With the extensive media coverage of Coronavirus aka COVID-19, we here at Balanced Running are following the guidance issued by the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO).

Common questions about COVID-19 when it comes to our running health:

Should I stop running to prevent COVID-19?
According to Aubree Gordon, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, “Exercising outdoors would dramatically reduce any chance of getting the virus, simply because you’re around fewer people.” (CNBC)

Should I avoid the gym or a workout class?
On the other hand, if you workout in a gym, it would be prudent to take some normal precautions, such as wiping down equipment, washing your hands, and avoiding peak gym hours. (CNBC)

Should I avoid exercising all together?
“Physical activity has been shown to boost your immune system,” says Michael Knight, assistant professor of medicine at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Services, (CNBC)


Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

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What if my race is cancelled?

If you were traveling to a race that has been cancelled, ask if they will defer your entry for next year or perhaps offer a refund (due to health concerns). Also consider virtual racing options where you submit a GPS workout and receive a medal in the mail.

If you’re traveling to an event to race, please use precautionary measures, wash your hands, sanitize and if you sneeze, please cover your mouth or sneeze into your shirt or elbow, avoid sending 100K germs into the air.

If you are traveling and racing this coming up weekend, send us a note, via Instagram, FB, Twitter and share your travel experiences.