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Rope Mill Trail Run - RACE DAY PROCEDURES

Thank you for signing up for the upcoming Rope Mill Trail Run on May 15th. This race update goes over our race day and start procedures for the upcoming event. Knowing these procedures will help us ensure we have a safe and smooth event for everyone. We look forward to seeing everyone on May 15th!

KEY DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW/ACTION ITEMS:

▪ OPTIONAL early check-in Thursday May 13th from 4 to 7 pm Outdoors at Blankets Creek Trails, 2261 Sixes Rd, Canton, GA 30114. We will be in the grass between the parking lot and River Church. If the Blankets Creek Lot is full, you can park at River Church and be just as close. If you check in early, you can go straight to the start line on Saturday morning. (RECOMMENDED but you can still pick up on Saturday morning 6:30 - 7:45 am)
▪ Waivers need to be printed at home, filled out ahead of time, and brought when you check-in. YOU NEED TO TURN IN A WAIVER TO GET YOUR NUMBER, SO YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR WAIVER THURSDAY IF YOU CHECK IN EARLY. CLICK HERE FOR EVENT WAIVER
▪ No race day distance changes - if you want to change distance, please contact me via email now and I'll get you taken care of. Race bibs are color coded by distance...No changes after 5/10.
▪ If you can no longer attend, you may sell your entry to someone else, but this needs to be done by 5/10. Payment is between buyer and seller..all I need is the new runner's name and email no later than 5/10. No late transfers, and no transfers to other events at this point as your swag has already been ordered.
▪ We will offer a small group start at 7:30 for those who want to run head-to-head with others. All other runners may start between 7:31 and 8 am in a time trial format. Simply head down to the start area and line up when you are ready to start. You must start by 8 am.
▪ The 5.5 mile/9 mile split is at the finish arch. 9 mile runners keep going when they pass under the finish arch after running Avalanche Trails, 5.5 mile runners are done. READ THE COURSE SIGNS THAT WILL DIRECT YOU. Do not rely soley on a course marshal as they are trying to direct multiple runners that will be going different directions.
OPTIONAL early check-in Thursday May 13th from 4 to 7 pm Outdoors at Blankets Creek Trails, 2261 Sixes Rd, Canton, GA 30114. We will be in the grass between the parking lot and River Church. If the Blankets Creek Lot is full, you can park at River Church and be just as close. If you check in early, you can go straight to the start line on Saturday morning. (RECOMMENDED but you can still pick up on Saturday morning 6:30 - 7:45 am)
Waivers need to be printed at home, filled out ahead of time, and brought when you check-in. YOU NEED TO TURN IN A WAIVER TO GET YOUR NUMBER, SO YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR WAIVER THURSDAY IF YOU CHECK IN EARLY. CLICK HERE FOR EVENT WAIVER
No race day distance changes - if you want to change distance, please contact me via email now and I'll get you taken care of. Race bibs are color coded by distance...No changes after 5/10.
If you can no longer attend, you may sell your entry to someone else, but this needs to be done by 5/10. Payment is between buyer and seller..all I need is the new runner's name and email no later than 5/10. No late transfers, and no transfers to other events at this point as your swag has already been ordered.
We will offer a small group start at 7:30 for those who want to run head-to-head with others. All other runners may start between 7:31 and 8 am in a time trial format. Simply head down to the start area and line up when you are ready to start. You must start by 8 am.
The 5.5 mile/9 mile split is at the finish arch. 9 mile runners keep going when they pass under the finish arch after running Avalanche Trails, 5.5 mile runners are done. READ THE COURSE SIGNS THAT WILL DIRECT YOU. Do not rely soley on a course marshal as they are trying to direct multiple runners that will be going different directions.

