2017 After The Leaves Half Marathon Pre-Race Info

Race Details…please read through whole post.

We’re 3 days from what I believe is going to be an amazing event. Weather is looking chilly for Sunday and temperatures should be in the high 30’s by the start of the race with partly cloudy skies. Please dress appropriately with layers.

First off, there is no registration day of. We’ve had incredible interest in the event and it sold out in 36 hours. At this point no more transfers will be accepted as we need to finalize the registration list for input into the timing system.

Google Map of entrance to Minnewaska State Park – https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Old+Minnewaska+Trail,+Kerhonkson,+NY+12446/@41.7348297,-74.2763125,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x89dcdf9f7f073637:0x48a9b4b5f9bea3f8!2m2!1d-74.2412073!2d41.734835

Minnewaska charges an entry fee of $10 per car. Empire Passport is accepted but please do not buy them at the gate. Please carpool to both save money and save parking spots as parking will be tight. The park opens at 9am.

There will be a shuttle moving people from the lower parking lot to the upper lot if we need to park people in the lower lot.

Check-in begins at 10am in the field next to the upper parking lot. This is also where the race will start and end.

Official race start is 11:30am

General Info
Course: Starting near the Upper Minnewaska Parking Lot you head clockwise around Lake Minnewaska on (red-trail) towards the picnic area. You make a small loop and head back towards the start line. You head down the hill and onto the green trail heading towards Lake Awosting. Take the black trail around Lake Awosting counter clockwise. As you head up towards Castle Rock you will turn right onto Hamilton Point trail. You will then turn left to take a trail connector back to Castle Point Trail(blue trail) and back to start/finish area by going counter clockwise around Lake Minnewaska (red trail)- carriage trail surface, incredible views, pristine glacial lakes…a truly spectacular course

You can find a mapmyrun version of the course here – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1850589200

Do not litter on the course! If you have something (empty gel packets, etc) please leave them at the water stations.

BIBs: Are assigned by last name. They MUST be worn on the front and visible. Your bib needs to be recorded after you cross the finish line for your time to be recorded. (Note: the race is not chip timed)

Finish Line: Only cross the finish line once. If you go back to run with a friend / family please do not cross the finish line a second time. Also since we need to record your bib # please slow down in the chute and do not pass (stay in order that you crossed the finish line) Please make sure the BIB recorded has recorded your proper number.

Finisher Glass: You will receive your glass as you exit the finish line chute.

Awards: Top 3 Overall Male / Female, Top 3 in both Male & Female age groups for the following 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Over.

Water Stops: 3 water stops (water only) at ~4 miles, ~8 miles and ~11.5 miles

Bathrooms: Port-a-Potties are available near the upper lot. There are none on the course.

Early starters:  We’ve had many chose the option to early start. You should not choose to early start just to finish earlier. The only reason to early start would be that you won’t be able to finish by 2:15 if you start at 11:30. We have a few requests for those choosing to early start. There will be an “official” early start at 11am. We would like everyone done by 2:15pm at the latest. If you feel that it will take longer than 3:15 please chose to start even earlier than 11am. Early starters must do the following to properly have your time recorded…
1. You must self time. Either use a watch, phone or track what time you started / finished.
2. You must wear your bib on the front with the number turned backwards facing your body. This lets us know you are an early starter at the finish line.
3. There will be a special chute for early starters. Please do not cross the normal finish line.
4. You must come to the timing table to fill out a card with your information. BIB # and Time are the most important.
Note: If you are self timing you do not have to start with the official early starters but please let someone know you are starting.
Note 2: Because of how the timing works early starters may not appear in printouts at the race but will be included in the final results. This may also have an affect on rewards as you may not get put into the system early enough for awards. If there is a question please get a hold of a volunteer at the end of the race.

Post-race Food: Wraps and soup, bananas, apples, and cookies

Thanks all, see you Sunday!