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Rope Mill 4 and 10 Mile Trail Run Racer Update - FINAL RACE UPDATE and RACE DAY PROCEDURES

Thank you for registering for our upcoming Trail Run at Rope Mill Park on August 1st. Please make sure you have read our new race day protocol before the race - a few points I'd like to highlight/reiterate:

1. Make sure you bring your signed waiver when you come pick up your number/swag. You need to turn in a signed waiver to receive a race number. If you are picking up for a friend/spouse, you must bring a waiver signed by them to pick up their items. CLICK HERE FOR EVENT WAIVER

2. Optional early packet pickup is outdoors at BLANKETS CREEK TRAILS: 2261 Sixes Rd, Canton, GA 30114 on Thursday 7/30 from 4 to 7 pm (RECOMMENDED). The parking lot may be pretty full due to youth MTB team practice, so feel free to park at River Church and walk over...it is rougly the same distance. Please wear a mask or face covering.

3. The 4 mile / 10 mile split for this race is the finish arch. All runners will run back under the finish arch after completing the Mill Trails on the north side of Little River. After passing under the arch, 4 mile runners will be finished and should exit to the right near the pavilion. 10 mile runners pass under arch and continue up the hill towards the bathrooms and onto the Avalanche Trail.

4. 10 mile runners who wish to use their own water bottles/nutrition/small cooler may stage these items pre-race at the aid station, which is just to the left of the bathrooms. This is 4.5 miles into the 10 mile course.

5. There have been vehicle break-ins reported at Rope Mill Park in recent months. I would recommend leaving your wallet or purse at home and just bring your license and minimal cards/cash. Hide them somewhere other than the center console, glove box, etc.

CHECK-IN

▪ Waivers need to be printed at home, filled out ahead of time, and brought to packet pickup CLICK HERE FOR EVENT WAIVER You may pick up someone else's number ONLY IF YOU BRING A WAIVER SIGNED BY THEM.
▪ Optional early packet pickup is outdoors at BLANKETS CREEK TRAILS: 2261 Sixes Rd, Canton, GA 30114 on Thursday 7/30 from 4 to 7 pm. Only one person/family group up at the table at a time. If there is a line, please wait at a cone in front of the table and maintain 10' spacing between groups. You will receive your race bib, Rope Mill swag, and any additional merchandise you ordered at this time. Hand sanitizer will be available. I'm asking that EVERYONE wear a mask/face covering to packet pickup for the safety of my family and volunteers...we will be doing the same for you. If you check in early, you can go straight to the start on Saturday morning. (RECOMMENDED)
▪ No race day distance changes or runner swaps
▪ Saturday Check-in hours are from 6:30 am to 7:30 am on Saturday morning. When you arrive, parking volunteers will direct you where to park, which will be in one of 3 locations depending on when you arrive. If you arrive later, be prepared to park at the Kirk Rudy office and jog the 1/2 mile down the road to the start. Leave yourself enough time to check-in and get to the start. We will have a bag drop area near the pavilion so you do not have to go back to your car until after the race.
▪ 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. You will receive your race bib, Rope Mill swag, and any additional merchandise you ordered at this time. I'm asking that EVERYONE wear a mask/face covering to packet pickup for the safety of my family and volunteers...we will be doing the same for you. Hand sanitizer will be available.
▪ You are not required to wear a face covering while racing, however we recommend having one for the bathroom line, start line, awards or if you plan to hang out at Rope Mill Park after the event, as it could potentially be crowded. If you do not want to wear a mask pre/post race, please stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times.
▪ Port-o-lets as well as permanent bathrooms with running water will be available at this venue.
Waivers need to be printed at home, filled out ahead of time, and brought to packet pickup CLICK HERE FOR EVENT WAIVER You may pick up someone else's number ONLY IF YOU BRING A WAIVER SIGNED BY THEM.
Optional early packet pickup is outdoors at BLANKETS CREEK TRAILS: 2261 Sixes Rd, Canton, GA 30114 on Thursday 7/30 from 4 to 7 pm. Only one person/family group up at the table at a time. If there is a line, please wait at a cone in front of the table and maintain 10' spacing between groups. You will receive your race bib, Rope Mill swag, and any additional merchandise you ordered at this time. Hand sanitizer will be available. I'm asking that EVERYONE wear a mask/face covering to packet pickup for the safety of my family and volunteers...we will be doing the same for you. If you check in early, you can go straight to the start on Saturday morning. (RECOMMENDED)
No race day distance changes or runner swaps
Saturday Check-in hours are from 6:30 am to 7:30 am on Saturday morning. When you arrive, parking volunteers will direct you where to park, which will be in one of 3 locations depending on when you arrive. If you arrive later, be prepared to park at the Kirk Rudy office and jog the 1/2 mile down the road to the start. Leave yourself enough time to check-in and get to the start. We will have a bag drop area near the pavilion so you do not have to go back to your car until after the race.
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. You will receive your race bib, Rope Mill swag, and any additional merchandise you ordered at this time. I'm asking that EVERYONE wear a mask/face covering to packet pickup for the safety of my family and volunteers...we will be doing the same for you. Hand sanitizer will be available.
You are not required to wear a face covering while racing, however we recommend having one for the bathroom line, start line, awards or if you plan to hang out at Rope Mill Park after the event, as it could potentially be crowded. If you do not want to wear a mask pre/post race, please stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times.
Port-o-lets as well as permanent bathrooms with running water will be available at this venue.

