The London Marathon is a marathon that has been held annually in the city of London (United Kingdom) since 1981, normally in the month of April, although this year, and due to the global pandemic we are experiencing, it has been moved from date . The event is one of the members of the World Marathon Majors, the competition that brings together the six great marathons: New York, Chicago, Boston, Berlin and Tokyo, as well as London.
And so that this year, in the midst of a global pandemic that we are experiencing such as the Coronavirus, it is celebrated with total safety and minimizing possible infections, those responsible have had to pull technology.
Wearables for the 2020 London Marathon
The English robotics company Tharsus has created a device called Bump, which will be the one they use the 100 elite athletes who will participate in the London Marathon men’s, women’s and wheelchair races to maintain social distance. Additionally, up to 500 members of the event’s operational team will also use Bump for effective distancing.
How does it work? Bump technology focuses on portable and static devices what do they use radio frequency technology for alert users Immediately when they get too close to another person. The London Marathon wearable will go hung around the neck of athletes and operating personnel as if it were a necklace, or attached to a belt or a garment.
Social distancing in a marathon
The use of Bump will allow the organizers “accurately and frequently monitor the time elite athletes and event staff spend within a predefined distance from each other“. The system will allow that if a user tests positive for Covid-19 in the two weeks following the event, organizers can trace their interactions to specific users to inform them.
What do you think of the idea? Do you see this way of controlling the participants well? Or given the situation with COVID-19 and what happens in England at the level of contagion, should the London marathon not be held?