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Half Marathon RELAY

Half RELAY:
General Information

RACE DATESeptember 15, 2018
START TIME0800hr 
START/FINISH LOCATIONMillard Tydings Memorial Park 
Commerce St
Havre de Grace, Maryland

There is no parking available at Tydings Park!
PARKING / SHUTTLE BUS LOCATIONWe want to be kind to our generous host, the City of Havre de Grace. There is limited parking available in the City. All RELAY runners (except Havre de Grace residents) are strongly encouraged to park at the following locations and take the shuttle busses:

Hollywood Casino Perryville
1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy
Perryville, MD 21903
RELAY LOGISTICSThere will be two different shuttle busses from Hollywood Casino Perryville for relay runners. One to the start, and one to the exchange point.

Runners will not be permitted to go to the exchange zone on their own! They must take a bus from the Tydings Park or Hollywood Casino Perryville.

Leg 1 relay runners will be transported to Tydings Park to enjoy the post race festivities.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF RUNNERS1,500 (subject to change)

Half RELAY:
Course

Course

The Half RELAY course will be the same as the Half Marathon course.

Starting at Tydings Park in historic Havre De Grace overlooking the Marina and Chesapeake Bay. Runners embark on Union Avenue which is lined with Victorian homes. Runners go down toward the water then up to the hill to the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge.

The bridge is 7,624 feet long and nearly 100 feet high, providing breathtaking view of the Susquehanna River emptying into the Chesapeake Bay.

Awaiting on the other side is Perryville and a run along Aiken Avenue, a tree-lined street with turn-of-the-century charm.

The course then leads into the Perry Point VA Medical Center campus which is perched at the head of the Chesapeake Bay providing sweeping water views. The runners will enter a loop around Perryville Community Park. Relay runners will exchange here. The course re-enters the Perry Point VA Campus where they will be cheered on by veterans as they traverse the gorgeous Perry Point Campus. 

The course makes a turn again through Perryville and another pass across the Hatem Bridge towards Havre de Grace. The last two miles wind through downtown and the along the waterfront. The half marathon course ends with a final dash past the Decoy Museum and Maritime Museum towards the finish line at Tydings Park.

SRRF 2018 UMUCH Half Marathon

Detailed course notes from the Mike Early & Dave Cooley, our Race Diretors.

Aid Stations / Water Stops

Medical support is provided by University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (USUCH). There will be doctors, nurses, physical and respiratory therapists throughout the course. In addition, local ambulance companies are providing ambulances at all aid stations.

On the bridge there will be two mobile medical carts that will treat person injured on the bridge and evacuate off the bridge. You should be properly trained and physically able to complete the event. The medical team is there if needed.
 
There will be a doctor at the start/finish and at the relay point. The other aid stations will have a physicians assistant or nurse, therapist, trainer and ambulance and crew.
The fluid replacement stations on the course will have water and a sports drink. There will also be a toilet.

All stations will have race operations and emergency operations communications with the main command post and the two forward command posts.

REMINDER. On the back of the bib, provide emergency point of contact information not your information. We can get that from the bib number. Need the emergency contact.

Half RELAY:
Rules & Event Restrictions

  • TIME LIMIT - 3 hours and 05 minutes (14:00 min/mile average pace).  There is a time limit for the half marathon and half marathon relay. On the return to the finish, all runners must pass Aiken and US 40, the water stop before the bridge going to Havre de Grace in 2 hours after the race gun time start. This is necessary to clear the bridge and return to the normal traffic pattern. 
  • AGE REQUIREMENT - At least 12 years old on race day OR have approval from the Race Director.
  • AUTHORIZED RUNNERS - All entrants must display their race bib. Police will be stationed on each side of the bridge! The race bib must be displayed on the chest of the outer garment worn by the runner. Only registered runners will be allowed on the course.  Any participant who, in the sole determination of the Race Director, is a hazard to himself or any participant or spectator, may be removed from the course and, in such an event, will be disqualified from the race. 
  • PERMITTED ITEMS ON-COURSE - The following items are specifically permitted: fanny packs, hydration belts, cups or bike bottles, and one-gallon clear bags.
  • PROHIBITED ITEMS ON-COURSE - The following are prohibited on the course: backpacks of any type (for gear or hydration, this includes Camelback or Camelback like fluid containers), runners going backwards, jump ropes, animals, selfie sticks, glass containers, weapons of any kind, explosives, facemasks, drones, and flags larger than 11″x17″. No wheeled vehicles are allowed other than official race vehicles. No exceptions! This includes: bicycles, baby strollers, baby joggers, roller skates, in-line skates, and skateboards. The Race Director reserves the right to disallow additional items at any time.
  • ELECTRONIC DEVICES & HEADSETS - We expect all participants to use good judgment and take responsibility for their actions should they wear an electronic device with a headset during the race. We do ask that all participants be able to hear last minute instructions both at the start and finish lines, and that the ear buds be removed at these locations.
  • ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES & INFORMATION - In some areas, only the side of the road runners are on will be closed to vehicular traffic. Police and volunteers will be stationed at major intersections and crossroads, but not at minor roads or private driveways. As such, it is imperative that you stay within the cones marking the course and stay alert. Any deviations from the marked race course can result in a disqualification.  It is our intent to provide the safest possible race course. Those who participate in violation of these rules will be disqualified and removed from the course.  Foot runners and authorized vehicles have the right-of-way at all times, but runners should be cautious at intersections, side streets, and divided roads as impatient drivers may not read these rules. Any assistance received from anyone other than an official race volunteer or other course official may result in a disqualification. Safety and security is a primary concern for this event. All bags are subject to search at any time.
  • BRIDGE RESTRICTIONS - No cups from the aid stations will be permitted on the bridge. Water stops are placed far enough off the bridge approach for a runner to take fluid and toss the cup before going on the bridge approach.

Half RELAY:
Finisher Premium & Awards

Finisher Premium

Each Half RELAY finisher will receive a long sleeve technical shirt and a medal.

Mobirise

Half RELAY Long Sleeve Shirt

Each memeber of the half RELAY team will receive a long sleeve, 100% Polyester Tek, moisture-managing interlock fabric that is lightweight, roomy and highly breathable.

All Premiums available in Men and Women's Cut.

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Half RELAY Finisher Medal

Each memeber of the half RELAY team will receive a medal. The medal will be the same as the half marathon, but smaller.

The medal design includes the Hatem Bridge which is crossed twice. It also includes the Concord Point Light House, one of the oldest lighthouses on the east coast.

Awards

  • Top Overall Male and Female.  No awards have been determined for the Half RELAY yet.
  • Age Group Awards.  There will be no age group awards for the Half RELAY.

Half RELAY:
Local Training & Pace Groups

Mobirise

Local Training.  We have partnered with Charm City Run and RASAC - Run Harford to provide training for this event.  More inforation can be found on Charm City Run's website.  Click here!

Pace Groups.  We are working to sercure volunteer pace group leaders for the half marathon and relay. More information to come.

Frequent Asked Questions

Start time for the half marathon is 0800hr local time.