AUGUST 28, 2021

RUN THE GREENWAY

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

REGISTRATION

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

Full team refunds up until June 1, 2021 (minus the processing fees).

CAN I CHANGE MY TEAM DIVISION AFTER I'VE REGISTERED?

Yes, to switch your team division Simply log-in to your haku Participant Account by using the link provided in your email confirmation or follow the directions here. Select the RiMaConn Relay event.

CAN I TRANSFER TEAM MEMBERS?

Yes, to switch team members once your team is complete contact support@hakusports.com or registration@hartfordmarathon.com to coordinate.

HOW DO I CHECK THE STATUS OF MY TEAM REGISTRATION?

Team Captains can check on the status of their team registration. Simply log-in to your haku Participant Account account by using the link provided in your email confirmation or follow the directions here. Select the RiMaConn Relay event.

TEAMS

DO TEAMS SUPPLY THEIR OWN VEHICLE?

Yes, teams must provide their own vehicle(s) for the race. We recommend using passenger vans or SUVs.

CAN TEAMS OF SIX USE TWO CARS?

We strongly recommend to use ONE VEHICLE, however teams of six may use two vehicles as long as updated vehicle guidelines are followed (detailed below). Teams of three MUST travel in ONE VEHICLE. Using just one vehicle alleviates parking logistics, decreases your team’s carbon footprint, and increases team camaraderie!

NEW IN 2021 /// TWO VEHICLE TEAM GUIDELINES: To reduce vehicle congestion and traffic, teams are only allowed to have ONE vehicle at a time at each exchange, with the exception of Exchange 6 (Putnam), Exchange 12 (Willimantic) and the Finish (Hartford). Only the vehicle with the team member running the next leg is allowed to park at the exchange, no exceptions. Teams electing to use two vehicles must first drop off and retrieve their team members, and then make any team member and/or vehicle switches at an alternative, off-course location, away from the exchange area – recommended off-course exchange location areas will be provided for all minor exchanges (Exchanges 3, 9, 15).

DO TEAMS NEED TO RUN IN THE SAME ORDER FOR THE ENTIRE RACE?

Yes, teams are required to maintain the same sequence and rotation of runners throughout the race

TIMING

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?

Due to the extensive timeframe and complex nature of the event, completion is required within 16.5 hours to ensure support services and safety. Any team that has fallen behind the 10:30 minutes per mile average pace or experiences unforeseen circumstances by the time they reach the 2nd Major Exchange Zone (Exchange Zone #12) – Jillson Square, Willimantic, Connecticut, will have the following 2 options:

  • End their run and proceed directly to the post-race party in Hartford, OR
  • “Skip Ahead” to a further exchange location and continue the run.

NOTE: Teams that do not run all legs will still be included in the finish results through the time of the last reading of their timing chip (no finish time will be provided).

HOW WILL THE EVENT BE TIMED?

Overall team results will be available at the finish line during the post-race party.

Split times will be recorded at Exchanges 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and the finish line. Overall results will be available at the conclusion of the event. Splits may take up to 24 hours to be uploaded.

START WAVES / PACE EXPECTATIONS

WHY DOES MY PROJECTED PACE PER MILE NEED TO BE ACCURATE FOR THE EVENT?

Start wave assignments are determined based on your team’s pace per mile, therefore it is crucial to predict your team’s pace as accurately as possible to ensure each team is supported on the course . We understand it is nearly impossible to perfectly predict your team’s average pace, so a variance of up to 1 minute/mile for the team has been built in to allow for pace changes on race day. (i.e. if your predicted team pace is 9 min/mile, your team can average between 8-10 min/mile and still fall safely within the time constraints).***Not applicable for teams that anticipate running 10:30 min/mile (only variance of a minute faster), or 10:00 min/mile (30 seconds slower or minute faster).

Public safety, volunteers and course support will be available within the timeframes outlined – there is a 16.5 hour time limit. In many instances course volunteers are on posts in excess of 4 hours. If you anticipate running more than 1-minute faster or slower than your pace per mile, please let us know so we can adjust your wave start time.

Use the Pace Calculator to help figure out your team’s average pace.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF OUR TEAM GETS TOO FAR AHEAD OR TOO FAR BEHIND OUT PROJECTED PACE?

