Grand Lake Marathon

  Celina, OH
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Participation Limits: This event has a 1,000 runner limit. Register early for discounted entry fees and best shirt selection.

Expo, Late Registration and Pick-up: Friday, September 22nd at Mercer County Fairgrounds: 1001 W Market St, Celina, OH 45822, Noon - 7 PM
No packets or registration will be available on race day. Plan ahead. You MUST have a photo ID to pick up your packet! If someone is picking up your packet, they must a copy of your ID and this Authoriztion for alternate pick up form.

Bib Ship Option: If you are unable to pick up(or have someone else pick up) your packet during the set times, this is another option. Cost is $20. This option will end on September 14, to allow time for shirt/bib/packet production and shipping.

Event Start Time: Full, Half, and Relays start at 7:30 am in Celina. The 5K and Kids Marathon start at 8:30 AM.

Parking: VERY limited parking is available at Lakeshore Park. Signs will direct you where to park at Lakeshore Park. Please do not park in any restricted area. Please do not park in Downtown Celina YOU WILL BE TOWED. Please be respectful of municipal lots that are provided to service local business traffic. MAIN AND SUGGESTED PARKING: Ample parking is available at The Mercer County Fairgrounds 1001 W Market Street, Celina. Shuttle buses will take runners and spectators to the race site (1/2 mile)

Shuttle Service: Shuttle service will take runners back to the finish line celebration in Celina or to the fairgrounds parking at the participants discretion.

Costs: Online registration is open. Cost is tiered based on date registered.

Timing: Marathon will have split timing points at 6.55 miles, 13.1 miles and 19.65 miles.

Event Shirts: Late registrations may get a shirt based on availability. Exchanges may be available after the race.

Gear Check: Gear check will be located at tent near Start/Finish
Items left at Start/Finish after the finish will be donated to C.A.L.L. clothing bank in Celina.

Important Course Information: Participants must reach the turn off into Grand Lake State Park at 7.5 miles by 9:30 (16:30 pace). A follow vehicle will be on course after the park that will maintain a 16min/mile pace for the remainder of the event. Participants who fall outside of that pace will be asked to take a sag vehicle to the start/finish area. All aid stations will close in succession with this time plan. The course will be open until 2:00PM (6.5 hours Full, 3.5 Hours Half way point). .

Course Nutrition: On course nutrition for 2016 will be GU gels and GU Brew hydration drink.
GU developed a Marathon and Half Marathon Nutrition Planner to help runners dial in their plan for race day. We all know things can change on race day, but it helps to start with a plan!

Here’s how to use our Nutrition Planner
• Step 1: Pick your goal finishing time and find out what your average pace will be
• Step 2: Use the table to determine your total nutritional need for the event
• Step 3: Mix and match your favorite products and flavors, then calculate your totals
• Step 4: Make sure your plan meets your body’s demand for each nutritional element

Ameneties: Tech-T(If registered by September 12), Finisher's medal, Window sticker, on course and post race food, beer token and goody bag.

Post Race Showers: Available at the Auglaize-Mercer YMCA after the races.

Roads will be closed to traffic: Auglaize County Sheriff, Mercer County Sheriff, City of St.Marys police department, City of Celina police department and Ohio State Park Patrol will monitor the course.

Spectator Maps: Maps will be provided for spectators to leapfrog the course to view participants. Please have your support crew be respectful of the enclosure and follow maps provided.

Walkers: Walkers are welcome.

Wheelchairs: The course will be wheelchair friendly.

Registration for the September 23, 2017 Grand Lake Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, and Kid's Marathon will be opening soon!

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