Official Marathon Course Rules
Runners, Walkers and Wheelchair Participants Only
In accordance with the guidelines issued by USA Track & Field and Wheelchair Sports USA, only runners, walkers and wheelchair participants will be allowed on the course. The term “wheelchair,” as defined for this event, means only push-rim wheelchairs. In addition, guidelines for participants in wheelchairs state that all chairs must be equipped with brakes and participants must wear helmets. The Race Director, in his sole discretion, may refuse entry to the course for any wheelchair participant who does not have wheelchairs, brakes or head protection acceptable to the Race Director. Any participant who, in the sole determination of the Race Director, is a hazard to himself or any participant or spectator, may be removed from the course and, in such an event, will be disqualified from the race.
Prohibited On Course
The following are prohibited on the course: runners going backwards, jump ropes, animals (dogs, cats, birds or any other exotic or domestic pets!), bicycles, baby strollers, baby joggers, roller skates, in-line skates, and skateboards. No wheeled vehicles are allowed other than wheelchairs. No exceptions.
Electronic Devices & Headsets
We expect all participants to use good judgment and take responsibility for their actions should they wear an iPod or similar device during the race. We do ask that all participants be able to hear last minute instructions both at the start and finish lines, and that the ear buds be removed at these locations.
In some areas, only the side of the road runners are on will be closed to vehicular traffic. As such, it is imperative that you stay within the cones marking the course. Any deviations from the marked race course can result in a disqualification.
It is our intent to provide the safest possible race course. Those who participate in violation of these rules will be disqualified and removed from the course.
Foot runners and authorized vehicles have the right-of-way at all times. Wheelchair participants must yield the right-of-way to foot runners and to course vehicles.
Any assistance received from anyone other than an official race volunteer or other course official may result in a disqualification.
Course Rule FAQs
Are headsets, MP3 players, iPods, etc. allowed on the course?
Yes. We expect all participants to use good judgment and take responsibility for their actions should they wear an iPod or similar device during the race. We do ask that all participants be able to hear last minute instructions both at the start and finish lines, and that the ear buds be removed at these locations.
How can I find out about road closures near my home?
For a map of the marathon course, visit our course information page.
What happens to clothes left over at Bag Check/Bag Drop or to clothing discarded along the course?
This clothing is donated to charity. Please pick up your clothes at Bag Check by 2:45 p.m.
Can my friends/family/students/children accompany me for a few miles on the course?
No one is allowed on the race course except for the paid participants, race officials and police. This is especially critical as our race grows in participation numbers. While we agree that it would be fun to have supporters run with you during parts of the race, this hinders the race for other runners, causes us to have to provide additional supplies to unregistered participants and makes our course more crowded. USA Track & Field representatives monitor the race course and have the ability to remove anyone who does not comply with the rules of the race from the course.