CHECK-IN

▪ Saturday Check-in hours are from 6:30 am to 7:45 am. When you arrive, parking helpers will direct you where to park - We will fill the lower lots first, then the lot at the top of the hill, and finally Kirk-Rudy for those arriving later. Note that it is about a half mile jog down the road from Kirk-Rudy to the start, so give yourself plenty of time.
▪ Proceed to appropriate check-in line with waiver. Only one person/family group at each table at a time. If there is a line, please wait at a cone in front of your respective table and maintain 10' spacing between groups. Hand sanitizer will be available.
▪ We are asking all participants to please wear a face covering to pick up your race packet, however you are not required to wear a face covering while racing.
▪ Port-o-lets as well as permanent bathrooms with running water will be available at this venue.
▪ If you signed up for the Series and missed the Blankets Creek Race, you can pick up your hoody when you check in for the Rope Mill Race.
Saturday Check-in hours are from 6:30 am to 7:45 am. When you arrive, parking helpers will direct you where to park - We will fill the lower lots first, then the lot at the top of the hill, and finally Kirk-Rudy for those arriving later. Note that it is about a half mile jog down the road from Kirk-Rudy to the start, so give yourself plenty of time.
Proceed to appropriate check-in line with waiver. Only one person/family group at each table at a time. If there is a line, please wait at a cone in front of your respective table and maintain 10' spacing between groups. Hand sanitizer will be available.
We are asking all participants to please wear a face covering to pick up your race packet, however you are not required to wear a face covering while racing.
Port-o-lets as well as permanent bathrooms with running water will be available at this venue.
If you signed up for the Series and missed the Blankets Creek Race, you can pick up your hoody when you check in for the Rope Mill Race.

RACE PROCEDURES

▪ Make sure your number is pinned on your front - do not bend the foam timing chip. Number belts are fine, just make sure it is on your front as you pass over the timing mats. Your time starts when you cross over the timing mats.
▪ No pre-race group meeting - Consider this your pre-race meeting. Any last minute additions will be posted at check-in so you can photograph and read back at your car.
▪ No Aid Station on 5.5 mile course - short course runners must be self sufficient and carry their own water and nutrition. There will be a Hammer Gel and Fizz in all race packets.
▪ 9 mile runners will have a small aid station available at Mile 5.5 before crossing the bridge over Little River. Aid station will have water, HEED, and Hammer gels. If you take anything from the aid station, you MUST place it in the trash - bottles and cups need to be fully emptied before being put in the trash. No throwing bottles, cups or trash on the ground. Hand sanitizer will be available at the aid station.
▪ Course will be well marked with pink ribbons and pink/black arrow signs at turns. Pink ribbons indicate the direction you want to head and are also used to designate that you are on-course if it has been a while in between turns. Course marshals will be positioned throughout the course for your safety.
▪ Give other folks not in your family/run group at least 6' spacing while at the race venue.
▪ ANNOUNCE if you are passing to runners ahead and say PASSING RIGHT or PASSING LEFT and give them a chance to move to the side. PLEASE BE PATIENT, WORK TOGETHER, BE NICE and give each other space out on the trails.
▪ Once finished, please do not congregate near the finish line. Rope Mill Park is a large venue, so please spread out and find your own safe space.
Make sure your number is pinned on your front - do not bend the foam timing chip. Number belts are fine, just make sure it is on your front as you pass over the timing mats. Your time starts when you cross over the timing mats.
No pre-race group meeting - Consider this your pre-race meeting. Any last minute additions will be posted at check-in so you can photograph and read back at your car.
No Aid Station on 5.5 mile course - short course runners must be self sufficient and carry their own water and nutrition. There will be a Hammer Gel and Fizz in all race packets.
9 mile runners will have a small aid station available at Mile 5.5 before crossing the bridge over Little River. Aid station will have water, HEED, and Hammer gels. If you take anything from the aid station, you MUST place it in the trash - bottles and cups need to be fully emptied before being put in the trash. No throwing bottles, cups or trash on the ground. Hand sanitizer will be available at the aid station.
Course will be well marked with pink ribbons and pink/black arrow signs at turns. Pink ribbons indicate the direction you want to head and are also used to designate that you are on-course if it has been a while in between turns. Course marshals will be positioned throughout the course for your safety.
Give other folks not in your family/run group at least 6' spacing while at the race venue.
ANNOUNCE if you are passing to runners ahead and say PASSING RIGHT or PASSING LEFT and give them a chance to move to the side. PLEASE BE PATIENT, WORK TOGETHER, BE NICE and give each other space out on the trails.
Once finished, please do not congregate near the finish line. Rope Mill Park is a large venue, so please spread out and find your own safe space.

