COVID-19 Guidance for iDaph Sport Events

COVID-19 Guidance for iDaph Sport Events

Here at iDaph Events, your safety is our top priority. We want to ensure that our participants, staff and volunteers stay safe and healthy, and we are following all of the necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at sport events.

In order to provide a safe environment at our sporting events and adhere to the North Carolina guidelines in regards to COVID-19, we will be administering the following safety measures at each of our events. These are the general guidelines: Every event is different, and we will adjust accordingly for each sports event. These guidelines are subject to change with the evolving situation.

Screening
Each participant and attendee shall be required to complete a declaration when checking in at the event that they are not currently infected by COVID-19 and have not had, or knowingly been in contact with, someone experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days:
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fever
• Chills
• Muscle pain
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell

Contactless temperature checks will be conducted for everyone entering the event space. A person with a body temperature reading of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) will not be permitted to enter.

Cleaning and Sanitization
• We will ensure accessible handwashing stations, alcohol based hand gel and hygiene facilities at multiple locations in the event facility.
• Our staff and volunteers will disinfect door handles (if we have an indoor event), clean frequently touched surfaces and objects in all areas several times per day.

Personal protective equipment
•All event staff and volunteers will wear face coverings at all times.

• In addition to social distancing measures, face coverings for participants are required while starting an event and upon finishing.  We will have buffs for sale at the event.
• We will ensure availability of gloves to our staff and volunteers who are handling any items related to the event.

Race Start

To protect the safety of our community, we will not be conducting mass event starts. Instead, we are offering time trial starts. Time trial starts are wave (rolling) starts with limited participants in each wave over the span of longer time periods to ensure everyone is evenly spaced out.

Awards

Participants are asked to leave the finish area immediately after completing the event. Our awards ceremonies will be conducted virtually.

Cheering on athletes

We are strongly discouraging any handshakes, hugs or high-fives. Instead, show your excitement for your teammate by pumping your hands in the air or clapping.

Bring your own hydration, fuel and additional items

Please bring your own water bottle, snacks and refreshments. There are lots of great, easy to carry and run with - reusable personal hydration options available now! Contact our friends at Fleet Feet Asheville to find out more!

ATHLETES SHOULD CONSIDER BRINGING ADDITIONAL ITEMS:
ॠFace coverings (consider having multiple as backups)
‡ • Disinfectant wipes
‡ • Hand sanitizer
ॠCycling repair kit
‡ • Plastic bags for removal of personal items

At Risk Persons
Anyone who falls under or lives with someone in these categories is encouraged not to participate in events at this time:
• People over 65 years of age
• People who have chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, or severe heart disease;
• People who are immunocompromised: those who have undergone or are undergoing cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation; anyone with immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, or had prolonged use of corticosteroids; and smokers;
• People of any age with class III or severe obesity; or
• Anyone diagnosed with the following underlying conditions: diabetes, liver disease, and persons with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.

If you are not feeling well, or you simply do not want to attend because you are not comfortable attending due to personal concerns, practicing quarantine, etc., there will be a virtual option for all of our events. Our virtual runs and rides are a great alternative to every event, and you can complete them at your own time and still receive event swag!

 If COVID happens
We will have a plan in place if anyone is showing symptoms of COVID-19 ( including fever, cough, shortness of breath) so that all or our staff and volunteers are informed of the situation and can take the proper precautions, provide a mask for the individual and find a safe and isolated area for them. We will notify our participants if we find any suspected cases, or if there is a confirmed case after the event. We will notify participants via email.

Cancellation Policies

We are broadening our deferral and cancellation policies for all of our events including new grace periods for cancellations, refunds and deferrals. If you are sick, please stay home! There are other options for you and this is not the time for you to be ‘hard’ core and ‘tough it out’ at an event.

We will continually assess, based on current conditions, whether to postpone, cancel, defer, make an event a virtual only event or significantly reduce the number of attendees (if possible) for mass gatherings.

We are working closely with our local public health officials and local emergency operations teams to coordinate and plan each event and ensure a solid plan is in place to prepare for key prevention strategies and address various scenarios. If there is a COVID-19 outbreak, we will inform our participants of the decision to postpone or cancel the event. PLEASE READ OUR REFUND/CANCELATION POLICY, they are customized for each event.

