Marathon (26.2 miles), Half Marathon (13.1 miles), and 5K (3.1 miles) are offered on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The 5K happens start to finish before the half and full marathon so people can further "double up" by running two races each morning to earn more medals!
Read about How The Double Works so you can choose which races you want to do!
We have a whole page devoted to course descriptions, pictures, maps, and elevation profiles!
Since there is onsite parking, there will be no bag check.
There will be a roped-off area for “drop bags” or “special needs bags”. Participants leave a bag in this unattended area so that they may access it right by the course at the end of a loop as needed. Participants leave these bags at their own risk. We highly suggest you not put anything valuable in this area. The event and its producers are not responsible for any contents that are lost or stolen. Drop bags must be the size of a standard small sportsack, basically the size of a filled plastic grocery sack. Your drop bag must have the ability to tie a luggage tag to it (like to a handle or drawstring).
This Drop Bags tent is only for half and full marathoners, not for the 5K. You must be wearing your race bib when you approach the Drop Bag tent. Participants will check in with the volunteers at the square white tent by the race site, the volunteer will write the participant's bib on a luggage tag and attach it to the bag, and then the participant will be directed where to place their bag. A brightly colored bag will be easier for you to find between loops.
Again, this is not a bag check area, and not for use by those not doing multiple loops of the course.
Marathon: 15 aid stations with water and sport drink, on average every 1.75 miles! At roughly miles 2.0, 3.8, 5.5, 6.6, 8.6, 10.4, 12.1, 13.1, 15.2, 17.0, 18.7, 19.8, 21.8, 23.5, 25.2
Half Marathon: 7 aid stations with water and sport drink, on average every 1.75 miles! At roughly miles 2.0, 3.8, 5.5, 6.6, 8.6, 10.4, 12.1
5K: 1 aid station (water only) on the 3.1 mile course.
Packet pickup details are available. You will have after-work opportunities to pick up your packets Wednesday and Thursday, December 28 and 29. Then, a chance at the race site Friday, December 30th, in the afternoon (great for out of towners!). And of course, we always offer race morning packet pickup! Get all the details of packet pickup HERE...
All parking is at the race site. There are enough spots for all the runners in the 3 parking lots of Celebration Park. Get there early to allow enough time for parking, potty lines, and especially extra time if you still need to pick up your packet since packet pickup closes 15 minutes before each race start.
Click here for the Parking PDF to print and put in your car!
Start corrals are in place to try to manage the best traffic flow of participants throughout race day morning. Corrals will be assigned based on the anticipated finish time and best recent finish results you enter during registration. Start corrals discussed more here...
The event will be chip timed. The "chip" is actually a tag attached to the back of the race bib. Unlike shoe chip tags, there are no special instructions for the bib tag. They do not have to be looped a specific way, nor is there possible runner mishandling that can compromise RFID timing.
Some tips that enhance reader sensitivity, all of which are very standard practices:
- Bibs need to be worn to ensure race timing. If they do not wear a bib, they do not receive a time.
- Bibs should be worn on the front of the body.
- Bibs should be worn visible to anyone observing, so on the exterior of clothing. If youwear a jacket and place the bib underneath, it can help if you expose the underlying bib upon mat-crossing to enhance reader sensitivity. This is usually only a precaution.
- Bibs should not be crumpled up and placed inside runner's clothing.
All finishers receive a gorgeous colored finisher's medal. In addition, the following awards will be given each race day:
Marathon - 1st Open Male & Female, 1st Masters Male & Female, Top 3 Males & Females for Age groups 00-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+. Top 3 in Clydesdale (males where each weighs more than 195 lbs) and Athena (women where each weighs more than 150 lbs).
Half Marathon - 1st Open Male & Female, 1st Masters Male & Female, Top 3 Males & Females for Age groups 00-12, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Top 3 in Clydesdale (males where each weighs more than 195 lbs) and Athena (women where each weighs more than 150 lbs).
5K - 1st Open Male & Female, 1st Masters Male & Female, Top 3 Males & Females for Age groups 00-12, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Top 3 in Clydesdale (males where each weighs more than 195 lbs) and Athena (women where each weighs more than 150 lbs).
Clydesdale and Athena divisions are their own award division like the age groups so they will not have their results shown with their age group and will not be eligible for age group awards.
Top overall finisher awards are based on gun time. Age group finisher awards are based on chip times. You must start in your assigned corral to be eligible for awards.
You must be present at the award ceremony, or check in with the Awards Manager, to get your award. Awards are breakable and will not be mailed.
There are indoor restroom locations at the race site as well as portapotties for before the race.
See our Course Maps for restroom / portalet locations at the site and on the course.