- Race Day |
- Preparing for Race Day | UPMC Sports Medicine
- Taper Your Training
- Properly Hydrate
- Boost Your Carb Intake
- Don’t Try Anything New on Race Day
- Be Mindful of the Weather
- Things to Do on Race Day
- Contact Us
- Race Day
- Before You “Toe the Line”
- Race Nutrition Countdown
- 10 Race-Day Tips to Remember
- Running Etiquette: On Race Day
- Race Day Details
- GEAR CHECK
- GOODIE BAGS
- B-TAG TIMING & INSTRUCTIONS
- Pace Group Times
- WATER, AID STATIONS AND RESTROOMS
- MILE MARKERS
- PARTICIPANT RACE TRACKING:
- FREE MASSAGE
- SPECTATOR LOCATIONS
- DELAYS & DETOURS
- Impacted Areas
Race Day |
Not many people, in the course of their lives, get to experience the “highs” of anticipation, expectation and sheer glamour that this day provides for the thoroughbred racehorse owner. Depending on the size of your stable, furthermore, this is a thrill that recurs every few days to few weeks.
Whether your horse wins, finishes in the money, or simply runs a good race, the experience of this day, for a horseman, is LIVING.
Your trainer and the barn staff will be intensely living the excitement along with you, from the moment they awake. The horse, if it has raced before, will soon know “what day it is:” unusual things happen.
First, the racer will get a “light” breakfast at about daybreak – and the trainer will check to see if he or she “ate up,” that is, felt fit and finished all the feed. The trainer will take the horse’s temperature, just to make sure nothing is amiss.
At some early hour, the Official (State) Veterinarian will be by for a pre-race examination. The vet will run experienced hands down the horse’s forelegs, checking for signs of swelling or heat.
He will ask the groom to walk the horse back and forth, to check for soreness or “favoring” (and in some cases, will ask to see the horse briefly trotted or jogged right there at the barn).
Finally, he will check the tattoo on the inside of the thoroughbred’s upper lip and make sure it matches the official Jockey Club Registration number assigned to the horse’s name.
At some point in the morning, the horse may be walked – or perhaps jogged or galloped on the track for a few minutes – for a warm-up. (Horses are never “worked” on race day). After that, and a bath, the horse will be muzzled to keep it from any further eating. all professional athletes, it will do better in competition on a light stomach.
If the horse is a known “bleeder,” the trainer’s vet will come by about four hours before race time and inject it with no more than 5 ccs of a diuretic – usually Lasix.
This is a completely legal drug (in proper doses) which will lower the horse’s blood pressure and reduce the risk of bleeding from the small, thin-walled capillaries of its nose, throat and lungs under the stress of hard running.
Some trainers, in addition, will have the horse stand in a foreleg ice-bath for up to 90 minutes to relieve any nagging discomfort that might distract it from running its best race.
Now is when the trainer and assistant trainer – and the owner, if you been to the barn that morning – go to change into more formal wear for the festivities ahead.
An hour or less before the designated race time, your trainer will receive the “20 minute call,” summoning your horse to the Receiving Barn for a final “walk-by” witnessed by the Official Veterinarian. The Horseshoe Inspector will check to see that your horse’s shoes are legal (i.e., “stickers” are sometime not permitted) and in good condition.
An official called the Horse Identifier will again verify the horse’s lip tattoo, as well as its color and markings, against its file – a Jockey Club Registration Certificate and photographs.
After that, your trainer, the trainer’s assistant, your horse and its handler will go to the saddling paddock, where it will come under the watchful jurisdiction of the Racing Veterinarian. At this point, the Paddock Judge will check and note the gear your trainer has brought for your horse.
There are a half-dozen or more bits which may be used to curb a horse’s tendency to drift in or out. A tongue-tie is used to be sure the horse’s tongue won’t obstruct its air passage. Blinkers, hood-goggles, and even ear-muffs are part of racing equipment for many horses: they may keep a flighty or fractious horse’s mind on the race.
But the use – or decision not to use – of any of these devices must be cleared with the Paddock Judge prior to the race (and in the case of blinkers, prior to the issuance of the Overnights). Finally, the jockeys’ valets bring out their saddles and help the trainers secure this scant but crucial gear onto the horses.
When the official preparation is over, your trainer finishes with a ritual as old and as beautiful as horseracing itself.