In conclusion

We ask for everyone’s patience while we adhere to the NC guidelines and ensure everyone’s safety. Please understand that we are not making the rules, we are abiding by them. These rules are constantly changing and we are always looking for updates on the safety guidelines for events. We are working with all of the appropriate resources to make the best plan for each event, which will be very specific for every race.

Thank you for being a part of iDaph Events. We look forward to the return of sporting events in a safe and responsible manner.

Contact us!

Are you hosting an upcoming event and need help putting together a safe return to racing plans? Reach out to Daphne at daphne@idaph.net for support.

Informational resources

Information on how COVID-19 spreads

What to do if you are sick

Exercising with a mask on: The Do’s and Don’ts

How to turn your buff into a face mask

 

Tips on stopping the spread of COVID-19

• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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Setting goals: How the Asheville Triathlon is providing stress relief for Certified Athletic Trainer Crystal Shirk

Setting goals: How the Asheville Triathlon is providing stress relief for Certified Athletic Trainer Crystal Shirk

“It helps me have a reason to get outside and breathe fresh air, and not be cooped up all the time. With reduced hours, moving around and being active is what I needed. It really did help me a lot.” ~ Crystal Shirk

For health care workers on the front line, sport training helps to reduce stress

Now that pools are reopening, Crystal Shirk is back in the water at 6am to get in her lap time. She is training for her first triathlon this summer, the Asheville Triathlon, a sprint tri being put on in Hendersonville July 19th. 

“I love trying something new,” says Crystal. “I love the challenge and the excitement of knowing you have an event coming up.”

The triathlon is good timing for Crystal. When COVID-19 hit, her job as a certified athletic trainer at a local high school changed dramatically. Her hours were reduced, and she and her fellow peers were asked to screen patients at Urgent Care for coronavirus symptoms, putting them directly on the front line of the pandemic. 

To help alleviate stress and stay motivated, Crystal, revved up her running and cycling.

“It helps me have a reason to get outside and breathe fresh air, and not be cooped up all the time,” Crystal says. “With reduced hours, moving around and being active is what I needed. It really did help me a lot.”

Setting a goal

Crystal is very goal-oriented, so when sport events were cancelled in March, it became more difficult to stay motivated and stick to a training plan. The Asheville Triathlon offers her an event to look forward to and work towards.

“I need to have a purpose,” she says. 

During COVID-19, Crystal also focused more on strength training and yoga. She found herself getting stronger, and now she feels more confident that she can complete a triathlon.

“I don’t want to go out and win it, I just want to do the best for me. I want to prove to myself that I can do it,” she says.

Returning to sport events 

Crystal says she understands numbers may be limited now at sport events, and protocols need to be put in place to keep everyone safe and adhere to current guidelines. As an athletic trainer, she is constantly working on bringing back events at the high school level. 

“That’s our daily talk right now,” she adds. 

When asked if she was nervous about returning to sport events, Crystal said she feels comfortable with it and is not afraid to do events again.

“Working in the healthcare industry…this doesn’t bother me,” she says. “I feel like in running events, being outdoors, I don’t worry about (COVID-19) as much.

“There’s going to be comfort levels. There’s going to be fears. Things have to return at some point. A select number of events here and there I think is a good idea.”

A sprint tri offers ‘doable’ distances for every level of athlete

The Asheville Triathlon course includes a 400 meter swim, a 12.5 mile bike course and a 5K run course. These distances make this sprint triathlon a good fit for every level of triathlete, and it’s a huge hit among locals who want to go out and try their best at a new sport.

“I think I’ll have fun doing it, and enjoy it,” Crystal adds.

Crystal is most afraid of swimming, she admits. But she knows she can swim at least 400 meters, which is the distance of the swim in the Asheville Triathlon. It’s mostly the transition she needs to practice at this point.

And no, she does not have a tri suit.

“I’ll probably wear a bathing suit with shorts,” she adds, laughing. “I don’t have an official suit.”

The Asheville Triathlon takes place on Sunday, July 19th, and changes have been put in place to address COVID-19. The location has been changed to Patton Park in Hendersonville, NC to ensure athletes are able to spread out and stay safely far enough apart from one another. The participant number has been limited, packet-pickup will be a drive-through option, and extra sanitizing precautions will be implemented. There is also a fun virtual option available where participants can swim, bike and run on their own time and still receive a shirt and medal. 

