Saturday, August 16, 2014
Welcome to the Park City Marathon presented by the Newpark Town Center. Below is a summary of all the things you need to know to make your day at the races run smoothly.
RACER BAG PICK-UP DATES & TIMES:
- Thursday, August 14 from 4:00 – 9:00p.m., Newpark Hotel (1456 Newpark Blvd., Park City, UT 84098)
- Saturday, August 16 (Race Morning) from 5:00 – 6:00a.m. Start/Finish Line*
*Please use this option only if you cannot make an earlier date, because it will be very hectic. If you show up late, you will not get your packet in time to start with the other racers.
BIBS & TIMING CHIPS:
We are using Milliseconds Sports Timing to time the event. The race will be timed using a disposable chip attached to the back of your bib. You do not have to do anything special to activate it or to make it work for the race. Just wear the bib on your chest as you would for any other race. Please do not remove the foam padding from the chip, or crush, fold or remove the chip from the bib. There is no need to return the chip after the race is over.
Please make sure your paper bib is visible throughout the race—don’t put it on a sweater, which you’ll then abandon at an aid station. If you don’t have a bib and chip, we will wonder if you’re a ‘bandit’, and running without paying an entry fee. Bandits will be summarily executed and their carcasses left hanging on display in the Plaza.
START SCHEDULE / DETAILS:
There is plenty of parking all around the Newpark Plaza – follow the volunteers’ instructions. All Runners are timed by their chip. Timing will be activated when you run through the start arch, so you do not need to wave about which wave you begin it.
5:00a.m. Walking Start – Full Marathon Participants only! You must register as
a Full Marathon Walking Participant. There is NO early start for the
5:00a.m. Day of packet pick up opens at Start/Finish line at Newpark Plaza.
6:30 a.m. Marathon Start – Mass Start Please situate yourself in the lineup according
to your estimated time—“jumpy jackrabbits” in front, “tumescent turtles” to
the rear. Strictly voluntary! There will be a lead bike rider, who will stay on course and guide the first runners.
6:45 a.m. Half Marathon Start – 1st Wave*
6:50 a.m. Half Marathon Start – 2nd Wave*
* Waves for the ½ Marathon are NOT assigned, if you are a faster runner we encourage you to select the 1st Wave, slower runners are encouraged to consider the 2nd Wave.
Half Marathoners Please Note: To avoid confusion in the start, please stay out of the start areas until after the start of the marathon. Once the Marathoners have run off, please be courteous and allow the volunteers to make a few adjustments prior to coming into the start area.
FULL MARATHON COURSE:
The course closes at 1:30 p.m. Marathon participants, If you are not Aid Station #7/#8 on Deer Valley Drive at the junction of the Deer Valley Plaza by 10:30am; or Aid Station #11 a the McPolin Barn by 12:00pm, you will be stopped, your bib number and chip removed, and you’ll be offered a ride back to the finish. If you choose to continue against our recommendation, you do so at your own risk.
Approximately ten of the miles of the marathon route are on quiet residential streets (scattered through the course, not in one stretch). The rest (16 miles) is either on smooth gravel or paved bike paths.
The Half Marathon course is run almost entirely on either paved or smooth gravel paths. Please watch out for bicyclists and dog walkers. Neither route is closed to traffic, and although we have law enforcement and course marshals, you are also responsible for your safety! Stay to one side of the road as instructed by the officials, signage and chalk.
Look for: Blue Chalk —Marathon or Green Chalk—Half Marathon
CAUTION ON COURSE:
There will be a lead bike rider for both races. This is not a big city marathon. Neither course is closed to traffic. Obey all course marshal instructions and chalk markings regarding which side of the road to run on. Please don’t run down the middle of the road! In particular, be alert in the following areas:
Marathon Course Cautions:
- Mile 4.3, turn off Highland Drive at second Aid Station. It is a short (100 yds) single-track trail to the first tunnel.
- Mile 10, cross Hwy 248 on Rail Trail. Utah Highway Patrol will be on duty for most runners, but if you are later in the pack, you may have to wait for a car to pass. Course marshal will assist.
- Mile 14 crosses Bonanza Drive at end of Rail Trail. Busy city street, PC Police on duty here, but please be aware of traffic and possible road construction.
- Mile 19—rough road through Old Town
- Mile 21 tunnel near McPolin barn. Possibly wet and slippery.
Half Marathon Course Cautions:
- Runners will complete an “inner loop” through Newpark before turning onto an 8ft. wide paved bike path.
- Please be respectful of the condo owners, don’t throw trash, clothes or make too much racket…they are staying home until you pass!
- There will be an informal two-wave start.
- Since your chip rather than the clock will time you. It doesn’t matter which wave you are in, but if you are speedy and would feel better in front, please situate yourself in the start chute according to your pace.
- Parkites love their dogs, and frequently let them run loose in the open spaces around the trails. We have put up signs and have instructed the course marshals to get dogs on leash, but please be aware of dogs and any other non-race traffic such as walkers, little kids on bikes and so forth on the trails.
