Just Cuz Half Marathon

 
When:
October 18, 2014 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Where:
Crystal Summit to Centennial Park
Pocatello
ID
USA

 

There will be no official FULL MARATHON this year.

Cost:
Ealry registration through October 1: $35

Regular registration through October 15: $45

Tshirt Deadline: October 10th

Registration
Online: http://pocatelloparksrecreation.sportsites.com/Player/HomePlayer.aspx

Online Registration closes on October 15th at 11:30pm.  To register after this time you will be charged an additional $10 late fee and you must come in to the rec center or register the day of, which is $75.

Course:
Run a beautiful section of the Mink Creek area.  10:13 am 1/2 marathon start 8:30 am early bird 1/2 start. Half Marathon from the Scenic Pocatello foothills to a park downtown. Transport from the park to the start is provided. Aid stations throughout the course. Course is fast, fun and scenic. Walkers are welcome, awards are at 1pm. The 2014 theme is Rock On.

We Will serve lunch from 12:00-2:00

Additional Date Information
There will be no full marathon this year.
Lunch will be provided.

Race Date: October 18, 2014

Race Day Time Line:

7:00am packets are available at Centennial park
Sometime am Full marathon starts at Centennial Park (I suggest 8am!)
7:45am Half marathon early bird bus leaves from Centennial park
8:30am Early Bird half Starts
8:30am Half marathon busses start leaving from Centennial park
9:30am Last half marathon bus leaves
10:13am Half marathon starts
Noon Lunch starts
1:00 awards
2:00 Lunch ends

Bib pick up: You can pick up packets two ways 1- from the Pocatello Running Company (200 South Main St) Friday from 4-8pm. 2- race day at the finish line from 7:00-9:00 Your packet will include your timing chip, some papers, a shirt if your ordered one and a Nathan bottle. Wear your timing chip on your ankle. Take a bag with you to the top to ditch your warm clothes in. It is really easy and critical to the timer’s sanity that your wear your chip, that it be your chip and that you respect the chip in all ways. If you lose your chip by race time ask for a new one at the park before heading up the hill. THERE ARE NO PACKETS OR TIMING CHIPS AT THE START LINE. DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE START LINE.

Transportation: You should park at the bottom of the course near the finish line. Parking lots include Raymond Park, The Charter School, and City Creek Trailhead. Centennial Park is reserved for the busses and worker vehicles. Parking at the top is very limited; do not drive to the top. We are asking spectators to stay below cherry springs (course mile 4.5) as the road is narrow and twisty above that point. Bring a bag with you so you can ditch your extra clothes or gear at the top and we will have it for you at the finish line. We will supply duct tape and markers to label your bag in case you forget. DO NOT MISS the last shuttle. Having a lot of cars on the road is not safe for other runners. Again: It is dangerous to have cars above cherry springs. ASK YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM TO STAY BELOW THIS POINT. DO NOT DRIVE TO THE START LINE.

The Start: We have a pretty sparse start line. There are bathrooms, water and sports drinks, a spray paint start line and a trailer to drop gear in. If it is cold there may be fires. There is no cell service, there is no running water, electricity, parking, or other amenities. We will have someone taking pictures at the start which will be available in the intewebz so do not send your personal photographer to the start line to jam up the road with traffic. Mark your bag with your name and we will have it alphabetized at the bottom for you. DO NOT DRIVE TO THE START LINE.

Let us know if you would like more time on the course. You can run or walk or both. Early bird is a non-competitive division. You will get on the bus at 7:45am and start at about 8:30am which gives you a 1:28 head start on the pack. This has been a big request. This allows slower participants enough time to finish and get lunch and be at the awards. Your confirmation should show what division you are in. You can always change divisions. If you get on the early bird bus you better be in that division. Runners are welcome in the early bird division if you have somewhere to be. DO NOT DRIVE TO THE START LINE.

Aid: We have aid stations at miles 2, 4.5, 7, 9, and 11. Mile 2- water station, energy drinks, clothing drop 1 bathroom 4.5- bathrooms, water, energy drink, gel, clothing drop 7- water, energy drink, 1 bathroom 9- water, energy drink, bathrooms 11- table of temptation, water, energy drink with bathroom. If you need more water than this please carry some. At mile 4.5 we will offer Clif Shots, Clif Blocks, Organic Stinger Gels, and Power gel. Some a caffeinated, some are not. If our brands don’t agree with you, carry or stash your brand of choice. You can drop clothes at any aid station in a box and they will eventually make their way to the finish line. Please note that gels will only be available at mile 4.5. If you need a gel at mile 7 put one in your pocket.

