We try not to impose too many rules for our participants, but we need to have a few:
NOT ALLOWED on the course:
Strollers are NOT allowed in the Half Marathon or 10K. (They are allowed only in the 5K)
Wheel chairs of any sort are NOT allowed on the 5K course or 10K course. They are allowed in the Half Marathon only).
Pets of any kind are not allowed (dogs, cats, gerbilles, snakes, etc).
Bikes are NOT allowed (except official HVA & lead bikes).
Rollerblades or roller-skates are NOT allowed.
Unregistered runners or walkers are NOT allowed. (They will be escorted off the course.)
ALLOWED on the course:
Wheel chairs are allowed on the half marathon courses.
(Sorry, but wheelers must provide their own transportation to the starting line.)
Strollers are allowed on the 5K course only. Please be courteous and start near the back. 5K participants pushing strollers need to BE CAREFUL on Bird Road.
(Please see the starting line protocol if using a stroller.)
Personal MP3 players are tolerated but strongly discouraged!
Use of headphones when running in public is never advised for safety reasons.
Similarly, their use is strongly discouraged in the Dexter-Ann Arbor run.
Plan to arrive early: Buses are limited and we can’t take everyone at the same time. Expect a line when you arrive and plan for that in your race day schedule.
Long lines: Nobody likes waiting in line, but we try to manage the buses as best we can. Please be courteous to volunteers and other runners.
Half marathon: Runners need to arrive early enough to catch a bus to the half marathon starting line. You must be in line by 7:30 AM to be assured of making it to the starting line on time. It is a apprx.a 20 minute bus ride to the starting line in Dexter.
10K: 10K participants don't need to worry about a bus ride so they don't need to arrive quite as early. You can still drop off your gear in a plastic bag under the Ann Street parking structure.
5K: participants are encouraged to walk or jog the 1.4 miles to Forsythe Intermediate School (on Newport Road) as a warm-up. Buses are also provided. If you plan to ride the bus, you must be in line by 8:15 AM to be assured of getting to the starting line on time. It's an approx. 5 minute bus ride to the start.
Return bus service: return shuttles to starting lines are NOT provided. If you choose to park near a starting line, you will need to arrange your own ride back after the race.
Strollers: are not encouraged on buses, but strollers that collapse may be transported.
Clothing bag protocol
Since 2 of the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run involve point-to-point courses, the DxA2 race crew provides clothing bag transportation service for all races back to the covered parking area (at Ann & Ashley) near the finish line.
Small plastic bags are provided at the staging areas. Clothing bags will be transported back to the finish line on Main Street in Ann Arbor. You can also bring your own athletic bag to use for clothing items, but you must label any your bag with your race number.
You should get a bag as soon as you arrive at the staging area, and clearly write your race number on the bag with magic markers provided.
Place any clothing items that you want transported back to the starting line into the bag.
Tie the bag closed.
Drop your bag with the volunteers before you proceed to the starting line of the race.
5K runners may have to wait for the bags to arrive.
DO NOT place car keys, wallets or any valuables in these bags. If you do, they may get lost.
The AATC is NOT responsible for lost or stolen items from clothing bags. We try to marshal the area as well as we can.
If you forget to pick up your clothing bag, it will be held for you for 30 days after which it will be donated to a local charity. You must contact the race director if you forget to retrieve your clothing bag. You will need to arrange to pick it up at a time of mutual convenience. Lost bags will NOT be mailed back to you.
- Line up according to pace: Please line up according to your expected pace. Please not mile pace signs in the start area. Slower runners should always start towards the rear of the field. Walkers should always start at the back of the pack!
No pushing: Please do not push or overcrowd at the start. Remember, the race is chip timed so the time it takes to cross the starting line is not counted into your actual finish time. (The pace clocks start with the starting gun, however, so they may be a bit off from your actual time depending on how long it takes you to cross the starting line after the gun goes off.)
- Strollers: Running can be a great family event, so we allow strollers in the 5K event. 5K runners need to be careful going down the hill on Bird Road.No one likes getting run over by an overly aggressive stroller pusher. People pushing a stroller should start toward the rear of the starting line pack. If you're a fast runner with a stroller – at least start back far enough to let the faster runners get going without having to work around you in the tight starting pack.
Minimum mile pace for the Half Marathon: 15 minutes
Due to road closures, there is a minimum allowed pace of 15 minutes per mile for the half marathon. We must clear Huron River Drive by 11:30 AM. Based on the starting time, this requires a 15 minute per mile pace be maintained. If you cannot make this pace for the entire 13.1 mile race, you should not attempt the half marathon, but are encouraged to sign up for the 10K or the 5K.
If I’m not sure I can keep the minimum pace, should I attempt the half marathon?
No, please try the 10K or 5K instead.
What if I start the half marathon but fall behind the 15 minute pace?
If you are on the half marathon course but can’t keep up with the minimum pace, the Sheriff’s patrol car that brings up the rear of the race will pass you, and you will be required to move to the side of the road, as you will be subject to normal road traffic. Also, you also can not be assured that you will receive any aid station service if you are behind the minimum pace, as the stations may be closed before you arrive. Finally, depending on traffic conditions, you may be required to exit the half marathon course on Bird Road. If this occurs, you are still eligible to complete the race by taking Bird to Newport to Miller to Main. This route will add ~1/4 mile additional distance to the course, and a large hill up Bird Road, and will not be covered with any aid stations. We only guarantee that the finish line will be staffed until 11:30 AM based on an 8:30 AM race starting time, so if you fall behind the minimum pace, you may not be eligible to receive an official race time or a finisher medal even if you complete the course after that time.
What if I start one of the races but can’t finish?
If you are on the half marathon course but find that you can’t finish the race for any reason other than requiring medical treatment, the DxA2 staff does provide limited sag-wagon service. You will need to find someone associated with the race (aid station volunteer or police/sheriff, etc) who can call the race director and report your location. The race director will then send a vehicle to assist you back to the finish line area. If you feel you may need medical treatment, please make someone aware of this and we will get help as quickly as possible. (see below)
What if I need medical assistance on the course?
Minor injuries: All aid stations have a first aid kit with band-aids and the like. If you have a minor injury and can make it to an aid station, check with someone there for assistance.
Major injuries: If you are stricken with an injury or affliction on the course that requires medical assistance, if possible, alert other runners and request that they report your condition and location to a race support personnel (police/sheriff or a race volunteer) who will then send medical personnel to assist you. Huron Valley Ambulance service is on call at the finish line of the race. Huron Valley Ambulance personnel will also be out patrolling the course on bicycles during the race (primarily the half marathon course), but they cannot cover the entire course and supervise all participants. Help from other runners or spectators may be required. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.
Aid station protocol
- Please try to throw your empty cup into one of the trash cans positioned on the side of the road.
- Please empty your cup before you throw it into the trash.
- If you can’t hit a trash can, try to toss your cup to the shoulder of the road, but NOT into the ditch!
- Remember to thank the aid station volunteers!
Runner’s Trash on the Course
- Runners seem to discard lots of empty Gu packets along the course.
- We will provide a small trash can near every mile marker.
- Please try to throw any trash you might have into one of these cans.
- We clean the course before and after the race to keep it clean for everyone.
- Your help is appreciated!
General Race Protocol
- Don't arrive late and expect to make it to the starting line on time on a bus.
- Don't leave valuables in a clothing bag dropped off at the start.
- Don't cut people off at the start or during the race.
- Consider the heat for fluid consumption.
- Use the porti-johns whenever possible if need be.
- Be courteous to the race volunteers and other runners (even faster ones).
- Try hard, and enjoy yourself!
- Come back every year!