Step 5: Run the race!
First, check out these very important documents (maybe print a copy):
At the start (9:17am):
- Start time is 9:17am. Early start for walkers is at 8:17am. Yes this is a goofy start time. It is the Fool's Run after all.
- Pin your bib on the FRONT of your body. Not your leg or your back.
- There are lots of indoor toilets at the Community Centre. That is just so awesome.
- Start location is 300m up Park Road from the Community Centre, past the playing fields. Did we mention it's at 9:17am?
On the course:
One reason not to wear
headphones while running
- No dogs, wheeled devices or vehicles, or dogs with wheels, allowed on the course. Exception: Baby Joggers (with babies in them) are OK in the first 2 legs of the relay — start at the back.
- We'd like to ban headphones during the race, but we know you'll just wear them anyway. For your own safety please keep the volume low and/or use 1 earbud only.
Obey traffic marshals at all times and run on the side of the road as directed — on the shoulder (where there is a painted shoulder line, don't cross it; stay single file except to pass). This prevents road rage from local residents.
- Every km is clearly marked, plus 1 mile, halfway, and 400m to go.
- Aid stations are at 5.5k, 11k, 15k and 18.5k. Water and Gatorade at each station; and a portapotty close by. Medical support on course and at finish.
- Print out and bring the Relay Instructions — it's for YOU.
- ONLY THE FINAL RUNNER CROSSES THE FINISH LINE. Your teammates can cheer you on from the sidelines. Final runner wears the chip.
- Exchanges are marked with yellow barricades. Drive only on the highway, do not clog up the smaller roads of the course! Signs on the highway will show you where to turn.
At the finish:
- We need to see your bib number on your chest. NOT on your back, NOT on your leg, and NOT covered up by your jacket.
- Only registered participants may enter the chute — once only. Relay teams: only your last runner enters the chute! (yes we're repeating ourselves)
- Smile for the cameras!
- You'll be given your finisher's medal right after you finish. That's why it's called... oh, never mind.