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DeWitt Take a Breath for PH and Get Moving for MS Races

DeWitt Take a Breath for PH and Get Moving for MS Races

Race Information

The DeWitt Take a Breath for PH and Get Moving for MS: Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K and Free Kids 1/4 Mile run will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the DeWitt High School Track.

Registration

Online registration is available at RunSignup.com through Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

Paper Registration is also available. Mail completed form and payment with check made payable to "Pulmonary Hypertension Association".

To register after Wednesday, May 7, participants can go to Registration and Packet Pick-Up: Friday, May 9, 2014 from 3:00-8:00 at Playmakers or Day of Race at the DeWitt High School Track from 7:00am - 15 minutes prior to race start.

To be guaranteed a shirt registration must be completed by April 25, 2014.

Race Cost

Half-Marathon: $40 through 1/31, $50 through 4/25, $60 after
10K: $30 through 1/31, $35 through 4/25, $40 after
5K: $25 through 1/31, $30 through 4/25, $35 after
Kids 1/4 Mile: $10 with T-Shirt, FREE without T-Shirt

Event Schedule

Online Auction

The online auction will open the week of April 28th and will run for a week.

Pasta Dinner

A pre-race pasta dinner is being hosted by Relli’s Italian Restaurant in DeWitt on Friday, May 9 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased with race registration, or call 517-281-6197 to order tickets. Racers that buy pasta dinner tickets can pick up their race packets at Relli’s.

Registration and Packet Pick-Up

For those that purchased Pasta Dinner Tickets with race registration, race packets and dinner tickets can be picked up at Relli’s on Friday, May 9th from 4:45-7:30pm.

All other racers please go to Registration and Packet Pick-Up: Friday, May 9th from 3:00-8:00 at Playmakers or Day of Race at the DeWitt Track from 7:00am - 15 minutes prior to race start.

Race Times

8:00 Half-Marathon
8:15 10K
8:25 Kid’s 1/4 Mile run - one lap around the DeWitt High School Track
8:40 5K

Cancellation or delay of race may happen due to adverse weather. View the Adverse Weather Policy.

Raffle

A raffle will be held at the close of each race. Your bib number is your raffle number. All numbers will be entered for the drawings. You must be present to win.

Awards Ceremony

Awards will be announced following the raffle for each race.

Directions/Parking/Traffic Flow

All traffic will enter from Schavey Road and Pride Drive. North Panther and South Panther will be closed to incoming traffic. All traffic is to exit via South Panther.

Directions From the North, South and East: Take I-69 to Exit #85 (DeWitt Road). Turn south off the exit then right (west) onto Clark Road. Turn right (north) onto Schavey Road. Enter Pride Drive on the right and follow the directions of the parking attendants.

From the West: Take I-69 to Exit #84 (Airport Road). Turn north off the exit then right (east) onto Clark Road. Turn left (north) onto Schavey Road. Enter Pride Drive on the right and follow the directions of the parking attendants.

Entry to the event from Herbison Road onto North Panther Drive is closed from 7am until after the last racers have finished.

Entry from Clark Road onto S. Panther Drive, and exiting via Pride Drive onto Schavey Road will be allowed after the last 10K or Half-Marathon racers pass that point of the race (approximately 8:45 and 9:30 respectively).

Traffic in and around the race course will be monitored by the DeWitt Township and the City of DeWitt Police Departments.

Kids 1/4 Mile Run

The Kids 1/4 Mile Run will start and finish on the DeWitt High School track. The route will be one lap of the track, finishing at the same finish line as the other races. All kids will receive a finisher medal. Adults are welcome to walk/run with the kids, or carry them as needed.

Course Description/Maps

The race course is run on roads and sidewalks throughout DeWitt, MI. The course is fairly flat and will start outside the DeWitt High School Track. The 5K course goes around a private lake and has a gravel path at the north end of the lake.

The 10K and Half-Marathon follow the same route for 5.5 miles. The first 3 miles of the 10K and Half-Marathon course are a gradual downhill and are on the road. Miles 3-5.5 are on the road and go around a private lake. At mile 5 there is a gravel path with an uphill climb. Miles 5 thru 6 will have both inclines and declines and is split between the road and wide sidewalks.

The half marathon continues on to miles 6-7.5 on the sidewalk passing several of DeWitt's City Parks taking runners downhill and across the Looking Glass River and into historic downtown DeWitt. Miles 7.5 - 8 travels through a private wooded retreat center with miles 8-10 taking runners out into the country where for a half a mile runners will run on a dirt road. The last few miles are a gradual uphill.

All distances end on the DeWitt High School Track.

Check out the maps of the courses.

Spectator Viewing

In order to ease traffic congestion and keep the participants safe, the following areas are recommended for viewing the race. We ask that for the safety of our runners there be no traffic along Herbison Road, West Geneva or East Geneva. Also any bags brought into the stadium will be subject to being searched. Please plan ahead, knowing the timing and routes of all events.

DeWitt High School
Schavey Road Elementary School
Limited Viewing at Larkwood and Alpine
Limited Viewing at Waxwing and West Geneva
Limited Viewing at Elmwood and East Geneva
West Herbison and DeWitt Road (Parking at the DeWitt Sports Park)
Riverside Park (Parking off of Dill Dr)
McGuire Park
Finish Line inside DeWitt High School Stadium

Course Information

This is an open course. Racers will be sharing the road with vehicular traffic. Use caution at all times. It will be the athlete’s responsibility to print maps, and know the courses. MP3 players on the course are not recommended so racers can hear vehicles and on-course directions. All racers and spectators MUST obey all officials and emergency vehicles on the course at all times.

