WHAT ARE THE DATES/TIMES FOR THE NEXT TUSCALOOSA HALF MARATHON?
- Saturday, March 28, 2020 • 7:00 am –The Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Half Marathon & 5K
WHERE CAN I FIND A MAP OF THE COURSE?
The courses are on our website. The courses for all of the races will also be located in the 2020 Race Guide. The race guide will be emailed race week.
WILL YOU HAVE PACERS?
The Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Half Marathon will not have pace teams in 2020.
CAN I HAVE CELL PHONES, FRIENDS, STROLLERS, DOGS ON THE COURSE?
We encourage you to invite friends and family to cheer you on along the course, but they are only allowed to run with you if they are registered runners. Per USA Track & Field rules, elements that could impede the safety of runners, such as bikes, strollers and pets on the course, are not allowed. The safety of our runners is our number one priority. By signing or clicking ’I Accept’ on any Tuscaloosa Half Marathon registration race waiver, you are agreeing to abide by the Rules of Competition.
CAN I WEAR HEADPHONES?
Participants will be able to use listening devices during the running of the half marathon and 5K, but they do so at their own risk. Runner safety is, and will continue to be, the priority for all of our events. To ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone, we ask that you please be mindful of the other participants and race personnel.
You MUST be aware of your surroundings at all times and this includes being able to hear any verbal warnings/instructions from police/course officials or the sound of any vehicles and other participants on the course. The abuse of portable headphone devices can result in disqualification. Abuse refers to being so distracted that you become a hazard to yourself, your fellow participants, spectators, course marshals, finish line officials, medical personnel, other race officials, police personnel or vehicle traffic.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. We must constantly consider the safety of all our participants, volunteers and spectators and review this rule as well as others in order to ensure the continued safety of our participants.
CAN I SWITCH RACES?
Yes, you may switch to any race. Fees will apply for any race distance changes depending on the time of year you are changing. Race bibs are assigned according to what race you are registered for. If you do not officially change your registered distance, you will receive the medal and event shirt for the race distance you are registered for. Please visit our registration page and scroll down the page to view Athletic Race Division Changes.
WHAT IF I LOSE SOMETHING THE DAY OF THE RACE?
Lost & Found is located at Gear Check on Saturday. After race weekend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to claim items. Clothing items left in the start areas and along the course are immediately donated to charity and are not kept in Lost & Found.
WHEN DOES REGISTRATION OPEN?
Registration opens for the 2020 event on Monday, 11/7/19 at 12:00pm CST. Links to our Registration Page can be found on the Home Page.
I AM INJURED, PREGNANT, HAVE A FAMILY EMERGENCY OR UNEXPECTEDLY OUT OF TOWN, CAN I GET A REFUND?
Entry fees are non-refundable and entries are non-transferable. This means once you have registered, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number to anyone else. Being caught doing so can result in a ban from future events. Exceptions will be made if you are on active military duty and you get deployed. You can send us a copy of your orders, and we will refund your entry fee.
CAN I DEFER MY ENTRY TO NEXT YEAR?
Yes, you may defer your entry to the next year for a $25 fee. Deferrals are NOT offered within 14 calendar days of the event. Please visit our registration page to purchase a deferral.
CAN I GIVE/SELL MY NUMBER TO ANOTHER RUNNER?
Entries are non-transferable. This is for the safety of the runner as well as necessary to satisfy insurance requirements of the event. If a runner collapses or is otherwise injured during the race and is running as someone else, we would not have emergency information available for them. This could result in further injury or notifying the wrong emergency contacts in the event of an accident.
WHY HAVEN’T I RECEIVED AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION?
Check your spam filter. That is usually the problem. Please make sure that the domains @tuscaloosahalf.com and @getmeregistered.com are on your “allowed senders” list so that your spam filter will not block your confirmation email or any other important notifications. You can click here to confirm your registration.
HOW CAN I SEE IF I’M REGISTERED?
