Is there a half-marathon this year?
Yes, and it is USATF certified as is the full marathon.
Is this race USATF Certified?Yes; the certification number is WV-06003MS
Can you qualify for the Boston Marathon on this course?
Yes; we will send the final results to Boston after the race
What are the logistics of getting to the start? Is it easy?
Very easy. There is free parking available at the Marshall Football stadium where the race starts and ends. If this parking is all filled then you may use any parking available at Marshall. The best of this parking would probably be the parking garage which is about 200 yards west of the stadium on 3rd Avenue (it’s within easy site of the starting line).
We have made arrangements with several hotels in the immediate vicinity Holiday Inn & Suites, Towne Place Suites and the Hampton Inn to reserve a block of rooms for Marshall University-St. Mary’s Marathon participants. Please specify Marshall University Marathon upon registration. The Holiday Inn Suites is located within two miles of the start and the Towne Place Suites and Hampton Inn are within three miles of the start and finish. The Hampton Inn is brand new. Late check-out is upon request.
What fluid replacement will there be on the course?
Water and Gatorade approximately at one.five mile intervals.
Are there bathroom / portajohn facilities along the route?
Yes – at the start and finish; 2 miles, 3.3 miles, 6.5 miles; 8 miles; 9 miles; 12 miles for the half-marathon and then at the same locations on the second loop.
Is there an early start for slower runners?
Sorry, but no. Safety is the biggest reason. There is a 6 hour time limit which should help however.
Are there any provisions for baggage at the start?
There will be no bag check. Start and Finish line are within 100 yards of each other and there is ample parking at the start.
Why is there only on-line registration??
This is a very difficult decision on the part of the race committee, but because of registration deadlines and the financial repercussions of these deadlines we have decided that electronic registration is the most efficient means of registration for our participants.
How do I become a volunteer?
Click here and fill out the form. All volunteers will receive a great race t-shirt. We like to have volunteers pair up for safety reasons as well as social reasons so sign up your friend to volunteer also.
What is the average temperature at start time?
37 degrees; the average high for early November here is 56 degrees; in other words perfect for fast race times.
Can I use a baby jogger, walkman, I-pod, roller blades, bike or headphones?
No. Insurance restrictions prohibit the use of these. In addition this is not a closed marathon course. The use of all electronic devices is prohibited on the course in accordance with RRCA (Road Runners of America) and USATF (U.S. Track and Field) rule 1.44.3 (f). These devices include cell phones, MP3 players, and other portable audio or video devices using headphones. You are subject to disqualification should you choose not to follow this policy. While we do much to try to make the course as safe as possible there are cars that could enter the course and it is the runner’s responsibility to be aware of this.
Is this a closed course?
No. Runner’s lanes will be separated by traffic cones – please stay inside the cones at all times. Volunteers and police officers will monitor the course. Remember that you still need to be prepared for the unexpected whenever you run. Not all drivers pay attention even with these precautions.
My training is going well or not so well. Is it possible to change races?
Yes. This must be done by 6 PM on the Tuesday before the race. This CANNOT be done on race morning. Please contact email@example.com for any changes in your registration. Changes prior to Tuesday will be conducted free of charge as a courtesy but changes after Tuesday will be assessed a $10 Administration fee.
I am entered in the race but because of an injury cannot compete. Can I defer my participation to next year or get a refund?
Sorry, but no.
I am registered in the race. When will I receive notification of acceptance?
If you registered on-line then this is your notification. (It would be best to print this off to be safe in case there are any computer glitches.) Just click on our registration link to sign up for the 2013 Marshall University Marathon.
Is there tag timing?
Yes. We will be using ChronoTrack disposable tags.
Why is the registration closed so early this year and the price so high for registration the day before the race?We really need to make sure that we get accurate timing results ASAP after the race finishes. In the past, the majority of problems have been related to misinformation provided to us during the registration the day before. We don’t want our Boston qualifiers to miss the cut-off. Basically we want early registration to help everything run smoothly. We are not looking to make a profit on those deciding to run the race at the last hour. After all, we’re a non-profit organization.
Will we have timing mats at the start line?
Yes. Your time will start when you cross the start line. We know every second counts.
When will the shake out run with Bart Yasso occur?
Final plans are still being made. We will announce the time as soon as we can.
How can you offer such low prices to military personnel?
It’s our way of honoring their sacrifices for our country.