For all those who say racing is “just a business,” they should witness this moment of highly personal contact, filled with hope, that sends these wondrous athletes into competition: a pat on the neck, sometimes even a kiss, and a few special words whispered in the horse’s ear comprise a racing “pep talk” in a private language. As an owner, these are moments you won’t want to miss.
Once in the walking ring, the trainer will often introduce you to your jockey, and then discuss with the jockey what kind of race the horse wants to run or is ly to run.
Every eye in the pack of spectators near the saddling paddock will at some point be on your horse, your trainer and you.
Up in the stands, fans will be watching to see the horse’s “mood,” and overlays and underlays to the “morning line” will take place largely as a result of what the fans witness in the walking ring.
Unless your horse is in the first race of the day, you (as the owner) will already have been seated for the race and will now return to your table or box.
At all the major California tracks, the racing associations (by contract with TOC) provide owners of horses racing that day with free admission to the track and usually free Club House or Turf Club seating for the owners’ party.
The “perks” for such occasions vary in generosity from track to track, and from race to race.
At least one day in advance of your horse’s race (or as soon as the “Overnights” are published), please remember to contact the track’s Owner Liasion (see Appendices for names and numbers) and arrange for the complimentary service entitled to you.
The Liaisons can also help you find suitable accommodations and transportation if you’re coming in from town for the race. Should you experience any delay or difficulty in making these arrangements, contact your TOC representative at that track for prompt assistance.
Once the trumpet and the post parade and the loading into the gate have been accomplished, the race – from the words “And away they go!” – is ly to become a mighty adrenaline blur (not to mention a surrealistic time-warp) for any devoted owner.
Nevertheless, should you see on the monitor or through your binoculars anything that looks interference (bumping by another horse, or another jockey’s whip hitting your horse), you are free to go to any of the Stewards’ Hot Lines (or “Quick Lines”) and register a protest.
Obviously, it’s a sound practice to find out where these phones are before the race, since all protests affecting horses “in the money” will necessarily take place in a matter of minutes, if not seconds, after the finish of the race.
Though there is a group of at least three Stewards carefully watching every race – and though they generally have Patrol Judges with walkie-talkies stationed at the 1/8th pole, the 3/8ths pole and the finish line – any trainer, owner, or riding jockey can still “claim foul” and request a hold on the posting of “Official” results until the Stewards have re-run and studied the race tape to carefully judge the consequences and magnitude of the complaint.
Once the “official” result has been posted, however, the outcome of the race – barring positive drug tests or legitimate contests regarding ownership – will stand, and the purses will be distributed accordingly.
Your horse may win – by a nose, by a length, or by a mile. Don’t hesitate! Start down to the Winner’s Circle, bringing along whomever you want to help you celebrate, and savor every step.
The track photographer will be there to record the scene of your trainer and jockey on and around your winning steed, and you beaming close by.
The track’s racing association will make available to you (yes, for a price) not only these “winning” photos, but often a videotape of the race, and even a copy of the breathtaking “photo finish,” if there was one. You should frame these pictures: you have earned these moments.
(If your horse came in Place or Show, you can also request videotapes of the race to make the purse you have collected even sweeter.)
Final notes: Though you can fairly confidently look forward to your purse check, you will unfortunately not be able to physically take possession of your “win money” for at least five days (the time it takes for the mandatory drug-tests on winners to come back from the State-appointed lab).
To avoid any further delays in collecting your money make certain that, if you cannot pick up the check yourself, you have (by original, signed letter) “nominated” someone else – either a partner or your trainer – to collect from the Paymaster of Purses any money your horse may have won.
(As an alternative, you can leave your winnings ”on account” with the Paymaster of Purses at the track, making future claims and the depositing of Jockey’s fees an easier matter).
If your horse has been claimed, on the other hand, you can collect your reward the same day (but only if you do it quickly: the Paymaster’s office closes very soon after the end of the last race of the day!).
No matter how your horse finished (provided it was not injured) you will have had a great day… a day that few others on the planet, and only a few score in history, can truly appreciate.
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Preparing for Race Day | UPMC Sports Medicine
After months of training, you’ll need to start preparing your body for the big race.
Taper Your Training
Tapering your training will help repair your body and ensure that you’ll have enough energy on race day.
- A couple of weeks before the marathon, begin tapering your mileage and incorporate more days of rest into your training schedule.
- Avoid thinking that you need to get in one more run. Without rest, you increase your risk for injury and may be too fatigued to run your best or finish the race.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before the race.
