Hello HAWK family;
We hope this finds you, your families, and your community all safe and healthy.
For folks who follow Lawrence Trail Hawk activities and the activities of our other races, we are sure you have seen that the Night Hawk has been canceled for 2020.
We have made the same decision for the 2020 HAWK Hundred/50-mile/marathon event. The 2020 HAWK Hundred/50-mile/marathon event will not be held. There will not be a virtual option.
Although we spent considerable time planning how we could safely hold our event, given the upward trajectory in COVID infections in the state of Kansas, it is likely that restrictions on the number of people who could be gathered into a single area would not be increased enough to accommodate the number of runners, crew, volunteers, and spectators who would be involved in having even a smaller event.
We have delayed making a decision on this as we monitored the situation and explored all options for safely hosting the race. As responsible stewards of the trails and trust of the organization and our runners, we have done all we can to avoid needless waste and expense while this decision has been pending. This means we have not placed orders for race swag for the event; race swag is not available.
Registered runners will have the option of deferral to the 2021 HAWK in their registered event. Runners wishing to exercise this option are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already requested a deferral you will be added to the list. When registration for the 2021 event opens, an invitation to register will be sent to runners exercising this option and must be used within 30 days. This option is only available for registered runners; runners on the waiting list have not been charged entry fees. The entry fees paid this year by runners who do not choose to defer to 2021 will be used to support the event vendors and small businesses that we all rely on to make our events the premiere races they are. We want to make sure those businesses are here for us when we are ready to get back to the business of racing.
We would encourage our HAWK family to view the COVID-19 pandemic through the same lens we use to complete ultras: although the finish line seems like it is very far away, we only get there by continuing to move forward with intention. Take care of one another, and take care of yourselves. We want to see you at the starting line and hug you as you cross the finish line in 2021.
Sherrie and Ami