READ MORE ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING AT THE ASHEVILLE TRIATHLON TO ENSURE A SAFE EVENT

Crystal lives in Black Mountain, NC with her two children and her husband, Conrad, who is also doing the Asheville Triathlon. Crystal is also an Asheville Marathon and Half AmbassadorWe look forward to cheering on Crystal and  Conrad in July! 

COVID-19 Guidance for iDaph Sport Events

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The Lung Buster Time Trial Series is back!

The Lung Buster Time Trial Series is back!

The 2020 Lung Buster Time Trial Series with a twist

by Daphne Kirkwood, Race Director

The Lung Buster Time Trial series is a five-part series of competitive cycling events. The events take place here in Western North Carolina at five different routes, and the goal is to provide a fun and professional race experience for cyclists while adhering to safe social distancing guidelines. All levels and abilities are welcome!

This series of events is a great way to challenge yourself and provide goals. It doesn’t matter what your current speed is; it is about pushing yourself beyond what you would normally push during a regular, solo training ride.

The Lung Buster Time Trial Series is about being part of a community of cyclists who strive for the same goal. It is also about supporting small business. Our iDaph Events company has been changed significantly due to COVID-19, and your participation in events like these help keep our business alive!

History of the Lung Buster

The Lung Buster Time Trial Series was an iDaph event a couple of years ago, but it took a hiatus when time trial series in general started to wane, due to the popularity of cyclocross and gravel events. But COVID-19 changed that.

When COVID-19 hit us, the cycling governing bodies came to the conclusion that time trials are the safest way to have a goal and some fun right now. As soon as I thought about bringing life back into the series, and I figured out there was a way to do it safely and quasi-virtual, it was a no brainer for me.

Time Trial Series offers safe social distancing options

Due to the pandemic and social distancing and event gathering restrictions, the 2020 Lung Buster Time Trial Series has a twist with extended durations for participation for each event. A Brand New Virtual Series is also available, where cyclists can participate ANYWHERE at ANYTIME!

The five different courses will be marked by our iDaph Team, and we will have certain evenings where we will come and cheer on the cyclists as they complete their segments.

Our unique mix of different racing environments allows riders of different strengths and focuses to level the playing field amongst competitors. Also, having five separate events means that one poor showing will not ruin your opportunity to do well in the series as a whole. Whether you’re an elite time trial champion or a recreational rider, our time trial seris offers multiple categories to choose from.

Remember: You don’t have to kill it. Your personal best is what you can do RIGHT NOW.

Start from wherever you are right now. It doesn’t matter if you were breaking records a few years ago in time trials, triathlons, etc.. Or if you were in the best shape of your life six months ago and you let it go due to stress, COVID19, life, kids… it is fine to start wherever you are at in your life and go for it!

Your personal best if yours in this present moment it is what you can do right now!

We as a community of cyclists need something fun and challenging to look forward to in this uncertain and difficult time.

Categories for Lung Buster Time Trial Series

Standard Bike - Road, Mountain Bike, Cyclocross Bike, Gravel, Hybrid, Single Speed

Time Trial Equipment (includes time trial bike, aero equipment, aero helmet, aero bars etc.)

e-Bike

Courses are all on paved surfaces

Age Group Divisions:

19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

Pricing:

Entire Series (5 events) - $90

• Includes access to participate in all 5 events (only need to complete 4 out of the 5 events to be counted in the series)
• Maps, course profile, parking, and information provided for each event
• The official, super comfy, 2020 Lung Buster Time Trial Series shirt (men’s/women’s fitted) for FREE!
• A sweet Finisher Prize
• Goody bag
• Free shipping of goodies or option to pick up in person at local bike shop
• Downloadable Finisher Certificate
• Download Personalized Bib
• Upload results to event Results Page
• Eligible to receive Random Prizes and Awards
• Ability to purchase extra swag, including our super-sweet Tank Top!
• Access to our private Strava Club for this Series

Individual Events - $20 each

• Includes access to participate in individual events
• Maps, course profile, parking and additional information provided for each event
• Downloadable Finisher Certificate
• Download Personalized Bib
• Upload results to event Results Page
• Eligible to receive Random Prizes and Awards
• Ability to purchase Lung Buster Swag
• Access to our private Strava Club for this Series

Swag:

• Optional Add-on shirt option for $10
• Add-on Tank Top (men’s/women’s) for $20
• Shipping Available for shirts and tanks for $5 or Local Pick-up (FOR FREE) at Bike  Shop - Date/Location - TBD.
• Virtual Registration & Info

RACE SHIRTS & TANK TOPS

Check out our super comfy, easy breathing race t-shirts and awesome tank tops!

