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COVID-19 Race Updates: Cancellations, Postponements, and Races Still On

At the prompting of many longtime readers and supporters, we’re making our best attempt at maintaining a resource of not only what trail races and ultramarathons have been canceled or postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also which races are still on, at least for the moment. We’ve tried to include pertinent information, such as when a postponed race has been rescheduled for, as well as interesting information, such as when any postponement or cancellation decision was first publicized. At the least, the project provides a snapshot of the current state trail and ultramarathon racing.

For more on what we can do as trail runners and ultrarunners to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, read our article, COVID-19: A Trail Running and Ultrarunning Community Guide.

We’ll take this opportunity to respectfully point out to race directors in doubt or frustrated would-be racers that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance calls for no gatherings larger than 50 people until mid-May, and the Ultra-Endurance Sports Science & Medicine, a non-profit group of sports researchers and physicians, calls for all events over 50 people to be canceled until at least mid-June. Elsewhere and increasingly in the U.S., group-size recommendations are lowering to 10-or-fewer people or even shelter-in-place requirements. While we’re all a part of a sport in which we’re proud to push many boundaries, this is not one of them.

Assistance with the Project

As long as the COVID-19 pandemic affects our community’s racing schedule, we’ll continue to build out this project in an orderly manner, and could really use your help along the way. Notify us:

  • To update the status of a race in this table;
  • To submit a trail race over 10 kilometers in length or a road ultra from the U.S. or Canada as well as internationally focused race from the rest of the world within the timespan that we’ve covered that’s not yet in the table; or
  • If you find an error in the table.

When sharing information with us, please supply a public link to any information, especially news regarding cancellations and postponements. Emails sent to race participants can also be helpful.

Race Inclusion

Presently, we’ve included all trail races in the U.S. and Canada from March 18 through April 30 that we found on UltraSignup.com (some previously canceled races to be held in this time span may have already been removed), others we came across as part of our research, and races we’re simply aware of. We’ll continue to become more exhaustive in our near-term tracking as well as expanding out the time scope of our collection in the coming days.

We’ve initially collected a much smaller pool of races outside of the U.S. and Canada that were scheduled to occur within the next three months. These races are primarily from international-race series or are of similar international status. They are intended to be representative as well as to inform aficionados who are familiar with iRunFar’s coverage (both in-person coverage and in our This Week in Running column) which of these races may or may not be happening. We intend to expand the scope of this international section in time, but never intend for it to become exhaustive. This international section will remain representative only. (This is due to the scale of international trail running and ultrarunning, difficulty in finding comprehensive international race calendars, difficulty in accessing and navigating race websites solely in foreign languages, and the lack of utility in publishing comprehensive lists in English of races run almost entirely by local non-English speakers in other countries.)

By and large, we include only events that have at least one race longer than 10 kilometers.

Interpreting the Table

Where an event spans several days, we use a single date from that range to allow for sorting.

We use U.S. date format–month/day/year–throughout.

For races noted as postponed but without a date in the status column, we’ve not yet seen a makeup date set for that race.

We’ve color coded races by current status:

  • Green=Still On. The events are still on as far as we know. (However, confirming cancellations and postponements is more certain than confirming a race’s continuation.)
  • Yellow=Postponed or It’s Complicated. These events are officially postponed as well as a few cases for which “it’s complicated,” where the race organization has indicated uncertainty regarding the race’s status.
  • Red=Canceled. These events are canceled with no indication of being rescheduled.

Global-Series Status

As a quick aside, here’s an update from some of the global trail running circuits.

With many early season races, the Ultra-Trail World Tour has now seen six postponements and five cancellations. You can find all the details of the first six postponements and two cancellations in their COVID-19 update of March 18. The Laveredo Ultra Trail was canceled on March 25, while the Western States 100 and Volvic Volcanic Experience were canceled on March 27. [Updated 3/27/20]

All eight races in the 2020 Skyrunner World Series (SWS) through the end of June have been canceled or postponed per a March 20th announcement. The 2020 SWS will not begin until July 26th at Skyrace Comapedrosa in Spain. [Updated 3/23/20] [The 2020 SWS season was canceled June 10, 2020.]

