Boilermaker Top 10 Plus 1
- Remember what your Mom said about a good nights sleep? Hit the sack early on Saturday; Sunday will be a very long day emotionally and physically. Look and feel your best; remember thousands of people are watching you!
- Runner's number. Don't even get us started about running without a number! Please wear your number on the front.
- Properly trained….
- There's a reason it's called a run; you're, sort of, supposed to run the course. The police cannot open the streets until everyone is off the course; ever dealt with an unhappy policeman? The finish line officially closes at 10:30 am. If walking is your forte, participate in our walking event (a fantastic one) on Saturday at the Masonic Care Community.
- Water, water, everywhere. Begin hydrating, that's a scientific word for drink lots of water, starting three or four days prior to the race. Tons, or is it gallons, of water will be available at the expo, start line, finish line and twenty water stations along the course. The more water you drink, the happier our medical crew will be. Speaking of medical, Aid stations are positioned all along the course. Look for a blue EMS star at each officially marked Aid Station.
- Get to the start line early. When 14,000 runners…The race starts exactly at 8:00 am at the intersection of Culver Avenue and Beachgrove Place in spite of you looking for a place to park or one last visit to the port a john. Finding parking near the finish line pre-race can be a real challenge; get there 'wicked early' to snag a spot.
- This one walks hand in hand with number 6. Bus service between the finish line and start line begins at 6:00 am; CATCH THE BUSES EARLY. Board the bus at the intersection of Court and Sunset Streets. The last bus leaving from the finish line will be at 7:00 am sharp! You don't want to be waving goodbye to your fellow runners as the bus drives away!
Birnie Buses will take runners back to the starting areas of both the 5K and 15K after the race, the boarding point is Columbia Street behind the brewery parking lot.
BTW thank all the drivers and volunteers for taking care of you. They got up early too!
- When you cross the finish line, keep walking. If your legs or stomach aren't working well, please tell one of the nice volunteers about your situation; they'd love to help. There is a field hospital at the finish line; the docs are nice too.
- Information please. Should you have questions, we will have an Information Booth set up in Boilermaker Square near the Polish Community Center. Want to know about baggage, transportation, the atomic weight of Zinc OK, we don't know about Zinc but if it's race related they're your people. If your planning on meeting someone, we have a family and friends reunion area, use it, you've got roughly 45,000 other people at the Post Race Party.
- The Post Race Party starts at 9:00 a.m. Runners get free food and beverages until noon.
- Last, but far from least, we're happy that you are with us. We hope your experience from start line to post race is a great one. Mark your calendar for the second Sunday in July every year; we'll be there and so should you!