Hey Runner Friend,
Thanks for your interest in the 2018 Arena Attack-Hartford! In an effort to provide you with the best race day experience possible, here are some important details for the day. The more you know, the better you are able to prepare your self. Here’s the scoop…
Important Race Info:
Here is the schedule of events. We want everyone to have fun, be safe, and have plenty of room to run their race, so once a race reaches capacity… its closed. No exceptions.
8:00 A.M. 5k Run Start (50-minute course time limit)
9:00 A.M. Marathon Start (5-hour course time limit)
9:00 A.M. Half Marathon-1st Heat Start (2:10-hour course time limit)
11:15 A.M. Half Marathon-2nd Heat Start (3-hour course time limit)
At 10-minutes prior to each race, we will call those runners to the Paddock area (look for the hanging 8’x8’ banner with the black& white SNEAA logo all over it). At 5-minutes prior, we will have a pre-race meeting with the runners and race marshals in the Paddock area… to make sure everyone is on the same page regarding course etiquette (i.e.: passing, head phones, running 2 or more abreast, etc). After the meeting (which will only take a minute or two), we’ll get the race started. Each race will start on time. It is the runner’s responsibility to make the paddock meeting and starting line on time. Please consult the course map for locations of the paddock, course set up and warm up area.
ATTENTION – ALL HALF MARATHON RUNNERS: There is a finite amount of space on the concourse, which is why we are strictly limiting the number of runners on the course at one time. Therefore, if you are scheduled to run in the 9:00 A.M. race, but arrive on race day, thinking you’ll be able to slide into the 11:15 A.M. race… you will not be able to do so, because there will be no room for you.
Warm Up Area
The designated warm up area will be in a 7,000 sqft area, called the “Atrium”, that is adjacent to the course on the arena concourse. Only runners currently competing in a race will be allowed on the course. Reason being, the timing system is extremely sensitive when used indoors. If you are not in a race, and get within 30-feet of the timing system’s antenna… your data will corrupt the data for the race in progress. Please, please obey the race marshals and only warm up in the designated warm up area.
Race Timing & Lap Counting
Please follow these directions! If you don’t put the chip on correctly, the computer may not see you! Each race will be professionally timed, using a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system. When you are issued your bib, there will be one digital tag safety pinned to it. Using the grommet on the chip, you will lace to the chip to the OUTSIDE of your RIGHT shoe. These chips will be working double duty, by tracking your start/finish times… and will be counting your laps automatically. Using a projector, we will be projecting your lap counts on a screen. The projection will be in your line of vision during the race. This way you’ll be able to track how many laps you have left. We’ll also have a marshal at the finish line, helping to make sure you either don’t run too many or too few laps. We don’t mind you wearing earbuds during the race… but make sure you can hear the marshal’s directions.
ATTENTION – 11:15 A.M. HALF MARATHON RUNNERS: We will be handing you your bib during the pre-race meeting in the paddock area. We need to make sure that no one in the 11:15 heat accidently corrupts the race lap count/timing data… especially since the marathon & marathon relay will be in progress when you hit the course… so we need to control your bibs/chips as long as we can.
Correct Bib Wear & Care
All bibs must be worn on your front, clear to view, preferably above the waist. We need to be able to see your number at all times.
Direction of Running
You will be running in the same direction (counter-clockwise) throughout your race. Each loop is 330-meters, so it’s a long enough loop that we don’t have to switch directions during the race.
Dressing for the Race
Think mid-fall attire. It will be about 55-65 degrees on the course, with no wind. Personally, I’d be wearing shorts and a singlet.
If you’re accustomed to running on the roads, you’ll be right at home on the course. If you’re more of a trail runner, you might consider wearing shoes with a bit more cushioning.
Advance Pre-Registration Pick Up
There will be no advance bib pickup. Everyone will be given their bibs & chips the morning of their race.
Top-3 Men & Women: In each race will receive special awards.
Finisher Recognition: Each finisher will receive a finisher medal.
Bags & Bag Check
We don’t want bags being left unattended, so please utilize our free bag check. Just a heads up, the XL Center security staff will be conducting bag searches upon entry.
A parking garage is connected to the XL Center. The entrance is on Ann Street. Expect parking to cost $8-$10 for the day.
We’ll be running laps around the concourses of the XL Center. Each lap is 330 meters. We have a link to our per lap pace calculator on our website (https://www.sneaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Arena-Attack-XL-Center-Pace-Calculator.xlsx) which will help you determine what your per lap time needs to be in order to hit your goal time.
We will have volunteers handing our water & Gatorade to the runners at our hydration station. While we’ll have mats, blowers/dryers, and volunteers with mops keeping the area as dry as possible… please help us by being as neat.
Marathon Hydration Station
Given the duration of this race, the marathon runners will require additional support. There will be a specific station set up just for those runners. Several tables will be on the course. Each marathon runner will have an assigned section on a table, where they will be able to leave their hydration & nutrition supplies.
We’ll have two awesome sections to watch the race. The first, will be near the entrance, where we will have about 25-folding chairs set up a designated spectator viewing area. The second, will be in the brand new Fan Bar! From here, you’ll have two great views – the race and the arena bowl!
While we will provide some bagels & fruit for the runners, the XL Center concessions will not be open. Fear not my coffee drinking friends… there is a Dunkin Donuts right across the street. If you’re looking for a meal, we love Vaughn’s Public House – which is only 100-yards away on Pratt Street (59 Pratt).
XL Center GPS Address
1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103
The Hilton Hartford is attached to the XL Center via an air-bridge. Rates run about $150 per night. The reservation desk can be reached at: 860-728-5151.
The entire UConn Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team will be supporting the race the whole day! They’re a lot of fun and love to cheer our runners on. When you see them, please thank them for taking time away from their winter vacation, studies, and practice to help get you through your race.
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