We’ve not seen any official statement from either the Golden Trail World Series (GTWS)or the Spartan Trail World Championships. This is not surprising as the series have been minimally affected so far, with Spartan Trail losing only Patagonia Run to postponement and Golden Trail remaining unaffected for the moment. [On May 27, the GTWS announced a 4-stage race in October as its championship with local qualification.]

Last Updated 4/20/20 (Full Table Last Updated: 4/17-20/20)

[We are no longer maintaining this table and, so, have taken it down.]

Large Scale Updates:

  • 3/18-19/20: Initial addition of U.S. and Canadian races from March 18 through April 30, primarily via current race listings on Ultrasignup and internal knowledge, and high-profile international races from March 18 through June 17.
  • 3/20/20: Added races from May 1-4 via race listings on Ultrasignup and internal knowledge.
  • 3/23/20: Added races from May 5-17 via race listings on Ultrasignup and internal knowledge.
  • 3/24/20: Added races from May 18-31 via race listings on Ultrasignup and internal knowledge.
  • 6/11/20: Removed race table. Added updates to SWS and GTWS.
Bryon Powell: is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar.com, which he founded more than 10 years ago. Having spent more than 15 years as an ultrarunner and 25 years as a trail runner, he's also written Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and co-wrote Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. These days he calls Moab, Utah and its trails home.

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  • SweetH2O 50k (4/18) has been canceled.

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    • Thanks. Already got it. :)

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  • Thank for keeping everybody updated about Covid 19 and races which have to be cancelled.
    We only get through this together.

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    • Markus, thanks for your positivity in these difficult times!

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  • Thank you so much for doing this. Your graph is put together so well and it's easy to read and infer. PS: Can we just go back to the Canary Island now and forget any of this happened? Life was so good then...

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    • No kidding! To think back to the totally normal decisions I made less than two weeks ago that would be abhorrent today!

      Ps. Thanks for encouraging me to do this! There's more to come, but I'm working on 2.5 hours sleep... so I should probably wait until tomorrow!

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  • Gretchen posted that Twilight 12 Hour is also cancelled, with a heavy heart.

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    • Thanks for the info. We've updated the table.

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  • I'm slightly shocked (and appalled) that there are a few races out there still planning to proceed in the next couple of weeks. And slightly ironic that the one on 4/4 is called "Will to Live."

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    • It's got nothing on May 3rd's "Mass Extinction Elimination Endurance Challenge."

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  • It's going to make for a crowded autumn schedule with all these postponements. The knock-on effect will be fewer entrants/starters at some of those races, unfortunately.

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  • Long Creek 60k cancelled per Facebook announcement on 3/20 (today).

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    • Thanks for the info. I've noted the change in the table.

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  • Pacific Rim One Day, Longview WA 3/21 — postponed to yet announced date

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    • Thanks. I've added it to the table.

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  • This is a very surprising if not shocking list. Essentially every health organization in the world and most governments are stating "No more than 10 people should gather", and many countries and states have passed emergency declarations mandating that. So there cannot be any races. Those deigning to continue will be shut down soon. And finally, to publicize the irresponsible behavior of people gathering is ... sorry; I really can't fathom this. This is a worldwide pandemic with a cost of trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives - Social Distancing is our best tool to fight it - so how can you publicize gatherings of people? Even more alarming, is countries where the pandemic is further along than the US have banned outdoor recreation altogether - people risk fines of 3,000 Euros if caught - so us runners really need to be responsible partners in solutions, rather than looking like bad actors who need to be controlled by government mandate.

    I recommend:
    1) Eliminate this chart immediately. There are no in-person races this spring.
    2) Publicize virtual races and other forms of safe recreation.
    3) Re-start the chart when health agencies have deemed it safe for groups to gather. That will June at the earliest, Spring 2021 possible.

