COVID-19 Safety Measures

COVID-19 Updates

Racing Safety Guidelines below are in addition to TN Non-Contact Sport Guidelines being followed at events. (link)

Endurance Sports Management wants to assure you that the health, safety and well-being of the community, our athletes, staff, and volunteers is always our highest priority.  All of our events will follow the guidelines put forth by the City, County and State, along with those of USA Triathlon and USA Track & Field.

We are aware that the COVID-19 situation is continuing to evolve. Should guidance or conditions change, we are ready to make necessary changes to abide by the revised guidelines, including rescheduling or postponing the impacted event. 

Please refer to “” for the USA Triathlon Return to Racing Recommendations. All participants will be asked to review the Return to Racing Recommendations for Athletes to ensure their understanding of what will be expected of them in order to participate.

Key Factors:

SCREENING:   All racers, volunteers and staff are asked to self-assess their health. If anyone is experiencing a fever of 100+ or symptoms, they are asked to stay home.

Athletes who have experienced symptoms, or live with people who have symptoms, should self-quarantine and not compete in events until the following are true: 1. At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery; a. Recovery is defined as resolution of fever without use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms, e.g. cough, shortness of breath, etc. AND 2. At least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

SANITATION:    Endurance Sports Management will do the following:

•Post ample signage on-site encouraging regular hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing

•Have hand washing and sanitizing stations readily available and ample trash receptacles 

•Regularly clean high touch point areas

•Require athletes, staff, volunteers, officials, and spectators to stay home if they are feeling ill

•Discourage use of other people’s equipment, phones, tools, personal items, etc.

•Discourage physical contact, including but not limited to, high five’s, hugs, and hand-shakes

•Increase the number of portable toilets and spacing between each unit

•Control usage of indoor restroom facilities to maintain social distancing

COURSES: From start to finish, social distancing guidelines will be observed and enforced. Groups will be discouraged from congregating and participant traffic will be designed to avoid interaction.

PACKET PICK-UP: Race packet pick up will take place using a controlled check in point, one-way flow, and social distancing markers (i.e. cones / poles / other marking 6-foot distance). All staff or volunteers that cannot maintain social distancing will be required to wear a facemask.

TRANSITION: Bikes will be spaced further apart on bike racks to accommodate social distancing guidelines (i.e. 2 per side per rack). One-Way “IN” & “OUT” observed before, during & after event.

START: SWIM: Participants will line up according to social distancing guidelines (i.e. 6-feet apart) and start the race in a time-trial fashion - entering the water one at a time. Note: Please begin line up 15 minutes prior to your event distance start time. RUNS: Groups of up to 25 will start at intervals with social distancing. Time will begin as each runner crosses start line.

BIKE: Athlete cross-overs will be minimized.

RUN: Runners are advised to stay to right side of running path to avoid interaction and crossing paths.

FINISH LINE: Participants will not be allowed to congregate in the finish line area. A minimal number of volunteers will be available to distribute a bottle of water and direct participants to a distance specific chute where they can pick up their finisher item(s).

AID STATION: Stations will be “NO TOUCH”. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own water and other hydration. A volunteer-manned station will be provided at the main venue to fill participant bottles. Course volunteer-manned aid stations will be on the run course and will either provide small single serve mini water / Gatorade bottles or be available to fill participant water bottles. Please note: At no time should athlete or participant “touch”, nor athlete touch large water containers.

POST RACE: There will be no post-race party or awards ceremony. Food, either served by volunteers or pre-packaged will be available for pick up with social distances guidelines in place. Race results will be posted in multiple locations with social distancing guidelines in place for viewing. Award winners will be allowed to pick up awards from a table managed by event staff.

TIMING CHIPS: If not disposable chips, athletes will be required to remove their own chip and place in sanitized bin near finish line.

PRE-RACE INSTRUCTIONS: Pre-Race overview will take place virtually a few days prior to each event.

BODY-MARKING (triathlons): We will encourage self-body-marking prior to arrival and give clear instructions.

COVID-19 Update -  June 1 -
As we move to our Fall Creek Falls triathlons and run events Sat. Aug. 15 & Sun Aug. 16 the number of TN virus hospitalizations have continued to be at 20 or less per day state-wide through the majority of May. There have been a couple of 40's and a 60 but trend looks good. Both TN parks and officials at Fall Creek Falls have given the go ahead for our events - this could change but more and more positive data is bolstering having events. Please note these changes are planned to ensure social distancing and lower virus transfer probability:
1) "NO TOUCH" policy - we will take as many steps as possible to keep people 6 feet apart minimum throughout the weekend; no touch check-in (packets at marked racks; 2 bikes per side per rack); time trial starts with line being minimum 6 feet apart; volunteer gloves/masks with no touch water bottle exchange on bike & water/GatorAde bottles on run - at no time can volunteer touch what an athlete has touched; timing chips removed by athlete at finish & funneled to appropriate chute for finisher items to be picked up; awards available 30 minutes after finish to make sure time-trial start placement not affecting awards place; single serve post race food distributed by volunteers - NO ATHLETE TAKING to avoid germ transfer. 2) Pre-race information will be sent to all athletes beginning Aug. 1st - no morning briefing: Saturday events will begin with half iron @ 7 AM; Olympic @ 8 AM & Sprint @ 9 AM to spread out athletes - Sunday runs using CHIP START with half marathon beginning at 8 AM with groups of 10 to 25 athletes each 15 seconds; 10K @ 8:15 AM in similar fashion & 5K @ 8:30 AM same process 3) masks pre & post race may or may not be required & determined as event gets closer - our guess right now is just staff & volunteers but we will see. hand sanitizer, washing stations, etc. all places possible - we'll see what we can get for portable toilets i.e wipes, sanitizer - tip: own TP might be a good item to put in transition bag.