Optional Add-on shirt option for $10
Add-on Tank Top (men’s/women’s) for $20
Shipping Available for shirts and tanks for $5 or Local Pick-up (FOR FREE) at Bike Shop - Date/Location - TBD.

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Registration for the Asheville Triathlon is back open!

Registration for the Asheville Triathlon is back open!

2020 Asheville Triathlon

EVENT CAPPED AT 150!

Daph Events is proud to announce that the registration is back open for the Asheville Triathlon! We have also added a new option to the Asheville Triathlon experience, a Virtual & Self-Serve AVL Triathlon event experience!

“Here at iDaph Events, safety is our top priority,” says Race Director Daphne Kirkwood. “We want to ensure that our participants, staff and volunteers stay safe and healthy, and we are following all of the necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.” Over the past few months iDaph Events has put together event safety plans for our event to move forward in a new format to ensure social distancing measures that are set forth by the CDC are adhered to. “We will aim to have a ‘contactless’ event to provide a safe event for all.” 

This annual popular sprint triathlon is the only local triathlon, and this year it has been moved to a new location to allow for a longer event duration to ensure a safe and social-distanced environment.

“Mass start and ‘large’ events are a challenge right now with event gathering restrictions. There is limited ability to provide social distancing for participants standing around at a start line waiting for an event to begin,” says Kirkwood. “Because the Asheville Triathlon is in a racing format where individuals have a time-trial start,  by themselves, one-at-a-time it was the perfect event to return to the community and add enhanced safety and social distancing measures.” 

Due to the wave starts and extended time gaps between when participants start their swim the participants will stay spread out throughout the duration of the rest of the event including the bike and run. 

The Asheville Triathlon will consist of a 400 meter swim, a 12.5 mile bike ride and a 5K run course. These distances make this sprint triathlon great for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. The Asheville Triathlon will take place in Patton Park, Hendersonville, NC! Patton Park is run by the YMCA of Western North Carolina and owned by the City of Asheville. The bike and run will use parts of the beautiful Oklawaha Greenway.

Swim

The 400 meter swim takes place in Patton Pool, an Olympic sized 50 meter lap pool with 8 lanes. We will space the swimmers in time trial starts. Participants will have a time trial start with plenty of time between each swimmer and will be organized in wave starts according to their estimated 100 yard swim time. Swimmers will flow in one direction in the lane.

Bike

The 12.5 bike course rolls through the quiet and beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in the City of Hendersonville, exits the Greenway and flows along a ‘rolling’ course through Henderson County countryside roads. Cyclists will return to the park by way of the Greenway and back to the transition zone.

Run

The 5k run is FAST and for the most part-flat, except for one little dipper hill that you will crest before entering back to the park. The entire 5k run is on the quiet, shaded and beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in the City of Hendersonville. The section of the greenway used for this event will run towards Jackson Park. There will only be a short section where the bike/run overlap. The route is an out-and-back, lollipop course, with one ‘self-service’ water station at the halfway point. We do encourage you to bring your own fuel, nutrition and refreshments for this event.

What we are doing to ensure safety at our events concerning COVID-19

To adhere to the NC guidelines, iDaph Events will be putting the following rules in place: 

  • Staff and volunteers are required to have face coverings. Provide face covering for staff/volunteers and officials. 
  • Participants are encouraged to wear a face covering until they start their race. They may be required to wear coverings until they start and after they finish, depending on the current NC guidelines at the time of the event.
  • Provide increased Hand Sanitizer and hand washing stations, and we will continually wipe down frequently used surfaces.
  • Temperature screenings will be performed upon arrival to the event on race day. 
  • Packet pickup is at Patton Park at the roundabout in front of the pool. Pickup will be drive thru style, 2-5pm on Saturday, July 18th. Registration must be done online at home. THERE IS NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION. There will be NO Packet pickup on Race day. You may have a friend or family member pick up your packet on Saturday if you aren’t able to make it. There is an option to mail bib and packets until July 1st.
  • Individual time-trial start for all participants, with participants gathering in limited size waves. Social distance along the pool deck. 
  • Transition between swim/bike/run will have a new twist this year! In order to maintain social distance, the transition will be at a participants’ vehicle. 
  • After participants finish the triathlon, they will grab a food box and leave the event site so that we can maintain social distancing measures.
  • Awards will be mailed or can be picked up locally.
  • Spectators are not allowed in the event village area, but we will have cheering sections along the bike and run route where spectators will be allowed to gather and cheer on their friends and/or family members. 

