March 27, 2020 — 9:45 PM

As we announced previously, you have been offered the option to take part in a Virtual Run for the 2020 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon. Here are the steps you need to follow to make this happen. Don’t worry. They’re pretty straight forward and easily done from your runsignup.com/profile.

STEPS TO OPT-IN TO VIRTUAL RACE
If you choose to participate in the 2020 virtual race, you must OPT-IN by transferring your current registration to the Virtual Event.

  1. Watch the event transfer tutorial on RunSignup.
  2. Login to your runsignup.com/profile
  3. Navigate to: Profile >> Upcoming Events >> Manage Registration >> Transfer Event
  4. Transfer to the Virtual Race
  5. Make sure to enable EMAIL notifications. This will allow you to submit your results when completed.
  6. Save all changes.

FAQ

  1. Is transferring to a different virtual event allowed? Yes. Just choose which event you want to switch to during the transfer process listed above.
  2. What happens to my 2021 deferment if I transfer to a different virtual race in 2020? The event you originally registered for at the 2020 event will carry through to 2021, regardless of which virtual race you choose in 2020.
  3. When can I run my virtual race? We have set a two week window for you to submit your virtual race results. April 18 through May 2. Run any time during this window and reply to the email notification you you’ll receive.
  4. What route do I have to run? We recommend you run from home so you can easily setup your own aid stations and continue to practice social distancing. Run the full distance of your virtual race and run with your watch — you’ll need to know your time.
  5. *How do I post my results? You will receive an email from us through RunSignup on April 18 to remind you to run and how to reply with your results. This email will include a link you must visit to submit your results.
  6. When and where will I receive my finisher medal and long-sleeve quarter zip? Items we have received will be distributed once the current crisis passes and we are notified by authorities that it is safe to operate a packet pickup. We will communicate more on this once we have more information. (apparel only for marathon and half marathon)
  7. How do I share my virtual run with others? We recommend you take some photos and even shoot a video or two to post to social media, tagging @GlassCityMarathon/@GCM_Toledo and including the hashtag #RunGlassCity, so it’s visible in our feed. Download your finisher certificate from your RunSignup results and include with your posts.

RELAY TEAMS
We encourage you to responsibly follow social distancing and avoid handing off any items between teammates. You may choose to run with others (at a distance, of course), or on your own. Have fun. Your team members will run the following distances to complete the full 26.2 miles:

  • Leg 1 – 3.4 Miles
  • Leg 2 – 5.0 Miles
  • Leg 3 – 6.6 Miles
  • Leg 4 – 5.8 Miles
  • Leg 5 – 5.4 Miles

*Each member of a relay team should send their results to the team captain. The team captain will compute the overall time and only the captain will submit it from link for publishing to the results.

March 27, 2020 — 7:45 PM

We had to work out the details to make this possible, and now that it’s ready we wanted to let you know that you and your Yark Subaru 5-Person Relay team can now participate in the virtual event too. We’ll be sending each event registrant a separate email with all the details later today, but wanted to give you the heads up that we didn’t forget about you.

REMINDER: FROM INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

  • Your paid registration into the 2020 event will automatically be deferred to next year’s running on April 23-25, 2021.
  • Once registration re-opens, you can manage your shirt sizes, transfer distance within the event, etc., as needed.
  • Go Virtual for 2020. For those who want to, we have enabled the virtual option for you to participate virtually this year and will send out detailed instructions shortly.

March 21, 2020 — 6:00 PM

In our efforts to keep everyone updated through these trying times, here is the latest on hotel cancellations, for reservations made via our website portal. Our hotel management company is in the process of cancelling your rooms. There is nothing you need to do. As of Friday, about a third have been completed, and we will continue processing until all are finalized.

If you know anyone who reserved a room by contacting the hotel directly, please remind them that they will need to contact that hotel directly in order to cancel their reservation. We cannot do this for them.

March 21, 2020 — 6:15 PM

In our efforts to keep everyone updated through these trying times, here is the latest on hotel cancellations, for reservations made via our website portal. Our hotel management company is in the process of cancelling your rooms. There is nothing you need to do. As of Friday, about a third have been completed, and we will continue processing until all are finalized.

If you know anyone who reserved a room by contacting the hotel directly, please remind them that they will need to contact that hotel directly in order to cancel their reservation. We cannot do this for them.