Each course will be marked on the left side of the street (going against traffic), with the following exceptions: Clark Rd, Schavey Road going north, and Herbison Road. Runners should stay on the left side of the road except in those areas. Sidewalks will be utilized during portions of the 10K and Half-Marathon course.

Starting lines will be outside of the track (the Kids 1/4 Mile Run will be entirely on the track as noted above). The Half-Marathon and 10K races will start from the same place, just south of the main gate of the football stadium and head south towards Clark Road. The 5K will start just north of the main gate of the football stadium and head north towards Herbison Rd.

For all races, there is a gravel path at the corner of W. Geneva Dr. and Riverview Dr. (near the water station at mile 4.5/2) that runs for approximately 100m. Please use caution on this path, as the gravel may shift, and it is on an uphill grade.

The Half-Marathon has a stretch of approximately 800m of dirt road on Norris Road (around mile 10), beginning at the turn at Cutler Road. Use caution, watching for stones and potholes.

Aid stations providing water and Gatorade are located close to the following mile markers.

RaceAid Stations
Half-MarathonMile 2, 4.5, 5.5, 7, 9, 11, 12.5
10KMile 2, 4.5, 5.5
5KMile .5, 2

Gu Energy Gel will be available for Half-Marathon participants near mile 7. Feel free to carry additional energy supplements as needed.

Racers should continue to walk or run until they have crossed the finish line completely on the DeWitt High School Track. Spectators are not allowed on the track or infield. Racers should plan to meet friends or family in the stands.

Restrooms

There are two sets of restrooms just inside the main gate of the football stadium, near the start lines. There are also porta potties and restrooms on the course near the following locations:

RaceRestrooms
Half-MarathonMile 2, 4.5, 7, 9, 11
10KMile 2, 4.5
5KMile 2

Event Communications

Email updates will be sent out as needed. Most up to date information will be posted on our Facebook page at DewittRacePHMS.

Race day communications will be posted on our Facebook page and announced via the public address system at the start/finish line.

Safety

Reminder

For the safety of yourself and the other participants, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, crutches, walkers, and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. If you are seen in violation of one of these you will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area.

Remember this is an open course! The road is shared with vehicular traffic. Use caution at all times. It is the athlete's responsibility to know and understand the courses. In the event of an emergency, please obey all officials and emergency vehicles.

Weather

The event will be held rain or shine. Race officials reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event due to dangerous weather conditions. Please review the Weather Policy. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Lightning Policy

Event operations will shut down when lightning is 10 miles out from the event areas. Event operations will not resume until the lightning is 10 miles out moving away from the event areas. The Race Director(s) will determine this using the *Flash to Bang Rule* and weather radar. The Race Director(s) will consult with local police on a course of action to utilize the operational rain plan, delay the event, or cancel the event. Each race could be delayed a maximum of one hour.

*Flash to Bang Rule* is applied by measuring the time (in seconds) between a visual lightning "Flash" and hearing the resulting "Bang". This time is then divided by a factor of "5" to obtain distance in miles. For example, 50 seconds between "Flash" and "Bang" divided by "5" equals 10 miles.

As a reminder, the registration fees are non-refundable.

Medical Support

Medical support is provided by DeWitt Area Emergency Services Authority and is available at the 4.5/2 and 9 mile aid stations and at the finish line. View the Medical Instructions for Participants.

Awards

Awards and Medals are given to Overall Male and Female Winner and Overall Masters Male and Female Winner. Medals to top 3 places in each age group. Age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

Finishers Medals for all race participants in the Kid's 1/4 Mile run and Half-Marathon.

The awards ceremony will be on the track and will start shortly after the last runner in each event finishes. It is estimated the 5K awards will start around 10:00, 10K awards around 10:30 and Half-Marathon awards around 11:00. Awards will not be given out prior to the awards ceremony. If award winners are not present to receive their award contact the Race Director. There will be a $5 shipping fee for all shipped awards.

Race Timing / Results

ChronoTrack Chip Timing are being provided by Michigan Running Foundation. Results for each race will be posted periodically on-site near the main gate. Results will be posted online within 24 hours on the Race Website.

Changing Races

Race changes are permitted. Changes to race events can be made prior to the race by contacting the Race Director, at race registration or prior to the close of each race event registration. There are no refunds provided to change races and the racer will be required to pay any difference for the current cost of the race that is entered.

Photography

On course and finish line photography services are provided by TCP Image Company. Photos can be viewed online after the event at: http://gallery.tcp-photography.com/f100364428/

Gear Check

There is no gear check or secured location for personal items at this event.

Spectators

There are several areas along the course to be able to park and encourage the racers. Please try to arrive at these areas prior to the race start, so that vehicular traffic is minimized along the roads.

Spectators are NOT allowed to run or bike with, or pace racers. Only registered racers are allowed on the course during the event. All racers and spectators MUST obey all officials and emergency vehicles on the course at all times.

Please make arrangements with your racers to meet in the stands or parking lot after they finish. Spectators are not allowed on the infield or track.

Volunteers

There are many volunteer opportunities during these events. Volunteers can check in and pick up their shirt at the main gate of the football stadium, before departing for their assigned duty.