Rome Half Marathon


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Race Details


The Rome Half Marathon, Half Relay, & 5k is here!  Races start at State Mutual Stadium on December 3rd, 2016 and benefit area high school running programs. Starting and finishing at the Rome Brave’s Stadium, you’ll enjoy a scenic North Georgia run. Half Marathon, Relay, and 5k Finishers receive long sleeve tech T’s, and will enjoy a post-race pancake breakfast.

SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY SARA HALL! 

GoGoRunning has seen some of the most decorated runners speak at our annual banquet and this year is not exception. Sara Hall will speak at the All-Area cross country banquet (6:00pm) on Friday December 2nd. Public welcome!

2016 All – Area Banquet Details here 

Race Details:

  • Early Packet Pick-up at GoGoRunning (1018 Martha Berry Blvd Rome GA 30165):
    • Friday 12/2     –   10am – 7pm
  • Race Day Packet Pick-up at Finish Line (755 Braves Blvd NE, Rome, GA 30161):
    • Saturday 12/3   – 7am – 7:55am
  • Must Read Relay Instructions

    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 3, 2016

Location: The Rome Half Marathon, Relay, 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 and Half Marathon Relay

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.
Here are a few 2013 Pictures & 2014 Pictures

Team Divisions

  • Men-all men.
  • Women-all women.
  • Mixed-at least one woman.
  • Masters-all members 40 and over (Male, Female, & Mixed)

Team Captains: Create a new team and then invite your friends to join!
Each team member pays their share, so you don’t have to collect all of their information and money. Your team must have three people to compete and be eligible for awards.

Relay Legs

The Rome Half Marathon Relay consists of three relay legs, totaling 13.1 miles (21.1k).

The approximate distance for each relay leg is:

  • Leg 1 – 11k = 6.8 miles
  • Leg 2 – 5k = 3.1 miles
  • Leg 3 – 5k = 3.1 miles

Gear Check

Gear check will not be available at the relay exchange areas, so please plan accordingly. Past teams have found it helpful for the 1st relay runner to return the 2nd runner’s bag of belongings and for the 2nd member to return the final team members bag of belongings.

Transportation

Shuttle buses will be provided on race day to take you to and from the transition area. Visit this site again before the race to learn more about getting to the relay exchange areas.

Course Time Limit

The relay course has a 3½ hour time limit (16:00 mile pace). Please be sure your leg one (A) runner is able to maintain a 16:00 minute mile or faster 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. See below for team awards.

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.

Timing and Results

Relay teams will receive a finish time based on their total time (time elapsed between the first leg / “A” runner starting the race and the last leg / “X” runner crossing the finish line). Splits for individual relay legs will not be provided so bring your watch to get splits.

Each relay team will receive a race number belt. Each relay team member must exchange the belt attached with the race number in the relay exchange zone. Results will be posted live on GoGoRunning.

Post-Race Party

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

Transportation to Exchange Zone Areas

Buses will be available at State Mutual Stadium the morning of the event to transport relay team members to their respective exchange areas. Because of road closures and the fact that no parking will be available in the relay exchange areas, it is highly recommended that all relay runners use the transportation provided to get to their exchange areas on race morning.

On race morning, bus load-in will take place State Mutual Stadium. Buses will leave promptly at their indicated departure times, and it is recommended that runners arrive at the Brave’s Stadium at least one hour prior to their bus departure time in order to have plenty of time to park, check their gear and use the restroom if needed.

The bus schedule is based on the arrival time of the fastest runners to each relay exchange area. The runners waiting in relay exchange areas one and two will be able to wait on the bus or under tent cover while they wait for their team member to get close to the exchange zone.

Below is the bus load-in and departure schedule:

Distance

Bus Letter/ Pickup Location

End Location

Bus Load

Bus Depart

Leg 1

11k

No Bus

First Leg will start at the Start Line

No Bus

First Leg will start at the Start Line

N/A

N/A

Leg 2

5k

Bus 2 / State Mutual Stadium Parking Lot

6.8 Mile Mark (Armurchee Connector @ Old Dalton Rd)

7:15

7:30

Leg 3

5k

Bus 3 / State Mutual Stadium

9.9 Mile Mark (462 Riverside Pkwy)

7:30

7:45

The buses will also transport runners who have finished their leg of the relay back to the pickup area at State Mutual Stadium. As the buses fill they will depart the exchange areas for the finish. Don’t worry if you don’t get on the first bus there will be another one. The bus drop-off area and pickup area will be located in the Braves Stadium Parking lot.

Each relay exchange area will be marked by a tent and “Relay Exchange” signs. As relay participants approach the relay exchange areas, course volunteers will direct relay participants to stay to the side of the race course until your teammate arrives.

Participants finishing their leg of the relay will receive their finisher medal at the finish line with their teammates. The relay exchange areas will also feature:

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

Please remember there is no gear check or gear pick-up in the relay exchange area.

View race map to see exchange areas:

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 3, 2016

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 and Relay)

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: All runners will be timed using the ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing System. The B-Tag is a lightweight tag that stays attached to the back of the runner’s race number. Each runner’s start time begins as they cross the start line, and a net finish time is calculated as they cross the finish line.

Official results will be available online.

Half Marathon & 5k Courses


* The Half Marathon Route has a total elevation gain of 294 ft. It’s 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 and view turn by turn directions, elevation profile, street views and more.


Ever wonder why your Garmin thinks you ran a bit extra?
Visit this blog to learn more about USATF measurement rules, GPS tracking points, and other fun details about certification..


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

Portable toilets will be on the course (Please see course map for exact location – They will be located at each relay exchange area.).

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+


Half Marathon Relay Awards


Overall
Winning Teams: Male, Female, Mixed Gender, Masters


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).

2015 Results

Results appear immediately after the first finisher!

2014 Results

The Half Marathon started as a 30k and you can see those results below.

2013 Results

Race records:
30k
Male
Fernando Cabada: 1:42:04
Ryan James: 1:43:56
Brandon Mader: 1:53:58

Female:
Justyna Mudy: 1:53:55
Christin Woodard: 2:21:59
Jessica Vihon: 2:24:07

30k Relay
Male: Team CrossFit UCS – 1:58:53
Female: 3 Girls & a Guy – 2:34:55
Mixed Gender: Team Berry – 2:01:18

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.

Half Marathon Price TiersEarly Registration: $50 until Sep 30th

Step 2: $60 October 1st – October 31st

Step 3: $65 November 1st – November 21st

Late Registration: $70 November 23rd – December 2nd

Race Day Registration: $75

 

Half Relay Price Tiers (this fee is per person)

Team Captains: Create a new team and invite 2 of your friends to join!
Your team must have 3 people to compete and be eligible for awards.

Early Registration: $35 until Sep 30th

Step 2: $40 October 1st – October 31st

Step 3: $45 November 1st – November 21st

Late Registration: $50 November 23rd – December 2nd

Race Day Registration: $55

 

5k Price Tiers

Early Registration: $20 Until October 31st

Step 2: $25 November 1st – November 21st

Late Registration: $30 November 23rd – December 2nd

Race Day Registration: $35


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:

Claremont-House-logo-300x221Days-Inn

 

 

 

 

The Claremont house is an awesome place to stay and will fill up fast so click on the link above to reserve your space!
Days Inn is 1 mile from the start, and in-between there is a Starbucks for your morning caffeine!

Proceeds will go to area high school running programs

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, support your community, and have a great day!