COVID-19 Race Updates
As we approach our scheduled date for The Sprouts Mesa Marathon’s 10th Anniversary, we are faced with some extremely difficult decisions. Our promise to our runners remains unchanged….to deliver the best race experience in the industry!
Planning and execution of the Mesa Marathon is a year-long process and we have been working diligently with the City of Mesa to host another spectacular race experience for our race community! As we planned, we were certain this global pandemic would have resolved by now or that a vaccine would be readily available for race day. Unfortunately, neither is true!
The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting an alarming and rapidly escalating upward trend in COVID-19 cases for the State of Arizona, specifically including, but not limited to Maricopa County. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently announced an executive order with significant stipulations and requirements of any gathering of 50 or more. It is simply not possible to host a race of this size, with this order in place along with proposed City of Mesa mandated safety restrictions.
Our runners deserve a completely normal 10th anniversary race! After careful consideration and consultation with medical and public health officials, as well as our host partner Kimco Realty and Mesa Riverview, we are left with no choice but to postpone our race. The health and safety of our runners, volunteers, staff, and community is our top priority.We are extremely disappointed that we will not be celebrating our 10thAnniversary on February 13, 2021, as we had all planned. We are so grateful for your support and ask for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented process. We will be back better than ever and will celebrate our 10th anniversary run together as we have in prior years!
We owe it to you, our loyal runners, to host a tenth anniversary event that in every way will show our appreciation to you! We will work to that end and deliver that celebration at a future date. As we are all aware, this is a very fluid situation and we know you all will have questions, especially with regards to a new date. We are currently working closely with both state and local government officials for approval on a new date. As soon as we have any new additional information, we will send out communication via all of our communications channels.
The Mesa Marathon
We know everyone is anxious for an update on the status of our 10th anniversary race that is currently scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021. We recognize that the current situation has been and continues to be very fluid, with ever-evolving national health and safety standards.
Our promise to our runners is that we will continue to plan for and organize our race. We are partnering closely with our local, state, and public safety officials to ensure we provide a race environment that is safe for both our runners and the community. We will provide any updates to our runners as they become available.
Should the event be canceled due to COVID–19, our contingency plan includes three options for runners:
- Participate in-person on a future date (likely fall of 2021), when deemed safe by local, state, and public safety officials.
- Participate in a virtual race option.
- Defer race entry to the 2022 race, with all deferral fees waived.
We look forward to February and hope you will join us for our decennial race!
Stay safe, stay healthy, keep running, and we will see you in February!