As Sam Diaz crossed the finish line of the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials in late February–a day she had been preparing for for months–she was already plotting her next race. What she didn’t expect was how fast things would change in the following weeks, nor what racing would look like come summer.
Diaz wanted a chance to redeem herself after an unfortunate “off” day at the Trials. Fast forward six months, and she’s dabbled in virtual races and socially-distanced staggered starts, but says that while organizers have done a great job of balancing safety with an atmosphere of competition,“it’s still not the same as toeing the line.”
Back in March, changes due to the coronavirus outbreak hit the running community (and the entire world) fast. Health officials ordered lockdowns and social distancing, gyms closed, and races were cancelled. Now, as states continue to re-open safely while keeping their infection and