Important Race Day Info For All Athletes
PACKET PICK-UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH
Packet pick-up will be held inside the Utah Valley Convention Center on Friday, June 7th between 10 AM and 9 PM. The Convention Center is located at 220 West Center St., Provo. Each runner must present a valid photo ID or a copy of their confirmation email in order to pick-up their bib, timing chip, and race shirt.
MARATHON EXPO & SYMPOSIUM FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH
The annual marathon symposium will be held between 3:30 PM and 8 PM in conjunction with the fitness expo at the Utah Valley Convention Center. The symposium will feature premier athletes, medical personnel, and sports professionals. The symposium is open to runners and non-runners alike. Details about the speakers are listed at:http://utahvalleymarathon.com/provo-marathon-symposium.php.
There will also be a runners’ expo with lots of great vendors focused on athletes and their interests. Admission to both the expo and the symposium is free to runners, their friends, and family members.
The timing chip will be attached to the back of each runner’s bib, and does not need to be returned at the end of the race. It is important that you do not fold, wrinkle, or otherwise alter your race bib. It is also important that you wear your bib on the front of your shirt. Incorrect placement of your bib and timing chip may result in missing or inaccurate results.
Your official time will start as you pass the start line and stop as you cross the finish line. Do not trade bibs with another athletes. Bibs are only valid for the distance they were purchased.
Only half-marathon bibs will be allowed on the half-marathon buses (Provo Towne Centre Mall); only marathon bibs on the marathon buses (one block north of the Provo Marriott; Zermatt Resort).
For the Utah Valley 10K presented by Zion’s Bank, runners will park near the 10K starting line. The 10K race will start at 7:00 AM sharp, so make sure you allow enough time to park and get to the starting line prior to the race starting. After the race, we will bus 10K runners from the finish line back to their cars.
Please plan on taking an earlier bus. Our marathon and half-marathon races will start at 6:00 AM, and not everyone will be able to ride the last bus.
For the Utah Valley Half-Marathon presented by Blendtec, runners will meet their buses at the Provo Towne Centre Mall located at 1200 Towne Centre Boulevard, Provo, UT 84601. The bus pick-up will be on the east side of the mall, behind the Wells Fargo Bank. ONLY HALF-MARATHONERS will be allowed on these buses; this bus does NOT go to the full marathon starting line. The first bus leaves at 3:15 AM. The last bus leaves at 4:30 AM sharp. You may park anywhere within the mall parking lot that is not reserved or blocked off. After you complete your half-marathon, we will have buses available to take you back to the Provo Towne Centre Mall and your car.
Full marathon runners meet their buses one block north of the Provo Marriott at the corner of 200 N and 100 W. ONLY FULL-MARATHONERS will be allowed on these buses; this bus does NOT go to the half-marathon starting line. The first bus leaves at 3:00 AM, and the last bus leaves at 4:15 AM sharp.
A parking map for downtown Provo is available from the Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau website at http://www.utahvalley.com/!userfiles/Maps/DowntownProvo.pdf and in your race guide. When parking, please ensure that you do not park in a restricted or prohibited area. Parking and towing fees, as well as traffic tickets, are your responsibility.
Full marathon runners staying at the Zermatt Resort (Midway, UT) will meet their bus in front of the resort. This bus will leave at 4:15 AM sharp for the full marathon starting line. There will be no transportation to the half-marathon from this location.
There is ABSOLUTELY no parking or private drop-offs at the starting lines for either the full or half-marathon. Any cars found parked at either starting line will be towed by local law enforcement.
There will be water and POWERADE to drink, and fires to stay warm, at the full and half-marathon starting areas.
Both the half-marathon and the marathon starting lines will have gear drops. Your blue expo goodie bag doubles as a gear drop bag; please bring it with you to the starting line if you intend to drop-off a bag. Each bib will have a bag tag that you can tear off and zip tie to your marathon bag. A volunteer will collect your bag, and we will have a truck take your belongings back to the finish area. We will have an area at the finish where you can retrieve your bag based upon your bib number. Please ensure that your tear off bib tag is attached to your gear bag. This will enable us to return your bag to you quickly and efficiently.
Clothing bags not picked-up on race day will be donated to a local charity.
Items left anywhere along the route will be donated to a local charity.
While we take the utmost care with all items left at the gear drop areas, DO NOT put valuable or expensive items like cameras, car or house keys, cell phones, money, watches/jewelry, expensive clothing, GPS devices, or otherwise in the gear drop bags. We cannot be held liable for lost items.
