Last night I went for a run with a couple of the guys and it was breath of fresh air, literally and socially, to get out with some people after even just a few days of stress and working from home. The Runologie podcast chats about social distancing and how running can keep you connected during times of social challenge. "The conversation covers his visits to remote places in the state, discovering new elements of your own neighborhood when you’re forced to find pedestrian routes, and using Strava to maintain a social aspect of running."
I pulled the trigger. It was not my decision to closed them, but it was me who pulled one of four simultaneous triggers from a hot little crisis communications room to where I’d been conscripted to (among other things) alert the fine people of our city that our local recreation facilities were closing because of the pandemic. I posted all the web information, sent out the client notifications, and added a little blurb to all the pages saying closed until further notice.
The website for magazine Canadian Running has started a live updating article of races cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus scare. They write: "The rapid spread of coronavirus has already caused numerous changes in the 2020 racing season. News of events being cancelled or postponed is breaking daily. This live blog will be updated with news of how coronavirus is affecting the running world. " Infected or otherwise, the outbreak of COVID-19 is going to affect a lot of runners training and travel plans in 2020. Has this year's race season ended before it's even really began?
Canadian Running magazine shares the news that two more races have been cancelled, these ones in Rome and Paris as the world braces against the uncertainty caused by a looming international COVID-19 pandemic. There is now looming speculation about the future for other big races including Boston and London, with organizers still committed to running them (so far.) Are organizers overreacting to avoid the spectre threat of mass infection, or is the new reality in the time of a mass disease outbreak that sometimes we just need to suck it up and deal with inconvenience?