Two Rivers Marathon Athlete Guide

Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival Athlete Guide

 

The Fifth Annual Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival takes place on March 26 and 27, 2016 in picturesque Lackawaxen PA. The race has grown from 70 athletes in 2012, to 330 in 2015, with more than 400 athletes expected on race weekend this year.

 

The purpose of this Athlete Guide is to provide the athlete and families and friends with information about the race. It will give the athlete information on how to have the best possible race day experience.

 

I will revise and update the Guide with any new information and keep the athletes updated. Of course, please feel free to call me anytime, Mark Hughes, 570 470 4922, or email mark@fastfinishes.net, with any questions you have.

 

Sections of the Athlete Guide are:

 

–Race Day Information

–Course Information

–Shuttle Information

–Spectator Info

–Awards

–Post Race Info

–Local Hotels

–FAQs

 

 

 

 

Race Day Information

 

Packet Pickup and race day registeration on race morning will be at The Woodloch Theater, 731 Welcome Lake Road, Hawley PA 18428: This is where you can get fluids, stay warm, relax, use the washrooms and generally get ready to race. The Theater is a 2 minute walk from the start line. Packet pickup opens at 7am on race morning.

 

Link to Woodloch Resort on google maps:

 

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Woodloch+Resort/@41.5230071,-75.0890249,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c4ae80f7644f11:0x1f8d793ad61af0a1

 

The theater is just south of Lake Teedyusking Road at Welcome Lake Road. On the map is an unmarked road that intersects Welcome Lake Road near Lake Teedyusking Road. That is where parking is available on race morning.

 

Race Start is just north of Lake Teedyusking Road on Welcome Lake Road. You will see a large inflatable arch there on race morning.

 

Early Packet Pickup

There will be a packet pickup on Friday, March 25, from 3pm to 6pm at Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackwaxen PA 18435. You will be able to pickup your race bib, shirt and packet, as well as view the course and ask any questions you may have about the race.

 

You can also register for any race at the early packet pickup.

 

Of course, please feel free to call me anytime, Mark Hughes, 570 470 4922, or email mark@fastfinishes.net, with any questions you have.

 

Race Course Information

The marathon course map is here:

http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=PA12012WB

The course elevation map is here:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/60304343

For the marathon, the course is exactly as mapped. Each mile marker will have 28 inch orange cones and a sign. Additionally, mile markers will be painted on the road in orange paint.

Turns on the course will be marked with cones, signs and orange paint on the road.

The only turnaround on the marathon course is near the 19.7 mile mark. It will be marked with plenty of cones, signs and paint on the road.

The course is run entirely on asphalt road surface. The first 1.8 miles are on a two lane road (one car width each direction) and there is a line painted in the middle of the road.

Miles 1.8 to 11.7 are run on a narrower asphalt road surface (Masthope Plank Road). The road is 10-12 feet wide and does not have a line painted in the middle of it.

Miles 11.7 to the finish are run on a two lane road (one car width each direction) and there is a line painted in the middle of the road.

Road conditions: the road have some cracks and bumps in them due to the winter. Always pay attention when running!

Road traffic: the roads are open to traffic. I anticipate very little traffic from the start to mile 1.8. Masthope Plank Road typically has very little traffic as well. When you get on Rte 590 after mile 11.7, you will see an increase in traffic. Traffic will still be light, but the cars will be going faster. Always keep your safety in mind when sharing the road with cars!

Timing mats will be at the start, half marathon and finish line, as well as mystery timing mats to make sure the course is completed (not that anyone hasn’t run the full distance; it’s just to make sure!).

The finish is in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435.

Portapotties are available here:

–race start indoor facilities

–Mile 6

–Mile 12

–Mile 16 (this one doubles as a portapotty for Mile 22 as it is on an out and back portion of the course)

–Finish Area

 

For the halfmarathon, the course is the same as the marathon course for the first 12.4 miles. Each mile marker will have 28 inch orange cones and a sign. Additionally, mile markers will be painted on the road in orange paint.

Turns on the course will be marked with cones, signs and orange paint on the road.

The only turnaround on the half-marathon course is near the 12.4 mile mark. It will be marked with plenty of cones, signs and paint on the road.