There is not a clothing drop-off for the Zion’s Bank 10K runners.
The Utah Race Pacers (http://www.facebook.com/utahrace.pacers) will be pacing both the full and half-marathon distances. If you are interested in following a pacer, you will find pacers at the starting line. They will be wearing fluorescent yellow shirts and carrying signs indicating the time in which they will finish the race (hours and minutes). There is no need to sign-up, just find the correct pacer and introduce yourself.
Portable bathrooms will be located at the start, finish, and every two miles along the full and half-marathon course (beginning at mile 3 for the marathon).
The aid stations will be located every 2 miles throughout the marathon and half-marathon course (for the marathon they begin at mile 3.) Every aid station will be equipped with water and POWERADE.
CLIF Shot gels will be at miles: 7, 13 & 19 for the full marathon. CLIF Shot gels will be located at mile 6 for the half marathon.
Marathon miles 11, 15, 21 & 24 will be equipped with bananas and oranges. For the half-marathon fruit will be at miles 2, 8 & 11.
Food or gel will be located on the first table. POWERADE will be on the second table (first table if no food or gel), and water will be on the final table of each aid station.
Our full marathon course has been certified by the USATF.
Each mile on the full marathon, half-marathon, and 10K courses will be marked. There will be a clock at the full marathon halfway point and the finish line.
Each turn will be clearly marked by a sign and staffed by law enforcement or a uniformed volunteer. Please obey their instructions; they are there for your protection and safety.
COURSE TIME LIMIT
The marathon & half marathon course will be closed at 12:30 PM. All marathon runners must maintain a pace of 13:44/mile that enables them to cross the finish line no later than 12:30 PM. Runners falling behind this time will be required to move to the side of the road or sidewalk and obey standard traffic laws such as stopping at stoplights and intersections. All runners must exit Provo Canyon and be past the 800 North overpass no later than 11:30 AM. Aid stations will close at 12:15 PM.
FULL AND HALF-MARATHON CHEERING LOCATIONS
There are many locations to cheer the runners along University Avenue in Provo. We discourage people from standing anywhere in the Canyon as you will put yourself and others in danger. Even though the two Provo bound lanes will be diverted for our race, the canyon is still open to traffic, so please do not put yourself, the athletes, or drivers in the canyon at risk.
KIDS 1K FUN RUN
The Kids 1K Fun Run will start at 11:30 AM. The starting line will be on Center Street, just east of the finish line. The kids will finish across the same line as the marathoners, half-marathoners, and 10K runners.
Bussing is not necessary for the Kids’ 1K Run.
The timing company will have a results kiosk in the finishing area so that runners can check their final time.
Results will also be posted to our website as quickly as possible. Due to the large number of runners in their year’s event, as well as our dedication to accuracy, results may take a day or so to post. Please keep checking back to the website (http://www.utahvalleymarathon.com).
If you qualify for the Boston Marathon this year on our course, make sure that you pick-up a Boston Qualifier shirt while at our event. We will not mail these shirts, so remember to pick-up your shirt if you earn it!
MARATHON AWARDS CEREMONY
The marathon awards ceremonies for all three race distances will be held on the Utah County Courthouse grounds by the flag poles, adjacent to the finish line. Awards will not be mailed, so please be in attendance if you expect to win an award.
Overall and Masters awards will be based on gun time per USATF rules. Age group awards will be based on chip times.
Several massage therapists will be available at Tabernacle Park lawn post-race massage. These massage professionals are offering their services for free, so please make sure and thank them profusely! Their services are limited to registered runners only.
While the Utah Valley Marathon does not prohibit music players or earphones, we encourage you to keep the music low enough, or use only one ear bud, so that you can hear instructions from course marshals, volunteers, and uniformed law enforcement, as well as hear other runners that may be passing you from behind.
Music loud enough to be heard by your fellow runners can be both distracting and irritating. Please use courtesy and common sense when setting your music volume.
Our race doesn’t exist without our volunteers. If you have friends or family that aren’t running, but want to be part of the experience, encourage them to volunteer. We welcome both individuals and groups such as church, scout, work, school, or neighborhood groups. If you know someone that may be interested, they can volunteer from the button at the top of our homepage, or by registering directly at:https://www.raceentry.com/registration.php?race_id=192
Finally, if you’re participating in our race, you’ve benefited from the generosity of a volunteer. While we take every opportunity to thank them ourselves, please help us out and tell the volunteers what a great job they’re doing. We firmly believe we have the best volunteers in the world and they deserve to hear it often!