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Increase your fluid intake, with both water and sports drinks, in the days leading up to the race.
The day before the race:
- Drink your baseline amounts of fluids (Female 11 cups, Male 16 cups)
- Drink 16 ounces of water starting 1 hour up until going to bed
- Drink 16 more ounces of water when you wake up
- Drink 8 to 10 ounces of water or sports drink about 10 minutes prior to racing
During the race:
- Your fluid intake depends upon how much you sweat, the climate on race day and how fast you run
- General guidelines recommend drinking between 18 and 36 ounces of fluid for every hour of running (18 ounces/hour for 10+ minute mile runners; 36 ounces/hour for 8-minute mile or faster runners)
- Sports drinks may be preferable over water if you’re a salty sweater or losing excess fluid due to climate or pace of running. In general, drink what you trained with.
Everybody’s fluid requirements vary, so be sure not to over-hydrate, especially if you are a slower runner or don't sweat much. Drink as you're thirsty throughout the race.
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Boost Your Carb Intake
Increasing or keeping your carbohydrate intake to a moderate-high level days leading up to the race will aid in refilling your glycogen stores, and assist with increased performance on the day of the race.
Three to five days before the race:
- Keep your main meal plates and snacks 50% carbohydrates. If you’re at a lower carbohydrate intake, increase your plate distribution to 50% carbohydrates as an easy way to add in the days leading to race day.
- Use carbohydrates that your body knows and you have used throughout training
The night before the race:
- Eat a high-carb meal with small portions of protein and vegetables, keeping fat and high fibers to a minimum
- Give yourself enough time (2-3 hours) to eat your meal before going to bed. Too much quantity right before going to bed can disrupt the chance of a restful night’s sleep.
- Don't skip breakfast
- Give yourself 3-4 hours from race time if choosing to have a large breakfast
- Give yourself 1-2 hours from race time for a carbohydrate rich snack breakfast
- Eat mostly carbohydrates, keep your protein, fat, and fiber consumption low
- Use the same breakfast that’s worked for you throughout training
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Don’t Try Anything New on Race Day
This is not the time to experiment with things you haven’t already tried on several training runs.
- Don’t wear new shoes, but your existing shoes should have no more than 500 miles on them.
- Stick to the same clothing that you have been wearing during your training. Anything new may cause discomfort and prohibit you from running your best.
- To avoid discomfort or upset stomach, don’t eat or drink anything new close to or on race day.
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Be Mindful of the Weather
Spring weather is often unpredictable, so prepare for various scenarios.
- If it's very cold in the morning, wear top layer clothes that you won't mind discarding along the course as the day warms up
- If the weather is warm, wear clothing that is light-colored, loose fitting, and lightweight
- If it's raining, wear a trash bag or disposable poncho at the start line and throw it away when the race begins
- Be careful not to overdress. At the starting line, you should actually feel a little chilled because your body will warm up a few miles into the race.
- Be flexible with your performance goals. Running a certain time when the weather is 50 degrees and overcast may not be achievable if it's 80 degrees and sunny.
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Things to Do on Race Day
- Before you get dressed in the morning, apply sunscreen to prevent sunburn and Vaseline® or BodyGlide® to prevent chafing in key locations armpits, nipples, and inner thighs.
- Keep your warm-up short to loosen up your muscles yet conserve your body’s energy.
- Address problems early in the race. Letting them persist could result in an injury. Don’t ignore issues :
- A poorly tied shoe
- An area of skin that's beginning to chafe
- A pebble that has made its way into your shoe
- Relax. It's normal to feel nervous the morning of the race.
- Have faith in all of your hard work and preparation
- Feel confident that you can achieve your goals
- Enjoy the marathon experience
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- Pack your bag
- Eat a very light meal or nothing. (I don’t believe in carbo-loading the night before races, even marathons.)
- Drink 4-6 ounces of water every waking hour (unless you hear a sloshing sound in your stomach).
- Try to relax so you can sleep. But if you can’t sleep, the race isn’t lost. (I’ve run some of my best races after sleepless nights.)
- Shoes, socks, shirt, shorts, sweats or running suit
- Gloves, hat, turtleneck, etc., if cold
- Water (about a quart)
- Bandages and Vaseline
- $25-50 for registration, gas, food afterward, etc.
