FAQ’s

Toughest in Texas, No Bull…
Welcome to THE MIRACLE MATCH MARATHON!

Junk ( and the DAQ) that we couldn’t fit anywhere else… If your question isn’t answered here, please call Nancy Goodnight at (254) 405-2518 or e-mail her at rockbridgerunner@gmail.com. If she’s not running, she’ll answer… Maybe.

So how goes the hill training? The hay is in the barn, folks, so enjoy your taper week and get ready to meet your new favorite race. When you cross the finish line, you will not only have done something worthwhile for your health and your ego (we know who you are), you will have also helped to raise funds for the “Be the Match Registry”, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, a nonprofit, life-saving organization. You will be able to join the Marrow Donor Registry at any point throughout the weekend if you are between the ages of 18-44 and in general good health (We are betting you are…), providing you the opportunity to give the greatest gift of all, a second chance of life for a desperately ill cancer or blood disorder patient.
You have worked hard to get here. We want your race day experience to be a memorable one, and we are doing everything we can to make that happen!
See you on the Bridge!
Nancy and Debbie

Please read the following materials carefully as it contains information vital to your enjoyment of the event as well as your safety.

Race Weekend Information
Race Weekend Schedule

Friday, January 20th
4:00 -7:00 p.m. Registration & Packet Pick Up for all events as well as the Health and Fitness Expo – Over 30 vendors will be present so save some time and cash for shopping! Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave, Waco, Texas 76701

Saturday, January 21st
6:30 a.m. Registration and packet pickup for the one mile, 5K, Miracle Match KIDS, and Phoenix opens, Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave, Waco, Texas 76701
NOTE: Registration and packet pickup for Sunday races will not open until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday
8:00 a.m. Kids Marathon and One Mile event, Indian Springs Park
8:30 a.m. 5K Event, Indian Springs Park
10:00 a.m. Go Team!! Fire Truck Pull, Indian Springs Park. Stick around and watch the testosterone fly… and maybe even some estrogen?
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Packet Pickup – – Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave, Waco, Texas 76701

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Health and Fitness Expo – Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave, Waco, Texas 76701
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pasta Party and Movie, tickets available online or at the door. $20 per adult, $10 per child. Movie/Documentary: “The Barkley: The Race That Eats Its Young”.
Pasta Party Registration

Sunday, January 22nd
5:30 a.m. Early Start – You must register before you begin
6:00 a.m. Race Day Registration & Packet Pickup – Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave, Waco, Texas 76701
6:30 a.m. Early Start – You must register before you begin
7:30 a.m. Ultra, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and All Relays begins
10:00 a.m. Beef Fajitas Served by the Texas Cookin’ Cowboys
4:00 p.m. Course Closes
All day – Party on the bridge!!

Race Location
Indian Springs Park, 113 S. University Parks, downtown Waco, Texas.
Take the University Parks exit off of I-35 and go .5 miles west towards downtown. You can’t miss it… seriously.

Arrival & Parking
It’s an easy walk from the downtown hotels to the starting line. If you drive, you can park at the corner of Franklin and University Parks, as well as in the Convention Center and Hilton lots.

Packet Pickup
Friday 4:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave, Waco, Texas 76701
Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. for the Saturday races (One Mile, Kids Race, and 5K) only – Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave, Waco, Texas 76701
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 for all Sunday events – Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave, Waco, Texas 76701
Door Prizes galore at the expo. Sign up for your chance at the Be the Match Booth… and join The Marrow Donor Registry while you are there. How convenient!
The beauty of a small race (how many times can we say that??) is that you may also pick up your packets race morning beginning at 6:00 a.m. You can even register your date on race day; you just have to pay us more, but that helps Be the Match. In any case, arrive early if you plan to do these housekeeping activities on Race Day.

Road Closures
Almost all roads will have at least one lane open – the only exception is Austin Avenue, which will be completely closed to traffic beginning at 7:00 a.m. Cameron Park will also be closed to traffic beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Early Start Options
Yes, we have early starts at 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Please be aware that you are running/walking at your own risk beyond the course hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. We will have a sign up at Packet Pick Up. It is your responsibility to submit your bib number at that time or in the morning to the Race Administrator, the Race Director, or the Timing Company BEFORE YOU START. If not, you may run the risk of harm from some dude dressed in a tutu who just PR’ed and placed for the first time ever. We will also be forced to disqualify you. Make sure you turn your name in ahead of time and rest assured we will be at the finish line with your medal and your margarita.

Spectators
Spectators – We love our athletic supporters! Again, most roads have one lane open so this is a very spectator friendly race. The Cameron Park area, unless you brought a bike, is the only section in which it will be difficult to find your superstar(s). We ask that all spectators waiting on the bridge for “their” runner stay on the side walkways of the bridge, not in the middle, so the runners have a clear shot to the finish line!

