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Women’s Running Series Nashville – Race Information

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Please visit the frequently asked questions section for more detailed information.

Date/Time:

Saturday, September 27, 2014.

The half marathon and 5k begin at 7:00 a.m. Both distances start and finish at the same line in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Course Info:

Both the half marathon and 5K courses are USTAF certified. All participants on the course during the race must be registered and wearing a bib! Participants must maintain a 18 minute per mile or less pace. Half Marathon course must be completed within 4 hours. 5K course must be completed within 1 hour. WALKERS ARE WELCOME!

Registration Pricing:

Half Marathon Fees:*

  • $85 (through 4/30/14)
  • $90 (5/1/14 – 6/30/14)
  • $95 (7/1/14 – 7/31/14)
  • $100 (8/1/14 – 8/31/14)
  • $105 (9/1/14 – 9/21/14)
  • $125 (at expo- if available)

5K Fees:*

  • $35 (through 6/30/14)
  • $40 (7/1/14 – 7/31/14)
  • $45 (8/1/14 – 8/31/14)
  • $50 (9/1/14 – 9/21/14)
  • $55 (at expo- if available)

**Special Registration Offer: No other coupons or discounts can be applied to the special registration offer

Expo:

Each registered individual must pick up her own race packet at the two day Health & Fitness Expo. Please refer to the packet pick-up section of the FAQ’s for important details regarding packet pick-up.

  • Thursday, September 25
  • Friday, September 26

*Expo times are subject to change.

Expo Parking

There are literally thousands of parking spaces within walking distance to the Renaissance Nashville  (location of the two-day expo). You can find an interactive map with all the downtown parking options at www.parkitdowntown.com

*Please note: Parking is not available at the TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Need Help Pacing Your Race?

The Nashville Striders will be pacing the race! If you have a set time you are planning to finish in and are worried about your splits, worry no more! The Nashville Striders are going to help you out every step of the way. Stop by their booth at the expo to pick up your official pacing bib if you want to finish in the following times:

  • 1:30
  • 1:45
  • 2:00
  • 2:15
  • 2:30
  • 2:45
  • 3:00

Average Temp:

  • Average High: 76 degrees
  • Average Low: 61 degrees

On-Course Entertainment

The Women’s Running Series takes great pride in providing our participants with an unforgettable event. One of the most important elements of an amazing race day experience is the atmosphere on the race course!

Our Half Marathon and 5K courses feature  energetic Cheer Zone groups to inspire and motivate you along the way! Even our Water Stop volunteers add to the positive spirit on the course by playing music, wearing costumes, and decorating their stations.

If your group is interested in being a part of the dynamic atmosphere on the Women’s Half Marathon race course, submit your form today!

For more information or if you have any questions, please call (800) 311-1255 or email wrsnashville@competitorgroup.com

Road Closure Information

The Women’s Half Marathon starts at 7:00 am on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The race begins and ends in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Road closure information on this page is subject to change.

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ROAD & FREEWAY RAMP CLOSURES

Most road closures and detours will be in effect between 6:00 am and 12:30 pm.  At 6:00 am, Police and event personnel will implement a soft closure along the entire race course.  The race begins at 7:00 am. Streets will reopen on a rolling basis as the last participant passes and course support materials are removed. Please review the road closure grid and course map for more information.  Residents and businesses located near the race course are urged to plan ahead and to be aware of road closure schedules and alternate access routes.

ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS

There are many events going on throughout Nashville this weekend. Please see the alternate directions document for detours to many Nashville neighborhoods. Please review road closures carefully when planning your route. Allow extra time for your travel, as road closures may result in traffic delays. You can also view these alternate directions in the interactive google map below.

INTERACTIVE ROAD CLOSURE MAP

This map outlines the road closures, highlights alternate routes and provides access information for destinations which will be affected by road closures during the race. Google Maps DOES NOT take into account closed roads on race day. To request assistance with alternate directions please contact the Community Relations Team at community@competitorgroup.com or (800) 311-1255. Please keep in mind that the team will be able to serve you better PRIOR to event weekend when they will be on location.

View this map in a larger version.

NO PARKING ZONES

Areas along the race route will be marked as “No Parking – Tow Away Zones.” Please adhere to the dates/times posted. All zones will be enforced. View a list of No Parking areas here.

JOIN THE FUN WITHOUT HAVING TO RUN

Volunteer throughout race weekend. Visit our volunteer page for more information

METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY

On Saturday, September 27, some MTA bus routes will be on detour. For details, visit www.nashvillemta.org or call 615-862-5950.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

For more information or help with alternate directions call 1-800-311-1255 or email community@competitorgroup.com

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

PARTICIPANTS

CAN WALKERS PARTICIPATE?
DO I HAVE TO BE PART OF A TEAM TO PARTICIPATE?
CAN MEN PARTICIPATE?
ARE THERE ANY AGE REQUIREMENTS?
HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?