RESULTS/AWARDS

▪ Finish times wlll be uploaded to our results website, mgaresults.com, so you can view them on your mobile device from your car or elsewhere at the venue. Keep in mind that with staggered starts, someone who starts after you can still beat you, so your placing may change depending on when you look at it.
▪ Social Distanced 5 mile awards at approximately 9:30 am and 9 mile awards at 10:15 near the pavilion. AWARDS WILL NOT BE MAILED - THEY MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE RACE
Finish times wlll be uploaded to our results website, mgaresults.com, so you can view them on your mobile device from your car or elsewhere at the venue. Keep in mind that with staggered starts, someone who starts after you can still beat you, so your placing may change depending on when you look at it.
Social Distanced 5 mile awards at approximately 9:30 am and 9 mile awards at 10:15 near the pavilion. AWARDS WILL NOT BE MAILED - THEY MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE RACE
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Hammer Nutrition endurance fuels will be on the course at the 2021 Mountain Goat Adventures Trail Run Series! Hammer’s been supplying athletes with natural products free of added sugars, artificial colors, flavors, chemicals, and preservatives for over 30 years.

TRAIL RUN SERIES TIP #3: REPLENISH ELECTROLYTES WITH A BALANCED FORMULA (NOT JUST SALT!) IN AMOUNTS APPROPRIATE FOR CONDITIONS

FACT: Salt (sodium chloride) cannot fulfill your entire requirements for electrolytes. The minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium also must be replenished to ensure the proper functioning of key body systems. In addition, your daily dietary sodium intake, fitness level, acclimatization, and the environmental conditions (heat, humidity, etc.) all affect the number of electrolytes you will need to replenish during exercise.

For a balanced, full-spectrum formula of electrolytes, replenish with Endurolytes. Choose regular Endurolytes, Endurolytes Extreme, or Endurolytes Fizz in doses appropriate for the conditions.

Follow Hammer Nutrition to their website at Electrolytes to learn more HERE.

TRAIL RUN SERIES TIP #4: BEFORE WORKOUTS AND RACES, CONSUME 300-400 CALORIES. COMPLETE YOUR MEAL 3 HOURS BEFORE YOU START EXERCISE

To perform and feel your best during races or workouts, consume no more than 300-400 calories. Choose easily digested, complex carbohydrates, along with a small amount of protein and a little healthy fat. Avoid fiber, simple sugar, and acidic foods. Finish your meal 3 hours before exercise. Eating within 3 hours can seriously hurt your performance by 1) reducing the conversion of fats to fuels, and 2) accelerating glycogen depletion.

Tip: If your race is early, don't sacrifice sleep to eat! Instead, consume a small amount of supplemental fuel, such as one Hammer Gel, about 5 minutes before starting.

Follow Hammer Nutrition to their website at Pre-Exercise Fueling to learn more HERE.

TRAIL RUN SERIES TIP #5: REPLENISH YOUR BODY WITH CARBOHYDRATES AND PROTEIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER EACH EXERCISE SESSION, IDEALLY WITHIN THE FIRST 30-60 MINUTES.

What you do immediately after your workout is just as important as your workout itself! "Refill the tank" as soon as possible (ideally within the first 60 minutes) to fully replenish glycogen and build and repair muscle tissue. Consume 30-60 grams of complex carbohydrates and 10-20 grams of protein. Recoverite supplies both in the ideal 3:1 ratio. Also, be sure to take antioxidants after exercise to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals and speed recovery.

Follow Hammer Nutrition to their website at Recovery to learn more HERE.

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