Thank you for your interest in the 2017 NBC Connecticut Health & Wellness Family 5k! 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 (70-runners per race)… its closed. No exceptions.
8:00 A.M.             5k Run Start (50-minute course time limit)
9:00 A.M.             5k Run Start (50-minute course time limit)

At 10-minutes prior to each race, we will call those runners to the Paddock area. The Paddock area will be in front of the award stage (look for the hanging 8’x8’ banner with the NBC 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 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 8:00 A.M. race, but arrive on race day, thinking you’ll be able to slide into the 9:00 A.M. race… you may not be able to do so, because there may 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 digital timing system is extremely sensitive when used indoors. If you are not in a race, and get within 30-feet of the timing pad… 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
Each race will be professionally timed, using a digital timing system. There will be a plastic digital tag safety-pinned to your bib. This tag 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 wall of the exhibition hall. 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 marshals at the finish line, manually counting your laps, to make sure you run your 16-laps. We don’t mind you wearing earbuds during the race… but make sure you can hear the marshal’s directions.

Bib Pickup
We will be handing you your bib during the pre-race meeting in the paddock area. Since races will be in progress, we need to make sure that no one accidently corrupts the race lap count/timing data. That said, we need to control your bibs/chips as long as we can.

ATTENTION: Once you complete your 5k, please exit the concourse and cool down in the Atrium. This will prevent the digital timing system adding more laps/time to your true finish time.

Correct Bib Wear
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.

Correct Digital Tag Wear
At the check in table, when you are given your bib, there will be a 3-inch clear plastic tag safety-pinned to it. Do not bend it or crimp it! This little tag will be working double-duty for you – tracking your time and counting your laps – its super-important. You will be attaching the tag to your shoe, using the shoe lace of the outside of your right shoe. At one end of the tag, there will be a hole punched in it. Thread the outside lace of your right shoe, through this hole… then tie your shoe… and you’re all set!

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 65-70 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.

Finisher Recognition: Each finisher will receive a finisher medal, t-shirt, and a Wolf Pack Hockey ticket!

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.

The Course
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 ( which will help you determine what your per lap time needs to be in order to hit your goal time.

Hydration Station
We will have volunteers handing our water 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.

Spectator Seating
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!

The XL Center concessions will not be open. However, fear not my coffee drinking friends… there is a Dunkin Donuts right across the street. We will have post-race snacks for the runners.  

XL Center GPS Address
1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103

Hotel Accommodations
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 personal time, studies, and practice to help get you through your race.

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