The course is run entirely on asphalt road surface. The first 1.8 miles are on a two lane road (one car width each direction) and there is a line painted in the middle of the road.

Miles 1.8 to 11.7 are run on a narrower asphalt road surface (Masthope Plank Road). The road is 10-12 feet wide and does not have a line painted in the middle of it.

Miles 11.7 to the finish are run on a two lane road (one car width each direction) and there is a line painted in the middle of the road.

Road conditions: the road have some cracks and bumps in them due to the winter. Always pay attention when running!

Road traffic: the roads are open to traffic. I anticipate very little traffic from the start to mile 1.8. Masthope Plank Road typically has very little traffic as well. When you get on Rte 590 after mile 11.7, you will see an increase in traffic. Traffic will still be light, but the cars will be going faster. Always keep your safety in mind when sharing the road with cars!

Timing mats will be at the start and finish line, as well as mystery timing mats to make sure the course is completed (not that anyone hasn’t run the full distance; it’s just to make sure!).

The finish is in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435.

Portapotties are available here:

–race start indoor facilities

–Mile 6

–Mile 12

–Finish Area

Aid Stations

Aid Stations with water and Gatorade are every two miles on the course.

If you have special fluids or gels that you’d like to be placed at the aid stations, please mark the items with name and aid station mile and give them to us prior to the race. We’ll make sure they are placed at the designated aid station.

 

For the 10k, the course starts near the marathon finish area in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435. Each mile marker will have 28 inch orange cones and a sign. Additionally, mile markers will be painted on the road in orange paint.

Turns on the course will be marked with cones, signs and orange paint on the road.

The only turnaround on the 10k course is near the 3.1 mile mark. It will be marked with plenty of cones, signs and paint on the road.

Timing mats will be at the start and finish line.

The finish is in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435.

Portapotties are available here:

–race start

–Mile .5

–Finish Area

 

For the 5k, the course starts near the marathon finish area in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435. Each mile marker will have 28 inch orange cones and a sign. Additionally, mile markers will be painted on the road in orange paint.

Turns on the course will be marked with cones, signs and orange paint on the road.

The only turnaround on the 5k course is near the 1.55 mile mark. It will be marked with plenty of cones, signs and paint on the road.

Timing mats will be at the start and finish line.

The finish is in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435.

Portapotties

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are available here:

–race start

–Mile .5

–Finish Area

 

 

Note: please respect the facilities at Woodloch Resort, the course and the people who live on the course by not littering. Please use the portapotties also.

The Town of Lackawaxen has allowed us to race in a pristine environment, so let’s show them that we appreciate it.

Shuttle Information

 

On race morning, shuttles will leave the finish area at 7:30am and 8:10am. There is plenty of parking in the finish area at the Lackwaxen Volunteer Fire Department, which is across the road from the finish area.

 

When you registered, you had the option to reserve a spot on the shuttle. You may also book the shuttle by emailing me.

 

New this year: We will have shuttles from the finish area back to the start line at Woodloch. These shuttles can be booked by emailing me. The cost is $7 per person. The shuttle will be able to take 5 passengers from the finish area back to the start line. Those who book the shuttle will have priority riding access. When you email me, please let me know your anticipated time that you would like to ride from the finish area to the start area.

 

I anticipate that this shuttle will start running around 11am and continue until 3pm.

 

We decided to offer this reverse shuttle because of the logistics of a point to point race. We now have a facility at the start line. This offers the athlete the ability to relax and get ready indoors, rather than outside, so it may make sense for some athletes to drive to the start and park, then go back there after the race.

 

If you booked the prerace shuttle and would like to switch to the post race shuttle, please email me and we’ll get you rebooked.

 

Spectator Info

 

Friends and family of the athletes can view the race here:

 

–the start area

 

–Mile 6: I recommend that if you choose to drive to this spectating area, get there by driving the course in reverse. Do not try to go directly from the start to mile 6, as the course is narrow at this point, and the runners will not be spread out over the course.

 

If you want to see your athlete at mile 6, head back almost to the start area and turn on to Masthope Plank Road.

 

It is easier if you just wait for your athlete at mile 11.7, when they come onto Rte 590 from Masthope Plank Road.