New this year – YOU CAN TRACK YOUR RUNNER THROUGH RACEJOY!!
Racejoy is a mobile app for live runner tracking and cheers. If you carry your phone with you during the race, you can receive GPS alerts at mile points, people can track your cute little blue dot along the course and send you fun cheers or – lucky you – heckles. We will also have the live tracking on TV screens at the start/finish line allowing even better stalking of your loved ones, your competitors, your frienemies. Last year we charged for this benefit, but this year KWTX has graciously sponsored it, making it free to athletes and spectators alike. Download RaceJoy and start exploring Download RaceJoy

Relay Stations
We strongly encourage you to provide your own transportation to the relay stations. We do, however, have the Quality Care nursing home van (that’s funny) available to transport relay participants to and from the start line to each exchange station. The shuttle starts its runs at 7:45 a.m. from the corner of University Parks and Franklin Avenue.
Just know if you rely on this, you may have to wait a few minutes as it makes the rounds.

Bag Drop
You can leave your bag at our drop area inside the finisher tent near the start/finish line. Please tag your bag with your name or race number. The area will be supervised by volunteers, but please know the race committee is not responsible for your belongings, just your good time on race day.

Timing
1 mile and Miracle Match KIDS races are not timed events. Listen to me now… It’s.For.FUN.
5K – Chip Timed by Redemption Racing from San Antonio. Love those guys!
Sunday races – your chip timer will be a disposable one that will be on the back of your bib. So, make sure and keep your bib on – NO CHIP – NO TIME!!!!

Ultra, Full, & Half Marathon Finishers
Pajama Pants and Shirts
Upon crossing the finish line, full and ultra-marathoners can expect to receive the fabulous finisher flaming hot pajama pants, half marathoners can expect the fabulous technical shirt. Both a fashion statement – you are our walking billboard! For those who registered by January 1st, your size has been reserved for you. After that, first come, first serve on sizes, so run fast, Forrest, or hire a tailor.
All participants can expect a party on the bridge; brisket fajitas sponsored by the Texas Beef Council, and beverages sponsored by Glazers, Miller Lite, Coors Light, and the nectar of the gods, Coca Cola. All this keeps the Race Director happy, rest assured.

Finisher Medals
Our unique finisher medals and award medals for the Sunday events have once again been handmade by Waco fire fighters and stem cell donors, Tim Anderson and Kevin Fisk. Awards will be given following the completion of the event based on age groups. Those receiving age group awards who chose not to stay for the award ceremony will have their award medals mailed to them approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the event for a $5.00 fee paid prior to mailing. Please wait patiently and do not call us Sunday night of the race asking when it will arrive, as you risk the chance that Nancy will bite your head off.
Seriously, it has happened before. Thank you for your cooperation.

Finisher Food
Our Saturday races will have snacks at the finish line as well as orange juice and milk donated by Oak Farms, Powerade and bottled water from Dasani.
There is also a pancake breakfast provided by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Association and the West Kiwanis Club. Donations will be accepted to cover costs; everything else goes to Be the Match.
Sunday, the award-winning Waco Cookin’ Cowboys will again be graciously cooking brisket tacos onsite provided by The Texas Beef Council. The food is donated for our runners only. However if ‘athletic supporters’ want to partake, they may make a suggested donation of $10 or more to help cover our costs and increase the amount of funds raised for Be the Match. In addition, Mars Snackfoods, Inc. is providing candy, to satisfy your sweet tooth. Water and Sodas will be provided by Coca Cola Bottling to keep you hydrated and caffeinated!

Beer/Wine
Sauza Tequilas, The Motor Shop, Miller Lite, Coors Light, and Glazer Distributing have graciously provided our ‘adult’ (we use that term loosely) athletes with beer and wine to celebrate the finish line. You must be 21 years of age or older to consume. Please know security will be on site to control consumption and the age limits; be prepared to show proof of age, no matter how old you look after all those hills. Thank you in advance for your cooperation; Party On!

Medical
Many of our firefighters are registered EMT’s. We also have an ambulance on hand courtesy of the East Texas EMS. All rest stops have emergency contact numbers – please alert the volunteers if you or another run are in need of aid. The day is looking to be unfortunately a wee bit warm. Plan accordingly – drink early and often, consume salt.

Headphones
Yes, we allow them, but only if you have some Jay Z and Pitbull on your playlist. Seriously, we love running to our music too; we just ask that you be smart and considerate to your fellow athletes. Roads are not closed to traffic along the majority of the route; be aware of your surroundings. Don’t be ‘that guy’…

Rest Stations
Ultra, Full Marathon, 10K, and Relays – Starting at mile 1.5, they will be every mile to mile and a half
5K course – Located at 1.5
Please remember to thank our volunteers, especially if they are dressed like angels or wearing belly dancing costumes in 23 degree weather!!