- race number if sent to you in mail, 4 small safety pins
- copy of “Race Morning” instructions (see below)
It’s hard to remember all these things at the last minute. Photocopy these pages and put them in your bag the night before.
- After you wake, drink 4-6 ounces of water every half hour.
- Drink your last water a half-hour before the race.
- Don’t eat, it won’t get processed in time to do you any good. (Those who need to boost their blood sugar level should eat the same food, in the same quantity that they have found works for them in other races or hard workouts.)
- 30-40 minutes before the race, start your warm-up.
Before You “Toe the Line”
- Walk 5 minutes to activate the running muscles gently and prepare the body for exertion, then jog for 1-2 minutes and walk for 1-2 minutes.
- Jog slowly 10-20 minutes. Start very slowly, then speed up gradually to a relaxed warm-up pace.
- Stretch gently if you need to stretch (iliotibial band injury, etc.). I’ve seen more problems when runners stretch before fast runs, than among those who don’t stretch at all. If you have found stretching to be beneficial for you, then go ahead, but be very careful.
- Walk another 3-5 minutes to relax.
- About 10-15 minutes before the start, do some accelerations to get your body ready for race conditions. Do 5-10 x 50-100 yards. Start slowly, accelerate gradually to race pace, then ease back to a slow jog.
- Walk again, 3-5 minutes.
- About 5-10 minutes before the start, relax, sit down, walk around – whatever takes the edge off. Some runners put their legs above their heads, others meditate for 5 minutes.
- Shift gears as you line up. Tense muscles don’t work smoothly. Joke, and enjoy the festive air, energy and enthusiasm. This relaxes muscles through the body and gets them ready.
Race Nutrition Countdown
I begin my eating countdown the day before by eating small meals every 2-3 hours. On each, it’s okay to eat a little protein with carbohydrates that you know will be digested easily. Your goal is to eat just enough to leave you satisfied, but not full, for 2 hours or so.
Be sure to drink water or an electrolyte beverage with your snacks. That afternoon and evening I’ll take water and juices regularly. If I’m hungry I’ll eat only easily digestible food, such as bread or energy bars. I’ll obviously avoid fried or greasy food or other foods that are hard to digest, peanut butter or dairy products.
I’ll also stay away from high roughage items salad, bran, etc.
The carb-loading dinner before a race is great social fun. It’s okay to eat a little, but don’t overeat and avoid salty food, particularly if the weather is predicted to be warm. Loading up too much the night before can lead to unloading during the race.
I to wake up 3-4 hours before the race.
During the first 2-3 hours, I’ll take 6 ounces of water or Accelerade very hour. About 60-90 minutes before the start, I usually eat an energy bar and have a cup of coffee as logistics permit. Hopefully, I’ll have some water with me at the start to sip, but primarily to dump on my head if the day is warm.
It may look strange, but it works! (If you want to try this routine, test it out on your long runs first.)
There is now strong evidence that a cup of coffee an hour before a race will improve performance. This drug helps mobilize free fatty acids and triglycerides, making them available for energy utilization in the blood stream.
It also helps you to wake up and get your sewage system cleaned out, avoiding the last minute lines at the “porta-johns.” Too much caffeine, however, can cause dehydration and may negatively influence your heart rhythm.
Be careful and try it out on several trial runs before using it in races.
10 Race-Day Tips to Remember
If you are a novice running a 5K, your first 10K or participating in a half or full marathon, there are some key points that you should be aware of. Here are 10 tips to follow when race day comes.
1. The day before the race you should be taking in plenty of water in order to have a well-hydrated body. Avoid alcohol or excessive amounts of caffeine this specific day. Your morning cup of coffee is OK, but not all day.
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2.Pick a dinner that is going to give you enough carbohydrates, but is not going to upset your stomach or cause you to feel super stuffed. I would also stay away from any type of acidic foods since those can cause upset a stomach, create acid reflux and other conditions that are not favorable before and during the race.
3. Do not put on a brand new pair of shoes because you think you are going to run better. It is ideal to run in the shoes that are already broken in and your feet and body are accustomed to. If you run in a new pair of shoes, you have to break them in and doing that on race day is not favorable.
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4.Wear clothing that will wick your perspiration away. Also, if you are running in cold weather, it is easier to take off arm sleeves versus changing your shirt because you are too hot. Wear clothes that can be adjusted easily (running gloves, running hat, arm sleeves, etc). The last thing you want to do is shed clothing that was expensive and you leave it on the ground.
