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COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS

It is our every intention to hold the WKY Polar Plunge on March 5 to support Special Olympics athletes in Western Kentucky as well as across the state. Please keep the following in mind as we work to finalize details of the event:

  • The health, safety and security of participants, athletes, staff and volunteers must always be the most important factor.
    • Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY) and its representatives from Calloway County will continue to work with local Law Enforcement, Fire Department and Rescue Squads.
  • Adherence to state and local restrictions and social distancing guidelines is required.


ADJUSTMENTS MADE TO EVENT OPERATIONS

Registration and Check In: Registration will be available on both Friday and Saturday. Depending on the number of registered participants, registration times may be extended and assigned in order to reduce the number of people in any one place and time. Teams and individual participants will check in for the event according to a staggered schedule. The check in process will be monitored by event staff to ensure that occupancy (i.e., participants and event volunteers) of the registration space will not exceed 50% of the posted maximum occupancy. Event staff will monitor entrance and waiting lines to ensure that individuals are adhering to the 6 feet social distancing requirement. Social distancing visual aids will also be present in the registration and check in area. Event check in hours will also be extended in order to allow adequate time for the aforementioned procedures to take place. Team captains will also be encouraged to register their entire team in another attempt to reduce the number of participants accessing the registration area.

5K: 5K participants will be assigned to flights with each flight being assigned a specific start time. Runners will be staged in the parking lot according to flights.

Polar Plunge: Staging for the Polar Plunge will take place in the green space nearest the plunge site. The staging area will be set up in a manner to ensure social distancing (e.g., use of fencing, caution tape, visual aids to indicate 6 ft social distancing).  As always, there will be a drop station for personal belongings and as always, personal belongings will be numbered and placed in a basket until they are retrieved by the participant following their plunge.

Please be patient and understanding as we work through these challenging times to create a fun, exciting, successful event supporting Special Olympics Kentucky.