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)