    Thanks! Let's pull together on this - outdoor recreation is one of the best things we can do, so let's protect it - no races, no groups!

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    • Thanks, Buzz, but we'll keep this chart up for a variety of reasons. First, I think it's generally informative. Second, it shows both RDs who might be on the fence about a race weeks out as well participants that a vast majority of races are being canceled or postponed. I think that's a good thing (i.e., you're not alone in postponing/canceling your race X weeks out). Races should absolutely be adhering to all governmental requirements and guidelines, which we point out in the article.

      If you look closely at the chart, there are no races scheduled for next weekend. Of the three race that may or may not have happened this weekend, one was a virtual race and the other two had less participants than any major trail in Boulder at the moment.

      For what it's worth, we won't be covering races held in TWIR in the coming weeks.

      Respectfully,
      Bryon

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      • I agree with Bryon's thoughts on it helping RD's in their decision. I didn't hesitate in postponing/canceling my three spring races, but it was helpful to see some "industry standards" in when races were being postponed too. This chart is a good resource for runners looking for fall races, and now seeing all the new postponed races landing in the fall (let's just hope there are fall races).

        I would also think that this chart would serve as a form of "positive peer pressure" to those races still trying to host, to make them realize THEY NEED to cancel, which is a good thing.

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  • Thank you for your reasonable Reply, and for allowing my contrary Comment, which is a display of openness and good discussion.

    I'm getting first-hand comments from Europe, where people had to make their Activities "Private" on Strava to avoid a 3,000 Euro fine for recreating outdoors - let's stay ahead of the curve and not give the authorities reason to restrict recreation more than they have. Exercising outdoors is the single best thing anyone can do for their physical, emotional, and mental health.

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  • Hey Bryon,
    first thank you and Meagan for Irunfar. You are amazing. I follow you since 3 years now.
    Second thank you for this list, even in this dark times it is a bright light on the running scene. I did not know there are so many races in the US every weekend. The community feels much bigger now. From Europe to the US and around the world, we are in this together and as healthy runners we need to support our communities now more than ever. There will be many races after covid-19 again. Till then Stay save! #socialdistancing #flattenthecurve

    Kind regards
    Karl

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    • Karl,
      In all honesty even I didn't know there were quite this many trail races in the US. It's amazing!

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  • D3- dawn to dusk to dawn just cancelled their 6/12/24 hour race on May 9th

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    • Thanks, Megan. I've got this on the chart now that I have May races up.

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  • Mad City 100k/50k/US Championships has been cancelled/postponed.
    https://www.madcityultras.com/

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    • Thanks. Do you know which day they first shared that decision?

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      • I'm not sure when it went public, but I received a personal message from the RD on March 22nd that they decided to cancel. A few days before that they hadn't made the call yet

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  • Thank you--amazing resource! FYI received a message from Bighorn organizers on 03/23/2020, they are monitoring and will provide ongoing updates.

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    • Thanks, Ashley. Let me know if you hear of any changes.

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  • Chippewa 50K and 10K scheduled for 4/25 have also been cancelled.

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    • Thanks. I updated Chippewa just before dinner. :-)

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  • English's Ridge Rumble is cancelled - updated 3/21 on their facebook page Salt City Trail Running.

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    • Looks like this was officially canceled today. Thanks!

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  • Hellbender 100 has been rescheduled for November 20-21!!!

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    • Thanks, Michael. I've made the update. :-)

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  • Castle Crags 50k cancelled/postponed as of March 16.

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    • Hi Nick, I added Castle Crags to the list. Per the 3/16/20 post it looks like it might either be postponed or canceled.Thanks.

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  • The Rock/creek 6 Shooter 6 hour race on 4/18 has been rescheduled for September.

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    • Thanks, Michael. I've updated the 6 Shooter status.

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  • Dipsea cancelled (not ultra, but trail) - was supposed to be 6/14/20

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    • Thanks, Varner. I've got Dipsea noted for when add June races.

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