Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and More - Oct. 11, 2020
The health and safety of our runners is our #1 priority.
To begin, congrats to all who have or are running this fall's virtual marathons (Boston, Berlin, London, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco). You are amazing.
When considering a run outside, we encourage you to check the air quality. Then choose accordingly. The smoke from this wildfire season is still with us as we can often see and smell.
Additionally, COVID-19 isn't going away and our actions save lives. So, please...
👉🏾 Wear a mask.
👉🏾 Wash your hands.
👉🏾 Physically distance.
👉🏾 Avoid mixing with people outside your household.
Primarily based upon the pandemic, our SFRRC runs remain canceled until further notice and the City's Public Health Order for residents to STAY HOME continues.
On a positive note, we can go outside for a run (assuming AQI is OK). That is not canceled. Of course, when outside, please be ever vigilant to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from any other person (we encourage far more additional space when exercising particularly if running behind another person based upon simulations that we've seen), avoid groups, and cover your face.
In our efforts to keep the SFRRC community connected and healthy we have brought back "Yoga for Runners / Athletes Lab" on Wednesday evenings, host weekly scavenger hunts and other contests, our next Book Club read discussion last weekend (next book announcement coming soon), and we're still encouraging running, of course! Please register for our late-October virtual run/race to for "Back on My Feet" in our upcoming events.
High Level: Our sincere THANK YOU to every grocery store worker, pharmacist, delivery worker, and, of course, our nurses (including our March Member of the Month - Diodita) and doctors, and everybody on the front line and helping support our healthcare system and keep our city safe. Plus, to the researchers in the scientific community looking to find a cure for this pandemic, thank you.
Personal Level: Let’s do our best to make this time a little better for others. If you run, from afar maybe give a nod, wave, smile, "hello" or a thumbs up. And, on a different note, let's say "thank you" a little more often to those serving us. The world can use more love right now and everybody appreciates it. Social isolation is also real, so during these trying times let's check in with our loved ones and others too. We are grateful that the SFRRC spirit is alive and that you are such a conscientious and empathetic crew.
Additionally and fundamentally, we stand in solidarity and support of everybody's right to safety and stand against all forms of racism, bigotry, hatred, injustice, and violence. Where others seek to divide, let us promote unity. To our Black community, please know we are your allies. We are listening, learning, and taking steps to be better and make this a safe and equitable place for you and all. We have updated our SFRRC Code of Conduct Policy with this in mind and in our steadfast commitment to be an anti-racist organization. A few weeks ago was our book club read of "Race Across America" and we are looking forward to our virtual screening of "Race" (a terrific movie on the story of Jessie Owens and him winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals at the 1936 Olympics) to open conversation and learn.
We appreciate each one of you very much and look forward to seeing you (and running with you) again. With much gratitude and hope. We miss you.
Live happy. Lift others. And, of course, stay safe. Let's make this world (and our city) a better place. ✌🏼️❤️
John Brust 😷
P.S. It is with joy that we bring this uplifting story to you. We held back on sharing immediately because we needed to be attentive to the coronavirus situation/health orders that were beginning. But, in the first half of March, Chau Smith completed her quest of running a marathon in each of the 50 States... at the Big Island International Marathon (replete with waterfalls, surfers, lava beaches, sea spray, and rain forest) with all of her family present.
Club members: We'll keep you posted with weekly emails and updates when available.
NOTE: Wash hands with soap and water, cover your cough or sneeze, and other guidance is available at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
What are your fitness/running goals? Join our SFRRC community to get connected during this shelter-in-place. We are hosting live "Athlete's Lab / Yoga for Runners" sessions via Zoom on Wednesday evenings for Club Members and your guests. And if you need to go outside for a run or walk, we're having a running "challenges" happening often. They are good fun! Plus, get an SFRRC running shirt and new mask (usable for running) that we've worked with Boco Gear on!
And after these days of solo running are over, we look forward to having you join us, San Francisco's largest running club, on the streets (track and trails too) of our city, for our happy hours, educational club nights, breakfasts and more! Whether you are training for a 5k or marathon or just want to run with some good/kind people, the San Francisco Road Runners are with you.
We typically run five times a week: Saturday for our Club Runs (75+ runners), Tuesday nights at Kezar Track, Wednesday nights from Sports Basement-Presidio, Thursday nights along the Embarcadero, and Sunday mornings on trails in Marin. Now over 500 members (as of January 2019) of all ages and training paces from 7:00 min/mile to 11:00 min/mile, you'll find plenty running at your
Train or qualify for Boston with us or train for San Francisco or one of the World Marathon Majors or another destination race or one of your choice. It’s way more fun and a lot easier with others... especially the long runs.
SFRRC's inaugural Running Camp took place in early May of 2019 in Occidental and its surrounding trails/roads and the Sonoma coast... kicking-off on the lovely Kortum trail.
SFRRC Book Club - we read four books in 2019 and they began again in February 2020!
If you're not a club member, learn about the benefits & become a member today! Start getting our emails, connect with our running community, get run locations (group runs returning soon, fingers crossed), race discounts, shoe and store discounts, coaching/workouts, training schedules, and more.