ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS!
How late can I pick up my race packet?
The EXPO will close on Saturday night (October 21th) at 6:00pm. You can pick up your race packet until then. If you are going to be traveling late Saturday, please pre-register for the race/s via Active.com or mail-in your registration. That way, we can have all your info pre-loaded into the computer for the timing company. It's just difficult on the staff if you don't pre-register AND need your race packet at the last minute. For special needs please e-mail us at email@example.com and we ill try to make accommodations.
How do I volunteer and what do I receive?
It's easy to volunteer for the "Running for the bay!" Marathon. Simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and insert VOLUNTEER in the subject line. In the body of the e-mail include your name, mailing address, e-mail address and contact phone number. Soon, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you with additional information and to answer any of your questions.
As a volunteer, you will receive a FREE T-SHIRT and thank you party. Plus, you'll have a great time! You won't be bored and you'll be right in the middle of the action. Show your support while your friend or love one races to glory!
I signed up for the marathon, but now I only want to run the half marathon. What do I need to do?
To change to a shorter distance race, all you have to do is inform the staff when you pick up your race packet at the EXPO. This allows the staff to inform the timing company. It's as simple as that. (However, there is no refund in price difference.)
What time will the bridges close?
The bridges will NOT close. When on the bridge, all races are ran in the emergency lanes allowing them to stay open. The emergency lanes are almost as wide as the regular lanes.
How far apart will the water stations be on the course?
We are trying to have the water stations one mile apart. However, due to intersections, bridges, etc. that can't always be achieved. However that is our goal and the water stations should be close to that.
Will there be a Power drink and snacks along the course?
We will have Gatorade, CytoMax and snacks available along the course.
Where should I stay to be able to get the the Start line easily on race day?
You can stay in Apalachicola, Eastpoint and/or St. George Island and not have a difficult time getting to the Start line on the morning of the race. Apalachicola is a five minute drive, Eastpoint is a ten minute drive and St. George Island is a fifteen minute drive.
Can you wear headphones during the race?
It is a USATF rule that no headphones can be worn during a race; that rule however was instituted years ago to keep coaches from transmitting "live" information to runners while on the course. "Coaching" via headphones would give one runner an advantage over another runner. IPOD "type" headphones are worn for enjoyment and recreation and not for transmitting information.
During the "Running for the bay!"Marathon (and its other distances) you can wear IPODs and other similar headphones. The only restrictions to wearing headphones is that you cannot win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the race, which is to show respect for the USATF rule. Per insurance, we highly recommend that you do not wear headphones/sets of any type. However, we will not stop any runner who wishes to wear headphones/sets from doing so.
Will the number of entrants be capped?
The number of entrants will not be capped. We do not have a lot of the restrictions that other race courses have.
Is the "Running for the bay!" Marathon a Boston Marathon qualifier?
The "Running for the bay!" Marathon course is certified by the USATF. Our certification number is: FL10040EBM. This means the course can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon or any other major that requires times to be set on a certified course.
Is there a mail-in registration form?
YES! Go to the "Registration" page of this Web site and click on the hyperlink to download the MAIL-IN REGISTRATION PAGE
Where is the start line?
Battery Park in Apalachicola.
Is this the inaugural race?
2010 was our first year, which we learned a lot from. Visit our "What's new for 2016 page (Accessed from our home page). We are striving to make sure everyone has a great time!
What about the hills?
There are only two "hills" on the course. That is, if you want to call them hills; they are actually bridges. The bridges rise up about 75', just enough to allow boats to pass under them. They should not require any additional training since they are not steep and/or long inclines. The maps make the bridges look like a large part of our course, however they make up less than 1% of the distance.
Is there a fee to go to the EXPO?
No! There is no fee to go to the EXPO. The EXPO is where runners pick up there race packets and visitors learn more about the community. There MAY be last-minute registration for the race/s at the EXPO, which would entail an additional EXPO charge. However, we encourage entrants to sign up as soon as possible to get the best price possible.
Can anyone enter the races and run, walk or "roll"?
Yes! We encourage everyone to join us! From those that want to qualify for future races to those that want to have a leisurely stroll, everyone is welcome! Each race has a wheelchair division!
What power drink will the race provide to participants?
Per request, it will be Gatorade and Cytomax.
Is the EXPO open to the public?
Yes! Bring your mom, dad, brother, sister, friends... anyone that want's to come! There is no admission fee to visit the EXPO.
Where and when is the EXPO?
The EXPO is on Saturday 10/21/2016 (Day before race day). The EXPO is located inside the community center which is in Battery Park in Downtown Apalachicola. The EXPO is 50' from the Start line/Finish line area, so you can enjoy the EXPO on race day. (Remember race participants, you have to visit the EXPO on Saturday 10/21/2016 to pick up your race packet and race bib!)
Can I register at the EXPO?
Maybe? We encourage all participants to sign up as early as possible. Sign up early for savings! Go to our "registration" page to sign up (In the navigation bar above.) We will provide up-to-date information on this Web site on the latest "registration" dates and times.
MORE TO COME!