RRCA Launches Survey to Find Out How COVID-19 Has Affected Running Event Industry
8 May, 2020
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has launched a nationwide survey to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected participation in running events as well as locally organized group runs and training programs.
The goal of the survey is to gather data from runners to better understand what changes they expect to see within the running community and event industry, post-pandemic.
“The pandemic has impacted everyone in some way, from individuals and families to organizations, businesses, and events like running races and group runs,” explained Erica Gminski, RRCA youth and coaching program manager. “Public health officials’ guidance on gathering size has led to countless events and group run postponements and cancellations in the coming months.”
Runners and race directors, like the population at large, hope to return to “normal” at some point in the coming months. Runner feedback will be helpful as the RRCA works with a consortium of race directors, club leaders, health experts, industry leaders, and more in partnership to craft guidelines and recommendations to assist the running community in formulating best practice plans for post-pandemic running in the coming months.