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Garland Mountain Half Marathon and 10K Trail Run Racer Update - RACE DAY PROCEDURES

Please read below for what our race day procedure will be for this event - as it will be much different from our past events.

CHECK-IN

▪ Waivers need to be printed at home, filled out ahead of time, and brought to the race CLICK HERE FOR EVENT WAIVER
▪ No race day changes, so if you want to drop from the 13.1 to 10k, please contact me and we'll take care of this now.
▪ OPTIONAL Check-in Thursday June 18 from 4 to 7 pm at Blankets Creek Trails, 2261 Sixes Rd, Canton, GA 30114. I will be set up in the grass between the parking lot and church. 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, Garland Mountain swag, Series swag (if you registered for the entire series) and any additional merchandise you ordered at this time. Hand sanitizer will be available. If you check in early, you can go straight to the start on Saturday morning (RECOMMENDED)
▪ Saturday Check-in hours are from 6:30 am to 7:30 am on Saturday morning. When you arrive, parking helpers will direct you where to park - please park where directed as we are trying to stagger vehicles as you arrive.
▪ 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, Garland Mountain swag, Series swag (if you registered for the entire series) and any additional merchandise you ordered at this time. 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 and a pit toilet will be available. There is no running water at this venue so we recommend brining your own to clean up after the race.
▪ Half marathon runners will receive their finisher medal and 13.1 sticker in their race bag to reduce the need for contact.
Waivers need to be printed at home, filled out ahead of time, and brought to the race CLICK HERE FOR EVENT WAIVER
No race day changes, so if you want to drop from the 13.1 to 10k, please contact me and we'll take care of this now.
OPTIONAL Check-in Thursday June 18 from 4 to 7 pm at Blankets Creek Trails, 2261 Sixes Rd, Canton, GA 30114. I will be set up in the grass between the parking lot and church. 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, Garland Mountain swag, Series swag (if you registered for the entire series) and any additional merchandise you ordered at this time. Hand sanitizer will be available. If you check in early, you can go straight to the start on Saturday morning (RECOMMENDED)
Saturday Check-in hours are from 6:30 am to 7:30 am on Saturday morning. When you arrive, parking helpers will direct you where to park - please park where directed as we are trying to stagger vehicles as you arrive.
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, Garland Mountain swag, Series swag (if you registered for the entire series) and any additional merchandise you ordered at this time. 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 and a pit toilet will be available. There is no running water at this venue so we recommend brining your own to clean up after the race.
Half marathon runners will receive their finisher medal and 13.1 sticker in their race bag to reduce the need for contact.

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 when ready. Look for the sign that says "Wait Here When Ready to Start". The event will be Time Trial Format - you may start with friends, but groups need to be 10 or less. 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 - 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 10K course - short course runners must be self sufficient and carry their own water. There will be a Hammer Gel, Fizz, and Hammer HEED mix packet included in each race bag.
▪ "Emergency Only" Aid Station on 13.1 Course - We recommend all Half Marathon runners carry their own calories and fluids, however we WILL have bottled water and Hammer Gels available at Mile 7.9 and 9.2 if you run out or get into trouble. If you take anything from the aid station, you MUST place it in the trash - water 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.
▪ 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. Mileage Markers will be posted and correspond to the Half Marathon race. Course marshals will be positioned throughout the course for your safety.
▪ Give other folks not in your family/running group at least 6' spacing while at the race venue and while out on the trail. To reduce crowding, consider asking spectators to stay home for this one.
▪ 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 space out on the trails.
▪ Once finished, please do not congregate near the finish line. Garland Mountain is a large venue, so please spread out and find your own safe space. If you are hanging out in a group, keep it less than 10 so we don't get in trouble with the Cherokee County Marshal.
▪ 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 when ready. Look for the sign that says "Wait Here When Ready to Start". The event will be Time Trial Format - you may start with friends, but groups need to be 10 or less. 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 - 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 10K course - short course runners must be self sufficient and carry their own water. There will be a Hammer Gel, Fizz, and Hammer HEED mix packet included in each race bag.
"Emergency Only" Aid Station on 13.1 Course - We recommend all Half Marathon runners carry their own calories and fluids, however we WILL have bottled water and Hammer Gels available at Mile 7.9 and 9.2 if you run out or get into trouble. If you take anything from the aid station, you MUST place it in the trash - water 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.
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. Mileage Markers will be posted and correspond to the Half Marathon race. Course marshals will be positioned throughout the course for your safety.
Give other folks not in your family/running group at least 6' spacing while at the race venue and while out on the trail. To reduce crowding, consider asking spectators to stay home for this one.
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 space out on the trails.
Once finished, please do not congregate near the finish line. Garland Mountain is a large venue, so please spread out and find your own safe space. If you are hanging out in a group, keep it less than 10 so we don't get in trouble with the Cherokee County Marshal.
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.
▪ 10K medals and awards will be available beginning at 9:30 am - same procedure as check-in...one at a time, stand at cones and wait your turn, etc.
▪ 13.1 medals and awards will be available beginning at 10:30 am - same procedure as check-in...one at a time, stand at cones and wait your turn, etc.
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.
10K medals and awards will be available beginning at 9:30 am - same procedure as check-in...one at a time, stand at cones and wait your turn, etc.
13.1 medals and awards will be available beginning at 10:30 am - same procedure as check-in...one at a time, stand at cones and wait your turn, etc.
AWARDS WILL NOT BE MAILED - THEY MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE RACE
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We will not be selling merchandise at this event like usual, but if you would like to pre-pay for merchandise (via Paypal with a credit card), I will pre-bag your items and they will be available for pickup when you check in. We currently have all items pictured above in the sizes listed. Hats/Visors are one size. Please email lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com with the items you would like no later than 6/15 and I will send you a link to make payment online.

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Virtual Option is Still Available!

Don't forget - We have also added a VIRTUAL category to this event, so if you are not comfortable coming out on race day, you can still run the course at any time up to the race date and submit your time. We will mail you your race bib and and t-shirt after the event. There are no prizes/medals for the virtual race, but an overall finish list will be posted. The virtual race does not count towards the Trail Run Series standings. If you would like to switch to the virtual race, please email lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com no later than 6/15.

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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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