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Friday, September 3, 2010

Everything you need to know about the New Haven Road Race

Courtesy of race coordinator John Bysiewicz ....

Registration and packet pickup times and locations are below.

Trailblazer, road race headquarters, 296 Elm St., New Haven: Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5, from noon - 6:00 p.m.

Registration and packet pickup will also be available on the morning of the race at 6:45 a.m. at the Registration Tent on the upper Green. However, due to the early start time, runners are urged to pick up their packets before Labor Day.

This year the race will again be using the D-Tag timing system. The D-tag is easy to attach to your shoe and is far lighter and less intrusive than chips. They do not need to be returned after the race. Please visit for instructions on how to attach the tag to your shoe. You can also or view the instructional video at: Volunteers will be available to explain the D Tag system at packet pickup.

You can still register for all races! You can also register for the race in person at Trailblazer 296 Elm Street, New Haven (September 3-5, noon - 6 p.m.). Race Day Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. in the Registration Tent on the upper Green.

The Kids Fun Run will start at 8:15 a.m. on the New Haven Green. This event is for those children six to twelve years old who are able to run without their parent's assistance. The Kids Fun Run (raceday gift and ribbons to finishers--no awards) is sponsored by The Children’s Dental Group, P.C. and the Cindy Lynn Sherwin Memorial Foundation.

The 20K and 5K begin at 8:40 a.m. on the New Haven Green. You can only enter one (1) Race.

Although we have ordered more than 5,000 technical running shirts, sizes cannot be guaranteed. For best selection, pick up your packet and t-shirt before raceday!

All participants in the Kids Fun Run will receive short sleeve cotton t-shirts.

Please avoid driving on Elm and Church Streets on race morning. Police will be diverting traffic so start line mats can be set up at 7:15 a.m.

Charitable Fundraising
At this year's race, contributions will be accepted for the Cindy Lynn Sherwin Memorial Foundation, The American Cancer Society, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. Contributions will be accepted at our race headquarters and on raceday.

Bring your old and worn sneakers and shoes to packet pickup at Trailblazer or to the New Haven Green on race morning. We will be collecting shoes for the Haiti Relief Fund.

Reduced parking fee for runners will be available on Labor Day in the Temple Street Parking Garage. To get to the Temple Street garage follow the directions below to Church Street and take your 2nd left to Crown Street - the garage's entrance is on your left in ½ block. You may also enter the Temple Street Garage on North Frontage Road or George Street. Parking is also available in the Crown Street Garage at standard parking rates. The entrance is 1 ½ blocks up on the right.

From I-95 heading North -- Take the Downtown New Haven Exit, Exit 47 (left hand exit). Follow highway until it becomes a city street. Turn right onto Howe St. Turn right onto Elm St. Trailblazer is on your right.
From I-95 heading South-- Take Exit 47 (Downtown New Haven). Follow directions from above.
From I-91 heading South -- Take Exit 1 (Downtown New Haven). Follow directions from above.

From I-95 heading North --
Take the Downtown New Haven Exit, Exit 47 (left hand exit), get off at Exit 1, straight to light, right onto Church St., left at 3rd light to Chapel St., New Haven Green is on the right.
From I-95 heading South -- Take Exit 47 (Downtown New Haven). Follow directions from I-95 heading north.
From I-91 heading South -- Take Exit 1 (Downtown New Haven). Follow directions from I-95 heading north.


New for 2010- The 5K will run a new course this year: You can view the new course at The 5K starts at the corner of Church and Chapel Streets and will not have a turn until nearly 1 mile into the race.

The New Haven Road Race receives major support from the Stratton Faxon Law Firm, the City of New Haven, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and Trailblazer.

The 20K race is the USA Men's and Women's 20K National Championship. The Kids Fun Run is sponsored by Children's Dental Group, P.C. and the Cindy Lynn Sherwin Memorial Foundation and will start at 8:15 a.m.

The 20K and 5K races will start simultaneously at 8:40 a.m. The 20K race will begin on Elm Street.

The start line for the 20K race will be near College Street heading west.

The 5K will start on Church Street.

The start line for the Kids Fun Run is on Temple Street between Wall and Elm Streets.

20K and 5K runners should identify the start line for their race and be at the start line by 8:30 a.m. 5K runners should not begin to line up until after the Kids Fun Run finishes at 8:25 a.m.

Signs in the START area will mark expected running paces for the 20K: 6-minute mile, 7-minute mile, 8-minute mile, and 9-minute mile. Please do not line up in an area marked for a pace faster than you expect to run the race. All runners will cross the starting line quickly, without pushing and shoving, if runners line up according to their pace.

