Thank you everyone who has pre-registered for the race! We appreciate your support! Please note a couple of things: The race will start at 9 a.m. sharp on State Street between Broad Street and Pine Street. We hope to have a map of the race course up in the next day or two. The race course will remain open until all runners have crossed the finish line.
Please arrive to the starting area early to pick your race bib and official race t-shirt. If you are planning on registering at the starting line, please give yourself time to sign up and remember to bring cash or a check made out to George Casey Memorial 5K for $30. Credit and debit cards will not be accepted for race day registration.
We look forward to seeing you on race day!
1. Pick Up Your Race Packet Early
Pick up your bib, timing chip (if the race is using them) and goody bag the day before the race, if possible. This way, you won’t have to worry about rushing to get it on the morning of the race. Also, you’re more likely to get your desired race T-shirt size if you pick it up early.
2. Don’t Overdress
A good rule of thumb: Dress as if the weather is 15 degrees warmer than it is. That’s how much you’ll warm up once you start running. If it’s cold, you can always wear warmer clothes while you’re waiting for the race to start. Many races offer a gear check where you can store your bag with extra clothes for before and after the race.
3. Choose Your Pre-Race Food Wisely
Eat a meal at least one hour prior to the start of the race. Choose something high in carbohydrates and lower in fat, fiber, and protein. Stay away from rich, fatty, or high-fiber foods, as they may cause gastrointestinal distress.
4. Pin Your Bib
Your race bib goes on the front of your shirt, not the back. You can use safety pins on all four corners of the bib to keep it in place. It’s important to wear your bib to let race officials know you’re part of the race. In addition, if there are official race photographers on the course, they’ll use your bib number to identify your race photos. So make sure your number is clearly visible when you see photographers on the course and especially at the finish line.
5. Get There Early
Arrive at the race site early to make sure you get a parking spot. Regardless of whether you’re driving there or not, you’ll also need time to pick up your number (if you haven’t already), check your bag, take a warm-up jog, and use the bathroom (the lines may be long).
6. Line Up Properly
Don’t line up near the front of the starting line. Faster, more seasoned runners don’t like to weave around newbie (and likely slower) runners at the start of the race. Some races have corrals based on estimated pace or post pace signs. If not, ask runners nearby their anticipated pace. If it’s faster than yours, move further back. It will be easier to fall into your pace if you’re around people that are the same speed as you.
7. Use the Water Stops
Take advantage of the water stations on the course. If you’ve never done it before, here are some tips on how to take water from a hydration stop. And don’t forget to thank the volunteers for handing out water!
8. Bring Your Support Team
Invite your friends and family members to support you. Ask them to stand near the finish line so they can cheer you on at the end.
9. Aim to Finish
Don’t put pressure on yourself to achieve a really fast time for your first race. Finishing the race and enjoying the experience are excellent goals for a first-timer. Enjoy the thrill of crossing your first finish line!
10. Don’t Wear the Race T-Shirt
Lastly, you’ll most likely get a race T-shirt when you sign up for the race. Don’t wear it until after you’ve completed the race. Not only are there superstitions associated with wearing it in the race, but it also makes you look like a rookie!