Race Day Details for Runners
April 30th, 2022
Race Starts 8amWe’ll do a quick announcement with final instructions at the start line and get this thing going 8am sharp!
Race Day Check-inCheckin Starts by 7:15am at Elks Building.
250 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040
The Elks is just off I-91 Exit 12 Lower Westfield Road Ingleside (Mall exit)
Coming from the south you will be taking a left off the exit. From the North, take a right. Then go straight thru each traffic light towards Homestead Avenue (away from Mall). Going straight at last light at the Homestead Ave intersection brings you up a slight hill into a small neighborhood. The Elks is on the right just after the hill.
Plenty of parking on both sides of the building for everyone. The parking lot furthest as you come in is adjacent to the trail gate where the race starts and finishes.
The Start/Finish is just feet away on the other side of the trail gate. Go to the rear of the building to the lower level underneath the outside deck. We could not get the building open before 7am so pickup might not start till 7:15am. We did have use of a porta-potty at the trail-gate but they just removed it last week. Sorry!
This means the only bathrooms at the start are inside the Elks building which won’t open before 7am, so plan accordingly if you arrive early.
There are many fast food chains, Dunkin Donuts and CVS Pharmacy very close by. Many open early & located just on the other side of the I-91 exit.
There is a porta-potty on course at about 1.5 miles into each loop. (more details in Course section later)
CourseThis is a beautiful walking trail around the scenic Ashley Reservoir.
No car traffic but the trail will not be closed to the Public. This is a small event and there will be plenty of room to navigate around. The trail is almost entirely a hard packed dirt & gravel mix.
There is just a very small section of pavement by a small facility building that will be on your left approx 1.5 miles into each loop. This is where you will find the sole porta-potty on the course. Its right next to the building a bit tucked away on your left.
Also the Elks building is only about 200 yards from the start & finish and will be open all day so that's available as well.
The course map with elevation can be found online here
[MAP] and at [MAP @ Map My Run]
Water and Gatorade will be set up at approx 1.5 miles and 3 and start/finish line.
You will never have to go more than two miles between each water stop
The course will be marked and people at major turns and main intersections. The course stays on the primary trail around the reservoir, keeping the reservoir to your left side at all times.
The course starts up top on the only hill. The hill comes in two sections with about 60ft total climb. The rest of the course is flat. As you come down the hill you will approach an intersection – the primary loop around the reservoir. Turn right at the intersection.
At 3 miles into each loop there will be the 2nd water table. Do not go left here just yet! Go straight for a short out & back at the cone. (.2 miles out)
On the return from the out & back, you will then go right, contining the reservoir loop coming back to the same intersection you started the loop on.
This time turn right at the intersection heading back to the start/finish line to finish each loop.
The finish chute will be to the right as you come up the hill for the final time.
As you come around ach time to start the next loop please try to keep away from the right finsh line chute, staying more towards the center trail so it’s clear to the timers who’s finishing up and who’s doing more loops.
As you come up the hill for the final time then please stay more the the right side. Thanks!
WeatherWeather is looking quite nice for the race. It will be cool to start but possibly warming up a bit quicker than normal for this time of year. About a third of the course is tree-lined so you will be in the sun a good deal. Most of the course is just off the water edge and exposed to sun and wind.
Good news is the gusty winds we had had all week have died down finally, but do expect for it to feel much warmer as the race goes on. Temps are expecting to reach 70’s mid-afternoon.
We will have a table and possibly an easy-up/popup tent at the start/finish. A good place to dump your layers for each loop.
Spectators & FamilyWith the six-loop course, it’s a very spectator friendly course. People are welcome to hang around the start/finish line and anywhere along the course and even walk the reservoir loop during the day.
The trails will remain open to the public. The intersection that starts the main loop around the reservoir is less than a half-mile walk from the start.
No dogs are allowed on the trails.
This intersection breaks the larger loop into two smaller loops. The loop to your right is about a 1.25 miles. The left loop is about 2.7 miles.
This is a USATF sanctioned race and Boston Marathon qualifier. USATF rules must and will be enforced. Only official participants in the marathon will be allowed to run the course. Pacing by non-participants will not be allowed at any time during the race and could subject a runner to disqualification.
Family and spectators may hand off any additional fluids and gels, or take clothing etc, from runners anywhere on the course.
Any other questions on rules, please email or check with me or other race officials before the race.
Post-RaceWe will have a small post-race dinner starting around noon. Salad & pasta fare intended just for the runners and volunteers. We planned for a small turnout so we don’t have much extra. Please ask before sharing with family and friends to make sure we don’t run out before the last runners and volunteers come in. Thanks. Post-race food and awards are in the same area as check-in, the bottom floor of the Elks building. There is also a cash bar where you can purchase drinks.
AwardsWith the small number of runners this year, I expect several age-groupers might not be done before a decent number of runners are done, ate and are ready to go home.
Typically, it’s about 5 hours after start time before we do an awards ceremony. We will at least do the overall category and if it gets too late ,we will mail out age group awards (certificates) to anyone that leaves early.
Local Attractions & RestaurantsThe race is located right next to the Holyoke Ingleside Mall. Several chain restaurants very close by are easily found using Google. If you are looking for something other than typical local chain restaurants fare, there is JP’s less than a mile away which is your typical busy local establishment - not much for décor but good food. A popular Italian family style choice is Red Rose Pizzeria about 10 minutes away in downtown Springfield. Some of the best pizza in the area. Can be very busy but they move people through quickly.
Finally good luck runners!
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