5.Visiting the water stations is great because you can get hydrated, but having a fuel belt will help maintain your rhythm when running and keep you hydrated. The last thing you want to do is stop or slow down to get some water/electrolytes and then get back on pace; you may cramp, faint or just not get back into the groove. Practice prior to a race with a fuel belt.
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6. The morning of the race, make sure you take care of all of your bathroom necessities. The last thing you want to do is use a port-a-potty or the bushes on the race course. This will make you cool down, ruin your time and just throw you off pace.
7.On the morning of the race, ingest what you usually eat when you are going to do that long run. Stick to what works for you when you need to run long distance. Don't try something different because it may disagree with your stomach or could alter your energy. Stick to what works, don't deviate.
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8.If you know you get hungry when you are running, plan ahead of time and make sure you have all of your goodies that work for you when you need it. That is why having a fuel belt is important.
9. If you are using an MP3 player, have all of your songs preloaded, charged and ready to go in the morning. Don't be doing last minute uploads because this will create unnecessary stress that you do not need.
10.If you feel you are bonking or your running pace is just off, then follow someone who is just in front of you but is going fast enough that you can pace yourself with them. If you lose them, find someone else that you can pace yourself with because this will help you establish your rhythm again.
BONUS TIP: Pain is temporary. So have fun, sweat and enjoy that late breakfast or lunch after the race, you earned it.
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Running Etiquette: On Race Day
You’ve put in the work, and after months of training, race day has finally arrived. Naturally, you are a bundle of nerves — not only about your performance, but also because there’s so much to remember: Did you pack your on-course fuel? Are you wearing your lucky socks? Just how much traffic will there be to get there?
It is important to remember that other runners — whether there are 25, or you’re running with thousands of people — put in the same work you did and deserve to have the best experience, too. This brings us to the etiquette of racing.
Here are a few key race-day manners to keep in mind as you toe the starting line. Follow these and you’ll help guarantee a smooth race day for yourself and fellow competitors.
BEFORE THE RACE
The area where you line up pre-race is known as the corral and though you may think your position there doesn’t matter, it absolutely does — especially for elite runners.
Prior to entering the corral, it’s best to get the entirety of your pre-race routine the way. For example, do your stretching, strides and warmup routine beforehand.
There are a lot of runners lining up and the area can get crowded very quickly, so being considerate of this will give everyone the space they need to prepare for their race.
Additionally, should you need to use the port-a-potty, do so before you enter the corral to reduce the number of people you need to weave through to get there and back.
“You’ll ly be standing in your corral for 15–45 minutes (depending on the size of the race) so plan accordingly,” notes Gary Berard, New York City- and New Jersey-based running coach and founder of GB Running, LLC. “Being mindful of those around you is a courteous and thoughtful approach, particularly when you’re all about to embark on a long, arduous journey such as a marathon.”
Once you are in the corral, as mentioned above, make sure you are in the right place. Many races assign corrals previous race times, but for those that don’t, make sure you are the way of faster runners and realistic about your pace and where you place yourself in the pack.
“Most large races with a serious elite field will have a separate corral for [elite] runners, but smaller races can be a free-for-all,” explains Allison Macsas, co-founder of Rogue Expeditions and winner of the 2017 Austin Marathon.
“If you don’t realistically have a shot at a top-10 finish, it’s best to stay off of the front two rows so that you don’t impede those who do, especially in shorter races where seconds really matter.
Beyond basic courtesy, it can be dangerous for slower runners to get in front of the faster runners — it will inevitably lead to weaving, dodging, tripping and falling.”
DURING THE RACE
When it comes to etiquette mid-race, most of the courtesy rules take place at the water stops. Always keep moving forward throughout the race and as you prepare to slow down to get water, take a quick look around to make sure you aren’t in the way of any other runners.
“At water stops, ease your way over and try not to cut people off and even though everyone else is throwing their garbage on the ground, at least attempt to hit the trashcan,” urges Macsas. “And say thank you to the volunteers, they’re putting in a long day!”
Berard shares the same sentiment about littering on the course. Though there are volunteers present to clean up discarded cups and wrappers, some races — he specifically notes the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa — have started to crack down and discipline runners who leave trash on course.
As for on-course etiquette, the rest of the rules involve cell phones, cameras and music players. Wearing headphones is allowed on many courses, though some races do not allow you to listen to music. Being aware of the rules is imperative and should you choose to wear headphones, keep the music low so you can hear the runners around you.