Please continue to follow this page for updates regarding the 2021 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon. We hope to see you all in Toledo next year for our 44th running.

Wash your hands. Stay positive. Keep running.

March 17, 2020 — 8:15 PM

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon — 2020 Registrant Update: Solutions

We love what we do, because we do what we love. Each year we provide individuals with an opportunity to participate in a communal event that supports their well-being, tests their grit, rewards their sacrifice, and helps improve our running community by supporting local businesses and charity partners that are integral to everyones’ success.

Now that we know we’re no longer able to run the 2020 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon because of the COVID-19 health crisis, and we’ve had a moment to let it sink in, we wanted to reach out to all registered participants with detailed information on what comes next.

FIRST THINGS FIRST
Don’t waste your training. The CDC recommends activity like outdoor running, walking and biking to help combat the affects of cold, flu and COVID-19. The caveat is that you practice safe social distancing, and evaluate your individual risks before acting. There will be a lot of other events coming up that you can use your training at; maybe some you hadn’t previously thought of attending. Look toward the horizon and set a new goal. Life isn’t certain, but if we keep moving forward, we’ll always have something to look forward to.

Training groups all over are also modifying their plans to help accommodate the continuation of programs. Some are moving online, or virtual, so stay in touch with your coaches and see what works best for you.

If you need more gear to continue your training, call into your locally owned running stores to order for drive-in and pickup. Many may also offer online shopping resources with delivery options. Take care of local businesses. They are the life-blood of local running communities and are dramatically affected by this situation.

The Toledo Roadrunners Club is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote running, walking and fitness for anyone. This situation has put a strain on the club’s future endeavors. With the funds from the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon annually, many of the free runs, gatherings, races, scholarship fund and grants facilitating this mission are made possible.

WHAT YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO
With all that said, we are offering several options to accommodate the inconvenience that COVID-19 has caused you, the loyal fans of the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon. It’s taken some time to make sure we’re not missing something, but believe these options land well beyond any realistic expectations anyone could have of us in this unprecedented situation.

We will not be able to respond to everyones’ email and direct messages individually on this matter, but will attempt to reply to common questions in singularly focused posts on social media.

Please read all information below thoroughly to find the answers you seek today. We’ll deliver additional information in the coming weeks and months, as warranted.

  • VIRTUAL RUN: We will be offering a virtual run on April 25th for the Savage 5K, and on April 26th for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon and Owens Corning Half Marathon — at no additional charge to you.
  • We’re working to setup the tools so that on race day, 2020, everyone can run their race wherever they are (within social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC) and post their results online so we all can share in the accomplishment. We’ll outline exactly what a virtual run is and send more of these details to you in the coming weeks, as we get closer to the virtual race date.
  • Marathoners, half marathoners, relay members and 5k participants in the virtual event will get their 2020 finisher medal.
  • Virtual marathoners and half marathoners will also get their long-sleeve, quarter zip to commemorate this many-months-long training effort.
  • Local medal and apparel pickup and mailing options will be announced as we get closer to the original race date.
  • DEFERMENT: As a socially-aware gesture, all current registrants will have their 2020 entry deferred into our April 24-25, 2021 running (at no additional charge to you, in addition to running the 2020 virtual option). We’ve amended our current policies in this situation to give everyone these added solutions. If you cannot make the 2021 date, you’ll still have your medal, apparel, and training memories — and this lifelong solidarity with fellow runners around the globe.
  • BIB TRANSFERS: We offer a flexible transfer process during normal registration periods, but typically not for deferred registration. We have amended this process through April 16, 2020 to allow BIB transfers to another person by individuals who have been deferred from 2020 to 2021 and cannot attend. The transfer fee will remain in place. The process is easily managed by you through your Run Signup profile. We recommend referring to this tutorial.
  • REFUNDS: As with other marathon events we’ve been communicating with throughout this situation, that have also had to cancel or reschedule their races, entry fees will remain non-refundable (as acknowledged by all registrants during the signup process). Refunds simply aren’t an option if any races are expected to survive, and is why it has been the industry-wide standard for many years. The financial implications to these clubs would be devastating and the Toledo Roadrunners Club would cease to exist.

