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LITTLE PATUXENT RIVER >> HALF MARATHON & 10K

COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN >> CLICK HERE

Updated 2.25.21

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LITTLE PATUXENT RIVER HALF MARATHON & 10K 

March 6 & 7, 2021 - Guilford Pratt Bridge, Columbia, MD

This race has reached capacity. Registration is CLOSED.

Update 3.3.21 

Half Marathon runners may drop a bag or hydration at the half way point (turn around point) of their race, however, the best and safest option is to carry your own hydration such as a camel back or fuel belt. There is NO bag or hydration drop for the 10K. All 10K runners MUST carry their own hydration. To read more about this update, click HERE.

Update 3.2.21

All runners must sign a NEW covid waiver prior to the start of their race. To view this information, click HERE. To view and download the Columbia Association Covid Wavier, click HERE

Update 2.25.21.

To view the updated covid-19 safety plan, click HERE.

THE RACE

Enjoy nature in one of the most beautiful areas of Columbia, MD. Starting and finishing at the Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge, the half marathon & 10K takes place on the Patuxent and Wincopin trailsl. The course runs along the Little Patuxent and Middle Patuxent River. The terrain is tame compared to many trail courses. This race is appropriate for beginners and intermediate runners. Runners will be able to sign up for either or both races. Race registration includes a shirt and finisher medal.

VOLUNTEER

​Don't want to run in the race but still want to participate? This race can not be possible with out the help of volunteers. Sign up opens one month prior to race day. 

  • Run Course Volunteer

  • Water Station Volunteer

  • Finish Line Volunteer

  • Packet Pick Up Volunteer

 

VENUE ADDRESS

Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge on Guilford Road

9175 Guilford Road, Columbia, MD 21046. 

This is an address for a building parking lot. The trail race will start in the parking lot directly across the street from this building. 

TRAVEL AND PARKING

Parking for this race will be along Guilford road and in the corporate parking lot directly across the street from the start/finish line. Use the following GPS address for race day, 9175 Guilford Road, Columbia, MD 21046. Note that this is an address for the parking lot. The trail race will start in the parking lot directly across the street from 9175 Guilford Road. 

 

AGE REQUIREMENT

Runners must be at least 14 years old to participate in the half marathon and at least 7 years old for the 10K.

REGISTER - This race has reached capacity. Registration is CLOSED.  

DEFERRAL POLICY

Participants may defer their entry. The general defer policy will be in affect beginning Jan 11. To view the general deferral policy, click HERE. To request a defer to 2022, please email racedirector@ripitevents.comThe deadline to request a defer is Thursday, March 4 by end of day. 

REGISTRATION DISCLAIMER

  • All participants must register online or on race day. 

  • In-person registrants not guaranteed race medal or shirt.

  • All registrations are final, no refunds. 

  • No registration transfer permitted to other Rip It Events. 

  • No registration transfer permitted to other people. 

  • Race organizers reserve the right to close registration due to capacity limits.

  • Race organizers reserve the right to delay or cancel event due to extreme weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

  • The following are prohibited from the race course: pets, baby joggers/strollers, in-line skates, bicycles, and any other non-official wheeled vehicles.

  • Please contact Rip It Events with any questions or concerns about your registration at racedirector@ripitevents.com.

RACE FORMAT AND WAVE START

There will be TWO races EACH DAY with a short break in between races. Each race will have no more than 225 runners. There will never be more than 225 ppl running on the run course at any given time.

To ensure runner safety and to reduce the amount of passing during the first few miles of the race, participants have been placed into waves based on their average pace per mile as entered during online registration. Each wave will consists of 25 runners and will start 3 minutes apart. Participants must start in their assigned waves. If your average pace is listed incorrectly but only by 30 seconds or so, please remain in your assigned wave. If you feel strongly that you should be placed in a different wave, please notify us via email to racedirector@ripitevents.com. Starting in the same wave with a friend or spouse NOT considered a valid reason to request a wave change. 

 

To view the wave start list for the Half Marathon & 10K, click HERE

Half Marathon - Saturday, Mar 6, 2021

2 races of 225 runners, each start wave will have 25 runners

 

Race # 1

8:00 AM – Wave 1

8:03 AM – Wave 2

8:06 AM – Wave 3

8:09 AM – Wave 4

8:12 AM – Wave 5

8:15 AM – Wave 6

8:18 AM – Wave 7

8:21 AM – Wave 8

8:24 AM – Wave 9

 

Race #2

11:15 AM – Wave 10

11:18 AM – Wave 11

11:21 AM – Wave 12

11:24 AM – Wave 13

11:27 AM– Wave 14

11:30 AM – Wave 15

11:33 AM – Wave 16

11:36 AM – Wave 17

11:39 AM– Wave 18

All runners in race #2 must reach half way point by 1:48 PM (20 min per mile)

 

10K - Sunday, Mar 7, 2021

2 races of 225 runners, each start wave will have 25 runners

 

Race # 1

8:00 AM – Wave 1

8:03 AM – Wave 2

8:06 AM – Wave 3

8:09 AM – Wave 4

8:12 AM – Wave 5

8:15 AM – Wave 6

8:18 AM – Wave 7

8:21 AM – Wave 8

8:24 AM – Wave 9

 

Race # 2

10:00 AM – Wave 10

10:03 AM – Wave 11

10:06 AM – Wave 12

10:09 AM – Wave 13

10:12 AM– Wave 14

10:15 AM – Wave 15

10:18 AM – Wave 16

10:21 AM – Wave 17

10:24 AM– Wave 18

10:27 AM - Wave 19

BIB TRANSFERS

Allowing a non-registered runner to use your bib is NOT PERMITTED. There are two reasons for this rule. 

