Somerville Road Runners

Schedule of events on July 25, 2014

  1. 7:00PM - 8:45PM Number pickup for Marathon, 24 Hour Ultra, and 24 Hour Relay in the parking garage at 100 Quannapowitt Parkway, Wakefield, MA 01880. Friday night traffic on I-93 and I-95/Rte 128 can be (okay, make that, will be) very heavy, so please factor in sufficient time to arrive safely at the start when making your travel plans.
  2. 9:00PM Marathon, 24 Hour Ultra, and 24 Hour Relay are scheduled to begin concurrently at 9:00pm SHARP. However, we reserve the right to alter the starting time of the event if there is concern about lightning at the start of the race. The safety of our runners and volunteers is of paramount concern. In the event of a delayed start the completion times for the ultra events will be adjusted accordingly.

Schedule of events on July 26, 2014

  1. 7:00AM - 8:45AM Number pickup for 12 Hour Ultra in the parking garage at 100 Quannapowitt Parkway, Wakefield, MA 01880.
  2. 9:00AM 12 Hour Ultra is scheduled to begin at 9:00am SHARP. However, we reserve the right to alter the starting time of the event if there is concern about lightning at the start of the race. The safety of our runners and volunteers is of paramount concern. In the event of a delayed start the completion times for the ultra events will be adjusted accordingly.