If teams get too far ahead of or behind their projected pace, they may be held at exchange zones to ensure a supported course ahead of them, or skipped ahead to a future exchange zone so they don’t fall behind the supported course timeframe.

Teams held at an exchange zone will have their hold time deducted from their overall results. Teams skipped ahead will be included in results through their last recorded split time (no finish time provided)

I DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND, CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE COURSE LIMITS?

The course limit for this event is 16.5 hours, which is 10:30 minutes/mile average pace to travel the ~95 mile route. Wave start times allow for slower paced teams to start early, and faster paced teams to start later. Waves are designed so that all teams travel through each community in a compact window, and finish within a compact window. This makes it possible for volunteers to support the event, lessens the impact on the communities, and ensures a well-deserved post race party with ALL teams celebrating their accomplishment together.

With that being said, if your team predicts they will average 7 minutes/mile you will start much later in the morning. If you fall significantly behind your pace (over 1 min/mile average) your team will be skipped ahead to a further exchange.

Alternatively, if your team predicts they will average 10 minutes/mile you will start early in the morning. If you greatly exceed your anticipated pace (over 1 min/mile average) your team will be held up and forced to delay their progress at a specified exchange.

RACE COURSE

WILL RUNNERS HAVE THE RIGHT AWAY THROUGHOUT THE COURSE?

Runners must obey all traffic rules throughout the course. The course will not be closed to traffic. Most of the course is on multi-use trails (85%), but there are several road crossings and on road sections. Public safety officials and volunteers will assist in major traffic areas.

WHAT TYPE OF COURSE SUPPORT WILL THERE BE?

The course will not be closed to traffic. Public safety officials and volunteers will assist in major traffic areas. There will be volunteers at all 17 exchanges. There will be sections of trail with little support.

WILL I BE RUNNING AT NIGHT?

The event will take place between 4:00 AM and 8:30 PM. Depending on your team’s pace and start time, there is a good chance that certain relay legs will be required to run a portion or all of the leg during the night time hours. To get a rough idea on how much of the event will be at night, here are the sunrise and sunset times for race day:

  • Lincoln, Rhode Island: Sunrise 6:03 AM / Dawn 5:34 AM
  • Hartford, Connecticut: Sunset 7:37 PM / Dusk 8:06 PM

WHAT KIND OF WEATHER CAN I EXPECT ON RACE DAY?

Here are historical average highs and lows (in fahrenheit) for some of the locations along the race route:

  • Lincoln, Rhode Island: 80° / 62°
  • Putnam, Connecticut: 80° / 59°
  • Willimantic, Connecticut: 80° / 59°
  • Hartford, Connecticut: 81° / 62°

CAN I CHANGE MY WAVE START TIME?

No, Wave start times have been determined based on estimated team finish time. Course Support and Post Race festivities are based on these times.

CAN I RUN WITH A BABY STROLLER OR MY DOG?

We love babies and dogs but no. For safety reasons, no strollers or dogs are allowed on the course.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

WHAT ARE THE COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS IN PLACE FOR RACE DAY?

Covid-19 risk mitigation policies will be calibrated based on public health measures at the time of the event. Policies will be outlined in the Team Guide.

Effective May 19, 2021, per order of CT Governor Ned Lamont, face masks will not be required at outdoor events in Connecticut. Keeping with state recommendations, runners, volunteers, spectators and staff will not be required to wear masks at any Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) event. We encourage those more comfortable wearing masks to continue to do so and urge unvaccinated participants attending HMF Events to wear a face mask for their own safety and for the safety of those who have vulnerable conditions or weakened immune systems. All participants are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of spacing from others not in their party at all times, and 12 feet of spacing while running.

WHAT SHOULD OUR TEAM MEMBERS PACK FOR RACE DAY?

Packing list details coming soon!

IS THERE A WAY I CAN RECEIVE EMERGENCY TEXT UPDATES REGARDING THE EVENT?

The Hartford Marathon Foundation has an emergency texting service in place to be used ONLY in situations such as event delays, cancellations or other emergencies. If we have last-minute event changes, we will text pertinent instructions/updates. NOTE: We never use this information for marketing or solicitation.

Confirm you elected to receive emergency text messages in your haku profile. Once logged into your account, select “Your Registrations” and check the blue box “I Want To Get Event Updates Via Text”.

FOR ANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT US AT INFO@HARTFORDMARATHON.COM OR 860-652-8866
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