REGISTRATION/ PACKET PICKUP/ EXPO

CAN I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT WHICH DISTANCE TO RUN?
WHAT IF I REGISTER AND THEN BECOME INJURED OR AM UNABLE TO ATTEND THE RACE?
WHERE CAN I PICK UP MY RACE PACKET?
HOW CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO MY REGISTRATION SUCH AS EMAIL ADDRESS OR SHIRT SIZE?
CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY RACE PACKET ON MY BEHALF?

THE RACE & COURSE

WHERE ARE THE AID STATIONS AND WHAT IS BEING SERVED?
WHERE CAN I FIND A COURSE MAP?
ARE STROLLERS AND/ OR PERSONAL MUSIC PLAYERS WITH HEADPHONES ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?

PARKING

WHERE DO I PARK FOR THE EVENT?

AWARDS

WHAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AND IN WHAT CATEGORIES?
AGE GROUPS
DO ALL RACERS RECEIVE A MEDAL OR CERTIFICATE?

POST-RACE INFORMATION

WHERE CAN I FIND RACE RESULTS?
WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?


PARTICIPANTS

CAN WALKERS PARTICIPATE?
Absolutely! The Women’s Running Half Marathon and 5K is for athletes of all speeds and sizes. Please note: Due to city road closure and traffic requirements, ALL participants MUST complete the half marathon within the 4 hour course time limit, and ALL 5K participants MUST complete the course within 1 hour. To finish within the course time limits  you must maintain a pace of at least 18:00 minutes per mile (or faster).  A  cut-off location will be enforced on the 5K and half marathon course; runners or walkers who do not reach the cut-off location by the designated times will be rerouted.

DO I HAVE TO BE PART OF A TEAM TO PARTICIPATE?
No, you do not need to be part of a team to participate. There are two ways in which you can register for The Women’s Running Half Marathon: either as an individual or as a team member.  A Half Marathon team consists of at least 5 female participants, one of whom will also be designated as the captain. You will also need a team name. The captain registers herself first and establishes the team name (and password, if desired). Then, all other members will register themselves and chose the option to join that team. There are no registration discounts for teams. All members of the team run the full 13.1 Half Marathon course. Regardless of how many members on your team, everyone will be timed as individuals. The five fastest female times will be added together for the team score. If your team does not have at least 5 female finisher’s, you will not receive a team score. All team members are also eligible for individual awards. The team option is available in the Half Marathon distance only. Awards are given for the top 3 Fastest Teams and the Largest Team.

CAN MEN PARTICIPATE?
The Women’s Half Marathon is open to both men & women participants,howeverage group and overall awards will be given to female participants only.  We suggest that men participate only  in support of a woman or a charity. If a male is interested in participating in this event to win, get an award, or PR we would be happy to suggest some other events in the local area that would be better suited for those goals.

ARE THERE ANY AGE REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE?
You must be 12 years old on race day to participate in the half marathon. You must be 8 years old on race day to participate in the 5K event.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?
Volunteers are vital to the success of the event and not only are WRS volunteers a super group of people, they get in on all the behind the scenes race day action! The event will need hundreds of volunteers to staff the aid stations, work the Expo and offer support to the runners at the start and finish. For more information, including job descriptions and shift times, please visit our Volunteer Page

All volunteers will receive an official race volunteer t-shirt.

REGISTRATION/ PACKET PICKUP/ EXPO

WHEN/WHERE WILL I RECEIVE MY RACE PACKET?
Race packets, Goodie Bags, and T-Shirts are available for pick up at the two-day Health and Fitness Expo ONLY. The  Expo is held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel Ballroom  (611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37203) on September 25 and 26. Please bring a valid ID and signed event waiver. There is NO race day packet pick up.

For more information about the Expo, please visit this page

In order to pick up your race packet, goodie bag and participant tee, you must bring the following to the expo on September 25 or 26:

  1. Download the 2014 Confirmation Sheet. (a link to download your confirmation sheet will be emailed to you within two weeks before the event)
  2. Bring your signed 2014 event waiver and a photo ID to the registration area in order to pick up your packet.

CAN I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT WHICH DISTANCE TO RUN?

Please contact customer service at wrsnashville@competitorgroup.com before August 18th in order to downgrade your registration. Please provide your request along with your first name, last name, new predicted finish time and mailing address that you registered with.

To upgrade from the 5K to the Half Marathon, simply email this request along with your first name, last name and mailing address registered with, and your new predicted finish time to Customer Service. The early upgrade fee is $10 plus the cost difference between the current Half Marathon fee and the fee that was paid at the time of the original registration. (processing fee is not used in calculating price difference).

After the deadline of August 18th you will need to pay an upgrade fee at the Expo. Please pick up your half marathon race number and proceed to the Solutions; table. You will be charged $10 plus the cost difference between the Half Marathon expo fee and the fee that was paid at the time of the original registration (processing fee is not used in calculating price difference).

WHAT IF I REGISTER AND THEN BECOME INJURED OR AM UNABLE TO ATTEND THE RACE?

Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Sorry, no exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. You also may not transfer your application to the following year or another Competitor Group event.

If you registered and are unable to participate in the race, we will be happy to mail your participant T-shirt to you. Please fill out and submit the Cancellation/T-shirt Request Form. T-shirt Request Forms will be accepted up to 30 days after the event. Participant T-shirts will be mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after the event.

CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY RACE PACKET ON MY BEHALF?

Race participants must visit the Expo to pick up their race number, timing tag, T-Shirt, and goodie bag. These items cannot be mailed and will not be available for pick-up on race day. Family and friends will not be able to pick up your race number and timing tag for you. PHOTO ID AND CONFIRMATION SHEET ARE REQUIRED TO PICK UP YOUR RACE NUMBER AND TIMING TAG AT THE EXPO.

HOW CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO MY REGISTRATION SUCH AS EMAIL ADDRESS OR SHIRT SIZE?
Yes, you can make changes to your registration by either contacting wrsnashville@competitorgroup.com or 800-311-1255 before 8/18/13.

THE RACE & COURSE

WHERE ARE THE AID STATIONS AND WHAT IS BEING SERVED?
Half Marathon Course Aid Stations:

  • Mile 1.1 (Water)
  • Mile 2.7 (Water and Lemon-Lime Gatorade)
  • Mile 4.2 (Water)
  • Mile 5.4 (Water and Lemon-Lime Gatorade)
  • Mile 7 (Water) (Gel- assorted flavors)
  • Mile 8.3 (Water and Lemon-Lime Gatorade)
  • Mile 9.8 (Water)
  • Mile 10.9 (Water and Lemon-Lime Gatorade)
  • Mile 11.8 (Water)

All aid stations will also have portable toilets.

WHERE CAN I FIND A COURSE MAP?
Our course map can be found here.

PACE TEAMS:
The Nashville Striders will be pacing the race! If you have a set time you are planning to finish in and are worried about your splits, worry no more! The Nashville Striders are going to help you out every step of the way. Stop by their booth at the expo to pick up your official pacing bib if you want to finish in the following times:
1:30
1:45
2:00
2:15
2:30
2:45
3:00

ARE STROLLERS AND/OR HEADPHONES ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?
Our USATF insurance does not cover baby joggers/strollers, bicycles, inline skates or animals (except service dogs) on the course so for safety reasons they are not allowed. Personal music players with earbuds/headphones are allowed on the course and may be turned on after the start of the race.

WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY GEAR WHILE I RACE?
Before you enter your assigned corral, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at the Gear Check. While you run, your gear will be held at Gear Check.

Each participant will receive a reusable goodie bag at the Health & Fitness Expo when you pick up your packet that will serve as your gear bag on race day. The Gear Check area will be assigned by last name and will be located near the Start Line. Attach your gear tag to your gear bag before you leave it with the Gear Check crew. After the race, reclaim your checked bag at the same location that you dropped off your bag before the race. On race morning, Gear Check will be operating from 5:00am – 11:00am.

Please note: DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before close of the Finish Line Festival on race day.

WHERE DO I PARK FOR THE EVENT?
There are literally thousands of parking spaces within walking distance to the start/finish line. You can find an interactive map with all the downtown parking options at: www.parkitdowntown.com.

AWARDS

WHAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AND IN WHAT CATEGORIES?

Half Marathon

The Women’s Running Series will recognize and award the top three female runners to cross the finish line in the half marathon. These overall winners will be determined solely by the order in which they cross the finish line, as opposed to chip times. Therefore, female runners who would like to compete for the top three spots should plan to line-up as close to the starting line as possible. This is an open race and there will not be separate start times or a designated “elite” wave.

In addition to the first, second and third place winners in the Half Marathon only, the Women’s Running Series will recognize the top female finishers in each age group. Chip-time will be used to establish age group winners. An award ceremony will be held mid-morning on race day where all awards will be distributed. If you are unable to stay for the ceremony, awards will be mailed 4-6 weeks after the race.

AGE GROUPS:

  • 14 and Under (Half Marathon only)
  • 15-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70+

5K

The Women’s Running Series will recognize and award the top three female runners to cross the finish line in the 5k. These overall winners will be determined solely by the order in which they cross the finish line, as opposed to chip times. Therefore, female runners who would like to compete for the top three spots should plan to line-up as close to the starting line as possible. This is an open race and there will not be separate start times or a designated “elite” wave.

In addition, we will be recognizing the top three female participants completing their first ever 5k with awards.  An award ceremony will be held mid-morning on race day where all awards will be distributed. If you are unable to stay for the ceremony, awards will be mailed 4-6 weeks after the race.

Teams

Each race participant is timed individually; therefore, members of half marathon teams are eligible for team, overall, and age group awards.

Team times will be calculated by adding together the five fastest female times on each team. Awards will be given to the top three fastest teams and also to the largest team (team with the most registered members).

DO ALL RACERS RECEIVE A MEDAL OR CERTIFICATE?
Every participant who finishes either the Half Marathon or the 5K within the course time limit will receive a beautiful finisher’s medal.

POST-RACE INFORMATION

WHERE CAN I FIND RACE RESULTS?
After the race, results will be posted at womensrunning.com by 7pm race evening.

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?
Please contact us at wrsnashville@competitorgroup.com