Little is known about this year's Boilermaker Road Race, other than the fact that organizers expect to run the 5K and 15K in person, mask-free.
"Generally speaking, the masking rule is you wear your mask until you cross the start line," says Race President Mark Donovan. "There's natural spacing so they can run the course with the mask off and when they cross the finish line, they can put the mask on and we'll have extra masks."
Other than that- a lot of unknowns. Race officials don't yet know how many people can run the races. They don't know if the number of deferred and virtual runners from last year, who are given priority, will reach the cap and prohibit anyone else from signing up. They do know that they will need a quarter of the volunteers they normally need -- 1,000 instead of 4,000 -- but they're urgently seeking them now, for the October race.
"They're not committing to anything; it's just getting this populated while we have this down time," says Donovan. "If there was a scenario where we needed to reach out quickly and efficiently, we don't want to have to contact 130 people to contact 1,000 people. By getting everyone into our system, we can one email, boom. You worked this water station there may have been an exposure. We can do that in seconds."
President Donovan says people can sign up on the Boilermaker website, and he hopes they will, soon.
While race organizers have been in touch with the state all along, their next formal meeting with the state is June 1st, at which time the state could offer tailored capacity restrictions, and race officials could set their race caps.