Southern California based endurance sports organizer Spectrum Sports Management today announces the formation of the California Coalition of Endurance Sports. Including endurance sports organizations up and down the state, the Coalition has come together to work with state and county representatives in the creation of a roadmap to resume successful participant events, large and small, in a safe and responsible way for all concerned.
The coalition’s intention is to gather members from the endurance sports world so that they can speak with a united voice as one cohesive business unit, which is imperative to the health and economic vitality of the events, participants and communities.
The coalition’s goals:
- Reclassify Endurance Events as Participant Events (not Sports, which is a broad umbrella classification which captures professional as well as collegiate sports).
- Open up all Endurance/Participant Events in a safe manner within agreed upon COVID safety standards.
- Acceptance of COVID standards of safety and social distancing as created by the industry sector, and which is currently implemented in other states.
“Our professional endurance events provide individuals the opportunity for both physical and mental health and growth, and also contribute to the economic well-being of our local, host communities,” said Coalition Co-Founder and Spectrum Sports Management CEO Mike Bone. “Since the Corona virus has hit the world, physical and mental health, as well as supporting small businesses in each of our communities, is more important than ever. As an industry we need to come together to approach regional government and ultimately state government to understand the value of our industry.”
The participant endurance industry also include charity events which generate tens of millions of dollars for California organizations from large national events to local, smaller, community events and many, many more. The industry has over 2.5 million event participants a year, generating over $65 million in charitable revenue.
“Organized endurance sports are at a critical juncture in California,” said Coalition Co-Founder and Chief Running Officer of San Diego Running Co. Eric Marenburg. “We know our events can be easily re-introduced in a safe environment with Covid preventative measures in place. We hope the state can hear our pleas so we can continue to service countless endurance participants every year that generate millions in charitable donations, all while supporting thousands of jobs.”
The participant endurance industry employs over 100,000 people throughout California including contractor, tech companies, artists, traffic control and security, among others. The events fill hotels, restaurants and businesses in host cities, and Visitor Bureau’s across California plan their annual marketing and budgets around many of these special events.
For more information and to join the California Coalition of Endurance Sports, please see www.cacoalitionendurancesports.com.
About Sports Spectrum Management
A recognized leader in endurance and sporting events in Southern California, Spectrum Sports Management and Timing Services creates a wide range of events with over 50 years of collective industry experience. Spectrum Sports Management emphasizes delivering a premiere, professional and world class service to our clients, our participants, and the communities in which we work. For more info, please see http://www.spectrumsports.net.