The race is coming up quick now - and race registrations are coming in just as fast. The deadline for early registration is next weekend, so don't delay - register today! You can register at Striders in Layton, the McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation office at McKay-Dee Hospital, or online at Active.com. There are a few reminders we should put out there.
PACKET PICKUP: Packet pickup will be moved this year to the start/finish area of the race at Layton Commons Park (the north west side of the Ed Kenley Amphitheater). Packet pickup is on Friday, September 11th from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Come on Friday to get your grub and ask any questions you might have to avoid the craziness of race morning.
RACE SHIRTS: As we mentioned at last year's race - look for us in red this year. You've probably noticed the changes over to red around our marketing pieces and out at other races, but wait till you see this year's shirt. I think we've outdone ourselves again this year! But, it's our 25th anniversary - we had to do something cool with the shirts. So, we researched into some great dri-fit shirts and came up with an amazingly comfortable dri-fit long sleeve (Bamboo/Poly Blend) that you are going to love. You may even want to buy a few extra - like you did last year and the year before. I would unveil it on the BLOG, but I think you'll just have to wait for that one when you get your packet on the 11th or race morning! Be excited!
RACE PHOTOGRAPHER: This year, per your requests, we have brought in Universal Photography to do race photos this year. Look for the photogs along the course, at the start/finish and around the expo at the end of the race. You'll be able to purchase the photos of you sweating it up on race day! Thing of the glory in that one.
TEXT MESSAGE REMINDER: If you'd like a text message reminder of The Classic race, or if you'd like updates throughout the year of other events we've got going on text CLASSIC to 29222. The night before the race we'll send out a text with the start time (8:00 a.m.), the race address (Layton City Offices), and a phone number for any last minute questions you might have (my cell phone - yes I am crazy, please be nice).
STAGGARED START: Per your request as well, and because the race is growing so fast, we've decided to staggar the race start this year. We'll start with the 10k folks running out right at 8:00 a.m. We'll give them 5 minutes to get out of our sight, then we'll send the 5k-ers and the walkers off to catch them - kinda like fox and the hounds. This may raise concern in some of your minds about timing, but the awesome guys at STRIDE RACING that are timing the event are going to fix the times that that all participants will get their right time posted.
Also, we'll have some signs as the staging area to try and get people running at like-speeds together. We'll be placing the faster folks up front then slowly move back. Look for the signs with your pace on them (ie for the 5k the signs might read Sub-20 min, 20-24 minutes, 24-28 minutes and 28+ minutes). We hope this will help us avoid any trampling incidents at the start. Please be cautious at the start - we're trying to fit a lot of people in a small area.
That's all I can think of right now. Feel free to contact me with any questions and watch for additional posts.
See you on the 12th!