The Ninth Annual Marshall University Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, November 11th, 2012 at 7:00 am. The marathon is now 2 loops. This will allow spectators and family to follow the race more readily.
***NOTE – the date of the race has changed due to scheduling conflicts.
***NOTE - we are very proud this year to have donations to the Wounded Warrior Project as the awards. Some of the overall winners will also receive awards from world famous Blenko Glass.
OVERVIEW: HealthyHuntington.org, inc. is dedicated to bringing the HealthierUS Initiative to the area. Exercise is a key component of this and we want everyone to take part in this event either as a runner, walker, or volunteer. Learn more by logging onto www.HealthyHuntington.org .
Half-marathon run (this may be walked)
Half-marathon relay run
5-kilometer walk —- -
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: No restrictions except entrants must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the marathon. There is no age restriction on the other events.
Please read through all of the FAQs; it will be very helpful in answering most questions we encounter with the race.
MARATHON COMMENTS: click here to get to the marathonguide.com site where you can read comments about the race.
COURSE : The course is flat and fast and USATF certified. It is a perfect course to run to qualify for Boston. Runners start on 3rd Avenue next to Cam Henderson Center and run through downtown Huntington past Pullman Square, next to the Ohio River, and through Ritter Park among other places. The highlight is to run through Marshall University campus on their way to a goal-line finish in Marshall Football Stadium. Footballs will be available to carry in the final 100 yards if desired! A race map is available online. This course is also very spectator friendly and we will have race maps available with city maps for your friends and family to follow. NOTE – this was just re-certified. The new course has about 3 miles of crushed limestone on it around RItter Park. It is very fine and packed very well so that the course remains fast. There is no need for trail shoes, etc because of this.
THE FLOWER : We have a limited amount of flowers that are handed out as you enter campus (at Old Main on Hal Greer Blvd. and 4th Avenue, just beyond the 25 mile mark). This is a memorial for the plane crash victims from November 14th, 1970 (for which the movie We are Marshall was made). Those taking the flower are asked to put this in a basket 200 yards away at Memorial Fountain.
TIME LIMIT : 6 hours for all events. For safety and insurance reasons there are no early starts. Those participants who feel they will take longer than 6 hours should be prepared that police support and aid stations may not be available past this pace (approximately 13:45 min/mile).
AMENITIES : All full marathon registrants (those participating in the full 26.2 mile race) who enter by September 2nd will get a full-zip jacket made by Brooks !! Everyone (including early marathon participants) will receive a short sleeve tech shirt from Brooks also. Everyone also gets a unique finisher’s medal, which is specially designed for the event in a 3D format.
RELAY INFORMATION: Two or three people may do the half-marathon relay in any order they wish. The legs will be 2.3, 6.7 and 4.1 miles. You must indicate your team name and team member’s names on the application and you must sign up together. If any changes are made, they must be made at least one week before race time. An award will be given to the team with the best name, with the race committee being the judges. Go to the separate RELAY INFORMATION section for more details.
AWARDS: Awards are given to the first 3 finishers/ teams overall in all races. In the relays there will be awards in each category of all male, all female and mixed. Age group awards are <20, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and over 70 in both half and full marathons for both male and female. Armed forces awards will be in addition to the overall (i.e. 2 awards are possible in this group) and are top 3 male, female in the half and full marathon and the top 1 relay.
Awards this year will be donations in your name to the Wounded Warrior Project which is tax deductible. There will also be Blenko Glass to the first place male and female in the half marathon and the full marathon as well as first place master’s (40 and over age group) as well as the first place relay overall.
TIMING: The race will be timed tentatively using ChronoTrack disposable tags attached to their bibs. You must wear your bib number on the front of your clothing so that we can see and record your number as you cross the finish line. The race bibs should be unaltered and not covered by any garment. Check the information on your packet label to make sure it is correct. If not, notify a race official at packet pickup on Saturday.
WALKERS: We welcome walkers; there are typically 2 distances (unless you are extremely fast and want to walk the full 26.2 miles). The 5k walk is non-competitive. There is a time on the clock above but there are no prizes or even official results. The reason for this is that many people will jog part of it when they feel like and so it wouldn’t be fair to try to compare one with another. For many people simply walking a 5k is an accomplishment and they want the best place to do it (Marshall University of course!). The half-marathon can also be walked given the 6 hour time limit. If you walk it quick enough you could be elligible for an award if you beat enough runners (this has happened in the past) but there is no award by itself for a “half-marathon walk”.
Some people would like a distance to do in this event similar to a 5k or 5 mile. The best recommendation for them is to be in a relay. You can all run into the stadium together at the end if you want.