- At the second and sixth aid station (same location), you will be crossing Old Ranch Road. There are course marshals to assist with the light traffic, but please be cautious after leaving the aid station and don’t just run across without looking!
There are 13 Aid Stations, located approximately every three miles. Each will be stocked with water and Powerade. In addition, most Aid Stations will offer light solid foods such as bananas, oranges, PROBAR’s, chips, candies. All aid stations have Vaseline or Neosporin, band-aids, tampons, lip balm, sunscreen, Kleenex.
- Aid Station #1: Trailside Park in Parking Lot. (Flush Toilets)
- Aid Station #2: Location: Just outside of Tunnel / East Side. (4 Porta-potties)
- Aid Station #3: Location: On Rail Trail at the intersection with Pace Frontage Road. (2 Porta-potties)
- Aid Station #4: Location: On Promontory Drive where it crosses the Rail Trail. (1 Porta-potty)
- Aid Station #5: Location: On the Rail Trail at the intersection with Hwy 248. (1 Porta-potty)
- Aid Station #6: Location: White Pine Touring (Flush Toilets)
- Aid Station #7 & #8: Location: Deer Valley Dr. at the junction of the Deer Valley Plaza (2 Porta-potties).
- Aid Station #9: Location: Lowell Ave behind Shadow Ridge (1 Porta-potty)
- Aid Station #10: Location: Rotary Park (1 Porta-potty).
- Aid Station #11: Location: McPolin Barn (Flush Toliets)
- Aid Station #12: Location: Old Rand Road where path crosses past Willow Creek Park (3 Porta-potties)
- Aid Station #13: Location: On Cutter Lane at trail crossing (North side of Street / 3 Porta-potties)
Please Note: Course is subject to change without notice.
WEATHER & ALTITUDE:
The keyword here on the weather is variability. Although late August seems to be better suited to good weather (no guarantees!), be prepared for an entire spectrum of weather conditions—from low 40’s to mid 80’s. If you are packing to come to Park City, bring a variety of clothes.
If you are from the flats, welcome to the beautiful mountains! Our course is not deliberately tortuous, but hey, the mountains are part of what makes it beautiful. The course climbs 878 feet over 15.7 miles (1-2% average), and then the return is downward trending.
- Starting Elevation: 6,372’ Newpark Plaza
- Marathon high point: 7,250 at Snow Park Lodge, Deer Valley Ski Resort, mile 15.75
- Half marathon start: 6,372’, climbing to 6,700’ at turn around point (Rotary Park)
We’ve provided a great variety of terrain so you won’t be bored – six tunnels, a skier bridge in Old Town, a two-block long 16% uphill kicker at mile 18 (honorable to walk here), and a nice long downhill after that! It’s going to be “the high point of your summer” for sure!
CLOTHING / BAG DROP / LOST & FOUND:
Runners may bring a bag with dry clothes or other belongings to the start area. Look for the “Clothes Corral” sign. The bags should have bib # marked on outside. Volunteers will organize the bag area for later retrieval. If runners want to shed clothing during the marathon race, we encourage you to do so at one of the aid stations. However please note that any items left at any aid station will not be returned to the finish until the aid station has closed following the event. You are leaving items on course at our own risk and we are not responsible for any lost items. Any unclaimed items on race day will be left in the lost and found at the Start/Finish and if unclaimed by Friday, August 22nd, will be tossed or donated to charity. If you’ve lost something please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to reunite you with your belongings.
DIRECTION TO START / FINSH & PARKING:
The Start/Finish area is at the Newpark Plaza at the Kimball Junction area of Park City. If you are coming from Salt Lake City or the airport, head east on I-80 (signs say “Cheyenne”) and take exit #145 for Park City (approximately 20 miles from the bottom of the canyon). Turn right at the top of the exit, and take the first left on Ute Blvd. Go about 1/3 mile and look for volunteers and signs. There is ample parking in the general vicinity of the Start/Finish. Please follow volunteer instructions and signs. The host lodging, Newpark Hotel, is directly upstairs from the start/finish area, and would also be a great place to watch for your special person, from the balcony/hot tub!
Finish Line Details: The Finish Line is located on the east side of the plaza, 200 feet from the Start Line, on the paved bike path, and will be marked with an inflatable arch. The final aid station at the finish area is for racers only. Upon finishing, all racers will receive their custom handmade glass sun catcher finisher medal and refreshments.
We will have a medical staff station at the start / finish area – look for the Red Cross Banner.
- On Course: There will be two, 2-man bicycle medical teams on course. If you need medical attention and do not have visual contact with a bike crew, simply ask for help at any Aid Station.
AWARDS CEREMONIES: Top three overall place finishers for both men / women. All event participants for both the Full and Half Marathon will receive a unique glass award made buy local glass artist Morag Totten.
We will also be presenting age group awards to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers both male/female, for both the Full and Half. Age groups are as follows:
18 & under,
75 & Over
- Half Marathon Award Ceremony will take place at 9:00a.m.
- Marathon Award Ceremony will begin at 11:00a.m.
Please be aware that we cannot give out awards early, nor ship them at a later date/time.