COVID-19 PLANNING AND UPDATES
[Note: Registration for future events remain open and transfers of full credit will be allowed if events are cancelled or rescheduled during the current event shutdown.
Until events resume, those wishing to purchase race entries at early bird rates without committing to an exact date (to avoid complications of rescheduling) will be able to do so through our online shop.]
November 12, 2020
We have been informed that the shutdown will continue into an 11th month now, with no live events until at least later January.
Our Summit Rock, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day events have all been cancelled. Registrants have been e-mailed.
We have opened up a virtual challenge (for longer distance goals) and virtual events for our two Thanksgiving races. We will also be opening a virtual option for the New Year's Eve and Day events soon [now open for registration here]. All virtual options can be seen here. These events not only offer a chance to "virtually" participate in some events, but also help us immensely to keep Brazen Racing going with less accumulated debt in paying for the many operating expenses that cannot be eliminated.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by all of this -- whether it's from the virus or the financial devastation it is having on so many people's lives. We will continue on and look forward to the time we can all be together again.
OCTOBER 24, 2020
It looked like we had a chance of resuming in-person events with safety protocols in place, but month 9 of the shutdown is now confirmed: our permits for all three November events have been cancelled due to county and state mandates. Registrants will receive e-mails shortly.
We have released three new virtual challenges, with special 2020 merchandise, currently open for registration. We will also be offering a virtual option for the Thanksgiving races.
We wish the best for all in these messed-up times and remain grateful to all who have continued to support Brazen in many ways. We can't wait to get back to seeing everyone in-person!
OCTOBER 1, 2020
We are, unfortunately, moving into our eighth month of lockdown and have no choice but to cancel our two October events (Tarantula Run and Goonies). Indoor gatherings (such as movies and restaurants) are currently being allowed in some Bay Area counties and we hope this will lead to outdoor gatherings also being permitted soon.
Thanks to all who continue to support Brazen. We remain ready and eager to start working again and look forward to seeing runners in the parks just as soon as we are allowed.
AUGUST 25, 2020
We were hoping for better news and seeking permission to begin working again, but we have had all permits for September canceled, our seventh month of mandatory shutdown.
October events remain on the schedule for now and we remain ready to resume production immediately once the restrictions are removed.
Thank you again to all those who continue to support us with the purchase of future event entries and merchandise.
JULY 17, 2020
The California running event industry has been shut down for at least six months of 2020 now and it's very possible the shutdown could continue on for much longer. We hope that is not the case, but we have no way of knowing for sure when events will resume. We know we are far from alone and truly understand the enormous impact this pandemic is having on both people's physical and mental health and the ability of so many to support themselves and their families.
On a more personal note, we just really miss seeing everyone. The Brazen community is our family and to be unable to be with everyone is awful. But we want to make sure it is understood that while there may not be a lot going on right now, we are 100% committed to returning. And it doesn't matter how long that takes. Whether it is a month or two or a year or more, we will be bringing Brazen Racing events back.
We are working hard to take advantage of all possible government support/loans being offered, reducing our fixed costs as much as possible, etc., while still remaining ready to get back to work the minute we are allowed to.
Thank you to all who have helped support Brazen Racing with the purchase of merchandise and prepaid registration in our online shop. This support makes a big difference and our appreciation cannot be overstated.
We look forward to seeing everyone again and hope that you and your loved ones are staying strong and healthy.
JULY 16, 2020
Due to Contra Costa and Santa Clara health department restrictions, our Trailquake event (8/15/2020), Bear Creek event (8/22/2020) and Wildcat event (8/29/20) have all been cancelled.
JULY 15, 2020
Due to Contra Costa and Alameda County health department restrictions, the park district has canceled our Summer Breeze event (8/1/2020) and Bear Creek event (8/9/2020).
JUNE 19, 2020
Due to Contra Costa and Alameda County health department restrictions, our 7/11/20 Dirty Dozen event and 7/18/20 Bad Bass event have been cancelled.
