathon protocol' and all participants and spectators please read the Covid-19 Marathon guidelines carefully, click here to enter

Essential, must read information for all travellers to Aruba:
Aruba’s health and safety protocols will be revisited and reevaluated on an ongoing basis. Based on the ever-changing situation, we recommend all visitors check Aruba.com frequently for any changes to dates, markets, required procedures and more.

Protocol Responsible running event KLM Aruba Marathon 2020

This protocol for the running events was drawn up, based on a report released on June 12, 2020 by the Netherlands Athletics Union in collaboration with the medical committee of the Athletics Union and leading marathon organizations, speaking for the 2000 running events that take place annually in the Netherlands. The protocol is also based on the general protocol Responsible Sports of NOC * NSF.

Arubans and International participants want to exercise, and science supports the importance of physical exercise for both physical and mental health. It has been proven that running makes a positive contribution to better resistance. Running events take place outdoors and participants do not hang around in one place. More importantly, events are the motivation to stay fit and healthy. The participants in running events are generally healthy, sporty and young. This protocol is to support our participants, volunteers and visitors in the interest of public health and adherence to the measures.

The key point here is that the safety and health of every participant, volunteer and person involved is paramount.

Starting points:
The principles of social distancing are:

  • Using common sense is paramount
  • We always follow the measures of the DVG Aruba Public Health Department
  • Creating a safe environment for all participants; volunteers, visitors and stakeholders.
  • Preventing direct physical contact. Intended or unintentional.
  • Additional hygiene measures.
  • Good and transparent communication to all stakeholders.

Protocol
In this protocol the measures that apply to the organization, participants and visitors

Safety and hygiene rules for everyone:

  • using common sense comes first.
  • Keep 1.5 meters away from others, except people in your household and young people up to the age of 1

Stay at home:

  • If you have any of the following (also mild!) Symptoms: colds, runny nose, sneezing, no taste or smell, sore throat, cough, tightness, or fever.
  • If someone in your household has a fever (from 38C °) and / or shortness of breath. If everyone has no complaints for 24 hours, you can exercise again.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Since you can still get sick up to 14 days after the last contact with this person, you should stay home until 14 days after the last contact.
  • Go home immediately if during the sporting event complaints arise such as: colds, cough, shortness of breath or fever.
  • Everyone who belongs to the risk group or is 70+ must analyze his / her own risk and determine whether he / she can go in public spaces in groups. If necessary, consult your doctor.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow and use tissue paper.
  • Before you leave for the event, go to the toilet at home.
  • Shower at home and not at the event.
  • Come to the starting location as short as possible before the start and go home immediately after the finish.
  • Before the event, wash your hands with soap or disinfectant for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wash hands with soap or disinfectant if your hands are dirty; after touching objects that have many people sitting on them (for example crush barriers); after a toilet visit; after coughing, sneezing in the hands; after blowing the nose.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Do not shake hands.

Measures for the organization

General:

  • Someone from the organization is responsible for complying with this protocol.
  • Someone from the organization is the point of contact for the municipality and / or emergency services.
  • Maximum number of participants per distance considering the measures.
  • More space and enough ventilation in the spaces of medical facilities.
  • Instruct volunteers / employees on how they make the event possible in a responsible and safe way.
  • Regularly informing all stakeholders through publication of the website, newsletter, social media and event App.
  • Clear communication via posters at the event location about the hygiene rules and the rules / walking directions to be used.
  • Prevent large groups of people from occurring on site by planning enough time between each start wave.

 
Task areas running event

Attendees

  • Limit the number of participants based on; road space. Gradual progression and no peak load.
  • Inform participants about the measures taken during the event.
  • Deployment of volunteers / stewards and speaker to steer the behavior of the participants. If people fail to comply with the measures, they must be removed from the competition.
  • Informing International participants about government travel advice

Communicate about the measures taken prior to the event.
 
Registration

  • There is only online pre-registration.
     