Registration confirmation is available online for the half marathon and 5K. Please visit the registration site and use the Registration Confirmation link.
WHERE DOES MY REGISTRATION FEE GO?
Your registration fee helps to pay for the necessary permits, venue rentals, equipment, vehicles, infrastructure, staffing, insurance, police, awards, SWAG, supplies, bibs, medals, shirts, and chip timing to produce all marathon-related events. Portions of every registration fee is directed our charity partners throughout the year.
Prizes & Awards
WILL I RECEIVE A MEDAL IF I PLACE IN MY AGE GROUP?
In addition to finisher medals awarded for each finisher in each race, there will be specific overall, masters, grand masters, great grand masters, and age group awards for all races.
The top finishers for the Half Marathon and 5K will receive awards in the following categories:
OVERALL AWARD CATEGORIES
Overall Category (Male/Female) 1st place – 3rd place: These are the three fastest males and females
Master’s Category (Male/Female) 1st place ONLY: This is the fastest male and female 40 years and older
Grand Master’s Category (Male/Female) 1st place ONLY: This is the fastest male and female 50 years and older
Great Grand Master’s Category (Male/Female) 1st place ONLY: This is the fastest male and female 60 years and older
AGE GROUP AWARD CATEGORIES
Male/Female 1st place – 3rd place in each of the following age groups:
16-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85 and over*
10 & Under; 11-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85 and over*
*if there are runners over the age of 89, an additional age group category will be created for the appropriate 5 year window as detailed above.
Must claim awards at the event. Awards will not be mailed.
WHEN IS PACKET PICK-UP?
You can pick up your packet from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, March 27, 2020 at Government Plaza. Please remember to bring your ID and confirmation email with you. Race day packet pick-up is not available.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME TO PICK UP MY PACKET?
Every participant will receive a confirmation email the week of the race. Please bring either that email or your original confirmation email and your photo ID to pick up your packet. Don’t forget to add @tuscaloosahalf.com and @getmeregistered.com to your approved senders so that you do not miss this important email in your spam filter.
CAN I AUTHORIZE ANOTHER PERSON TO PICK UP MY RACE PACKET?
If you are unable to get your packet, a friend can pick up your packet with a copy of your photo ID or a copy of your registration confirmation. Digital copies (your cell phone screen) are allowed. Your friend will sign a form stating your race packet was picked up and then be directed to the proper pick up area. Please remember they can only do this prior to Race Day.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A TIMING CHIP?
No, we will be using disposable chips that are part of your bib.
HOW DO I MAKE SURE I HAVE THE RIGHT CHIP?
Your chip number will coincide with your bib number and will be attached to your bib.
OFFICIAL TIME – GUN TIME OR CHIP TIME?
Per USA Track & Field rules, your official time is from the starting mats until you cross the finish timing mats. Chip time or net time is provided as a service to you, and is accepted by many races, including the Boston Marathon, as a qualifying time. Only the top two male/female finishers of each race will be judged on gun time to determine the winner.
WHERE DO I SEND MY CHIP IF I STILL HAVE IT AFTER THE RACE?
This is a single-use chip and is good for this event only. The chip will NOT be collected in the finish area. You may keep the chip as a souvenir or deposit it in trash bins in the finish area.
IS THERE A PLACE TO DROP BAGS AT THE START LINE?
We will have Gear check available at Government Plaza race morning provided by UPS. All participants who want to leave their clothing or other items in a secure checked area during the race may use this service. Volunteers and UPS staff will be ready to help. Gear check will close promptly at 11:30 a.m. and all items not picked up will be left with Lost and Found.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY BAG IF I FORGET TO CLAIM IT AFTER THE RACE?
Gear Check closes at 11:30 am on race day and all bags must be picked up before that time. The Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Half Marathon is not responsible for gear bags not picked up by 11:30 am, however, remaining bags will brought to the half marathon office. Please contact email@example.com to claim your bag. After one week, anything remaining is discarded or donated to charity.