 

1. We are implementing specific safety measures due to Covid-19. All registered participants will sign a wavier agreeing to the race rules during the registration process. Additionally, runners will receive detailed information from us days leading up to the event with updated safety requirements. Non-registered runners will not have signed the waiver and will not have receive communication from us. 

 

2. Our race insurance covers registered runners only. It does not cover someone who is running under someone else's name/bib number. 

PACKET PICK UP

Runners will pick up their bib on race morning only. There is no packet pick up prior to race day. Your timing chip will already be affixed to the back of your bib. Runners will be permitted to pick up these items no more than 30 minutes prior to their assigned wave start. A social distancing type of packet pick up will be implemented where race management and athletes maintain 6ft from each other at all times. After picking up your bib, runners will report directly to the start area. Runners will receive their shirt and finisher medal at the end of their race as they exit the race venue.

Runner participating in both the Half Marathon& 10K will be required to go through packet pick up each day. Half marathon runners will get a different bib for each race.

RACE VENUE MAP

RUN COURSE

The half marathon and 10K (6.55 miles) course runs along the Little & Middle Patuxent River. The race starts and finishes at the Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge on Guilford Road in Columbia, MD. The race in a loop course along the Patuxent and Wincopin Trails. 3 miles of the course is packed gravel trail and 3 miles of the course is on natural surface trail. A very small portion of the course is on paved/sidewalk surface. The following are prohibited from the course: pets, baby joggers/strollers, in-line skates, bicycles, and any other non-official wheeled vehicles.  

 

The 10K course (one loop) is 6.55 miles in length. The half marathon course (two loops) is the 10K loop twice.

 

To view the course map, click HERE

HALF MARATHON COURSE REQUIREMENT

All runners in the 2nd race on Saturday will reach mile 6.55 (start 2nd loop) within 2 hours after the start of the last wave (11:39 AM). Runners that have not completed this distance by 1:39 PM will not be permitted to continue on the course. A 20:00 per mile pace was used to determine this required course cut off time.

RACE CATEGORY CHANGES

There are no race category changes. ALL RUNNERS MUST START IN THE RACE AND DAY THEY REGISTERED FOR. If you are registered for the Half Marathon and do not want to complete both loops of the course, this is ok. Please note, that if you elect to do this, you will be removed from the race results (marked as DQ) and will not be eligible for awards. Additionally, you will still receive a half marathon finisher medal, not a 10K finisher medal.

WATER STATIONS

Half Marathon runners may drop a SMALL bag or hydration at the half way point (turn around point) of their race, however, the best and safest option is to carry your own hydration such as a camel back or fuel belt. Runners are responsible for their own supplies at all times. This option is NOT meant for your pre or post race clothes. This is for hydration needs only. There is NO bag or hydration drop for the 10K. All 10K runners MUST carry their own hydration. To view this location on the venue map, click HERE.

TIMING & WITHDRAWING DURING THE RACE

Your timing chip (orange square) is affixed to the back of your race number bib. Do not remove this timing chip. You can throw away your timing chip/race number at the conclusion of the race if you'd like. It is disposable. 

 

If you drop out of the race at any point, please notify member of the race staff. It is essential that we know where you are on the course at all times for your safety and our peace of mind.

 

AWARDS

Awards will be given to the top finisher in the following group categories for both the Half Marathon and 10K:  Overall, 7-8, 9-10, 11-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. To minimize the contact between runners and race management, awards will be mailed to participants with in 2 weeks of the conclusion of the race.

PARTICIPANT SHIRT & FINISHER MEDAL

Participants will receive the shirt size they selected at online registration. We will purchase extra participant shirts to those who wish to exchange their shirt for a different size. Shirt exchanges can be completed at the conclusion of your race. Runners will receive a finisher medal at the finish line. 

BATHROOMS

Porta-potties will be stationed at the start/finish line and at the aid station at mile 1.5.

 

RESULTS

To reduce the amount of close interaction between race staff and athletes, all results will be posted directly online in real time. Finishers can use their smart phone to access their individual results by viewing the RESULTS webpage at the conclusion of their race. 

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

In the case of inclement weather, all participants will be notified of changes to the race by email. A message will be at the top of the race web site and will be posted on our social media channels. This race will be run in the rain and light snow. 

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