COVID SAFE INFORMATION

What’s new in 2021?

We understand that we are currently facing unprecedented times, but we want to ensure all participants that we are working closely with NSW Health to bring you a COVIDSafe event on the 5 December 2021.

In line with the recently updated NSW Government COVID-19 roadmap (Tuesday 2 November) all participants, staff, and volunteers aged 16 years and over are now required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the 2021 Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k on Sunday 5 December. 

The health and safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators, staff and the broader community remains our top priority and we continue to work closely with NSW Health and our event stakeholders on the delivery of our COVID-Safe Event Plan.

Not feeling well?

Anyone who is unwell will be instructed not to attend the event. Participants can email info@sh10.com.au to discuss options.

Arriving at the event

All event attendees are required to check into the event by scanning the QR codes situated around the event venue (Overseas Passenger Terminal Forecourt, Circular Quay).

Vaccination proof

All participants, staff and volunteers aged 16 years and over must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be asked to show proof of vaccination or proof of exemption, prior to participation.

 

Social Distancing

Encouraging social distancing and reminding participants, spectators, and volunteers to keep 1.5m apart.

Reducing touchpoints

Reducing the number of touchpoints, for example, removing the baggage service.

Personal Protective Equipment

Staff and volunteers will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. Participants are encouraged to carry a mask, and spectators are encouraged to wear a mask. 

Please note: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or awaiting your test result we ask that you do not attend the event. You will be entitled to a refund of your registration fee or deferral to 2022 following presentation of satisfactory evidence. If you have travelled to a COVID Hotspot in the last 14-days we ask that you do not attend the event. We encourage anyone that develops symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested immediately and isolate. For more information please go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Wave Allocation

Due to strict COVID-19 social distancing requirements, The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k will need to limit the number of participants who can run in each wave. This will help spread out runners across the course and limit the number of people at the start line at any one time.

 

Participants will still be able to choose from wave A through to wave D for the 10k or wave A through to Wave C for the 5km, however each wave will be split further into additional sub waves ahead of race day (i.e wave A 1 or wave A 2).

Sub wave allocation will be dependent on when a participant registers for the event, therefore, if you are running with a team or with someone else, we recommend you register online at the same time to help ensure you are allocated within the same wave group.

 

Please note, the wave you are allocated will not impact your race time on event day. Each race bib has a timing chip attached which will only start registering from the time you cross the start line.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your start wave, or wish to change start waves, please contact our customer service team – info@sh10.com.au and we will try our best to accommodate your request.  Please note this is subject to availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be vaccinated to participate?

 

In line with the recently updated NSW Government COVID-19 roadmap (Tuesday 2 November) all participants, staff, and volunteers aged 16 years and over are now required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the 2021 Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k on Sunday 5 December. 
 
If this change impacts your participation, please email our event office info@sh10.com.au to discuss available options. 
 
The health and safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators, staff and the broader community remains our top priority and we continue to work closely with NSW Health and our event stakeholders on the delivery of our COVID-Safe Event Plan. 

How do I show my vaccination status? 

Participants who elected to have their race bib posted, will need to have their vaccination / exemption status checked prior to participating in the event. There are two options.

 

1. Pre-event vaccination check.

Participants can visit the Registration and Race Pack Pick Up Tent pre-event to have their vaccination passport checked. This will be available on Friday 3 December from 8:00am – 6:00pm, and Saturday 4 December from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and is located at the Overseas Passenger Terminal Forecourt, Circular Quay.

 

2. Event day vaccination check.

Event day vaccination check – participants can have their vaccination passport checked on event morning (Sunday 5 December) by our team of volunteers. Vaccination checks will be available from 5:45am and located on the lawn area in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay.

 

Note that the name on the vaccination passport must exactly match the name on the registration. 

 

If you do not wish to run with your phone on event day, please bring a printed copy of your vaccine passport or exemption certificate with you. You will also need to manually check in. 

What COVID Safe measures will be in place for the event?

There will be measures in place to provide a COVIDSafe environment for participants, staff, volunteers, and the community which will adhere to the health and safety regulations laid out by the government at the time of the event. Additional measures may include contact tracing capabilities for participants and spectators, rolling start waves and overflow areas for the start and finish lines to allow participants to socially distance, as well as, additional cleaning and sanitising of high-touch areas and hand sanitisation stations throughout the event sites.

 

Further information around COVID safety measures will be provided to participants in the weeks leading up to the event via our official event newsletters, social media channels, and website. COVIDSafe measures will be implemented on the event day with dedicated signage, PA system announcements and additional support from our event staff and volunteers at the event.

Will the event experience change?

To ensure the safety of participants and workforce, there will be some changes to this year’s Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k.

  • Both events will start 30 minutes earlier than prior years (2021 start times – 5km: 7:00am and 10km: 8:00am)
  • Slower start line release to reduce runner density on course and venue
  • NO BAGGAGE to reduce touchpoints and minimise
  • Additional cooling strategies on hand to combat any potential increase in heat

Will drink stations still be available?

Participants are encouraged to carry their own hydration with them.

 

Drink stations will still be available at designated locations on the course, and will supply both water and Gatorade;

 

Drink Station 1 – 5km and 10km

Drink Station 2 – 10km only

 

A contingency drink station will also be planned should warm and humid weather be predicted. Staff and volunteers manning the drink stations will be given additional COVID safety training.

Running in warmer weather

We understand December is traditionally a warmer month and as such we may implement several cooling strategies to help participants, some of these could include,

  • Active cooling procedures around the course (ice bags, host ice-water dousing stations etc)
  • Contingency drinks station, should warm weather be predicted
  • Pre-event communication educating participants how to manage increased heat

Will there be capacity limits on the races?

The event will need to adhere to the social distancing and capacity guidelines in place at the time of the event. This may mean that we will need to reduce the traditional field size to meet these guidelines so we would suggest that you register early to secure your place.