May 30, 2020
Due to the county and state gathering restrictions, the July 4 Stars and Stripes run has been canceled for 2020.
May 26, 2020
Changes due to gathering restrictions being extended:
The Double Dipsea has been rescheduled to September 13. Registration has not yet opened for this event.
We have also re-scheduled the Nitro Trail event to August 22 and the Wildcat event to August 29.
Registrants of Nitro Trail and Wildcat will be automatically entered into the event on the new date and will be offered the opportunity to transfer their race credit to a different event. Since it is possible that more re-scheduling of our calendar will take place in the coming weeks/months, we will wait until events have started being held again before we e-mail everyone to make that decision and offer that credit.
May 14, 2020
The Trailquake event, originally scheduled for May 31, 2020 has been rescheduled for August 15, 2020.
As noted in the 4/28 update, for the duration of the current restrictions, registrants in May events (and later) wishing to participate in a different event will be given the opportunity to transfer over 100% of their race credit.
April 28, 2020
Consistent with our note from 4/10/20 (and in accordance with the extension of restrictions in Contra Costa County), the Wildcat and Nitro Trail events have now been re-scheduled to June 13th for Wildcat and June 27th for Nitro Trail.
Although permits have been paid for and approved for many of our 2020 events, all future dates remain aspirational until the restrictions are lifted, meaning these events could end up being re-scheduled again in the future.
For the duration of the current restrictions, registrants in May events (and later) wishing to participate in a different event will be given the opportunity to transfer over 100% of their race credit.
April 10, 2020
We wanted to update you on the latest with Brazen Racing.
For all events in March and April that were canceled, we have e-mailed participants and posted detailed information on the appropriate race websites.
Many have asked about our plans for future events (starting with May 9th’s Wildcat). The overall theme of our planning is that we are going to continue to plan for the best-case scenarios, while making adjustment to fit with whatever reality awaits.
The plan, based on a lot of “ifs,” is as follows:
- If there seems any chance of still holding the event, we hold out and try to put it on.
- If it becomes abundantly apparent that the event will not be able to take place, we will reschedule (this re-scheduling will include in-person and remote options).
- If the re-scheduled date doesn’t work for you, we will be able to offer full credit to another future event (and the decision on which event can be made any time in the future). Registrants will be e-mailed with details.
- Until gathering bans are officially lifted, re-scheduled dates will be aspirational and re-scheduled again from there as needed. In other words, if we re-schedule an event from May for June, that’s because we hope it can happen then. Like everyone else, we’re just guessing. If that date doesn’t work out, we will re-schedule again until we get a time to put the race on.Anyone signing up for an event from May 9th forward can be sure that if that event is canceled/rescheduled because of the current gathering bans getting extended, they will still be able to use their credit for a future event.
Many have also asked about Brazen Racing’s ability to survive all this. The answer is that we will do whatever we must in order to make it to the other side of all this and are 100% determined to come back.
Like so many other organizations that depend on the ability to bring groups together, we have been essentially closed down (in operations and income) since early March. We were ready for slower times, but never anticipated being closed for months! Still, unlike some of those hit the hardest, we feel fortunate to be pretty certain that we will be able to successfully resume operations in the future, once the gathering bans are lifted.
Those who have purchased virtual races during this time and those who have signed up for future events are greatly appreciated and have helped us a lot. We sincerely thank you for your support – it is making a big difference!
We also know that there are many Brazen friends out there who have suffered from the illness, lost their jobs or are facing an even more uncertain future. We hope our community of friends and runners will be able to help all those who need love and support to make it through.
The community, the friendship and the excitement of putting on an event and seeing all of you getting your runs done is what we miss most. But 10+ years of good times has given us a ton of great memories to sustain us, and the fact that we will be back together again keeps our spirits up. We hope you are also able to stay positive and keep up the spirits of those in your circle.
Sam, Jasmin and the Brazen Racing Crew