“Race directors often have a rule against headphones, most often to ensure that runners can hear the directions of race officials, police officers and volunteers,” adds Macsas. “That said, please, please, please don’t play music out loud! I can assure you that no one else appreciates it.”
If you need to have your phone out to listen to music and snap pictures, step aside for those mid-race selfies. It is perfectly OK to celebrate your accomplishment and document it along the way, as long as you aren’t in the way of any other runners.
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AFTER THE RACE
Post-race you enter the finisher’s chute once you cross the finish line, where you collect your medal, grab any race-provided snacks, get official photo opps and collect any gear you dropped off before the race. In this area it is important to remember that there are many other tired runners around you, so being aware of your surroundings even when you aren’t on course is important.
“On the finish line, try not to block someone else’s finish line photo — we all want one,” emphasizes Macsas. “Gather yourself, but keep moving to avoid bottlenecking. Thank the volunteers and, most importantly, stay awhile and cheer! The runners behind you will appreciate it as much as you did.”
NOTES FOR SPECTATORS
If you stick around to cheer on other runners — or you’re giving your family and friends advice for their own sideline experience — here are a few things to know.
The first rule, of course, is to stay off the race course. Not only can it be dangerous for runners, but it can also put you in a compromising situation. Additionally, you want to make sure medical personnel and race officials have the proper access to the course should they need to help any runners who may need it.
“Let the runners have their space,” adds Berard. “I know it’s always hard to find your runner in a sea of humanity during any road race, but taking baby steps into the race course in attempt to spot them is a definite no-no.”
The other rule to follow involves cheering: You should absolutely do it! Be aware of what you are saying to runners on course; Macsas advises you to stay away from phrases such as, “Pick it up!” and Berard specifically mentions not to yell, “You’re almost there!” Otherwise, cheering and congratulating runners really has no rules as long as you are encouraging them along the way.
“The runners at the front — myself included — often look focused and serious, because we are.
Though we may not show a lot of emotion or reaction, we really do appreciate the cheering, so keep doing it,” concludes Macsas.
“For elites, traveling to a race is often the equivalent to a business trip, and we often don’t have friends or family there to cheer — if you see a name on a bib number, yell it!”
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Race Day Details
Pre-Race Shuttles: 5:15 – 6:40 a.m.
Pre-Race shuttles are for Marathon and Half Marathon participants wearing bibs only. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED and random bag checks will be conducted. Starting line shuttles will run every five minutes from the following locations:
- VALLEY RIVER INN (1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR) – Free parking available at the hotel and south east corner of the Valley River Center mall parking lot.
- GRADUATE HOTEL (66 E. 6th Ave, Eugene, OR) – Shuttles load on the 7th St. side of the hotel. Free parking available downtown in city parking garages and streets on Sunday
- HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS (3480 Hutton St., Springfield, OR) – Parking is not available at this shuttle stop. Participants staying in surrounding hotels or being dropped off may access this shuttle location.
- START/FINISH – Shuttle drop-off and post race pick-up. There is parking onsite at the start/finish line, but due to race day traffic and closures it is highly suggested that participants take the shuttles.
Post-Race Shuttles: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Participants and spectators may ride the post-race shuttles after finishing the race. Shuttles run every 15 minutes and stop at all shuttle stops above.
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A network of 300 bikes and over 35 stations are available for users to pick-up and drop-off available bicycles for one-way trips across the city. PeaceHealth Rides complements other transit, keeping you healthy, affordable and on the go.
To start riding, download the app or visit PeaceHealthRides.com. For additional information, follow @PeaceHealthRides on social media. Check out the PeaceHealth Rides Spectator map HERE.
Gear Check is only available on Sunday for the Marathon and Half Marathon.
Clear bags with warm-up and post-race clothing may be checked near the start line. Please use the clear gear check bag given to you at packet pick-up. Tie the handles together and zip tie the tear tag from the bottom of your bib number around the handles (zip ties provided at Packet Pick-up).
There is also a white box on the bag where you can write your bib number. Random bag checks will be conducted at gear check. Do not put anything of value in your bag; the Eugene Marathon is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Discarded items and bags not picked up will be donated to a local charity.
Participants receive the popular Eugene Marathon reusable goodie bag pre-packed with refueling food and water after they cross the finish line. Use the clear bag passed out at the Health & Wellness Expo for race day gear check purposes (and to collect your free Expo goodies and purchases).