THE RACE MANAGEMENT PROCESS
Once you register, we start putting your money to work to plan for your arrival and develop an experience worth the entry. Something we’re known for in Toledo, and take great pride in delivering on, with 364 days of work and one day of fun. Race Directors everywhere are being asked where the money has been spent. Well, most of it is spent several months in advance of a race and on many integral items:

  • Venues
  • Permits
  • Medals
  • Apparel
  • Logistical Support
  • Vendors
  • Hydration and Supplies
  • Operational Assets
  • Personnel
  • Marketing, Advertising and Other Media
  • …and the list goes on…

After the race, all remaining funds are donated to nonprofit organizations.

WHY THIS PROCESS?
We exist to support you on your journey to the finish line, year-after-year. This year we need your understanding and support, by accepting the options we (and our neighbor races) are offering. By doing so, we’ll be able to bring you your next race experience.

Additionally, the running community has made a commitment to the charity partners of these events. These charities are the volunteers that support the course on race day, and help everyone along to the finish and will now be receiving only a fraction of their anticipated funding for this year. These partners need our support to carryout their missions, especially now that our health systems and other resources are being stretched thin.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
If you’ve made reservations at an area hotel via our website portal, there’s nothing you need to do to cancel. We’re already working on processing these cancellations and sending everyone who registered an email sometime in the next week or so with confirmation. Please hold off on contacting us if you don’t receive this notice until then. We’re inundated with email and cannot guarantee any reply outside of this correspondence method.

COVID-19 REFUNDS
Things have changed drastically since March 10th when we asked that if you had recently traveled to any of the high-risk countries listed on the CDC’s website, or were experiencing upper respiratory symptoms, or had come in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to please refrain from attending the race and contact us for a full refund.

Everyone who contacted us with these conditions, before our announcement that the 2020 race will no longer be held, will receive their registration refunded (less any processing fees). We have compiled this list and will contact each person separately.

WE APPRECIATE YOU
These are trying times for everyone. If you have the means, please consider donating to our charity partners and other nonprofit organizations in your area to help them fulfill their missions. We’re all in this together. The more we work together, the better we’ll all be on the other side.

Thank you for your love of running, understanding and patience.

March 16, 2020 — 12:45 PM

It is with heavy hearts we announce the news that the 2020 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon will not be held this year.

Our Board of Directors, in close coordination with our title sponsor, Medical Director, and the Lucas County Health Department, weighed and evaluated every option possible. After days of deliberation, in conjunction with the declaration by the CDC late on March 15th recommending the cancellation of events for the next 8 weeks, we were left with few options.

  1. Moving to a later date this spring doesn’t guarantee we will be able to run then either. We are conscious of the future impact to our medical community and need to be able to ensure the safety of our participants.
  2. Ohio has many fall marathons, so moving to the fall would continue the hurt for our industry and friends around the region. We work closely with other events in Ohio and Michigan and this isn’t a positive solution.

What You Need to Know Today

  1. All paid registrations will automatically be deferred to next year’s event on April 23-25, 2021.
  2. Once registration opens, you can manage your shirt sizes, transfer distance within the event, etc., as needed.
  3. Going Virtual. For those who want to, we have enabled the virtual option. We will send out detailed instructions soon.

Today’s announcement is very emotional for our entire running community; race directors, community partners and runners alike. You have been training very hard these past several weeks, but the best thing about our running community is the positivity it spreads, and the relationships it builds. A good friend of mine just wrote, “COVID-19 may take my race, but I won’t let it stop my journey.” We agree!

Continue to follow glasscitymarathon.org for updates regarding the 2021 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon. We hope to see you all in Toledo next year for our 44th running.

Stay healthy, stay positive, and stay running.

Sincerely,

Clint McCormick, Race Director, and the entire Toledo Roadrunners Club and Mercy Health Glass City Marathon team

March 15, 2020 — 10:55 PM

While we’d love to be able to answer everyone’s COVID-19 status questions individually, our entire team is working around-the-clock to make the best decision and develop a full action plan. Information is changing daily and we’re factoring it all in. We’re sticking to our plan for making and announcement after the end of March. April 3rd is still our target date.

We have a conference call with other major event race directors on Monday, in order to work together and share feedback, resources and ideas.