BRAND NEW! Virtual & Self-Serve Event Experience Option available

Want to do a triathlon on your own time? Participants who choose the virtual option can swim one day, run on another day and bike a totally different day or do them all at one time like you would at a triathlon event!  Virtual participants will have access to the course information for the event so they can have a ‘self-serve’ event experience on the same courses as the in person participants. Or they can come up with their own courses anywhere that they live!

Virtual participants get to challenge themselves by participating and having a goal to work towards this summer.  This is a super fun way to try a triathlon on your own time, without worrying about the transition. Virtual participants can participate anytime starting June 19th thru August 31st. More details at https://raceroster.com/events/2020/32193/asheville-triathlon.

Back for 2020: Have a towel you can donate? iDaph Events is collecting new or gently used towels for the Western Carolina Rescue Ministries. Towels will be collected at packet pick-up and race day. Please help us collect towels for this wonderful local organization!

Please look for updates on our Facebook Events page.

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Collage of former race events photos

Here’s what’s up next for iDaph Events

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our athletes, friends, and families for being extremely supportive during these unprecedented times. It has been such a wild few weeks and we miss seeing all of you! We cannot thank you enough for all your kind words, texts and emails. Your support of our small business is so appreciated! 

As we all know, COVID-19 has completely decimated the events Industry. Just a few months ago, the thought of the potential simultaneous cancellation/postponement of every event in the world would have been considered completely ludicrous… and an impossibility of epic proportions. 

So where are we right now and what is the plan? The only way we are going to overcome this as a community, as a nation, and as global citizens, is if we all do our part. Our part here at iDaph Events is to continue to provide opportunities to our community to consistently tune their bodies through physical movement, to help everyone stay motivated and to achieve fitness goals. We believe wholeheartedly that by moving your body every day, you are not only going to be in good physical shape but also in a more positive mental state.

Right now, EVERY one of us needs tools and help to keep our heads on straight. Yes, times have changed, and that means we have to be even more creative about event experiences now and as we move into the future. We are ready, and from what we have heard from all of you, you are too! 

Stay tuned on new offerings for upcoming events

Each of our events that we design and produce and own (7 events) — and the ones we oversee and produce for our clients (20+ events) — are unique and are by no means ‘cookie-cutter.’ Therefore, each individual event will take meticulous evaluation and planning to ensure the utmost safety for all attendees. We are working on plans and updates for each of our upcoming events and our partner events for the remainder of this year. You will see new offerings from us including updated cancellation and deferral policies to allow you more time to make decisions regarding your participation. We will also be offering new virtual event experiences for the majority of our events so that regardless of what may happen in the next day, week and months, you will also have a fantastic virtual experience.

We are working with several partners on these virtual offerings and will continue to provide upgrades to these experiences as the technology evolves. We are really excited about the virtual event space and how it has evolved in just a short amount of time. We admit we were all skeptics of virtual events before we participated in them, but now we realize there is a great deal of fun, excitement and motivation to be had by participating in virtual events!  

The Virus Bustin’ Virtual Run & Ride

We are kicking things off here on June 1st with a brand new virtual event: The Virus Bustin’ Virtual Run & Ride and we are pumped! As we have been deep cleaning and moving our warehouse/office operations to another facility, we have found lots of awesome treasures over the last few months! Get ‘re-charged’ and motivated by joining your community of runners and cyclists in this virtual run or bike event and join us for a ‘Vintage Style’ Virtual run and ride experience.

We plan to launch another Virtual Challenge soon and bring back an oldie-but goodie event series that has a style that fits perfectly in this pandemic! Stay tuned!

Asheville Triathlon and Light Up the Night 5K

Our two upcoming events within the city limits: the Asheville Triathlon and Light Up the Night 5K presented by Western Carolina Rescue Ministry are currently being adjusted based on city requirements for upcoming events. We are very hopeful that we can produce some version of each of these events! We are in contact with the city and we will keep everyone informed with these adjustments. We will make final decisions about each of these events on or by July 1, 2020. 

We paused all our event registrations on March 13th, due to the uncertainty of gatherings and restrictions. We will be slowly opening up most of our event registration platforms this month, so stay tuned to the iDaph website, our blog, the Facebook page and Instagram for those updates! 