The 5K race will have a time limit of 50 minutes. All races will use the same finish line.

The 20K race has a time limit of 3 hours. Any runner who is not finished by 11:40 a.m. will be disqualified.

Labor Day in New Haven has been hot and humid. The Medical Director can cancel or postpone the race in the case of extreme weather conditions (see race website for information). Here are some tips for ensuring a successful run: First, you should train for the Road Race with some hot weather running. Second, you should begin to increase your fluid intake for the Road Race several days before the race. Third, on Race day you should drink water as needed during the race. Fourth and most importantly, know your abilities and limitations and adjust your pace to the weather conditions. Do not try to set a record on a hot and humid day.

There will be a fully staffed medical tent near the finish line. The doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians who staff this tent work at the Road Race for your safety and benefit. Please follow their instructions. Medical personnel have the authority to disqualify any runner who continues the Road Race after being told to retire due to injury or heat stress. In a case of extreme heat and humidity, electrical storms or severe weather conditions, the medical director has the authority to cancel the race. Dogs, bicycles, in-line skates and baby joggers are not allowed on the race courses.

Make sure to drink plenty of fluids on race day. There will be Native Waters earth friendly water bottles at the finish line area. Native Waters offers 100% natural and local spring water packaged in biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable bottles.

Water stations are located near the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9.5, 10.5, and 11- mile markers of the 20K course. Please use them.

A water station will be available approximately mid-way through the 5K course. Gatorade will also be provided at all aid stations. GU Energy Gel will be available at the 7 mile mark on the 20K course.

Digital display clocks are located at every mile marker in the 20K and the 1 and 2 mile marks of 5K. Each mile of the course for both the 20K race and the 5K race will be clearly marked by signs at the side of the road.

This year's race features 13 bands and DJs on the 20K course and 3 on the 5K courses.

Connecticut USATF representatives handle Connecticut USATF team results.

We are pleased to announce that our finish line system can provide your time and place less than one half hour after you cross the finish line. Results will be posted on the side of the Center Church as soon as they become available. Please do not request this information from individual race officials at the finish line.

Complete results will be listed in the New Haven Register soon after the race. The awards ceremony for the first three finishers in the 5K race will take place on the upper Green at 10:15 a.m. The awards ceremony for the first ten finishers in the USA Men's and Women's 20K Championship will take place on the upper Green at10:45 a.m. All other award winners can pick up their awards at the registration tent (5K awards available after 10:15 a.m., 20K awards available after 11 a.m.)

Cash and bonus prizes for the 20K (no prize money in 5K and Kids Run) will total $41,550 this year. The list of prizes is as follows:

Cash awards to the first 10 American Male and Female finishers (Men’s and Women’s USATF 20K National Championship). Cash prizes also to the top 3 CT male and female runners and top USATF/CT teams.

The first man or woman to break the existing 20K course record will receive $1,000 Course Record bonus (57:37, Khannouchi, 65:11, DeReuck).

Non-cash prizes to the first three finishers in each age division (5K and 20K) and to the first three wheelchair finishers (20K only).

Gerard Esposito Award given to the fastest male and female judge or lawyer (20K only)

Corporate Cup awards to the members of the top 3 corporate teams in each race.

Kayem Hotdogs, Chabaso Bakery bread, Dunkin' Donuts products, Turkey Hill Ice Cream, cookies, yogurt, fruit, Cabot Cheese samples, Red Hook beer and live music will be available for all runners immediately after the finish at our post race party. Only runners displaying their official race number will receive free food and beer.

Also sampling on the New Haven Green will be Generation UCAN. A Revolutionary sports drink with a healthy one-of-a-kind energy source called SuperStarch. Meb Keflezighi (NY marathon champion) and Olympic nutritionists call it a groundbreaking innovation.

Amtrak Security will be providing a baggage check service on the Green for all runners. Baggage must be picked up by noon on Labor Day.

The 20K race will feature Clydesdale awards. The Clydesdale division will be for men who weigh over 200 lbs and women who weigh over 150 lbs.

Hopkins School is celebrating its 350th Anniversary in 2010. Members of the Hopkins community who are running in the race are invited to stop by the Hopkins tent on the Green to pick up their race t-shirt anytime after 7:00 a.m. There will be a group photo at the tent at 7:50 a.m. sharp.

We look forward to a great day of running. We appreciate your participation and wish you the best of luck on Labor Day. For race information call (203) 481-5933 or visit Before, during, and after the race, road race officials will be available for directions and questions. Feel free to call upon them.



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