Race Rules and Instructions

  1. Course Information All four races will start at the “Marathon Start”. All participants will complete the 1.343224km add-on loop and all participants will receive a certified marathon time. * Runners must NOT pass through the timing chute at the completion of the add-on-loop but instead will pass through the chute at the completion of their first full Lake Quannapowitt loop.
    All race participants must follow the designated course route clockwise around Lake Quannapowitt. Any participant deviating from the designated course is subject to disqualification.
    Please be aware that this is NOT a closed course: North Ave, Church St., Rte 129 (Main St./Lowell St.), and Quannapowitt Pkwy will remain open to vehicular traffic throughout the duration of this event. Participants are requested to run on the sidewalk whenever possible and remember that the sidewalks and trails will be open to pedestrians in this residential suburban park. However, vehicle parking is prohibited between 10pm and 6am along Main Street (Rte 129) so the shoulder is available to runners without conflict during this time.
  2. Safety Reflective vests and/or lights are encouraged for your personal safety by improving your nighttime visibility to motorists and pedestrians. Individuals may also prefer to use headlamps or flashlights on some sections of the course. However, personal lights are NOT mandatory and the course can be navigated without their use. A 24 hour Wakefield Police Detail will be patrolling the course
  3. Timing Timing Services provided by RaceWire
    The following timing chips are used:
    Marathon: Disposable RFID bib tag
    12 Hour Ultra, 24 Hour Ultra, 24 Hour Relay: Reusable RFID Ultratag which is mounted on a velcro band attached to the athlete’s ankle.
    It is the runner’s responsibility to ensure that the Ultratag or bib tag is securely fastened as recommended by timing company so that it can be detected by the timing equipment. Any lap not detected and recorded will not be credited to the runner so it is imperative that runners pass through the Timing Chute across the timing mat at the conclusion of every full lap.
    The only OFFICIAL clock on the course is that located at the Timing Chute. USATF rules will be in effect for this event.
  4. Pacers The use of non-registered participant pacers will not be permitted before 12 midnight. Pacers must bypass the timing chute and may resume escorting their runner beyond the Aid Station.
  5. Marathon Instructions The Marathon Start in 2014 has been changed due to minor course changes. All marathon participants are to assemble at the Starting Line by 8:45pm to receive final instructions. DO NOT cross the timing mats at any point before the start of the race as this will prematurely begin recording your time and invalidate your results.
    Mile markers along the course reference the Lake Quannapowitt loop and are designated [1], [2], & [3]. A mileage equivalence chart for each completed lap, including the add-on loop mileage, will be posted at the Finish Line. However, the important number to keep in mind is “8”, as in the number of full laps around the lake that must be completed to achieve the marathon distance.
    All participants who successfully complete the marathon will be provided with our coveted Finisher’s Metal Award at the finish line. Award Packages will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finishers at our Post Race Marathon Awards Ceremony beginning at 1:00am. All prizes will be awarded based upon gun time. Chip times will be used for your official running time.
  6. 12-Hour and 24-Hour Individual Ultra Instructions All events will start on Quannapowitt Parkway at the same start at marathon.
    24 Hour Ultra: Please be at the Starting area by 8:45pm to receive final instructions.
    12 Hour Ultra: Please be at the Starting area by 8:45am to receive final instructions.
    Mile markers along the course reference the Lake Quannapowitt loop and are designated [1], [2], & [3]. Only full loops are counted for the purpose of scoring. No credit will be assigned to partially completed loops. The only OFFICIAL clock on the course is that located at the Timing Chute. It is the runner’s responsibility to be aware of the time elapsed and time remaining for their particular event.
    In the event of a tie, runner rankings will be determined by chip time; therefore it is in the runner’s best interest to cross the timing mat at the end of a completed loop before taking rest breaks. At the end of the break the runner should then continue on with their next loop.
    Finisher medals will be presented to all participants at the finish line upon completion of their event. Your race bib must be presented to collect your race medal. Awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finishers at our Post Race Awards Ceremony 15 minutes after the completion of the race (9:15pm). All prizes will be awarded based upon final rankings. Rankings will be determined by distance completed first, time second.
  7. Team Relay Instructions Relay Teams may have a maximum of 8 members per team. Teams must have a minimum of 3 female runners to be classified as a Mixed Team.
    All Teams must submit a complete roster at least 2 weeks prior to race day. The team captain sends email invitations to teams members using the UltraSignup Relay Manager. Each team member can then register at no cost online. Only participants who have registered online are eligible to participate.
    The relay will start concurrently with the Marathon and 24 Hour Ultra. The lead-off runner for each team should be at the Starting area by 8:45pm to receive final instructions.
    The Relay Exchange Area is the only location on the course where a runner change is permitted. Relay Team members may run one or more complete laps in any order. A Relay Exchange Area will be established beyond the Timing Chute near the Aid Station.
    Only full loops are counted for the purpose of scoring. No credit will be assigned to partially completed loops. The only OFFICIAL clock on the course is that located at the Timing Chute. It is the Team’s responsibility to be aware of the time elapsed and time remaining for their event.
    Mile markers along the course reference the Lake Quannapowitt loop and are designated [1], [2], & [3].
    Awards will be presented to the 1st place team at our Relay Post Race Awards Ceremony at 9:15pm following the completion of the event. In the event of a tie rankings will be determined by distance completed first, chip time second.

On-Course Support

  1. Aid Stations There will be bagels, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, and other basic food items along with water, Heed sports drink, and Hammer gel at Aid Station I (near Start/Finish) for all registered participants. A medical tent is located at Aid Station I
    Aid Station II, located half way around the lake (approx. 2 miles) will be equipped with water only. A Town of Wakefield Fire Department EMT is located at Aid Station II
    We recommend that ultra participants come prepared to support themselves, as you know best what you will want/need during the later stages of the event. 12 Port-o-potties will be located at Aid Station I near the Relay Exchange Area beyond the timing chute.

Awards

  1. Finishers Medals All finishers of all events will receive our custom finisher's medal
  2. Prizes 12 hour ultra and 24 hour ultra: Prize money given to the top 3 finishers, male and female in 12 hour ultra and 24 hour ultra (to be determined).
    Marathon and Relay: Awards given to the top 3 finishers, male and female in marathon and first relay team. Category awards (male, female and mixed) for relay teams will be given if there are at least 2 teams per category
  3. 103 Mile Ultra Award Custom belt buckle awarded to ultra runners completing 32 laps (103.47 miles) or more