Austin Marathon will be test run for return of in-person events

The Austin Marathon will be a test run for returning personal events

The Austin Marathon announced that they were approved to run a half marathon and 3 miles with COVID-19 safety measures on April 25th.

In the race for special events to Austin, the Austin Marathon comes first.

The Austin Marathon announced they were approved to run a half marathon and 3 miles with COVID-19 safety measures on April 25th. It will be a kind of trial run for personal events in the Texas capital.

“Just to be able to get out on the streets and run and not have to worry about cars and have a race to the start line and have some people around you, I think that’s great,” said Iram Leon, Austin Runners Club member .

The number of participants is limited to 53 percent, and runners will award their grades at set start times. There will be no finish line festivals this year and viewers will be discouraged.

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“Well, you always like the crowd and you like the kind of energy, but that’s understandable. We don’t want people sitting around,” said Leon.

Austin Public Health said they will be monitoring the race to make sure everyone is taking steps to protect one another. If people adhere to set guidelines, it could help other events in the long run.

This is important for the local economy as the tourism industry is the city’s third largest employer. Bringing visitors back downtown is an important part of the recovery process for businesses.

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“So there are all sorts of benefits to having a visitor come to the city for income, not just for the city and hotels, but also for other small businesses, live music and restaurants,” said Steve Genovesi, executive vice president President of Visit Austin.

Visit Austin said the convention center and other local venues are already seeing increasing interest from event planners for the second half of 2021. “Technical meetings, medical meetings, sporting events, finance, insurance, etc., but it was interesting to see that many of the medical conventions, in particular, seem to be gaining pace and wanting to move forward,” said Genovesi.

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When it comes to returning from special events, it’s still a marathon, not a sprint.

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The Austin Center for Events and Austin Public Health will be working with each organizer to ensure that everything is up and running safely for the foreseeable future. If COVID-19 cases or hospital stays increase, even the marathon can be scaled back or done virtually.

Although the runners hope everyone will make strides to hit the ground beneath their feet. “They take it for granted what a blessing it is to be part of a real race and it just feels so good that they are coming back,” said Leon.

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