Our marathon is Saturday, September 29, 2012; start at 7 AM EDT. This is a small town marathon with the host hotel just 5 minutes from the start. You will probably not find large crowds here, but should have an easy time locating our start and finish area and hopefully have a pleasant experience. As shown in the Google Earth photo above, the course is a 3 lap - 4 loop course. Each lap is 8.37 miles. The course is certified with USA Track and field, so you are able to qualify for Boston if you meet your qualifying time.
Tentative changes and plans for 2011
1. Chip timed with the contingency plan updated
2. Roy Street made a one-way from Faunn to Wideman (approval by WL City Council)
3. Place all of the photos into a photo bank filed according to race number with access for all
4 Headphones are now allowed as long as they do not hinder you hearing police or staff instructions.
5. Entry fees $75 (June); $85 (July and August); $95 Sept 1-26.
We have had an excellent community response in 2010 to our request for help at our aid stations! We are also helping to promote these groups and in 2011 are attempting to raise $700 for each charity that helps at an aid station. Our hope is to raise an additional $4500 to be awarded by runner votes as follows:
1st Place = $900
2nd Place = 800
3rd Place = 700
4th Place = 600
5th Place = 500
6th Place = 400
7th Place = 300
8th Place = 200
9th Place = 100
10th & 11th Place = $0
The Ramada Plaza Hotel is our host hotel. Our discount rate is TBA for 1-4 people. You MUST call the hotel directly at 574-269-2323 to reserve a room. When you call, please request the "LAKE CITY MARATHON" discount to receive our special marathon rate. This rate is valid until TBA (NOTE... the hotel should allow you to book a room at this same rate into September). If you are not able to attend and reserve a room, you must calll by TBA to cancel your reservation. Check-in time is 3 PM and check-out time is noon.
Your entry fee includes:
(1) Race registration
(2) All-you-can-eat pasta dinner for you.
(3) Short sleeve shirt
(4) Cast Finishing medal
(5) post race massage at the senior center (tentative)
(6) race results available through download from our website and timing compa
(7) qualifying runners sent to Boston
(8) small duffle bag (first 75 to register)
(9) Post dinner meal at the senior center (race start/finish) for you (guest pay a small charge)
(10) Acess to all race pictures in the photo pool (tentative
We believe the value of the full package is over $80
PACKET PICKUP & PASTA DINNER
Our pasta dinner is at our race start at the Winona Lake Park (at the Senior Center). You can pick up your race packet at the dinner from 5 PM to 8 PM EDT or before the race Saturday at the Senior Center.
The marathon course is a 4- loop 3- lap course entirely on paved surfaces. If you are running the marathon, you should be able to easily pace yourself and give yourself a reasonable chance to qualify for Boston if you have trained for it. The course, shown above, has been certified by USA Track and Field and consists of 2 north loops and 2 south loops connected by a bike trail. The course is essentially flat except for a few small hills on the trails and a small hill on the south loop.
Every mile will be marked with large white signs with bright red numbers (see mile 13 at the right).
THE FINISH AND RACE CLOCKS
Two large LED clocks will be at the finish (also mile 9.47 and mile 17.8). The finish chute will be set up just past the race clock on the right.
In order to alleviate runners getting off course, brightly colored tape will be used joining cones in addition to the stand up signs and the chalk at key turns. We plan to post these pictures on our site during the first week of September so you can see how we are setting our course up.
Past race-day weather conditions have varied from cool temperatures in the 40s to warm weather with highs in the 80s. Aid stations will be about every mile with the largest interval about 1.2 miles. Our average aid station interval is less than 1 mile.Our main stations have water, Gatorade, energy bars and/or fruit. Our secondary stations have just water.
TIMING AND RESULTS
Timing and results by with chip timing by Kosciusko Runners Association. Please note: We will be recording your splits and finishing times and upload the race results into a spreadsheet and send to those who have registered online. We will also post our results on our website. Recorded splits are 9.47 mile, 17.83).
Far Left: Kerry Marcinkovich from Portage, Indiana nears the finish.
Center: Julia Fugate (3rd from left) is shown after finishing
her first marathon on just 20 miles of training per week.
Far Right: Captain David Poage (2nd from left) and other members helped to place nearly 100 signs
before the race. You are invited to their group meetings every Monday at 6:45 PM
(click the image for more info) for an excellent way to serve the community.