Based on current CDC guidelines, which include: no gatherings of 50+ through May 10, we're going to have to cancel this event as originally scheduled for May 2-3, 2020.
We're considering rescheduling for Halloween weekend: Sat, Oct 31 & Sun, Nov 1, 2020. If you're wondering, that'll have 10 hours of sunlight, an additional 1 hour of twilight, and a 100% full moon.
We're also considering moving back to our original, preferred location of the channeled scablands near Sprague, WA. If you're wondering, average temperatures in Sprague for this date are 49F / 33F (compared to 47F / 31F in Ashford, WA). Average daily precip is 0.06" in Sprague (compared to 0.35" in Ashford).
Keep in mind that these decisions are currently very tentative, and we won't be able to confirm for several weeks. We need some time to communicate with permitting agencies, as well as monitor how the pandemic spreads and how event guidelines change. Mergeo originally scheduled 47 event days of trail runs and navigation events for 2020, so depending on what other events of ours get canceled, those may get precedence for open fall weekends.
Any updates on the possible idea of a Haloween 2020 weekend?
No updates yet, sorry.
We're busy working with the governor's office to figure out how and when we (and other trail running race organizers) can start having trail runs (and by extension, navigation events) again.
We have four-phase reopening plan in Washington, and 30 of 39 counties are still in Phase 1 (ie: stay-at-home) through June 1 and gatherings of 50+ aren't permitted until Phase 4.
The rogaine terrain happens to sit in four different counties (and span federal, state, and private land), which may complicate things; two of the counties are already in Phase 2.
Yes, we all know that there isn't much "gathering" that takes place at a rogaine, but it's convincing the permitting agencies of that.