RACE PROCEDURES

▪ Make sure your race bib is pinned on your FRONT - do not bend the foam timing chip
▪ You may start the race anytime between 6:45 am and 8 am, so just walk up to the start, wait at the next available cone and wait for directions. The event will be Time Trial Format - you may start with friends, but groups need to be smaller than ten. YOU MUST START BEFORE 8 AM - NO LATE STARTS. Your time starts when you cross over the start/finish mats.
▪ No pre-race group meeting - This email serves as your pre-race meeting and instructions.
▪ No Aid Station on 4 mile course - short course runners must be self sufficient and carry their own water. There will be a Hammer Gel and Fizz included in each race bag.
▪ "Emergency Only" Aid Station on 10 mile course - We recommend all 10 mile runners carry their own calories and fluids, however we WILL have bottled water and Hammer Gels available at Mile 4.5 if you run out or get into trouble. If you take anything from the aid station, you MUST place it in the trash - bottles need to be fully emptied before being put in the trash. No throwing bottles or trash on the ground. Hand sanitizer will be available at the aid station.
▪ Do not litter anywhere on the course - penalty is a DQ
▪ 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. Yellow signs are used at short/long course split and wrong way locations.
▪ All runners will complete rougly 4.5 miles on the Mill Trails and then head back through the finish arch. 4 mile runners will be done at this point and 10 mile runners will continue to the Avalanche Trail.
▪ Give other folks not in your family/running group at least 6' spacing while at the race venue and while out on the trail.
▪ ANNOUNCE if you are passing to groups/runners ahead and say PASSING RIGHT or PASSING LEFT and give them a chance to move to the side. WORK TOGETHER, BE NICE and give each other lots of space out on the trails.
▪ Once finished, please do not congregate near the finish line. Rope Mill has a lot of space to spread out, so please find your own safe space.
▪ COURSE MAPS AND DESCRIPTIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE
Make sure your race bib is pinned on your FRONT - do not bend the foam timing chip
You may start the race anytime between 6:45 am and 8 am, so just walk up to the start, wait at the next available cone and wait for directions. The event will be Time Trial Format - you may start with friends, but groups need to be smaller than ten. YOU MUST START BEFORE 8 AM - NO LATE STARTS. Your time starts when you cross over the start/finish mats.
No pre-race group meeting - This email serves as your pre-race meeting and instructions.
No Aid Station on 4 mile course - short course runners must be self sufficient and carry their own water. There will be a Hammer Gel and Fizz included in each race bag.
"Emergency Only" Aid Station on 10 mile course - We recommend all 10 mile runners carry their own calories and fluids, however we WILL have bottled water and Hammer Gels available at Mile 4.5 if you run out or get into trouble. If you take anything from the aid station, you MUST place it in the trash - bottles need to be fully emptied before being put in the trash. No throwing bottles or trash on the ground. Hand sanitizer will be available at the aid station.
Do not litter anywhere on the course - penalty is a DQ
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. Yellow signs are used at short/long course split and wrong way locations.
All runners will complete rougly 4.5 miles on the Mill Trails and then head back through the finish arch. 4 mile runners will be done at this point and 10 mile runners will continue to the Avalanche Trail.
Give other folks not in your family/running group at least 6' spacing while at the race venue and while out on the trail.
ANNOUNCE if you are passing to groups/runners ahead and say PASSING RIGHT or PASSING LEFT and give them a chance to move to the side. WORK TOGETHER, BE NICE and give each other lots of space out on the trails.
Once finished, please do not congregate near the finish line. Rope Mill has a lot of space to spread out, so please find your own safe space.
COURSE MAPS AND DESCRIPTIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE

RESULTS/AWARDS

▪ Finish times wlll be uploaded to our resutls 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.
▪ 4 mile awards are at 9 am and 10 mile awards will be at 10 am - We are going to have a social distanced podium ceremony. You are welcome to come up individually AFTER the awards ceremony to pick up your medal if you prefer. AWARDS WILL NOT BE MAILED - THEY MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE RACE
Finish times wlll be uploaded to our resutls 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.
4 mile awards are at 9 am and 10 mile awards will be at 10 am - We are going to have a social distanced podium ceremony. You are welcome to come up individually AFTER the awards ceremony to pick up your medal if you prefer. AWARDS WILL NOT BE MAILED - THEY MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE RACE
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We strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all of our crew and participants, but any activity in the presence of other humans presents a potential risk of being infected with COVID-19. If you are the least bit hesitant to come out, are sick or showing signs of sickness or illness (running a fever over 100.4 F, having a cough or shortness of breath, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, had symptoms of COVID-19) or come in contact with a person that has or is suspected of having COVID-19, please sit this one out and we can convert you to a virtual runner - there will be other races we'd love to see you healthy at!

We hope you all are excited to get the competitive juices flowing again and hope that these events will provide some motivation to keep staying active. We miss seeing everyone and are looking forward to being together again - while maintaining a safe distance - at these upcoming events : )

Lisa Randall

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