As you all know the past few days have been extremely dynamic regarding our nation’s response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are all dealing with this outbreak individually, and as a nation. As individuals, some of us are scared, some of us are unsure, some of us are worried about our loved ones, some of us are using humor as a mechanism to deflect some of the more depressing aspects of this aspect — and many of us are feeling all of this, all at the same time. This is a time not to judge, or to stigmatize people for how they are dealing with this issue. For the community of which we are a part — the community of runners — there have been some difficult decisions made by races regarding cancellation or postponement. We look at our running plans for the coming year and they could in shambles right now. Race directors have made decisions based on how this situation has evolved in real time, and often this type of decision-making can be extremely difficult. However you might feel about these decisions, remember that we are all in this together. Our strength is in our diversity — our diversity of backgrounds, diversity of ability, diversity of opinions. What bonds our community of runners so tightly is the expectation that there is always respect, support, and love for all who wear running shoes and endeavor to improve the quality of their lives through the relentless forward motion of running. Seldom do we look back. More often we are always looking ahead, planning for ourselves and encouraging others in our community to do the same. This is a time when we need to stick together. Let’s continue to support one another, to remind ourselves that to be human is to put ourselves in the shoes of another and understand why they might say or do something, and at the end of the day, encourage all to observe the Golden Rule of Running, which is, simply, “Come run with me and I won’t judge you and you won’t judge me and together through this wonderful activity we will discover things about each other that will amaze and inspire the both of us, and in turn will make our community a better place.” The best advice right now is to follow the science-based recommendations that our public health community is offering us. We have an opportunity to flatten the spread of coronavirus right now by changing some of our behaviors and some of our norms of gathering. Yes, it’s a pain right now. But we can do this. Remember to practice social distancing and if you are sick, remember to think of others and maybe take a run off to care for yourself and ensure the health of those you share running with. Thanks for being such a wonderful group of people. Let’s continue to be aware of who we are individually, and how strong we can be when we work together, collectively.
For this week’s runs, let’s take a pause. We have no scheduled runs this week. Let’s reassess in the coming days how things are looking in Washoe County. Take good care of yourself and your friends and family until then.