To report a runner needing medical attention, call 919-907-1EMS or (919) 907-1367
Preparation and Safety
Runners participating in this race should have prepared adequately. During the month before the race, your training should include a minimum of two runs that are at least two-thirds the length of this race. Untrained entrants should not attempt the course.
Over 6,000 runners will be on the course, so run defensively, watch for others, and yield if necessary. Watch for potholes on the course. Pace yourself and don’t burn out by starting too fast. Complete the emergency medical information field on the back of your race bib. Please leave your headphones at home (they’re allowed, but not encouraged).
Temperature and Humidity
Temperature and humidity can affect the performance and safety of runners. Warm temperatures and high humidity increase the incidence of heat related injuries.
In the presence of excess pollution or pollen, vigorous physical activity may be hazardous to individuals, particularly those with heart or respiratory problems. Symptoms may include irritation of the eyes, nose, throat; cough; labored breathing; dizziness; fatigue; and severe headache.
Area Weather Information
If you have any health or pulmonary concerns which may be affected by air quality, visit the National Weather Service website at weather.noaa.gov or call 919-515-8209 ext. 1.
Check local weather at Williams Airport in Chapel Hill
Prevention of Physical Problems
- Don’t run to exhaustion during the week before this race.
- Avoid fatty foods the night before and morning of the race.
- Consume at least 600 grams of carbohydrate for 3-4 days prior to competition.
- Warm up before the race with light running followed by stretching your calf, hamstring, quadricep, groin, and trunk muscles. If your muscles tighten or cramp during the run, stop and stretch. If that does not relieve cramps, stop at an aid or medical station.
- Blisters can be prevented by wearing well-fitting, broken-in shoes, and soft lightweight socks. Remove pebbles immediately. Toenails should be trimmed. If you feel a hot spot developing, stop at an aid station for care. If a blister gets infected, it can be literally life threatening, so have blisters treated at an aid station.
- Chafing occurs where clothing rubs against the skin. Prevent chafing by wearing loose-fitting clothes and applying petroleum jelly or protective bandaging to areas such as nipples, armpits, neckline, groin, and feet.
- Know your own individual fluid replacement needs. You should ascertain how much fluid your body needs during your preparation for the race. Don’t become dehydrated. If you become thirsty, you are behind in fluid replenishment. Drink up to 16 ounces of fluid (preferably a sports drink containing sodium and electrolytes) 2 hours before the race. Water and Accelerade will be available at 3 aid stations on the course and at the finish.
Recognition of Physical Problems
- While every runner will experience varying degrees of discomfort, significant changes in physical status should be recognized. If in doubt, stop to ask for advice. Race officials and course marshals are in radio and telephone contact with our medical team. Ambulances and roving bike teams are located on the course.
Symptoms of Heat Injury
Hair is standing on end (i.e. goosebumps) on the chest or upper arms; chilling; headache or throbbing pressure; un-steadiness; vomiting or nausea; labored breathing; faintness; muscle cramps; excessive fatigue, excessive or lack of sweating; confusion/irritability; or lightheadedness.
Do not continue with these symptoms, or you may collapse or become unconscious.
Symptoms of Overexertion
Nausea; vomiting; extreme breathlessness; dizziness; unusual fatigue; headache.
Injured runners will be transported either to the medical tent at the finish line or to UNC Hospital Emergency Room (919) 966-4721. Reporting injuries or downed runners to medical personnel, course marshals or aid station personnel along the course.
Any race official has the authority to remove any runner whom he/she feels is at medical risk.
Participants in all events must maintain a minimum pace of 15:00/mile to participate in this event enabling police to reopen the major roads used. Race officials follow the back of the pack to enforce this rule. In the event that you are unable to maintain the minimum pace, you will asked to use sidewalks and either complete the remainder of the course unassisted by police, or use the cue sheet provided by race officials that details the shortest walk back to the race site.
No baby strollers, carriers, or dogs allowed on the course. Littering on the course will result in disqualification.
Event Cancelation + Transfer Policy
Entry fees are non-refundable.
We appreciate you, as our customer, and understand that sometimes you just can’t make the race. We have created a great policy that offers you several different options in the event you cannot attend on race day. (You may choose only one of the options below.)
Defer Your Entry: You may defer your entry to the 2020 event. Deferrals must be processed through your ACTIVE MyEvents account and an administration fee of $25 will be charged. The deferral will expire after the 2020 event and you will not be able to defer your registration again. Deferrals must be processed prior to April 6th, 2019.
Log into your MyEvents.ACTIVE.com account and select “Change event” to begin the process. Don’t see the “Change event” button? Email [email protected] for help claiming your entry.
Transfers: You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. However, bib transfers are allowed for an administration charge of $25 and must be processed through your ACTIVE MyEvents account no later than April 11th, 2019. If you transfer your bib, you will receive a refund (minus the $25 administration charge) once the new participant signs up. The new runner will need to pay the full entry fee at the time of the transfer. This process is in place to avoid any fraudulent sales of race numbers.
Log into your MyEvents.ACTIVE.com account and select “Transfer registration” to begin the process.
Purchase Event Insurance: Booking Protect offers Registration Protector, which provides insurance to runners in many emergency and injury situations. This must be purchased at the time of registration, and cannot be retroactively added. If an event occurs that is covered under their policy, you would need to file a claim to receive a full race refund.
For questions and inquiries regarding submitting an insurance claim, please contact Booking Protect using the following methods.
Submit a Refund Application: https://bookingprotect.com/refund/
General Customer Service: https://bookingprotect.com/contact-us/