Please refer to this page for future updates. We’ll also share a link to each update on our social channels. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this fluid situation. Keep up your training and stay positive. You’ll be racing again soon.

March 13, 2020 — 9:30 PM

We, here in Toledo, and the running industry as a whole, are taking this unprecedented health emergency very seriously and are working to provide you with the answers you need as soon as possible. Ultimately, the safety of our runners and community as a whole is our first priority.

Because of this, Mercy Health Glass City Marathon will follow the guidance about the future of our running, April 24-26, of medical professionals and our Medical Director.

As your Race Director, I have been consulting with our medical team and local officials over the past weeks to understand the changing threats we face, and identify what options exist. I can assure you that the scope and decisions being made are quite complex and we do not take this process lightly. I am also in daily conversations with other major races upcoming in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana to determine the best course of action.

We feel confident that a decision will made and action plan developed by the end of March, followed by an announcement. Some of the options we’re considering are.

  1. The race goes on as originally planned.
  2. The race is the same date, with modifications (unknown at this time).
  3. The race is postponed to a future date, to be determined.
  4. The race becomes a virtual event on the same date.
  5. The event is canceled.

We hear your questions and know you would like an answer. One will be forthcoming as soon as all criteria is known. Not all events are facing the same issues and we must make the right decision or this event, when it must be made. For example, world major events, like Boston and London, have a significantly different impact on the health of a their communities and operational logistics, versus a much smaller regional or local event like ours. With some exceptions, the vast majority of our participant base is local with little to no travel required to attend, thus more flexible with options. Making changes to a marathon isn’t as easy as picking a new date though. To get where we are today, we have been planning 11 months. The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon operates in five jurisdictions and uses a major University as its host facility. We also use many industry vendors to operate the race. All of which must be available for moving to a future date. All this needs to be evaluated before a final decision is made.

We are currently 42 days from race weekend and our team is actively working on developing the scenarios listed previously. Which one we announce will be driven by the recommendations of health professionals, with the safety of our runners and community as a priority. Forty-two days ago, the world and life as we knew it was in a very different place. Which option we will implement is yet to be determined.

We will continue to communicate with you as updates occur. Please continue to check our website and social media channels for updates and additional information.

I want to thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We are a very close community, and we understand the hard work and commitment you’ve put in over the last several months getting ready to run Glass City. We are doing everything within our power to ensure a safe event and look forward to seeing you all soon.

March 12, 2020 — 6:30 PM

Today’s announcement from the Governor of Ohio does not affect our event schedule, April 24-26. Our event is outside the scope of this order. We continue to monitor this fluid situation and will always make decisions in the best interest of our participants and community as a whole.

March 12, 2020 — 12:00 PM

Read the facts about COVID-19 from the CDC to help stop the spread of the germs and misinformation.

March 10, 2020 — 7:30 PM

The University of Toledo’s announcement suspending campus events with expected attendance of 100 or more does NOT include or affect our event. Outside events, including GCM, are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We’re in continuous communication with University officials, as well as our Medical Director on this evolving situation.

March 10, 2020 — 7:00 PM

Our Medical Director remains in regular communication with medical experts from Mercy Health, the Lucas County Heath Department and is monitoring information and following guidance from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and prevention regarding the potential impact to the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon from COVID-19. We’ll keep you posted of any updates as they happen. As of now, there are no plans to change the scheduled April 24-26 event. Keep training and we look forward to hosting you at our 44th running as planned.

March 10, 2020 — 5:25 PM

The Medical Team of the 2020 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon wants to update you on the current situation with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The influx of new, daily developments and information regarding this virus has brought many questions. We want to let you know that the safety and security of each race participant, volunteer and marathon employee is our top priority, and that is one reason that we are taking COVID-19 seriously.

We continue to monitor updates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization and are working with local and state departments of health to ensure we are aligned on prevention, protocols and next steps. 

We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions including regular handwashing/sanitization, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and to avoid close contact with those showing signs of illness.

At this point we’d ask that if you have recently traveled to any of the high risk countries listed on the CDC’s website, if you’ve experienced upper respiratory symptoms or have come in close contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 to please refrain from attending the race and contact the race director.

Our medical and on-course teams will continue to observe proper personal hygiene and utilize appropriate personal protective equipment during the event. We look forward to a safe, fun and healthy race.