In an open letter, the folks behind the annual Kinetic Grand Championship
, the three-day wild and wooly wheeled adventure across the land and sea of our county, have announced the canceling of this year's in-person Memorial Day weekend event. "The threat of harm from COVID-19 is all too clear," the statement reads, and organizers are heeding the advice of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services' warning that not enough of the community will have been vaccinated by then.
- Pilot Peter Wagner Bouncing for Glory in 2019.
But before you put your wrenches and costumes away, the organizers are looking at going for virtual Glory again, as they did last year
with online events and solo journeys.
Read the full release below:
Open Letter to the Kinetic Community
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the holiday weekend.
Subject: In Person Kinetic Grand Championship Cancelled for 2021
Kinetic Universe places the highest value on the health and wellbeing of our kinetic family, which includes not only builders, racers, peons and pit crews, but also the many dedicated volunteers, generous sponsors and supporters, and our many thousands of fans. The threat of harm from COVID-19 is all too clear and continues to impact all facets of our lives. Even though vaccines are beginning to be distributed, all indications are that widespread vaccination and herd immunity will not be achieved until perhaps the end of the year. While we hope for earlier relief from the pandemic, it takes months of effort to plan for the race and we believe it is important to act early and prudently. After consulting with Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services, we have determined that it is in the best interest of public health to cancel the in person Memorial Day (May 29, 30, and 31st, 2021) Kinetic Grand Championship race.
There is no glory in cancelling this beloved event for the second year in a row and we take this unprecedented precaution out of a sense of care for the kinetic community. Though we are not planning an in person race this year, we will be keeping the spirit of kinetics alive with virtual events. We look forward to collaborating with those of you able to contribute your ideas, talents, time, and love of the race so that we may celebrate kinetic glory safely in 2021 and continue building our great tradition.
Kinetic Universe Board of Directors
Steve McHaney, President
Robert van de Walle, Treasurer
Jenette Kime, Secretary