WHERE SHOULD I PARK ON RACE DAY?
There is ample parking at Government Plaza and around Downtown Tuscaloosa. Be careful to NOT park on course roads or your vehicle will be in the way of runners.
WHERE DOES THE RACE START AND FINISH?
Government Plaza (2106 6th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401)
WILL THERE BE CORRALS?
Runners will self seed according to expecting finish times and on the appropriate side for which race they are running.
HOW DO I GET MY FINISHER ITEMS AFTER THE RACE?
Finisher medals will be given out in the finish chute immediately after you finish.
WHERE CAN I MEET MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS AFTER THE RACE?
The easiest way to find your family and friends after the race is to have a plan beforehand. The grounds at Government Plaza is the best location to meet up with a friend or family member after the race. You will find a map of the grounds in the Official Race Guide that will be emailed out race week.
Course and Rules of the Road
WHAT IS THE TIME LIMIT FOR THE MARATHON?
City permits limit the race time to a 4 hour time limit. The course will be closed at a 18:00 minute/mile pace. No race services including medical, aid stations or traffic control are available beyond this pace.
The finish line remains open until 11:00a.m. (assuming an 7:00 a.m. start). Participants must cross the finish line by 11:00a.m. in order to be considered “official finishers”. After 11:00a.m., the course and finish line are closed. Late finishers may cross the finish line, but are not guaranteed an official time or a finishers medal.
Finishing the half marathon by 11:00 a.m. means maintaining an average pace of 18:00 minute/mile. The race course is opened to traffic on a rolling schedule as participants make their way to the finish. In order to ensure safety, a Sweep Vehicle and Van follow the race route to pick-up participants who are unable to maintain this pace on a consistent basis. Participants are required to board the Sweep Van when so instructed by Race Officials. Course Marshals are instructed to retrieve bibs of all participants who refuse to board the van when instructed to do so.
WHY IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?
In order to comply with city permits, streets crossing the route must be reopened to vehicular traffic on a set schedule.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY PACE IS SLOWER THAN THE ALLOTTED TIME?
If you are caught by the Sweep Vehicle traveling at the 18:00 minute/mile pace, you MUST board the Sweep Van accompanying this vehicle for transport to the finish area. For your safety, the Tuscaloosa Police Department does not allow runners to continue in the streets once the course has been re-opened to traffic. Keep in mind that race services, including water stations and medical aid, will be discontinued once the Sweep Vehicle comes through. The finish line closes at 11:00a.m. Finisher medals are only guaranteed to those finishing within the allotted time limit.
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?
Many things are not allowed on the course. If you have a question about what is or is not allowed, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the safety of our runners the following is not allowed: going backward, runners not wearing a race number, animals, bicycles, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates, roller blades, hand-crank chairs and wheeled vehicles.
Receiving outside assistance of any kind is not allowed. Outside assistance consists of, but is not limited to: receiving fluids, gels, food or any personal items from someone not serving in an official race capacity; receiving pacing assistance from any person that is not a registered participant of the race.
Abusive behavior or language directed toward any other participant, volunteer, police officer, or staff member is also not allowed.
Any of these rules infractions can result in a time penalty or race disqualification. The discretion and final ruling resides with the Race Director.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF A RUNNER HAS FINISHED?
Friends and family can track your progress throughout the course through our timing company. Links will be provided prior to race start. Results for all events will be published on our website and social media during and immediately following the race.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACES TO WATCH THE RACE?
See our Race Details page for a list of good spectator locations.
WHAT TIME WILL THE FIRST RUNNERS BE COMING THROUGH MY AREA?
This information will be available in the Race Guide which will have details along the course. You will also be able to download a Race Guide on race week.
WILL MY ROAD BE CLOSED DURING THE MARATHON?
Road closure information will be disclosed when final course approval has been given. This information will be updated as half marathon weekend approaches.
Keep in Touch
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