 

You will then be able to see/follow them on Rte 590, as this road is wider, there are shoulders on the road, and it is an out and back section. If you go onto this part of the road, you can see your athlete as often as you like!

Awards

 

The marathon and half marathon races have an award to the First Overall female and male. Awards are three deep in the following age groups:

 

–19-under

–20-29

–30-39

–40-49

–50-59

–60-69

–70-over

 

Additionally, if you run the marathon and/or half-marathon each day, there will be recognition for you.

 

If you complete the 5k/10k/half-marathon challenge, there are awards and recognition for you (overall, age group and recognition) If you are in the challenge, you are also eligible for age group awards in the event you are racing in.

 

Please note: the recognition is a surprise!

 

Race awards are unique railroad spike trophies to overall and first place in the age group. Second and third place will receive nice awards as well (surprise!).

 

The 10k and 5k races have the same overall and age group awards as the marathon and half marathon. The awards will be pint glasses in lieu of trophies.

 

The awards ceremony will take place each day at these times:

 

–5k and 10k noon

–half marathon noon

–marathon 1pm

 

The awards ceremony will take place at the finish line.

 

All marathon and half marathon finishers will receive a beautiful finisher’s medal.

 

 

Post Race Info

 

I am working to secure catering that will include a hamburger or veggie burger for each finisher, as well as salad and French fries. There will also be post-race munchies and fluids.

 

Local Hotels

–Beautiful cabins and camping: www.sylvaniatreefarm.com

–B&B Roebling Inn: www.roeblinginn.com

–Lackawaxen House: 188 Scenic Dr, Lackawaxen, PA 570 685 7061

http://www.allbreeze.net/ 15 minutes away

http://www.tuckeminn.com/ 25 minutes away

http://milfordmotel.webs.com/ 25 minutes away

–Orbitz local motel and hotel search by distance from race:http://www.orbitz.com/shop/home?type=hotel&hotel.type=keyword&hotel.coord=&hotel.keyword.key=hawley+pa&hotel.locId=&hotel.chkin=1%2F23%2F13&hotel.chkout=1%2F24%2F13&hotel.rooms[0].adlts=2&hotel.rooms[0].chlds=0&hotel.rooms[0].chldAge[0]=&hotel.rooms[0].chldAge[1]=&hotel.rooms[0].chldAge[2]=&hotel.rooms[0].chldAge[3]=&hotel.rooms[0].chldAge[4]=&hotel.rating=&hotel.chain=&hotel.hname=&hotel.couponCode=&search=Search&hsv.page=1&hsv.sortOrder=HOTEL_DISTANCE

 

 

 

 

 

FAQs

1. Will you have water & Sports drinks at least every two miles? preferably every mile after 18 miles.

Yes, water and Gatorade will be at every aid station. Aid stations are every two miles. Miles 11.75 to 19.8 are running out alongside the Lackwaxen River. You then return the same way. There are 4 aid stations there (12, 14, 16, 18). The turnaround is at 19.8, then aid at 20, 22 and 24. I think there will be 8 aid stations from 12-24 miles.

2. Will you have some fluids & vegetable soup or snacks at the finish lineWe will have some vegetarian hot food at the finish. Plenty of fluids and food.

3. Will you have timing mats both at Start & Finish to clock Net times?

Yes, start line and finish line mats, as well as half marathon and 19.8 mile turnaround. I own a timing company.

4. Will you start the race on time? Late comers can always start late without waiting for them. Their time won’t be affected if you have timing mat at the start as they will have net time. B-tags are very common now, some still use chips for net times.

The race will start on-time. We have the theater at Woodloch Resort for race day check-in and warmth this year. It is 1/4 mile from the start. Therefore, people can take the shuttle from the finish area. It will be their responsibility to get to the shuttle on-time.

5. Why two marathons in two days? Wouldn’t it affect the quality of the race organization?

Last year, we had about 25 Marathon Maniacs. They love to do two marathons in two days and asked if I could do that. I live 5 miles from the start and finish and my house is on the course. Since I have a timing company as well, it makes sense to have the 2 days of racing without incurring massive extra costs to put on the races.

 

 

 

This will be updated as the race gets closer.

If you have any questions, please call Mark at 570 470 4922 or email mark@fastfinishes.net

It’s going to be a great event!