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marathon start line

marathon

DATE

May 5, 2024

7:00 AM

PRICE

$105 fee

LOCATION

Downtown Kalamazoo

DISTANCE

26.2 miles

FINISHER MEDALS

TIMED

PACERS

WHAT YOU GET

Downtown Start & Finish Lines • Scenic Course Through Waldo Stadium • Free Bacon, Gummy Bears, and Pickles • UCAN Energy Gel • Finisher Medal • Post-race Beer & Food •

Stryker Finish Line Experience • Online Results & Downloadable Finisher Certificate 

Shareable Photographs + More

  • Toilets
    Portable toilets will be available at every water station.
  • Age Groups
    Overall winner awards will go to top male, top female, top nonbinary, top male master's (40+), and top female master's (40+), top nonbinary master's (40+). Additional awards will be given to the top 5 nonbinary finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in the following age divisions: 13 and under 14-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80+
  • Fluids and Food
    Water will be available at each water station, marked by a water drop on the course map. We are proud to offer UCAN hydration at every water station. UCAN is a sugar free, easy-on-the-stomach, electrolyte replacement mix! The infamous Gummy Bear Forest and Pickle Pit will return to the course. Be sure to grab some grub after you cross the finish line!
  • Medical Aid Stations
    Medical aid stations are marked on the course map. Medical volunteers and supplies are available at all aid stations. If you're ill, injured, or need attention, stop at the nearest aid station.
  • Mile Markers & Timers
    Mile markers are posted at every mile. Markers are color-coded to correspond with each race. All course clocks are set to correspond to wave 1.
  • Age Groups
    Overall winner awards will go to top male, top female, top nonbinary, top male master's (40+), and top female master's (40+), top nonbinary master's (40+). Additional awards will be given to the top 5 nonbinary finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in the following age divisions: 18-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80+
  • Mile Markers and Timers
    Mile markers are posted at every mile. Markers are color-coded to correspond with each race. All course clocks are set to correspond to wave 1.
  • Toilets
    Portable toilets will be available at every water station.
  • Medical Aid Stations
    Medical aid stations are marked on the course map. Medical volunteers and supplies are available at all aid stations. If you're ill, injured, or need attention, stop at the nearest aid station.
  • Fluids and Food
    Water will be available at each water station, marked by a water drop on the course map. We are proud to offer UCAN hydration at every water station. UCAN is a sugar free, easy-on-the-stomach, electrolyte replacement mix! UCAN gels will be available at two water stations throughout the course. The infamous Bacon Station and Pickle Pit will return to the course. Be sure to grab some grub after you cross the finish line!
  • Are there shelters at the exchange zones?
    No. Your SAG vehicle can act as shelter. There will be portable restrooms at each location. Exchange Zones 2, 3, and 4 are located near aid stations. Exchange zone 5 will have restrooms but no aid station.
  • What constitutes a co-ed team?
    That’s easy, co-ed teams have more than one gender. The ratio is irrelevant. All genders welcome.
  • May my friends and I WALK the relay?
    Experience from other relays we have researched has shown that having an entire team of walkers is not a good idea. Relay teams should plan on finishing at least at a slow-run pace (about 6 hours).
  • Does every member of the team get the same swag?
    YES. Shirts, medals, portajohn usage, etc.
  • What shall I do with my clothes and valuables?
    Make a plan with your teammates as to how you will handle your clothes. We strongly suggest that you do not bring any valuables with you. The exchange zone volunteers cannot be responsible for your stuff. Fortunately, you will have you SAG vehicle to assist with this.
  • How does packet pick-up work with a team?
    The Relay team packet should be picked up by ONE member of the team. It will not be possible to issue partial packets to single individuals. One person should pick up the packet for the whole team.
  • How do we get to the exchange zones?
    As we get close to the event, an exchange zone overview packet will highlight each zone and instructions for accessing each zone safely. We will provide suggested directions as well so you are able to navigate the city without being held up by the course.
  • Do we need five runners?
    You may have three, four, or five runners. A runner may run more than one leg. If you want to have two runners, you should each just sign up for the half marathon instead.
  • Numbers, Batons and Timing Chips
    Team members will wear a race number visible on their front. It will be a different color from either the half or full marathon. The team will share one number but each member will have their own bib. Relay runners will each have a timing chip in their bib. There is no need to exchange bibs/chips or any baton.
  • What are the relay exchange zones?
    Teams are responsible for the pick up and drop off of their teammates at each exchange zone. As we get close to the event, an exchange zone overview packet will highlight each zone and instructions for accessing each zone safely. We will provide suggested directions as well so you are able to navigate the city without being held up by the course. Corrals are set up at each relay exchange point. “Handoffs” will take place in the marked area. Volunteers will be present to help direct teams.
  • How do I register my team?
    The team can have as few as three members competing. (If you’re only going to have two people on a team, enter the half marathon instead and run together!) A runner who wants to enter the full or half-marathon may also be part of a relay team, but must run the first leg, of course. He or she must also register for each of the events. Teams can enter in the Men’s, Women’s or Open (Co-ed) divisions. The first person registers, pays, and creates the team name. Other members then join the team.
  • Is it OK for all my teammates to cross the finish line together?
    Yes. Recommended even.
  • How long are the legs?
    The length of each legs varies according to the table provided. Split times will not be available for each leg.
  • Medical Aid Stations
    Medical aid stations are marked on the course map. Medical volunteers and supplies are available at all aid stations. If you're ill, injured, or need attention, stop at the nearest aid station.
  • Fluids & Food
    Water will be available at each water station, marked by a water drop on the course map. We are proud to offer UCAN hydration at every water station. UCAN is a sugar free, easy-on-the-stomach, electrolyte replacement mix! UCAN gels will be available at one water stations throughout the course. The infamous Gummy Bear Forest, Bacon Station, and Pickle Pit will return to the course. Be sure to grab some grub after you cross the finish line!
  • Age Groups
    Overall winner awards will go to top male, top female, top nonbinary, top male master's (40+), and top female master's (40+), top nonbinary master's (40+). Additional awards will be given to the top 5 nonbinary finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in the following age divisions: 14-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80+
  • Mile Markers & Timers
    Mile markers are posted at every mile. Markers are color-coded to correspond with each race. All course clocks are set to correspond to wave 1.
  • Toilets
    Portable toilets will be available at every water station.
marathon shirt
marathon medal

MARATHON GEAR

All registered runners will receive a Zeigler Kalamazoo Marathon t-shirt. All finishers will receive a finishing medal. Check out 2023's gear!

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