Online registration ends at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 23rd for all races. Please make every effort to sign up by then.
There will be late registration at the Expo on Friday 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. for all races. Race day registration will be available on Saturday, September 24th, for the 10K.
Kids Half Mile Fun Run – Friday, September 23rd, 5:15 P.M.
5K – Friday, September 23rd, 5:45 P.M.
10K – Saturday, September 24th, 7:00 A.M.
Half Marathon – Friday, September 23rd, 7:00 P.M.
All participants must pick up their packets either Friday, September 23rd 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. during the Expo at GE Park 1750 GE Road, or, for the 10K on Saturday, September 24th 5:30 A.M. to 7:00 A.M at the race event.
Half Marathon packets can also be picked up the morning of Saturday, September 24th between 5:30 A.M. and 6:30 A.M at the race event.
Tips on Comfort
Nutrition and Hydration – Your pre-race breakfast should be exactly the same as what you have eaten before your longer weekend training runs. The typical choices are toast or half a bagel with some peanut butter, washed down with some water, coffee, and sports drink. Other good choices are energy bars made specifically for a pre-run meal so they contain easily digested carbohydrates and some protein. Again, what is most important is that you eat foods and drink beverages that you are accustomed to consuming before training runs. Race morning is not the time to try anything new.
Eat your pre-race breakfast 2 to 3 hours before the race start. This means an early morning, but, all the better to get up and moving as far as the bathroom issues are concerned. Keep sipping water up to 30 minutes before the race starts. This should allow you to process everything you have taken in and time to use the bathroom before the race begins.
On race morning, drink just enough to satisfy your thirst and don’t drink anything in the last 45 minutes before the gun goes off. While it is important to drink as often and as much as your thirst dictates during races, it’s a bad idea to drink more.
Rain Conditions – 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed or cancelled. If the race is cancelled there will be NO REFUNDS.
Hot Weather – Listen to your body! – Early signs and symptoms of heat illness include fatigue, discomfort, and lightheadedness, cessation of sweating, disorientation and nausea. Stop exercising and find a cool environment as quickly as possible if you begin to notice any of these signs or symptoms while exercising in the heat.
Dress To Sweat – Sweating is the body’s primary cooling mechanism. When you run in hot weather, be sure to dress in clothes that allow this mechanism to do its job. Avoid wearing everyday clothes such as cotton t-shirts, which trap sweat and heat against the body. Instead wear technical apparel that is designed for your sport and made from moisture-wicking fabrics such as CoolMax, which soak sweat from your skin and transfer it to the outer surface of the garment for evaporation. Light colors that reflect the sun are also preferable.
Stay Hydrated – Drinking during hot-weather running will help your sweating system do its job better. By drinking throughout each run you will keep your blood volume close to normal levels, which in turn keeps your sweat rate high. And since oxygen is delivered to the muscles through the blood, maintaining your blood volume through drinking also enables your heart to deliver more oxygen per contraction, so you perform better than you can if you allow your body to become too dehydrated.
Slow Down – Research has shown that the brain protects the body during exertion in the heat by constantly monitoring the core body temperature and limiting muscle activity to prevent the core body temperature from rising to dangerous levels. (It’s actually the heat produced by the muscles, not environmental heat, that causes heat illness to occur. Environmental heat merely prevents body heat from dissipating.) So don’t expect or try to perform at the same level on hot days. Instead, maintain your normal level of exertion and understand that you will not go as fast at this level of exertion as on cooler days. Excerpts from Seven Hot Weather Training Tips; Matt Fitzgerald; Competitor.com