After lengthy discussions and the submission of a ground-breaking coronavirus COVID-19 Safety Plan, the Bureau of Land Management has officially issued the permit for the 24th Annual Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks” Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox. The race will run as originally scheduled, Aug. 12 -15. A record field of entries will be competing, eager to win the famously-grueling 550 point-to-point race from Las Vegas to Reno, Nev., the longest off-road race in the United States.
The BLM is granting the permit under the condition that Best in the Desert and its racers adhere to additional COVID-19 mitigation guidelines.
With the 2020 BITD race season just past the halfway point, fans can expect some close racing as competitors challenge for series points championships and bragging rights as champion of this legendary off-road event.
“We are happy to report the race will run as scheduled,” said BITD CEO Daryl Folks. “We sincerely appreciate the work done by the Nevada BLM State Office and the Battle Mountain BLM District Office along with their hard-working team to help us arrive at this point. It’s only fitting that the race named after our father and the founder of BITD will be run after all. In the end, it came down to the fact that we were able to prove that our racers know how to follow rules and will comply with the special measures we have put in place to make sure we run a safe race and respect the special COVID-19 safety protocol we’ve established.”
“I too am very grateful for all the hard work and cooperation by the BLM,” said BITD CMO Bryan Folks. “I cannot stress enough how crucial it is for the racing community to follow the new COVID-19 guidelines that will be set forth in the next announcement. The future of BITD depends on everyone putting aside their personal views and following what is being asked of us. I feel like this is an opportunity for the off-road community to come together and shine and prove that we can follow the rules.”
BITD Race Operations Manager Donald Jackson added, “It has been challenging from all fronts to get the permit approved to run on the original date. There were many obstacles to overcome but ultimately it was a huge team effort that got us to this point. I want to especially thank all those that took time to write letters of support, make phone calls, give medical advice and help us put together a solid COVID-19 mitigation plan especially Medical Director Doc Lippmann, Silver State Offroad Alliance (SSORA), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Without all of us collectively working together, we wouldn’t be able to see all the best off-road racers go head to head in the ‘Longest Off-Road Race in the United States.’”
In order to move forward with a fun and safe race, BITD has adopted additional measures to protect its racers and Nevada natives including the following coronavirus protocol in place for this race:
- Wear a face mask or face shield on-site at all times
- Practice social distancing by staying six feet apart
- Use hand sanitizer and wash hands often
- Park more than 10 feet away from neighbors
- Please stay home and consider attending a future event if you are considered at high risk or feeling any symptoms
- Please remain in pit area when not racing
- Refrain from wandering or visiting neighbors
- Leave no trace and pack out trash
- Avoid touching the face
- No camping at the start line or hotel parking lots
Fans can follow their favorite racer on race day on BITD’s website https://bitd.com/live-tracking/ or by visiting RacingTrax. In addition, BITD will be posting a constant stream of posts from Time Trials and the race including extensive LiveStreams over Facebook of key action from the event.