Race Day Runner Information

DATE: Monday, October 11, 2010.

START: The race will start on Beacon Street between Park Street and Charles Street at noon.

LOCATION: The location of the race day activities will be the Boston Common Parade Grounds.

HOW TO GET THERE: We encourage you to arrive at the Boston Common early, as several roads surrounding the Common will be closed by 10:00 am. Use of public transportation is strongly recommended. The race site is within easy walking distance of the Boylston or Arlington Street MBTA Stops (Green Line) or Park Street MBTA Stop (Red or Green Line). Parking on race day is limited. The Boston Common Garage will be open for entry until 11:00 am. It will be closed for entry from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. You can also expect exit delays from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

NUMBER PICKUP: For information on how to pick up your race number, click here.

BRING WITH YOU: Race number with ChronoTrack Timing Tag, safety pins, site plan of race activities, and warm-up clothing.

IMPORTANT: To ensure the safety of all participants, iPods, CD players, and rollerblades are not permitted on the course.

BAGGAGE CLAIM: There will be a baggage claim area on the Boston Common Parade Grounds. Your baggage claim ticket, which is located on your number, will be used to identify your baggage. You must show your race number to claim your baggage. Race management will not be held responsible for lost or stolen articles. All baggage must be claimed following the race and before 2:00 pm.

RACE TIMING: The race will be timed by the ChronoTrack B-Tag. A single use bib tag. In order to receive an accurate time. please confirm your bib is...

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SEEDING: Each person is seeded according to their pace per mile. (Please refer to the Seed Order section below.) Please listen to the announcements for your seed to be called and proceed toward the top of Beacon Street. Please note, access to Beacon Street will be restricted at Charles Street, so use the pathways from the Boston Common near the State House. All walkers must seed themselves after the 10-minute mile pace. The seedings will be carefully marked with balloons and signs on Beacon Street behind the starting line. It is important to stay in your seed at the start to ensure smooth running throughout the race.

A slower runner or walker at the front of the pack could lead to injuries, should she not be able to keep up with the flow of the seed. With the ChronoTrack timing system, your start time does not begin until you cross the mats at the start line, so don’t worry about the time it takes to cross the line after the gun sounds. Do not try to run on either side of the mats, as your tag will not begin timing if you miss the mats.

SEED ORDER: Seed Pace (minutes per mile) Estimated Race Time in Minutes
Seed 1:  5:00-6:00     -    31:00-37:00
Seed 2:  6:00-7:00     -    37:00-43:30
Seed 3:  7:00-8:00     -    43:30-49:30
Seed 4:  8:00-9:00     -    49:30-56:00
Seed 5:  9:00-10:00   -    56:00-62:00
Seed 6:  10:00 and over / Over 62 minutes

If you need help during the race, move to the side of the road and contact the nearest Course Marshal or police officer. They will alert the Boston EMS medical bike team or ambulance that medical assistance is needed. If you see another runner in distress, please notify the nearest Course Marshal or police officer with the injured runner's location.

Fill out the backside of your number with any medicinal allergies you might have, as well as a local emergency contact.

RUNNER COURTESY: Please be courteous to your fellow runners. Due to the size of the field, consideration of your fellow runners is essential to ensure a safe race. If you want to stop running, please pull off to the side before you stop.

Please note that because the race is a USA Track & Field-sanctioned event, the rule states that baby strollers are not permitted. Runners pushing baby strollers are considered not “official.” If you still choose to run with a stroller, please seed yourself in the last seed and position yourself at the back of the race. Please run with your stroller on the left-hand side of the pack throughout the race—do not crisscross through the pack. Please do not bump runners' feet with the stroller wheels, and remember to call out to surrounding runners when you are passing. Following these guidelines will prevent accidents and avoid harm to your child or to other runners.

WATER STATIONS AND MILE MARKERS: There will be six water stations along the route and two on the Boston Common. Stay hydrated! Each mile will be clearly marked by a digital display clock.

THE ROUTE: A map of the race course is shown under the Event Details section of this Web site. Please proceed with caution when approaching the following areas along the course:

  1. Charles Circle – Tight left turn
  2. DCR’s Longfellow Bridge turn-off onto Memorial Drive – Tight downhill turn
  3. Boston University Bridge / Reid Overpass – Tight turn
  4. DCR’s Memorial Drive turn-around – Hairpin turn goes down to one lane
  5. DCR’s Memorial Drive after turn-around – Curbing juts in and out along the riverside. Watch your step!

FINISH LINE TIMING AND SCORING: To ensure accuracy, the following procedures must be followed:

  1. Keep running as you cross the finish line on Charles Street.
  2. Your finish time will be automatically recorded once you cross over the ChronoTrack mats.
  3. Exit the finish area quickly. Turn right into the Boston Common and walk up the Beacon Mall adjacent to Beacon Street. Finish water and refreshments will be set up along the Beacon Mall and the Boston Common Parade Grounds. Please note that the ChronoTrack tags are NOT collected. Please wait until you are out of the food area and back onto the Boston Common Parade Grounds until you remove and dispose of the tag on your sneaker.
  4. Please advise people in your party to meet you at the Boston Common Parade Grounds.

RESULTS: The results will be posted immediately after the race, near the awards stage. All entrants who finish the race within 1 hour and 30 minutes (1:30) will find a complete results listing at www.coolrunning.com. The Awards Ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm on race day on the Boston Common Parade Grounds. Individual, Age Division, and Team Awards will be announced.

DRUG TESTING: This race is subject to drug testing.

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