The Plan! (For Now)

As of right now, here’s the plan:

June 1 thru June 14th: BRAND NEW!  Virus Bustin’ Virtual Run & Ride

July 4: Firecracker 5k presented by Brevard Rotary 

Our friends at the Brevard Rotary Club are planning a virtual run for July 4th week. They are working on putting together a plan to also hopefully produce some in-person activities. Stay tuned to their registration page for updates to the event. 

July 19: Asheville Triathlon - limited registration and a new virtual option will be open by the end of this week. 

August 7: Light up the Night 5k presented by Western Carolina Rescue Ministry (WCRM)  - limited registration and a new virtual option will be open by the end of this week. 

September 7: Tour d’Apple presented by Four Seasons Rotary Club

This bike ride in Henderson County is one of the Four Seasons Rotary Club largest fundraisers. They are hopeful that there will be some version of the event permissible by September.

Online registration will open again soon. Stay up-to-date through the FB page and TDA website. 

September 12: Rock the Quarry presented by Hedrick Industries

September 20: Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate is just as excited as we are at iDaph events to produce this event in the fall! We are working closely with Biltmore on establishing new event safety plans and protocols. Registration will open again soon with additional options for deferrals plus a new virtual event experience will be offered. 

October 17: Trick or Trail and Spooky Sprint - Registration opening this summer!

November 26: Biltmore Park Turkey Trot - Registration opening this summer!

By no means is this calendar set in stone. However, we will try to host the events that we have scheduled on their original dates because rescheduling could be very difficult for us, you, our partners and other event companies in our community. If you read our blog What will sport events look like when they come back?, I was quoted saying, “Rescheduling for later in the year has its own problems: There is already an endurance event scheduled for nearly every weekend in our area. We project that large events and gatherings could take much longer to revive themselves. How large is too large is the question… is 100 people too high of a risk for an endurance event?”

Getting creative

We are having to get very creative with events as we work on re-opening plans. We are up for the challenge! 

The only thing we ask of you is that you understand that in each and every decision we make, we’re making it in the best interest of the athlete, the communities in which these events are held, and in a manner that will allow iDaph Events to survive and ultimately thrive once we slingshot through this pandemic.

I believe that we are a community of determined, endurance-loving humans and that we all have the strength to pick ourselves up and start again. The more we can all lift each other up to find that strength, the better we all will be — even if that means we make small baby steps, each and every day to reach our ultimate goal. We look forward to seeing you on the start lines virtually and in person again soon!

‍My Best, 

Daphne Kirkwood

Daphne Kirkwood, owner of iDaph Events

Entrepreneur | Athlete | Mom

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Working out at home with kids

Working out at home with kids

Being cooped up at home is one thing - but being cooped up with KIDS is a whole other ballgame.

If you’re trying to stay in shape but find it difficult to stick to your work out when your littles are literally crawling all over you, here are some tips from Jennifer Fogle on how to get your kids involved and still get on a good sweat.

Jennifer and her husband Brett both own The Training Post Fitness in Fletcher, and they have two very active kiddos. Their number one rule is to lead by example.

“Get them involved!” says Jennifer. “Lead by example and show them the importance of staying active.”

Jennifer says you should find ways to include kids by modifying your workout so they can participate, or create a kid-friendly version while you do the actual workout.

“YouTube has some great resources for kid workouts that they can do while you do your workout,” she adds.

If your kids are too young to participate, Jennifer recommends trading off workout times with your spouse or partner, or find a time in your day where your kids will play well independently (hello Netflix) or are napping, etc.

“Even if you can only get in 15 to 20 minutes, it is better then not getting it in at all!”

No matter what, it is important to make it a priority and be consistent, she says.

Kid-friendly exercises

We know it’s hard finding time to exercise while you’re trying to get through homeschool activities, cooking, cleaning, working, and trying not to freak out. But here is a list of some fun exercises you can do with your kids that are simple and don’t take a lot of brain power. It’s amazing how just a few simple exercises can reset your thinking and mood.

1. Mountain Climbers
Get into a push-up position and then alternate bringing your knee to your elbow.
The idea is to move fast and work up a sweat.

2. Bear Crawls
Palms and feet flat on the floor, arch your back so that you look like a momma bear. Race your kids across the room.

3. Star Jumps
Kids love these! Stand tall and then explosively jump into the air, expanding your legs and your arms so that you look like a large “X” in the air.

