Rules and Information

Notice

Due to liability insurance requirements, and for the safety of all runners, the following are not allowed during the race:

  • strollers,

  • baby joggers,

  • skateboards,

  • bicycles,

  • animals,

  • roller blades,

  • unauthorized vehicles,

  • unregistered runners.

In addition the use of headphones is strongly discouraged.


ChronoTrack

(B Tag Timing)

Runner’s bibs will have a timing tag (B tag) attached. Results will show a gun time and chip time.


6 Hour Time Limit

Times up to 6 hours and 5 minutes will be recorded and published. After that time no runner will be counted as an official finisher of the race and the finish line timing equipment will be removed. In keeping with this time limit and to ensure safety, runners must maintain an average pace of 13:44 min/mile pace. Anyone slower than 3:15 at the halfway point (the corner of Monroe and Clinton) will not be allowed to continue. For those runners who unfortunately fall behind the cutoff, a return ride to the VBC will be offered. Those refusing the ride will be asked to return their race numbers and sign a liability release form before continuing.


Split Times

Splits will be called at each mile, and there will be an overhead clock at the finish. Additional split times given at 10 kilometers, halfway (13.1 miles) and 1 mile to go (25.2 miles).


Pace Teams

Please visit the Pace Teams page for details.


Aid Stations

There will be several aid stations located along the course offering water, Gatorade Endurance, and GU Energy Gels. The distance between stations will be 2 to 3 miles. In addition, there will be numerous port-o-let locations on the course.


Medical

Both medical support and radio communications will be provided to assure safety of the runners. A field hospital is set up inside the VBC for runners needing extra care after the race.


Race Packets

Race packets may be picked up at the Huntsville Museum of Art on Friday, December 7, from 11am to 9pm. Packets will contain race instructions, bib with timing chip, and this year’s RCM shirt.  NOTE: Running with another runner’s number is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification. Do not exchange, sell, or give away race numbers. In addition, the race number must remain visible from the front during the race.


Start

Race start is at 7:00 AM. Seeding for the first 20 runners is by best marathon time in last three years. Ten mile or half marathon times may be used if no recent marathons.