The Martians will be invading Dearborn as soon as we can!
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First and foremost - there is no need to reply to this e-mail, call us, or post questions to Facebook. We will continue to update you every time we know any new information in regard to the 2020 Martian Invasion of Races. We don't have minute to minute answers, but we pride ourselves on putting on events that are worth your time and entry money, and we will be as transparent as we possibly can each day going forward!
Thank you for your patience, Martians, as we continue work our way through a totally unprecedented situation for our business, and the entire world. We know that everybody is searching for answers, and we promise to keep you as up to date on what is going on as we possibly can. The virus at hand has been making day to day decision making difficult as things change hour by hour. We know what a frustrating time this has been for everybody and we are not ignoring you!
As you may have heard, the CDC has officially recommended that all gatherings of 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks be canceled or postponed. While this is not the news we were hoping for, we have to consider the vulnerable population and encourage adherence to social distancing. We're committed to assisting the country in reducing introduction of the virus into new communities and slow the spread of infection.
As of today, the 2020 Martian Invasion of Races is officially postponed. We will still be holding the 2020 Martian Invasion of Races. Please bear with us as we work with the City of Dearborn and all appropriate parties involved to select our new race date. It will be in summer of 2020 and we will let everybody know through all available channels as soon as we know the date! You will know the date within minutes of us knowing, no new information is being withheld!
OK, so what are my options for the 2020 Martian Invasion of Races?
You will have 3 options moving forward. Please do not panic - you do not need to make a decision today. In fact you can't make a decision today. Please read through your options carefully. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME - WE'RE JUST UPDATING YOU.
(KIDS - unfortunately we are unable to offer you a solid plan at this time but know that you will stil get to complete your marathon, we will update you ASAP)
Option 1 - Participate in the 2020 Martian Invasion of Races! We will have the new Martian Invasion of Races date to you soon! This option requires absolutely no action.
If you do choose to participate in the 2020 Martian Invasion of Races (now in summer!!! Woo!) we will waive any transfer fee if you choose to change distances. We know by postponing several months your training plan may change. Distance transfers may be processed after we have an approved postponement date.
Option 2 - If the new 2020 date does not work for your schedule but you still want to be a part of the invasion (and who wouldn't!?) we will offer (FOR 2020 ONLY) the option to participate virtually! The virtual race can be done any time at any location. Shirts and medals would be mailed to participants the week following the physical event. There would still be virtual results and we would send out a link to submit results closer to race day. After a 2020 postponement date has been selected we will create a 2020 Martian Invasion of Races VIRTUAL race event on Facebook so you can keep up with all the fun, participate in contests and win prizes.
Option 3 - If the 2020 date does not work for you and you are feeling iffy about participating virtually, we will allow deferrals to the 2021 Martian Invasion of Races on April 17, 2021. If you transfer distances in 2021 transfer fees will still apply.
Please know that we are doing our best to make the most informed decisions we can at this time. As soon as a new 2020 date is selected we will send along links to make any changes to your registration. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED OF PARTICIPANTS' PART RIGHT NOW.
Please be kind and patient to those around you in this time of uncertainty.
We'll see you at the Invasion (at some point :)),
Your Faithful Ground Control Crew!
PS: there is no need to reply to this e-mail, call us, or post questions to Facebook. We will continue to update you every time we know any new information in regard to the 2020 Martian Invasion of Races. We don't have minute to minute answers, but we pride ourselves on putting on events that are worth your time and entry money, and we will be as transparent as we possibly can each day going forward! We know what a frustrating time this has been for everybody and we are not ignoring you, we just simply do not have all the answers and are over here working tirelessly to make the new reality work!
Registration will open again when we have a new date!
Why the Martians? Click here for the illustrated story. Earth marathons have strange themes, with your flying pigs and your convoluted, NASA-calculated encounter projections. Our finest Martian philosophers and theologians are working tirelessly to compose our own (as you call it) "trash talk", which we will shower upon you most mercilessly once our planet's runners prove victorious in winning all the races and snagging all the prizes.
We also noticed the course map is now on your website. Using the MSA's (Martian Space Administration) spatial-relationship viewer, we see your course is free of dust and rock, perhaps a solid surface. It could be quite fast … interesting. Time will tell who ends up kicking whose …
The USATF certified course, is traffic free and fast. The Kids' Martian Marathon will encourage health and fitness to children, check out the Martian Kid's link. Hope to see all of you there!