4. Push Ups
Straightforward and to the point. Just be sure your hands are in line with your pectorals and your booty isn’t arced in the air.

5. Sit Ups
Another classic. Feel free to tuck your toes under the sofa or coffee table if you need a bit of support, or, ask your kids to hold your feet and vice versa.

6. Burpees

From standing, squat down, place your hands on the ground, and jump your feet back into a plank position. Lower body to the floor for a push-up. Push back up to plank. Hop feet back in and stand up.

7. Calf raises

From standing, lift up onto your tiptoes and hold, then lower.

8. Cartwheels

If anyone can’t pull them off, just try to approximate the move. Look out for breakable furniture.

9. Crab walks

Sit with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground; place palms on the ground behind you. Lift hips a few inches and walk forward on your hands and feet like a crab, then walk backward.

10. Crab toe touches

From your crab position, lift the left leg and right arm and try to touch your toes. Lower and repeat on the other side.

11. Handstands against a wall

Make it a game and see who can hold it the longest.

12. Hip bridges

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the ground; rest arms by sides. Press feet firmly down as you slowly lift your hips off the ground; hold for a few counts, then lower.

13. Inchworms

Bend forward at the hips and place hands on the ground with knees slightly bent, then walk them forward until you’re in a plank position. Now walk feet in to meet your hands and stand back up.

14. Planks

Lie on the ground on your belly, chest lifted off ground. Flex your feet (toes on the floor), engage legs, and lift the body up, balancing on forearms and toes. Keep the entire body strong and butt in line with shoulders and heels. Hold.

15. Side leg raises

Lie on one side, with your feet and hips stacked; prop yourself up on your forearm. Align shoulder over elbow. Lift your top leg straight up, keeping foot parallel with the ground and flexing your toes; pause at top, then lower.

16. Side planks

Lie on one side and prop yourself up on your forearm. Stack your feet and hips. Lift hips straight off the ground. Hold. Repeat on the opposite side.

17. Squat jumps

Stand with your feet hip- width apart, bend your knees, and squat your butt back and down, then jump straight up in the air, and land back down in the squat with knees bent.

18. Supermans

Lie facedown, with your arms and legs extended. Slowly lift your arms and legs off the ground as high as you can; keep the neck relaxed and look down at the ground. Hold, then lower. Burpees: From standing, squat down, place your hands on the ground, and jump your feet back into a plank position. Lower body to the floor for a push-up. Push back up to plank. Hop feet back in and stand up.

19. Squats

Kids are naturally born squatters. See who can get the deepest squat or the most squats in 60 seconds. To do this one, stand with your feet shoulder’s width apart, and do deep knee bends. Make sure keep your knees behind your toes and your arms out straight.\

20. Butterfly Kicks

Lay flat on your back, and extend your legs straight out. Imagine a swimmer, and begin to flutter kick your legs without bending at the knee. Start with your feet high off of the floor, as the move gets more difficult the closer the action is to the floor.

Snag a fitness timer from the app store on your phone to time your workout. Aim for 40 seconds of work, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Alternate through the activities above and aim for a 30-minute workout.

Other fun ways to stay active

We hope you find these exercises useful and that you’re also finding time to get outside. As a runner, I tend to choose exercises I can do outside with my daughter, but I have trouble motivating my 8-year-old to run. We have found other ways to exercise together (push-ups NOT recommended) that are fun and encourage my daughter’s competitive side. She loves riding her bike, so what we like to do is find a semi-empty parking lot or street, and choose a line in the parking lot to “race” to. This has helped me with my sprints, and my daughter loves beating me to the finish line (every time). As long as I don’t pull something, this is our new fun activity.

Stay safe, healthy, and most importantly - SANE. If you would like to share some tips on how you’re staying active during this time, please email stephanie@idaph.net

Sources: 

Source: https://qalo.com/blogs/qalo-life/12-at-home-workouts-to-do-with-your-kids
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k

https://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/strength-training-exercises-for-kids/

Stephanie Buss is the Marketing Coordinator for iDaph Events & Timing and is now an expert homeschooler, which has also made her an AVID runner. 🙂 

Past iDaph Blogs

COVID-19 Guidance for iDaph Sport Events

COVID-19 Guidance for iDaph Sport Events

Here at iDaph Events, your safety is our top priority. We want to ensure that our participants, staff and volunteers stay safe and healthy, and we are following all of the necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at sport events. In order to...

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