Restrooms
Ultra and Full Marathon – Located at mile 2, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18.5, 23, 26 and 28
Half Marathon – Located at mile 2, 5, 7 & 10

Electrolyte Gels
Available on the Full and Ultra course at miles 18, mile 21, and mile 25 and 27.

Mile Markers
Please take a moment during your run to note the very special mile markers this year. Each mile of the race has been dedicated to a marrow or stem cell donor, recipient, or a patient waiting to find a matched donor. We hope as you run your race, you will think about the true “Miracle Match” represented by each of those individuals.

Social Media
Yes, you know it’s you… share on our FB page, Instagram, and use our custom snapchat filter on Race Day. It’s YOUR MOMENT. Share it!

For questions, concerns, and general DAQ’s, see our website or contact us.
http://miraclematchmarathon.net
rockbridgerunner@gmail.com 254-405-2518

When is the 5K?

The 5K is scheduled for Saturday the 21st, the same day as the Firetruck Pull and the One Mile and Kids Marathon.

Is there an early start time for those of us who like to take it slow?

Yes, we have early starts at 5:30 a.m and 6:30 a.m.. Please be aware that you are running/walking at your own risk beyond the course hours of 7:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. We will have a sign up at Packet Pick Up. It is your responsibility to submit your bib number at that time or in the morning to the Race Administrator, the Race Director, or the Timing Company. Otherwise you may run the risk of harm from some dude dressed in a tutu who just PR’ed.  You also will not be eligible for awards, as early start can offer advantage with temperature, crowded start, etc.  But rest assured we will be at the finish line with your medal and your margarita. No worries there-
(P.S. Don’t forget to hill train:)

Are bib transfers allowed?

So you wanna gift your bib to a friend? We will allow this online for an irritation fee of $10.00 until January 1, 2017. After that,  transfers are still allowed but more expensive… $20. So get your social calendar and your training in order. If it doesn’t work out, then be satisfied you have donated money to a cause that saves lives, the National Marrow Donor Program.

Can I change races?

Don’t wanna dance with the one you came with? One more beauty of a small race- we can most likely accommodate you and transfer you to a different event. We understand your training and injury level affect your race choice (been there, done that). You may change races for a $10 fee till January 14th; after that the fee will be $20.  Seriously, make up your mind and pull the trigger.  NO RACE CHANGES ON RACE DAY (THAT MEANS SUNDAY), as Nancy and Debbie cannot handle the stress. We are delicate this way.

Can I get a refund?

“Stuff Happens”. We know this. It happens to us too. But this is very important, life saving venture. We are out here to cure cancer and other blood related diseases. So consider your race fee a charitable donation to one of the greatest things on earth. We will even give you a tax deduction and a big kiss. And welcome you back next year. Thank you for understanding how important the Miracle Match Mission is!!!!

Can I wear headphones?

Yes. We allow them but ask that you use them wisely. You need to be aware of traffic, directions, and beer availability on the course. These things are critical. We also ask that you include U2 and the Talking Heads on your playlist. You should seriously avoid Justin Beiber. Just sayin’.

What do you use for timing?

Your timing device is disposable and attached to your bib. Just make sure you wear it on the front or risk looking like an amateur… If you miss this one, no worries. We promise to only make fun of you when you are not looking.

Additionally, all relay members must touch each other to hand off the timing system. You alone should decide how to do it based on your personal relationship with your relay team members. High five, handshake, kiss, or something we cannot say online. Only you know how well you know your teammates…

Where do I get my finisher’s swag?

At the finish line. Wear it with pride. For a week. Okay, a month, a year…maybe two.

Do I need my ID?

Yes. If you plan to drink the kool-aid (the adult kind, that is), please bring your photo ID. Everyone looks old after running 26.2 miles of hills, so we have to be sure and reserve the rights to card even your grandmother.

Can my wife / girlfriend / Cousin Vinny eat at the afterparty?

Yes. However, if athletic supporters wish to partake, we suggest a donation to the Finishers Garden, maybe $10 per person. This is necessary to help cover our costs and put more people on the Registry. And quite honestly, it’s a bargain!

How can my organization participate in the KIDS Marathon?

Yes, you can help build/mentor a team as well as sponsor kids who cannot afford the $12 fee. These are the very kids who benefit the most from our program. Let’s work together to make every child a Miracle Match Kid, regardless of the socioeconomic status. Call Rhiannon Boyd at 254-749-1307 or e-mail runnerrhi@gmail.com.

Where can I get pictures of me and my team at the Miracle Match?

Go to PhotoWolfe – http://www.backprint.com/andrewwolfe/135215 and click on the 2016 Miracle Match Marathon event link.

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