Welcome to Marathon May! Every day from now through the Marathon (and perhaps even a few days beyond) we’ll share a new race-related FAQ here on the blog, our Facebook page and via Twitter feed. Got a question you think we should cover? Post it here, on FB or on Twitter and we’ll get right back to you.
Q: I’d feel a lot better if I knew what to do if I just can’t make it to the finish line.
A: Thanks for asking! Knowing what to do if you just can’t make it to the finish line is important.
There are aid stations staffed with medical personnel appx every 1.5 miles on our course. (For a review of the exact locations, see this post.) If you become ill, develop a big ‘ole blister or just decide you’re done for the day, the very best thing to do is head to the closest aid station. Returning to an aid station accomplishes a few things. First, the medical staff will be able to assess your condition and get you additional assistance if necessary. Second, they will let our staff know that you’re unable to finish the race. That’s important if there are friends and family waiting for you in Waterfront Park and it also helps us when it comes time to finalize results. Third, they will give you instructions on how to get back to downtown.
If you are unable to make it to an aid station, alert a course monitor/police officer/security guard. Course monitors and/or police officers or security guards are located at most intersections/crossings. They will be wearing purple volunteer t-shirts or a uniform and will be able to alert our team that transportation for a runner required. They will also alert staff not to expect you to cross the finish line.