WILL YOU SERVE A SPORTS DRINK AT YOUR AID STATIONS? Yes, we will have electrolyte replacement drinks at Aid Stations. Additionally, all manned aid stations (not #1, #3 and #7) will have a selection of soft drinks.
DO I NEED TO CARRY A WATER BOTTLE? No, but it is highly recommended. Even thought the aid stations are relatively close distance-wise, they are not as close as some courses you may have run in the past. And it is always better to hydrate continuously during long runs. So please check the our Aid Station Table and plan accordingly. You will be able to fill your bottle or hydration bladder at each station, if you choose.
WHAT FOOD WILL BE AT THE AID STATIONS? Not every station will stock all of the following, but you can expect to see some of the following at each: nuts, chips, bananas, pretzels, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and a variety of other snacks. In addition Aid Stations 6, 8 and 9 will have a selection of gels.
CAN I RUN WITH MUSIC/AN MP3 PLAYER? Yes, all runners are allowed to carry a personal music player with headphones, however, we ask that you keep the volume to a minimum so you are not startled if someone passes you or if someone needs to get your attention. Be particularly careful when crossing the streets.
WHERE DO I LEAVE MY DROP BAG(S)? Drop Bag collection areas will be posted adjacent to the race day check-in location. Marathoners can leave a drop bag for AS #6. 50 milers can leave a drop bag for AS #6 and/or AS #9. Please mark bags with your name, bib # and AS (#6 or #9). We will collect those drop bags on race morning at the designated drop bag area near the start line. These drop bags will be returned to the finish line area after each AS is closed. They should be available for re-claiming at the designated area (near the finish line).
PACERS/CAN I HAVE A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER RUN SECTIONS OF THE COURSE WITH ME? This is called pacing and we will not be allowing pacers on the course for these races.
WHAT ARE THE CUT-OFF TIMES? Please see the Aid Station pages for exact time cut-offs for the 50 Mile. The cut-offs for the Trail Marathon will follow the same cut-offs as the 50 Mile race.
POST RACE LUNCH We will have a grill cooking lunch (dinner) from 11:00 until sunset. Choice of beef, turkey or veggie burgers will be available. In addition, each runner will be given a selection of chips, sports drinks and cookies. The tear-off tag on the bottom of the runner race bib will be the lunch meal ticket.
RACE MORNING CHECK-IN
ALL RUNNERS MUST CHECK IN BEFORE THEIR RACE ON RACE MORNING. BIBS AND TIMING CHIPS WILL ONLY BE DISTRIBUTED AT THAT TIME. Please note, this step is necessary for us to verify who has started the race and is an important safety feature for the races. We will have a sign posted to direct you to the check-in location near the start line. So, if you do not check-in prior to starting your race, you will not receive an official time. A selection of bananas, coffee and bagels will be available as well as water and a Clif sports drink on Saturday morning.
RACE DAY REGISTRATION
We will NOT offer Race Day Registration. Registration for the 2013 DPR Trail Races will close as each event reaches capacity, or in any case at midnight on Thursday, October 17.
The course is in very good condition and we hope it will remain that way for Race day. Please remember the weather can change and have a significant impact on your choice of clothing and shoes. Plan and prepare accordingly.
The DPR Trail Races are not like a big city marathon where you might have a cleanup crew follow behind the runners and pick up debris. Our races are held on Forest Preserve District trails which require a permit for activities. Part of our permit requirement is that no litter will be found on the trails during or after the event. We rely on the runners to be responsible for disposing of their refuse properly. Trash boxes will be placed about 100 yards in either direction from each aid station so please use them. Please do not leave cups, gel wrappers, clothing or other items anywhere on the trail. If you produce trash while away from an aid station, and have already passed the trash box, please carry the trash with you until the next aid station.
Please, no littering anywhere on the course...at any time. Need we say more?
Average low: 40
Record high: 80 (2007)
Record low: 25 (1982)
Sunrise: 7:09 AM CDT
Sunset: 6:01 PM CDT