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Half Unplugged Wave 2: It’s a go!

by leandre on February 21, 2012 · 5 comments

in Notes from the Station

It’s official! In response to very strong demand for the Half Unplugged, we are opening registration for a second wave of runners!

Wave 2 of the Half Unplugged will begin at 11am SHARP on Saturday, April 14. Registration for Wave 2 opens at 6:00am on Thursday, February 23 on a first-come/first-served basis. The cap for Wave 2 is 350 participants. (If you are already registered for Wave 1, you do NOT need to re-register. Confirm your Wave 1 registration status here.)

Any runners currently registered for Wave 1 who wish to transfer to Wave 2 will have the opportunity to do so March 5-8. No transfers from Wave 2 to Wave 1 will be allowed.

Runners in both Waves will have access to the same services including bus transportation to the start, three water stations and post-race food. In addition, all runners are invited to join us on Sunday, April 15, 1-2pm, for a COMPLIMENTARY post-race yoga class brought to you by lululemon athletica Burlington Showroom.  Class location:  Laughing River Yoga, Chase Mill, Burlington, Vermont.

Taught by Julia Howe, this gentle Kripalu yoga class will offer tired, sore runners an opportunity to move through a slow, compassionate yoga practice that emphasizes deep breathing, meditation, and sustained stretches.  Linking breath with movement, students will be guided through a practice that urges the practitioner to enter a peaceful state of “meditation in motion”.  This special post-race class will highlight postures that relieve hamstrings, calves, quads, and hips.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, April 14!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bob February 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Congrats on pulling this together! Just curious how the results will work? 2 races? Combined?

leandre 2 leandre February 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Bob: Adding a 2nd wave presents many challenges, one of which is how we present results. At this time we are still in discussions as to what is most appropriate. Most races that do multiple wave starts combine all starters in the results, for example the Boston Marathon, Peachtree 10k, and the Stowe Derby. Others, for example some triathlons and most USCF bike races, list results by wave/class/age. We’ll post these details as soon as they are available.

3 Helen Lanthier February 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thanks for all of your hard work! I’m sure the challenges are many and the rewards relatively few at this point1 Keep in mind all of those folks you have made very happy! The only bad thing about combining results is that the field will be much less crowded during the second wave, perhaps allowing for slightly faster times, overall. Just something to think about. Either way, I’m just happy to run!

4 Teal February 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm

This has me thinking of signing up…

Joe Connelly 5 joe February 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

That is a great point Heather (wave 2 less crowded). Our staff is split on this issue at the moment. My initial thought from having seen all 5 of the previous HU’s from the perspective of being the guy who sounds the start horn then drives through the pack to get to the mile mark to give you all a verbal split is that the course width isn’t a significant hinderance to being able to run the pace you’d like to run. From mile 1.5 to 2.5 on the dirt bikepath can be a little crowded in the middle of the pack (based on what I saw in 2010, as last year we had to do an out-and-back the first 2 miles due to snow/ice on that dirt bikepath) but not too bad. The next narrow part of the course isn’t until almost mile 4.5 and by then things are spread out enough so that you can make any passes you need.

For anyone who does want the “advantage” of running with a slightly smaller field, as Leandre points out in the main blog post, we will allow a runner who is registered for Wave 1 to switch into Wave 2. We have heard from a few people that they got into Wave 1 but their running partner did not. For those in that situation feel free to move from Wave 1 to Wave 2 starting on March 5th to be able to run with your partner. Please help us keep this as easy as possible-no switches from Wave 2 to Wave 1!!! And no showing up on raceday with a Wave 1 bib and running in Wave 2 (and vice versa). Well, I guess you can do that, but if you’re signed up for Wave 1 (and don’t switch on March 5-8) we are starting your race time at 9am no matter when you start running!

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