As we approach this weekend and the inaugural Tuscaloosa Half Marathon and Radiology Clinic One Mile Fun Run, we thought we'd provide some info for runners and volunteers.

The Tuscaloosa Half Marathon Finisher's Medal


Friday, March 1

Race Expo and Check-in
Government Plaza, located between the City's intermodal facility and City Hall on 6th Street. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 2
Tuscaloosa Half Marathon
Start: Government Plaza
Finish: Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Half marathon start time: 8 a.m.

The Radiology Clinic Fun Run
Start/Finish: Government Plaza
Start time: 9 a.m.


Helpful Tips & Reminders:
• Bring your photo I.D. to packet pickup to pick up your race number and receive a participant wristband
• Pick up your own race packet and number at packet pickup - You’re photo ID will be checked
• Please complete medical information on the back of your race bib at packet pickup or the evening prior to the race
• Wear your race number on the front of all clothing during the race
• Parking is highly encouraged for downtown Tuscaloosa and the Parking Deck located behind city hall, next to Government Plaza


Pick up your registration packet, race bib and timing chip, swag bag and race shirt at Packet Pickup/Race Expo. A variety of event partners will be in attendance, so be sure to stop by their booth and thank them for their generous support!

DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR PHOTO I.D. TO PACKET PICKUP TO RECEIVE YOUR RACE NUMBER AND PARTICIPANT WRISTBAND FOR THE POST RACE PARTY!


Course Support:
There will be five water stations, three of which will include Gatorade along the half marathon course. Powerade and water will also be available at the post race party. Unfortunately, the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon will be unable to provide any GU stations. Each water station will also be equipped with medical.

Water Station       Mile      Support:
WS#1                   1.75      Water
WS#2                   3.80      Water
WS#3                   6.65      Water, Gatorade
WS#4                   9.50      Water, Gatorade
WS#5                   11.75    Water, Gatorade


Dropping out of the Race:
If you need to drop out of the race for any reason, please report to the nearest medical station on the course to let them know that you will not be completing the race. If needed, the tail vehicle will bring you back to the Finish Line where you can meet your family and friends and pick up your gear bag.


Post Race Party:
Once you have crossed the finish line, the celebration begins! We do ask that as each participant crosses, they continue throughout the bowl of the amphitheater to not cause congestion. Here you will receive Dasani water, Powerade, Bananas, Oranges, a variety of granola bars, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Que, one Michelob Ultra (for those 21 & over) and your finisher’s medal. Stay around and enjoy entertainment from Tuscaloosa’s own Shiny Machine and commentating from hosts of Madison & Shepherd in the Morning on 95.3 the Bear, as well as our awards ceremony, which is set to begin at 11 am. We may even have a few door prizes, so stick around!


Spectator Tips:
We suggest that spectators travel by foot as much as possible to see their runner at different locations throughout the course. After saying “good luck” to your runner at the start, here are some suggested spectating areas:
- Central High School
- University Place Elementary
- Forrest Lake Neighborhood
- Alberta Elementary
- Alberta Baptist
- Leland Shopping Center Parking Area
- Helen Keller Blvd.
- Tuscaloosa Riverwalk


Official Race Results:
Official Race Results will be posted at the amphitheater after the first 20-25 participants finish, and will continue to be updated frequently.

Awards & Results:
Age group awards will be presented 3-deep in all age divisions for both male and female categories. Age group awards will be determined by chip time. In addition to this, the top three overall male and female finishers will also qualify for a cash prize. All finishers will receive an exclusive Tuscaloosa Half Marathon medal.

Age divisions are:
13-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 64-69; 70+

Fun Run: Children who participate in the "Fun Run Half Marathon Training Program” will be the only ones to receive an exclusive Tuscaloosa Half Marathon medal.


See a map of the Half Marathon Course here.
See the elevation profile for the Half Marathon here.
See the Radiology Clinic Fun Run course here.

For all other information please visit tuscaloosahalfmarathon.org!

 

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