Finish Line: At the finish line you will be draped with a nice medal courtesy of Molinelli’s Jewelers. At Centennial Park we will have a full catered lunch and lots of fruit and drinks. Awards are at 1:00 but people are likely to continue to finish after that. Awards are very low key. There are NOT significant draw prizes. The staff will be there until the last person crosses or is declared ‘done’ by a doctor. If the weather is terrible we will make plans for an alternate lunch and awards location. Though if we pressed on in 2011 I’m not sure what it would take for us to move the awards.

Course Tips: The first 2-3 miles are steep and fast. Then next 5-6 are mostly gentle downhill. The last 5 miles are flat or rolling. Save some go juice for the last few rolling hills. Just because ding dongs are available at an aid station doesn’t mean you have to eat one. The course will be marked with paint and signs. LEFT ON GRANT IS THE ONLY CRUCIAL TURN. Please run against traffic. There is no reliable cell service until mile 7. The course is open to regular traffic so running ‘best line’ at the top is a risky move.

IF there is snow on race day we will run an alternate course out towards Inkom. No more ice skating down Mink Creek Road. As fun as that was a couple of runners were never heard from again.

The Bet: There will be some sort of bonus award involving beating Lance (me) and/or Josie (the race founder). It is traditionally an Arctic Circle Milkshake gift certificate. Expect around 1:40 to be the time to beat. But if things go well it could be as fast as 1:39

Secret to Happiness: Oreo Milkshakes and dressing to the theme- ROCK ON.

Directions to finish line: From I-15 take the Clark Street Exit (69) and head west on Clark (downhill). Follow Clark all the way down until it becomes Center at the underpass. Merge left and turn left on Arthur (don’t turn Left on Main it is one way). Go south on Arthur until Benton. This is a stoplight intersection, turn right on Benton. Cross the river and turn left on Grant. After abut ¼ mile you will pass a white LDS church on the right and come to Idaho Street on your left. Turn left and you are there. If you are a local it would be helpful if you actually parked at Rainey Park/The Charter School and walked across the bridge.

Directions to the start line: From the finish line drive south on Grant Street. After 1.5 miles it merges with Bannock Highway and continues south. After another 3.5 miles (5 total) you come to the bannock/mink creek intersection. Stay right and head into the hills. It is only 8 more miles on the main road. Our parking lot is shortly after the South Fork road turns off. We are in a gravel lot on the right. If you are coming from the South it may be easier to take the Portneuf Gap exit and take Portneuf Road to Mink Creek. There will be bathrooms at the top for all to enjoy.

The Theme: The theme is ROCK ON. This is easy to interpret any number of ways. You can be in an 80’s hair band, a Marvel character, a geological feature, jewelry. The point is please dress up and have a good time. How you interpret the theme is up to you. I assume there will be a lot of bling bling. At the finish line we will have a brief and informal costume contest. There may be a dance contest. You never know.

The table of temptations: At mile 11 you will pass an aid station offering a variety of foods and beverages that are not normally found on a race course. If someone hands you a tiny glass with clear liquid do not assume it is water. There as various forms of trans fats, sugars, adult beverages and items no human should ever take into their body. If this is offensive to you grab some water and move on. If this is your thing hunker down and enjoy the feast. My strategy has been to take some water, eat a ding dong and take some licorice for the road. Others have commented that a swig of JD is the ticket to a strong finish. Sitting down to rest for a few minutes is a strategy that I have seen employed with mixed results.

FULL MARATHON PARTICIPANTS: Thank you for being hardcore. You are a small but elite crowd. I anticipate less than 5 participants. We will likely not have fully staffed aid stations on your way up. I will put everything out and fill some cups but it may fall to you to grab a cup and maybe even fill up some cups for yourself. You will only have 2 chances at GU (mile 10 and 17) so prepare accordingly. For your heroic efforts you will get a custom cup and a place in the record books. Good luck. Start at the bottom and try to time your turn for 10:13. 8:00 seems to be about right. There are no ‘prizes’ for winning the full marathon. You are a bandit. I did take the $5 we save on busses and buy you cool cups again. That is all.

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