Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon & 50k
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Registration: Opens December 5th at midnight. Register Here (starting on the 5th of December)
Photos: See mcrrcphotos.com.
Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
From I-270, exit at Clopper Rd W (MD 117). Proceed about 2 miles to the Seneca Creek State Park entrance on your left. You will be directed to the parking area after you pass the gatehouse. Parking is limited so please make efforts to carpool.
Course: This is a loop course beginning and ending at Seneca Creek State Park with ALL participants running together until the decision point. Relay participants will hand off their race bib AND chip approximately mid-way to their team mate. Only runners with bibs at the end will be timed.
Start Time: All race options will start promptly at 7am.
Cut offs: The courses will close after 8.5 hours allowing plenty of time for all participants for whatever “extras” the course holds on race day. The finish line will close at 3:30pm.
Registration: We will have online registration only. Please note that registration opens Monday, December 5, 2016 and will close when we reach our race cap of 400 runners or by Friday, March 3, 2017 whichever comes first. PLEASE NOTE: The marathon relay will be capped at 50 teams (100 runners total) and combined participants for 2 other individual events will be capped at 300.
Cost: Individual Marathon or 50k: MCRRC members $25. Non-members $35
* All 50k Relay Teams: $50
* Must register and pay as a team
Packet Pick-up: Packet pick-up will be race day morning at Seneca Creek Park from 6-6:45am.
Refunds and Bib Exchanges: We understand things can happen that prevent us from running goal races but in a low-key race like ours it’s just not practical to process refunds or do bib exchanges. If you decide to withdraw from the race please email the race director and your entry fee will be donated to the Maryland State Park system for continuing improvements to our trail system.
Race switches: Runners for either the marathon or the 50k will choose their race distance when they register but anyone can switch during race day, as long as they reach the decision point by 2:30pm (it will be clearly marked and attended). RUNNERS MUST INFORM the check point volunteers of their switch in order to be timed correctly. Those running the 50k relay event WILL NOT be included in these switches.
Weather: Weather around the DC region in early March is unpredictable. We have had warm, snow-free years and years (like 2015) where we’ve gotten 1-2’ of snow the day before. Historically there’s been light layer of snow at the start and temps that stay below 50 degrees through the day. Please check the forecast before you come so you are well prepared.
Safety: Remember when approaching road crossings, CARS are the ones that have the right-of-way! All runners are expected to stop at road crossings. Volunteers will be there to help direct you across roads but will not stop cars.
Timing: We will use chip timing. The chips will be taped to the back of your bib when you get it. You will need to remove the chip and fasten it to the laces of one of your shoes with the cable ties we include in each runner bag in order to be timed. Relay participants will have 1 bib and 1 chip that will be exchanged at the hand-off point. If the second runner doesn’t not have a bib or chip at the finish they will not be scored.
DNF’s: If for any reason you find yourself unable to finish your race, please make your way to the nearest aid station and let the volunteers know so we can get a ride for you back to the park.
Because we want to make sure everyone is accounted for, it’s is important that you let someone know you can’t continue AND drop your chip with an aid station volunteer. We don’t want to be scouring the woods for someone who made their own way home and didn’t let anyone know
Drop Bags: We will allow 1 bag drop if anyone needs a change of shoes or particular foods/drink. You can put your items in a white kitchen trash bag, put your name on it with a magic marker (easily read makes for easily retrieved) and we will take it to the Rt 28 aid station. This is our largest aid station and also will allow bags to be available 2 times during the race. All such bags will be in a clearly visible drop area. You will be responsible to find your own bag….and remember the bag drop is At YOUR OWN RISK.
Water bottles: Every runner is expected to carry their own water bottle (and personal choice of drink powder). We will enforce our rule of NO water bottle—NO racing! Aid Stations will have water and Gatorade probably every five to seven miles and will only fill water bottles you bring.
Carpooling: The race will start and finish in the park and we do have limited car space. If you are local, please consider carpooling.
RELAY TEAMS Carpooling: Relay teams are expected to provide their own transportation to the exchange point for the runners. There is a parking area close by Riley’s Lock where the handoff will occur. Relay team members should plan to share a car on race day with the 2nd leg runner driving to the exchange point close to the time they anticipate their team mate to be finished with the 1st leg. Once parked, this will allow the 2nd leg runner a vehicle to stay warm in while they wait. The exchange point will be clearly marked and once the handoff of chip & bibs are made, the 1st leg participant can head back to meet their teammate at the finish using the same car. We will make sure there are limited spectators at the hand-off point to allow as many parking spots as possible for the teams.