Hey Runner Friend,

Thanks for supporting the 2018 Somers Great Escape! In our 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 yourself. Here’s the scoop…

Important Race Info:
Here is the schedule of the day:
7:00 A.M.           Registration tables open
8:00 A.M.           5k Run Start
9:15 A.M.            Awards Ceremony
10:00 A.M.        Four Town Fair Parade begins

At 10 & 5-minutes prior, the DJ will make an announcement… letting everyone know how much time is left before the official start of the race. The race will start on time. It is the runner’s responsibility to make sure that they are at starting line on time.

GPS Address of Race: 2 Vision Blvd, Somers, CT 06071.

Bib Pickup: If you signed up online… we’ll have a bib waiting for you on race day. On race day, come to the tents in the middle school driveway. That’s where we will give it to you.

Signing Up On Race Day: The race day entry fee is $25. On race day, come to the tents in the middle school driveway. That’s where you can sign up.

The Course: The 5k course will be closed to traffic. Click to see the course map:  5k    

Hydration Stations: We will have volunteers handing out water to the runners at two hydration stations. The first, will be at the turn at the end of Field Road. The second, will be after the finish line.

Spectators: We love spectators! They bring enormous life to every race. If you plan on watching the race, the best viewing point will be on Vision Blvd, near the start and finish. This way you see the field take off… and you can cheer for your runner as they approach the finish.

Race Timing: After the race, when we post your results, you will see two times – “Gun Time” and “Chip Time”. Here’s what each means:

Gun Time – The race clock begins as soon as the starter sounds the horn. Therefore, if you are towards the back of the crowd at the starting line, at the Great Escape, it may take you 10-20 seconds to actually cross the starting line.

Chip Time – The race will be professionally timed, using the Jaguar Timing System. There will be a digital tag affixed to the back of your bib. When you cross the starting line, the tag will alert the timing system, starting your official race time. Make sure to pin your bib on the front of your shirt! Awards will be awarded based on chip times.

Results: As the results become available, we will post them at the registration table. Please check your results prior to the awards ceremony! If you feel that you have found an error, just grab one of the race directors or race timing company representatives and let them know. If there is an error, we should be able to correct it… but once the awards are given out, it’s too late… so again, check your results as soon as you catch your breath.

Parking: Will be available at the Somers Library, as well as at the Elementary, Middle, and High School. All are located on Vision Blvd which is where the race begins and ends.

Headphones: We don’t mind you wearing earbuds during the race. However, USATF rules will apply. We do ask that you please make sure that you can hear the race marshal’s directions.

Footwear: The entire course will be on paved roads. Whatever you wear when you run on asphalt, will be perfect.

Jogging Strollers: Are allowed. We just ask that anyone with a stroller begin at the rear of the runner field at the start. This way, no one’s progress is impeded.

Pets: Are not allowed in the race.

Did we miss an important detail? Let us know, so we can share it with the crowd! Email Scott at scott@sneaa.org with your question or suggestion.

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Your Somers Great Escape Race Directors