Start numbers and additional orders Pick-up

  • In the open air/ open tent

Starting area

  • Participants enter the relevant starting area as soon as possible before the start.
  • Limit the number of participants per starting wave to maintain the 1.5m. There will be several starting moments per distance.
  • Classification of participants is filled in on time indication to limit overtaking as much as possible.
  • Presence of disinfectants and / or water and soap.
  • More spacious starting area.
     

Course

  • A a good and safe barricaded course.
  • Placing multiple walking lines on the road at “junctions”, so that participants walk across the width and overtaking can be done more clearly. 

 
Water stations

  • Longer water stations so that participants can grab their drinks or place water stations on both sides of the course where possible.
  • water stations only in places where the course is wide enough.
  • There is no contact between participants and volunteers at the water station.
  • Advise participants in using their own drinking cup / water bottle / water bag.
  • Provide more open bins after the care station.
  • Volunteers working at the water stations always wear gloves and face masks where they come into contact with the participants.
     

Finish area

  • Ensuring a fast flow of participants in the finish area.
  • Provide care and guidance for participants who are unwell after finishing through separate exit(s).
  • Provide a wide range of care after the finish, in which participants drink and take a medal (paper bag with medal, bottle of water, sport drink and banana). Again, there is no contact between the participants and volunteers.
  • No issue of extra goods / goodie bags at the finish.
  • Provide multiple exits / exit roads in the finish area.

 
Prize giving

  • The award ceremony will take place immediately after the fastest runners (1,2,3 men and women) have finished. Not after all participants have finished and not per category. This is to prevent possible peak loads and group formation. 
     

Volunteers

  • Volunteers are well informed and instructed (digitally) in advance.
  • Ensure the hygiene of volunteers by providing gloves; mouth masks and disinfectants.
  • Volunteers have one specific task that they perform during the day.
  • Keep the number of volunteers to a minimum.
  • Red Cross employees, Imsan employees, (para) medics adhere to their own protocols.
     

Transport & logistics

  • Someone from the organization is responsible for the flow of the participants
  • Advise participants to come alone (no audience in start and finish area)
  • Placing markers to control spread. Avoid crowds.

 
Sanitary facilities / changing rooms

  • The use of changing rooms is not allowed.
  • Ensure adequate sanitation with soap and water.
  • Sanitary facilities are cleaned regularly.
  • Provide ‘hand’ alcohol at the start; water stations and finish.

 
Luggage drop-off

  • Clothing storage is permitted provided that the 1.5-meter distance measure can be used. preferably out side in a tent.
     

Measures for participants

  • Follow the general safety and hygiene measures.
  • Register in time for a running event.
  • Come to the event on foot or by bicycle as much as possible and comply with the measures of the DVG Aruba Public Health Department.
  • Come to the event in sportswear.
  • Go to the event well prepared, know the routing, starting area, course and finish area.
  • Bring your own necessary food and drinks for the match.
  • Enter the relevant starting area as soon as possible before the start.
  • Avoid spitting saliva and emptying the nose on the street before, during and after the event.
  • Always guard your own boundaries and go for walks when needed. This prevents unnecessary deployment of medical services.
  • Always follow the instructions of volunteers / the organization.
  • Leave the event immediately after the finish.

Additional measure:

  • For participants who require physical contact due to, for example, support in the field of running and toilet facilities, they can have one caregiver present at the event. The protocol must also be observed for this person. 

Measures for spectators (especially in start and finish area)

  • Stay at home to allow the event to proceed.
  • Follow your participant (s) online (e.g. the website and event app) from home
     

We are ready for it and we keep you updated.
Sunny regards,
Kees van Muiswinkel Chairman Foundation Run in the Sun
 

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June 25th, 2020

Update edition 2020: YES!!! WE CAN RACE ON ONE HAPPY ISLAND!

Last night our Governement announced to ease the corona measurements for events. Local authorities have responded positively to the permit application for the KLM Aruba Marathon.

