Rome Half Marathon

 


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Race Details


The Rome Half Marathon & 5k is here!  Races start at State Mutual Stadium on December 14th, 2019. Proceeds go to area high school running programs. Starting and finishing at the Rome Brave’s Stadium, you’ll enjoy a scenic North Georgia run. Half Marathon and 5k Finishers receive long sleeve tech T’s, and will enjoy a post-race pancake breakfast.

Special Appearance David Herren

GoGoRunning has seen some of the most decorated runners speak at our annual banquet. (6:00pm) on Thursday December 12th. Public welcome!

2019 All – Area Banquet Details here

Race Details:

    • Early Packet Pick-up at GoGoRunning (1018 Martha Berry Blvd Rome GA 30165):
      • Friday 12/13     –   10am – 7pm
    • Race Day Packet Pick-up at Finish Line (755 Braves Blvd NE, Rome, GA 30161):
      • Saturday 12/14   – 7am – 7:55am

Please be aware that the course is on a rolling closure. This means that the right lane is closed until the last runner passes. The left lane is open. Please stay on the right side of the road at all times.

This race Features:

  • ChronoTrack Chip Timing
  • USATF Certified Course
  • Door Prizes – $500.00 Cash Drawing (all finishers are automatically entered).
  • Age Group Awards
  • Half Marathon Finisher Medals
  • Long sleeved Tech Shirts

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Location: The Rome Half Marathon and 5k start in the east parking lot at the Rome Braves State Mutual Stadium and finish in the same east parking lot.

Start Time:
8:00am – 5k
8:05am – Half Marathon

Each racer will get a free pancake breakfast!

Check your results to see finish line pictures and video, or check out our Facebook page to see even more pictures of the race.

Prize Money (4 deep Men and Women):

Half Marathon Only:
Men:
$600/$400/$200/$100
Women:
$600/$400/$200/$100

Course Time Limit

The course has a 3½ hour time limit (16:00 mile pace). The course will open to traffic once participants doing a 16:00 minute mile pace have passed, and anyone still on the course will be responsible for his or her own safety and asked to move to the sidewalk.

Shirts and Awards

All Rome Half Marathon participants will receive a long-sleeve performance shirt and a finisher’s medal.

Fluids and Fuel

Water will be located in the start area, and stations with water and Tailwind Nutrition will be located along the course approximately every mile and a half.

Post-Race Party

After the race, finishers, family and friends can celebrate in the post-race area.

  • Water / Tailwind Nutrition
  • Snacks for the relay finishers
  • Portable toilet

5k Race


The Rome 5k starts in State Mutual Stadium’s east parking lot, loops around Ridge Ferry Park and finishes back at the Braves Stadium.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Location: The Rome 5k starts in State Mutual Stadium’s east parking lot and finishes there as well.

Start Time: 8:00 am (5 minutes before the Half)

Aid Stations: There is one aid station with water and sports drink on the 5k course, at mile 1.5.

Awards/Shirts: Long sleeve shirts will be provided to all 5k runners (register before Nov 20 to guarantee your size).

Timing/Results:  Official results will be available online.

Half Marathon & 5k Courses

* The Half Marathon Route has a total elevation gain of 294 ft. Its elevation profile ranges between 591 and 650 ft above sea level. In other words, it’s fast!

Note: Because maps are not always precise, the Half Marathon and 5k courses have been certified by USATF to ensure accuracy. Feel free to click on the maps below.

5k Course:

Rome Half Course Volunteer Layout

Half Marathon Course:



Aid stations
will be approximately every 2 miles, and will have water, sports drinks, and energy gels.

Course Time Limit: The course time limit is 3hours and 30mins (16:00 min/mile pace). Runners behind this pace at certain checkpoints will be offered a ride back to the finish line.
The 5k course has a 1.5 hour time limit (18:00 per mile pace).

Please be aware that the course is on a rolling closure. This means that the right lane is closed until the last runner passes. The left lane is open. Please stay on the right side of the road at all times.

Half Marathon Awards


Start training now, because there will be great prizes on race day!

Age Categories: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd (Male and Female)
0-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60+


5k Awards


Overall: Top 3 Male & Female

Masters: 1st Place Male & Female

Age Categories: 1st Male & Female
Winners:
0-10; 11-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65+


*If you place in an Overall Division (Open, Masters, or Grand Masters), you will be removed from eligibility to win an award in your Age Category. No Double Dipping.
– Masters however, are allowed to win awards in both the overall open division and masters division.

*Awards are based on gun time (the race starts when the gun goes off and the first person to cross the finish line wins).

–Results 2018:
2018 Half Results
2018 5k Results

–Results 2017:
2017 Half and 5k Results

–Results 2016:
2016 Half and 5k Results

–Results 2015:
2015 Half and 5k Results

–Results 2014:
2014 Rome 30k Results

–Results 2013:
2013 Rome 30k Results

Frequently Asked Questions


Race Etiquette


In an effort to ensure maximum enjoyment of all participants involved, we ask that runners comply with standard race etiquette. This includes, lining up at the starting line according to expected race pace, giving right of way to faster runners along the course, and following guidelines given by race officials and volunteers.

As with any social setting, there are many subtle details included in proper etiquette. However, if you abstain from cutting sharply in front of a competitor, refrain from abruptly stopping in the middle of the course to tie your shoe, remember not to hinder others from acquiring water, and are aware of your basic social cues, you will be sure to enjoy yourself and make new friends.


USATF Certification


You can use your time from the 5K race as a race qualifier (for events like the Peachtree Road Race) because the race course is USATF certified.


Refunds


All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions except for Active Military with deployment orders.

