MLK Race For The Dream Marathon, Half Marathon

 Final Race Instructions – Sunday, January 14, 2018 –

WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL    45 White House Drive, Atlanta, Georgia

 Starting Time         Marathon & Half Marathon: 7:00 a.m.

IMPORTANT

We strongly urge you to read this entire instruction brochure.  It will assist you on race day regarding water stations, timing and scoring, parking, and other vitally important aspects of your Race/Event day.

The 2018 Race for the Dream Marathon & Half Marathon will be timed using your Bib number. You must wear your Bib on the front of your shirt.  If you do not wear the Bib on the front of your shirt, your Race For The Dream Marathon or Half Marathon time will not be recorded properly. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Please make sure that your name, age, and sex are printed accurately on your Confirmation Card – check this before leaving the Expo. ­

2018 RACE FOR THE DREAM MARATHON, HALF MARATHON FEATURES:

START LINE:                    Whitehouse Drive & MLK Jr. Drive

FINISH LINE:                   Washington Place and Whitehouse Drive

FINISH LINE FESTIVAL: Washington High School Upper and Lower Parking Decks

PARKING:                         Various Lots Near Washington High School

ARRIVE EARLY — ARRIVE EARLY — ARRIVE EARLY

(Anticipate crowded streets & parking lots)

RUNNERS BIB / T-SHIRT / GOODIE BAG:

To claim your Bib, T-shirt, and Goodie Bag you must bring your Confirmation Card and valid identification to the Quality of Life Expo at Washington High School, located at 45 Whitehouse Dr, SW. Atlanta, GA. THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE YOU CAN CLAIM YOUR BIB, T-SHIRT & GOODIE BAG.

PICK UP DAYS………FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018 Time 4:00p.m. -7:00p.m. – SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018, 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.

RUNNERS RACE BIB:

You must complete the medical information printed on the reverse side using waterproof ink.  Do not allow anyone else to run with your Bib.  If somebody else uses your bib, both you and the party running with your bib will be disqualified.   Do not cut or fold your bib in any way.

All runners must wear the Race Bib attached to the front of the shirt to receive a finisher’s medal, results, etc.  The envelope in which you received your Bib has safety pins to attach the Bib to your shirt. The Race Bib identifies all runners to race officials at selected checkpoints on the marathon course.  All runners are monitored along the course and will be able to receive their exact start and finish times, and course splits.

QUALITY OF LIFE EXPO:

The Quality of Life Expo is held at the Historic Washington High School. The Expo runs Friday, January 12th, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Saturday, January 13th, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM  Parking is free.  All Marathon participants must go to the Expo to claim their T-shirt, Bib, and Goodie Bag.  You may register for the Marathon, Half Marathon or Bike Tour at the above times. There is NO race day registration or picking up of runner or cyclist materials, i.e. Bibs, T-shirts, etc.  Vendors and Sponsors will attend both the Quality of Life Expo and Race Day Festivities!

MARATHON & HALF MARATHON RACE INSTRUCTIONS

 BEFORE THE RACE   — ARRIVE EARLY, ARRIVE EARLY, ARRIVE EARLY!

 We STRONGLY suggest using MARTA on Race Day. Anticipate traffic congestion and crowded parking lots.  ARRIVE EARLY.  Parking is available in numerous lots in and around the Washington High School area (see enclosed directions).  Street parking will be limited. Make sure to note which parking lot you park in on race day.  Toilet facilities will be available in the parking lot of Washington High School.

Family Reunion Area:            Washington High School Lower and Upper Parking Lots

Sweat Storage:                         Washington High School Parking Lot.  Please bring a small sturdy bag with your Name and Bib # attached.  Do not put anything valuable or fragile in your bag, as we are not liable for its loss or damage.

TRANSPORTATION: Link to MARTA

http://itsmarta.com/planatrip.aspx

PARKING:

MLK Race For The Dream has secured various parking lots Listed below; these are lots that are open on race day.

