TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The Emperor’s Challenge planning committee is looking at ways to continue with this year’s event while following health guidelines.

The half marathon committee recently met and is looking at their options for this year’s event on August 7th. With COVID-19 cases currently rising, the committee is looking at ways to meet health orders.

Some options that are being considered are a staggered start, masked start, limiting the number of entries, limiting the event to regional entries, changing the starting point of the marathon to make it easier for those to leave afterwards, and not having an awards ceremony to prevent gatherings.

In a Facebook post, the committee also mentions that if the provincial health orders still prohibit running a scaled-down version of the race, there is a chance it will be done virtually.

Registration for the half marathon, which takes place in Tumbler Ridge, was pushed to May 18th in February, and now it will be pushed until June 7th.

The 2020 Emperor’s Challenge was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Keep up to date with information for the Emperor’s Challenge on their Facebook page.