*Prior to race day, we will allow active military with deployment orders to defer registration to a future GoGo Racing event. We will not provide a refund for the difference in pricing, and registrants are also responsible for any price increases or fees.


Packet Pickup


All participants must submit a signed Release & Indemnity Agreement to receive your runner packet and shirt. If you registered online and submitted the Release and Indemnity Agreement, then you do not need to bring a paper copy.

If you are under the age of 18, you must bring a copy of the Release & Indemnity Agreement signed by a parent or guardian to pick up your runner packet.

In order to pick up another participants packet, you must bring either a printed copy or email on a mobile device of their registration confirmation AND a signed copy of the Release & Indemnity Agreement if it was not signed during online registration. No exceptions.


Shirt Policy


Shirts are not guaranteed if you register within eight days of the race (but we are almost sure we can get you one anyway). No shirts or runner bags will be mailed out after the race, however they are oftentimes available at GoGo Running.


Late Arrival


Due to safety concerns from the police, you will not be able to begin the race more than five minutes after the official start. However, we are sometimes able to transfer your registration to a secondary race for that same event.


Weather, Safety, and Cancellation Policy


Our races are held despite rain, wind, sleet, or heat. However, GoGo Racing does retain the right to cancel, shorten, or alter any event or course due to weather, other acts of God, terrorism, or for any other reasons within or without the control of GoGo Racing. All entry fees are non-refundable, and may not be deferred toward a future event.


Race Delays


GoGo Racing, in conjunction with the local municipality, reserves the right to delay an event start for any reason, including weather. Typically we will delay up to 30 minutes prior to start if there is lightening. It is unlikely that we will delay for heat, rain, or snow.


Course Alterations


GoGo Racing may alter a published course at any time and for any reason, including, but not limited to, road conditions, runner safety, and local municipality requirements.


Race Cancellations


In the event of extreme weather conditions, GoGo Racing reserves the right to cancel the race or run it as an un-timed fun run without advance notice and as advised by the Police and Fire/EMS Departments. If this should be necessary: prizes may be converted to random prizes. No entry fee refunds will be made. The final decision regarding the fate of the race will be made between 30 minutes to an hour prior to the scheduled start of the race and will be announced over the race public address system.


Rain Dates


We do not have rain dates for events.


Tax Deductions


GoGo Racing is a non-profit 501-c3. Your entry fees cover the expenses of the event and you receive tangible/non-tangible goods in exchange for your registration fee which include a safe and quality event, certified course, timing, scoring, post-race food, and entertainment. Typically, only donations above the registration fees that are made directly to the charity are eligible for tax deductions, however, you should confer with your tax professional.


Stroller Policy


Like many in the running community, we believe a fit family is a happy family and allow strollers in our races as long as the course and/or local government allows. However, we do ask that participants with strollers start in the back, refrain from weaving through packs of runners, and yield the right of way to other runners.

We also ask that you not provide a timing chip for your stroller-bound child. We include only official participants who have run the entire course in our results and awards system. Contacting the race director and letting him or her know that your child was inadvertently entered in the results can save other goal-oriented children many tears.

*Anyone who uses the assistance of wheels is ineligible for awards.


Pet Policy


While we love pets, we ask that you refrain from inviting them onto our race courses if said race is further than 5k or has an excess of 500 registrants. We also ask that any spectating dogs or pets be kept on 5 foot non-retractable leashes.


Photo Policy


By registering for our events, you agree to the use of your name and photograph in broadcasts, newspapers, brochures, and other media without compensation. Also, we often provide complimentary download of photos and videos taken at our events. These photos are the property of GoGo Racing and may not be used for non-personal use without our expressed written consent.


Time Limit


Our hope is to never enforce time limits on our races. However, certain municipalities have regulations that must be followed and we will post this information on the respective event site when necessary. In the most stringent cases, participants will be required to travel at a pace of 16 minutes per mile (50 minutes for a 5k and 1hr 40 minutes for a 10k).


Awards


Barring uncontrollable or extenuating circumstances, our awards ceremony will begin ten minutes after the last participant finishes the last race. All awards will be given based on gun time. Chip time is only for your personal enjoyment and record keeping.

Organizing a race of this size takes a massive team effort. No matter how much work the host team puts in to setting up systems beforehand, it still takes enthusiastic helpers to accomplish everything necessary on race day.

Volunteers are critical to the success and safety of the race. We are pretty sure that once you get involved, you’ll find that the race atmosphere is exciting, and you will genuinely enjoy helping our runner friends!

Getting Here/Parking:
Parking is available at State Mutual Stadium. Please arrive at least one hour prior to the start in order to park, leave your personal items at Bag Drop, and get to the start. Below are directions to the race.

DIRECTIONS TO THE RACE
FROM ATLANTA/ I-75 NORTHBOUND

  1. I-75 North to exit 290—Canton/Rome.
  2. Left off the exit and follow Highway 411 South/20 West
  3. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto ramp
  4. Merge onto US-41N/
  5. In Rome—Highway 411 South/20 West/Turner McCall Blvd. (K-Mart—Home Depot—CVS Pharmacy on your right)
  6. Turn right on Riverside Drive

FROM CHATTANOOGA/ I-75 SOUTHBOUND

  1. I-75 South to the Exit 312 (Rome/Fairmount)
  2. End of the exit turn right
  3. You will be on Highway SW/ GA-53 W.
  4. Continue to follow GA-53 W.
  5. Turn RIGHT onto GA-1 LOOP N/GA-53 SPUR W.
  6. Turn RIGHT onto Braves Blvd NE

Lodging:
Check out our Hotel and Bed and Breakfast Partners:

TBA

We have been able to donate thousands of dollars to several different high school running programs and we are on schedule to give even more this year. Please come out to race and support your community!