COVID-19 Policy and Up-To-Date Race Information
SNICKERS(R) Marathon and Half Marathon turns Virtual...
To prioritize health and safety, the 15th annual SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon events are moving to a virtual format to avoid the potential spread of COVID-19 and allow runners to safely participate while achieving their personal goals.
“The move to a virtual SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon event helps to ensure the health and safety of our community, runners, and volunteers,” said Rashelle Beasley, Race Director of the SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon. “Additionally, it is our responsibility to follow CDC guidelines and our local healthcare community recommendations that do not make in-person events of this size feasible at this time. Without the support of our medical volunteers, we cannot safely host a race of this magnitude in our community.”
In the past week, we have been informed we will not be able to have the amount of medical support needed, plus a couple of sponsors have notified us they cannot support a live in-person event. While our medical community has been supportive through the process, they received new CDC information listing “an event or large in-person gathering where it is difficult to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area to be the highest risk for community transmission”
While we contemplated reaching out to other sponsors and recruiting individual medical volunteers, it seemed reckless to quickly try and replace the relationships we have built over the past fifteen years just to be able to host an in-person race. It would also be unfair for us to work hard at hosting a live race, only to have a COVID outbreak happen and we must cancel at the last minute.
Unfortunately, our COVID-19 policy does not allow for refunds. For runners to not miss the opportunity to receive the 15th commemorative medal, we are offering all registered runners the opportunity to run our virtual race AND defer your registration to 2022 or 2023 at no additional charge.
The virtual event time frame will be April 3-17, 2021. It will include the SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon, participants will be able to upload their results via the SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon website in partnership with Race Day Events and RunSignup®. Once registrants complete their run or walk at their preferred location and we receive their results, we will mail their race bags which will include a race medal, running shirt, SNICKERS®, Combos®, and other swag.
We do need all runners to make their decision by February 25, 2021, to give us time to put together all of the virtual race packets and order the proper mailing boxes.
Click this link to make your decision https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Albany/SNICKERSMarathon
In addition, social media will be used to connect runners virtually, share photos, post personal records, and provide support and encouragement leading up to and during the 14-day event window. As additional details of the event are confirmed, updates will be posted to the race website at AlbanyMarathon.com.
Thank you for your support of the Snickers® Marathon and Half Marathon and its mission to support the Willson Hospice House. We look forward to seeing you in person March 5, 2022 or March 4, 2023!
What happens to my registration if the race is cancelled due to COVID-19?
With sensitivity to current world events, we are instituting a "worry-free" registration policy for all SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon 2021 registrants. Please note, if it is determined the SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon cannot be conducted due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all participants will be eligible for a 100% one-time free deferral for any of the SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon between 2022-2023. The SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon’s “no refunds” policy will still be in effect if the 2021 SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon is not run on its scheduled date of March 6, 2021, which is now a postponed date of April 17, 2021
- If the 2021 SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon is unable to be conducted in any form, all registrants will be eligible for a voucher that they will be able to redeem for a free entry into one future SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon through the year 2023.
- A virtual run for 2021 will also be offered, but registrants will not be able to choose both options
- The event’s “no refunds” policy will still be in effect, as we are still unable to offer any refunds for any reason
- The voucher will be assigned to the registered participant and can only be redeemed by that participant, it cannot be transferred to another person.
- Vouchers are only for REGISTERED participants of the 2021 event. If you have previously registered for the 2021 event you are automatically included in this program.
- If the 2021 SNICKERS® Marathon and Half Marathon is conducted, no vouchers will be offered.