Again, it sounds like race organizers are jaw flapping our requirements & we are. We want to do everything we can to avoid any hint of virus transfer for your & our folks sake &.....the future ability to have group athletic events moving forward. Things can change in one heartbeat - as we have seen this past week. We need to be smart, be kind and our best in the interest of the positive group athletic experiences that we strive to return to our lives.

FYI - Race fee have been FROZEN at current levels until 2 days prior to each event or until each distance "sells out" @ 100 participants each. Three half iron BUNDLE @ $270 has also returned for 1st 25 entries or June 15th. Please see event details under each race page.

May 1 -
The Alabama Governor announced earlier this week that group events would be currently limited to 10 people. Due to these limitations, our our Goose Pond Half Iron & Sprint Triathlons in Scottsboro, AL are being re-scheduled / combined with the Frantic Frog Sprint Triathlon to be held Sunday, September 13th. Registered athletes have been contacted with options as follows: 1) auto transfer to new Sept. 2020 date, 2) move to any 2021 or 2022 ESM event of equal value, 3) donate fees to our Scottsboro 501C charities. Fees for new entries will be held at current levels through on-line registration & only increase for on-site registration. 

As noted in our April 27th update, each municipality and locality is opening business back up based on local conditions. Loosening or tightening of restrictions will be based on local results & larger group events being one of the last activities to resume. Safety precautions will be part of opening group events with guidelines TBD. Expect similar guidelines to what you have been seeing with cleaning / disinfecting and social distancing. What does this mean for athletic events? We are thinking - mask required @ USAT events (like bike helmets); longer packet pickup periods with social distancing / no touch where possible / disinfecting - cleaning @ each interaction; 4 bikes per pole to spread athletes; time-trial triathlon / low volume run starts; results to internet / phone / text with awards presented at finish - i.e. no post-race gatherings; single serve post-race food items. Actions by race organizers MAY be mandated by local  /state authorities or sanctioning bodies providing insurance for events - Communication of these mandates / restrictions will occur as they are rolled out.

Additional Covid-19 updates will be made as limitations / restrictions affecting events are changed. Please be vigilant as we as individuals and businesses take responsibility to keep each other safe and well as we work through the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you for your continued support. & the entire ESM Team.   

Mon April 27
- Some counties and states are now issuing guidelines regarding PHASED OPENINGS that provide guidance on ATHLETIC EVENTS moving forward. The situations in each locality are still fluid & AL Governor mtg is set for tomorrow so please stay tuned for further Updates.

ESM will evaluate each areas limitations but early thoughts are as follows: Phase 1 = Month of May groups under 10 people, Phase 2 = Month of June groups up to 50 people, Phase 3 = July going forward groups up to 100 unless social distancing, cleaning, protection in place would mean most ATHLETIC EVENTS could get back starting July. Just a guess right now & given events can even get there hands on sanitizer, face masks, disinfectant, etc to hold events under new normal conditions. If these factors hold true for Scottsboro & Jackson County, AL, our Goose Pond Half Iron & Sprint Triathlons would be re-scheduled / combined with Sept. 12 Frantic Frog Triathlon. August 15 & 16 events @ Fall Creek Falls State Park would be ESM's first event under new guidelines. Detailed information of safety procedures for participants, volunteers, vendors and staff actions prior to and during events will be forthcoming to set parameters on how best we may move forward to getting events staged with a higher level of safety in place.

Sorry to ramble on but wanted to get info / though process out ASAP so people can try and plan. Questions or concerns: - Be smart, be safe & take care of family & friends.

Update April 13, 2020:

We, like all of you, are very hopeful that we will soon be able to proceed with our scheduled and rescheduled events as planned. However, we recognize that the situation is fluid and we will continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from the CDC, and city, county and state health officials in each locality our events occur.

We have made the difficult decision to postpone the May 9th, 2020 Dickson Endurance and Iron Nugget Triathlons to May 8, 2021. Athletes registered have been informed via e-mail with options to defer or transfer to other Endurance Sports Management events.

With the uncertainty as to what guidelines will be in place once stay at home directives expire in early May, Endurance Sports Management is now reviewing possible fall date options should the Goose Pond Half Iron and Sprint Triathlons need to be postponed due to revised coronavirus guidelines. Please note that at this time we have no plans to postpone the May 24th races. The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and we wanted to have a back-up plan in place in case we need to postpone. Our decision date will be made after evaluating mandates and factors on May 1, 2020. 

We are monitoring the coronavirus guidelines constantly and should guidance or conditions change relative to our upcoming events, we will communicate updates to our athletes as soon as possible via email, website, social media, and text messaging. Our next scheduled update is set for May 1st,

As with any challenging time, this situation will end! Now is the time for you to care for yourself, your family, and the less fortunate around you while cooperating with your local community to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Stay healthy and safe during this unprecedented time.

Kevin Mahan

Managing Director / Timer

Along with the entire Endurance Sports Management Team.

Event Precaution Overview here