B-TAG TIMING & INSTRUCTIONS
We use “B-tag” timing chips, which are disposable and embedded timing devices in your bib. They do not need to be returned after the race.
B-tags do not need to be separated from your bib for any reason. Your timing chip is activated once you cross the starting line.
To receive accurate times, be sure the bib is clearly visible from the front, unaltered (do not fold or wrinkle), pinned on all corners and not covered.
The Run Hub Northwest pace team is looking forward to helping runners of all abilities achieve their marathon goals. Pacers are experienced local runners who will help support runners with even pacing and enthusiastic encouragement.
Pace leaders will be available at the Health & Wellness Expo to connect and talk strategy. Meeting with your pacer during the Expo is highly encouraged! For more information on Boston qualifying times, please visit the BAA website.
Pace Group Times
Pace Groups will be split into the following times:
To ensure a smooth and safe start for all participants, the Marathon and Half Marathon are separated into corrals. Corral assignments are printed on bibs and assigned by the estimated finish time that was entered during registration.
We ask for participants’ cooperation when arriving to the starting corrals. Lining up with the fastest in the front and progressively slower runners/walkers behind minimizes the amount of unnecessary passing during the first mile and creates a safer and more enjoyable event for everyone.
WATER, AID STATIONS AND RESTROOMS
The marathon course has 17 water stations, staggered approximately every 1-2 miles. Water and Gatorade (Lemon Lime) is served at every water station. Information for On-Course energy gels will be coming soon.
Bananas are available at miles 7, 12.5 and 21.5. Portable restrooms are located at the start, finish and every few miles along the course.
Aid stations and American Red Cross FAST teams are located approximately every 3 miles.
Once again, participants will see gorillas on the course! Thanks to our local sponsor Gorilla Capital, each mile is clearly marked with “Feather Flags” along the course.
We don’t want to jinx it, but we have pretty much ALWAYS had amazing running weather for the Eugene Marathon. Here is a look at last years forecast courtesy of KEZI 9 News!
PARTICIPANT RACE TRACKING:
Eugene Marathon App:
The Eugene Marathon App is live! Download the “Active Experience” app on your phone’s app store, and search for the Eugene Marathon event to access.
Eugene Marathon Home Page:
At any point in the race, fans can enter the participant’s name or bib number on the homepage and see progress and results (only available on Sunday)
/ / Text:
Get real-time race updates posted to your , or text accounts.
(The tracking sign up link is posted one week before race day) Additionally, participants can sign up for this service at the “Race Troubleshoot” desk at the Health & Wellness Expo.
Please note: this tracking option is tied to your bib and will only record times when crossing a split-timing map on the course.
Participants can easily search for live results on race day from our home page. Additionally, participants can view results in the results tent inside the Finish Festival. Updated race results will continually be posted throughout the day at the results tent.
Free 15 minute massages are offered for marathon and half marathon participants on Sunday. Grab some yummy Krusteaz pancakes and recovery food and head toward the massage tent!
Many LMT’s and Lane Community College Massage students are volunteering their time! Any donation at the Massage Zone directly supports the LCC Massage School. Thank you to Urban Therapeutic Equipment & Accessories, LLC for donating massage supplies!
Bring your energy and get ready to cheer for thousands of runners and walkers, from all across the country, as they speed their way along the 26.2 and 13.1 mile courses.
Some specific spectator locations include: Alton Baker, Amazon, Maury Jacobs, Skinner Butte and Willamalane Parks.
Check the course map or spectator map (updated maps coming in 2020) to plan your way around the city and find your best cheer spots.
Come out and show these athletes why Track Town USA is so awesome!
Every Marathon and Half Marathon finisher receives a unique finisher’s medal. Additional awards are given to overall winners, overall master winners and the top three men and women of each age group in the Marathon, Half Marathon and Eugene 5K.
Age groups are as follows: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 and over. Note: There is a 14 and under award for the 5K race. All awards are decided participant’s chip time. Please be sure to race under your own bib to ensure accuracy in post-race results.
Awards will be available at the awards tent throughout the week. Check out the app to learn more about award ceremony timing. See past years results here!
DELAYS & DETOURS
Download the Waze app today by clicking the logo!
Download the “Waze” app and view live Eugene Marathon street closures. This is the official platform for marathon road closures throughout the weekend.
Traffic information will be updated once the course is certified.