Our Marathon Safety & Emergency Team developed a "Protocol Responsible Running Event KLM Aruba Marathon". This protocol will be updated every month because we live in a world where the situation can change from day to day, so we will continue to monitor developments continuously. The key point is that the safety and health of every participant, volunteer and person involved is our first priority. For this, we will do the maximum that is within our capabilities. 

The prospects seem positive, but the spreading of the coronavirus remains unpredictable. For participants it is good to know where they stand in case the event could not be organized although we have green light for now.

If we need to cancel the KLM Aruba Marathon due to the corona virus the registration including ordered extras remains valid for the edition of 2021 on Sunday, June 6th. Based on our general terms and conditions we are not obliged to offer this arrangement, but we would like to make concessions in these extraordinary times. We find it important that you can still accomplish your goals in Aruba, in case this will not be possible this year.

With optimism towards October 18th, 2020
For now, we really would like to hold on to the positive developments. More and more is possible and allowed in Aruba. As long as we continue to follow the guidelines of the government, we can continue to maintain this rising trend. Therefore, we and our partners involved are positive that there will be a KLM Aruba Marathon (if necessary in an adjusted form) on Sunday October 18th.

For questions about registrations we refer to the Q&A below. In case your question is not listed there, please send us an e-mail via

Q: Can I register for the KLM Aruba Marathon 2020?
A: Yes, registration for all distances of the KLM Aruba Amsterdam is open.

Q: If the KLM Aruba Marathon is cancelled, will individual participants have their registration fees refunded?
A: If we need to cancel the KLM Aruba Marathon due to the corona virus, individual participants can transfer their bib number including ordered extras to the edition of 2021 on Sunday June 6th. Refund of the registration fee and ordered extras is not possible.

Q: What if the KLM Aruba Marathon continues, but I cannot come to Aruba because of a negative travel advice?
A: We are aware that it could be the case not all registered participants will be able to travel to Aruba for the KLM Aruba Marathon. We ask you to keep an eye on the travel advise when traveling from your country to Aruba. If a negative travel advice still applies in October, we change your registration to June 6th, 2021.
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March 18th, 2020

KLM Aruba Marathon Postponed to October 18th, 2020

Dear Running Friends, 

Numerous races around the world have been cancelled or postponed as many people around the world are glued to their homes. Knowing this, I have come to the conclusion that it is better to postpone our race well in advance as opposed to a few weeks prior to the event.

Why?
Unfortunately, we can not assure you today, that the event will take place on Sunday, June 7th, 2020. The latest developments and potential future developments make the possibility of hosting the event in the beginning of June extremely uncertain. It seems unfair to let you train, especially the last few months when trainings schedules demand more and more of you,if I can not guarantee that you will be able to run the race!

Therefore, the 2020 race will be moved to October 18, 2020.
What does that mean for you?
Your registration will automatically be converted to the race on October 18th, 2020. It is also possible to postpone your participation to June 6th, 2021 without any extra costs? Yes, Please inform us by email: .

Why no refund?
We will start planning immediately after the end of one event. Budgets are worked out, a timeline is put into place and then a team of people put a plan in action. To secure services, many items are paid in advance of the race. The race fee that you pay doesn't just cover the day or multiple days of the race, it covers a year of work.

Personal Note
As a marathon runner, I fully understand that this is not the kind of news you were waiting for. You have been in training for months and have focused on June 7th. I realize this like no other, as I am currently also training for one of my greatest running performances and I would not be surprised if this race also will be postponed. It's in my head every time I train and it is becoming a lot more difficult to motivate myself to run so many times a week, so many km's and not knowing if the race will go on as scheduled. Therefore I hope you sympathise with this difficult decision. I wish you, your family, friends and family to stay safe and stay in good health! Hope to see you all at the start on October 18th, 2020!

Yours sincerely,
Kees van Muiswinkel, 
Chairman Foundation Run in the Sun