Runners enjoy Salisbury Marathon Saturday, saying they felt safe during the event
SALISBURY, Md.- Downtown Salisbury was filled with music, cheers, and laughter Saturday morning.
That’s because after being forced to cancel last year’s marathon, runners could hit the road once again for 2021.
“It’s great, I mean we love showing off Salisbury and Wicomico County and we love showing people that we can do stuff like this over here on the eastern shore,” Jason Chance, Race Dir. for Run SBY Events, said.
Organizers said after last year’s cancellation they made sure to be extra careful with COVID-19 safety precautions this year.
“Masks before the race and after the race, we don’t make them run with them, we did wave starts, so we had 200 people start, we actually shortened the time a little bit we launched, 5 people every five seconds,” Chance said.
But even with changes, runners we spoke with said they were just excited to finally have an event to look forward to.
“Because of the coronavirus I haven’t raced in a year so this is actually the first in person race I’ve done so I was kind of nervous, but it was a lot of fun,” Mark Mather, an Ocean City resident, said.
“Just having the opportunity to race is a blessing, I haven’t raced since last February at the Olympic trials,” Hannah Cocchiaro, an Baltimore resident, said.
And they added that they felt comfortable throughout the whole experience.
“It was really awesome, everyone was wearing their masks and we made sure at the very beginning to social distance,” Kim Taylor, an Ocean City resident, said.
“It went really well, you know the temperature checks and the small waves and plenty of room to spread out, I feel like it was really safe,” Cocchiaro said.
Overall, while it is clear that marathon’s are not exactly how they used to be runners are grateful for the opportunity to be back doing what they love.
“I would definitely do it again because it was not super crowded and really friendly and fun,” Taylor said.
“It just makes you feel more grateful than you realize you were for races,” Cocchiaro said.
Organizers said if you didn’t get chance to run this year in this marathon they will be back next April.