The California Coalition of Endurance Sports has shared the following message regarding presenting at the Statewide Hearing to Re-open Sports and a petition to”Re-Open Endurance Sports & Get California Moving Again” that everyone is encouraged to sign prior to March 17th.
Upcoming: Informational Hearing March 17
Across California, counties are now moving into less restrictive tiers and businesses (including theme parks and sports venues!) are re-opening as COVID-19 infection rates decline and vaccinations ramp up.
Against this encouraging backdrop, we want to share two promising updates on our campaign to re-open endurance events statewide, along with one easy way you can help to mobilize support and create a sense of urgency.
As a result of our advocacy efforts in recent months, the Coalition has been invited to take part in an upcoming Informational Hearing on the Safe and Equitable Reopening of Sports scheduled for Wednesday, March 17 from 2:00–4:30 pm in the Assembly Chambers of the State Capitol in Sacramento.
The hearing will provide an overview of the guidelines and laws governing California sports, plans for safely reopening secondary & post-secondary athletics, Title IX considerations, lessons learned from professional sports and their future plans for COVID-19 safety as well as recreation & youth sports plans for returning to competition.
Presenting on behalf of the Coalition, Mike Bone will reinforce why the endurance sports industry is important to the physical, mental & economic health of the state and its residents, how events can re-open safely by following both science and precedent, and why it’s critical to act now and with a sense of urgency.
Cyclists, Please Sign this Petition Now to Re-Open Endurance Sports & Get California Moving Again
To help amplify our collective voice in advance of the upcoming hearing, we’ve crafted a petition on Change.org to articulate our position on re-opening endurance events in California. Now we need your help to share this petition far & wide and reach as many supporters as possible by March 17.
Whatever your preferred channel—email, social media, telephone, megaphone or telepathy—we encourage you to rally your runners, sponsors, vendors, community partners, LinkedIn connections, etc. and urge them to add their name in support of your specific event(s) and endurance sports statewide.
Members of your community are motivated to help, and this is their chance! Signing the petition takes less than a minute, and signees can also add personal comments.
Our hope is that a significant show of support (similar to the grass-roots success of the “Let Them Play” movement to re-open youth sports) will compel the Governor, state legislature and Department of Public Health to take prompt and meaningful action to re-open endurance events before 2021 becomes another lost year.