  • Clark Atlanta – Shuttle Services to Start/Finish line for runners’ 6:00a.m. – 6:45a.m.
  • West Lake MARTA Station – Shuttle Services 6:00 AM – 6:45 AM
  • Ashby Street MARTA Station – Walking distance
  • Washington Park – Cyclist Finish Line

THE MARATHON & HALF MARATHON START:

There will be 2 starting corrals for the race.  One for the sub 4hour runners, and the primary corral for runners and walkers, both are located on Whitehouse Dr.   Please position yourself in the start area according to your anticipated minute pace per mile, i.e. ten-minute miles.  This system is for your safety and the safety of other participants.  Pre-race water and Gatorade will be available at Washington High School Parking Lot.  Toilets will also be situated in and around this area.  No public access will be allowed into the start line.

THE MARATHON & HALF MARATHON RACE:

Pursuant to rules dictated by USA Track & Field, anyone attempting to participate in the Marathon using bicycles, strollers, skateboards, inline skates or roller skates will be disquali­fied.  Any competitor who has been found, by the referee, to have gained an unfair advantage by receiving assistance or by intentionally shortening the route of the race (“cutting the course”) shall be immediately disqualified.

Morehouse School of Medicine will have medical stations at various water and refueling stations, at the Finish Line, and Family Reunion areas. Water & refueling stations will be stationed at every three miles. Race Clocks and Split time callers will be located at all mile marks.  Energy Gel Zones will be located at miles 15 and 18.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The Marathon course will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event.  One-half of the streets that comprise the course will be closed and cross traffic will be prohibited and strictly enforced.  If you maintain a 15-minute per mile pace, you will complete the race in 6 hours and all streets will be closed.  For slower participants, be aware that water and medical stations will close down at a 15-minute pace, and the course will re-open to vehicular traffic.  At this point, runners who wish to continue must leave the roadway, run on the sidewalk and assume the role of a pedestrian obeying all traffic laws and signals.  Sufficient finish line personnel will remain on duty until 2:00 p.m. to record times for slower runners and to provide medical assistance and refreshments.

There will be 8 Entertainment Centers and over 26 Historic Sites located throughout the course.  These cen­ters will be gathering points for a diversity of community groups and will feature live entertainment for spectators and music to keep you going.

DOWNED AND DROPPED RUNNERS:

 If you need to drop out, please report to the near­est water station so that your name and bib number can be recorded and transmitted back to the Family Reunion area.  Shuttle vans will pick up runners who are unable to complete the Marathon or Half Marathon starting at the Mile 9 water station and continuing through mile 23.

WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES:

The Wheelchair Division is governed by the rules and regulations of the National Wheelchair Athletic Association (NWAA).   Please ensure that both your wheelchair and the manner in which you operate it, are in compliance with these regulations.  Be alert for the lead runner convoy as it approaches from the rear and pay attention to the instructions that are given.  Failure to do so may subject racers to disqualification.  Guard against illegal pacing and other infractions that might warrant disqualification.  We will provide each participant with two Bibs.  One Bib must be affixed to the front of your body so it can be read easily, the second Bib to the back of your chair.  We strongly advise that you wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet when competing.

THE FINISH FOR THE MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON:

Runners should disburse themselves across all lanes leading into the finish.  After you cross the finish line, do not stop until you’ve moved beyond the finish line.  All runners will receive your finisher’s medal at the finish line.

The Finish Line is located at the corner of Whitehouse Dr. and Washington Place. Participants are directed to meet Family and Friends at the Family Reunion Area. Finish line photos of all participants will be taken.  All Race for the Dream Marathon and Half Marathon runners who finish will receive a commemorative finisher’s medallion.  Refreshments will be available to all runners immediately following the finisher’s chutes in the upper parking lot of Washington High School.  Morehouse School of Medicine will provide medical services at the finish line.

The Post-race massage area is inside Washington High School just off the Upper Parking lot area where post-race fueling is located. Take up our offer of a post-race massage to help revitalize your muscles.

THE FINISH LINE FESTIVAL:

The Finish Line Festival will be located in the Parking Lot at Washington High School.  Downed or dropped runner information will be available in the Family Reunion area inside Washington High School.  There will be Medical services available in the Family Reunion Area.  There will be booths, refreshments, and entertainment also in the Finish Line Festival Area.

This is a snow, rain or shine event and refunds will not be honored.

Information is subject to change so please check back for updates!!

If additional information is needed contact:

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Merchants Association & New Business Development

2001 MLK Jr. Drive Suite 450 D/E

Atlanta Ga. 30310

404-564-3636

www.mlkjdma.com E-mail mlkjdma@gmail.com

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