2014 Soldier Marathon Runners Guide

Races: Soldier Marathon
Soldier Half Marathon
Soldier Relay Marathon
Soldier 5K Race
Soldier Kids Marathon

Registration and Packet Pickup
Friday, November 7, 2014 -- 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 8, 2104 -- 6:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
National Infantry Museum
1775 Legacy Way
Columbus, Georgia

Race Bib
You will be assigned a Race Bib available at registration. On race day please affix your Race Bib with your assigned number to your shirt or shorts either with safety pins or a race belt. You should wear your Race Bib at all times while running the Soldier Marathon race you have registered for. This will allow us to track your finishing time.

Timing Chip
A timing chip will be on the back of your bib. The chip is protected by a foam casing. Your start and finish time will be electronically recorded.

Fallen Hero Bib
You may run in honor of a Fallen Hero who has died either while serving our country or after serving our country honorably. The Fallen Hero bib will be available at a registration table. There is no charge for the Fallen Hero bib. You may run with more than one Fallen Hero bib if you wish. Please pin the Fallen Hero bib on the front or back of your shirt or shorts while running, along with your Race bib.

Park at the National Infantry Museum, or in the parking lot on the west side of S. Lumpkin Road across the street from the National Infantry Museum, or park along S. Lumpkin Road south of Oxbow Meadows. Parking along S. Lumpkin Road north of the National Infantry Museum is restricted because the road is part of our race course. Ft. Benning Road and S. Lumpkin Road are the two access roads to the Infantry Museum. On race day S. Lumpkin Road will be one-way traffic to the Infantry Museum. Ft. Benning Road to the Infantry Museum will close at 7:45 a.m. before the race to prepare for the start of the race at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive early to park and comfortably walk to the start. Plan to walk up to ½ mile to the start line.

Porta-Potties and Restrooms
Porta-potties will be in the front parking lot of the Infantry Museum and behind the Museum near the start line. Bathrooms are inside the Museum and also at the bleachers near the start line. Porta-potties will also be at each water station on the course.

Dry Clothing Bags
A clear plastic bag will be provided to you at registration. On Saturday morning before the race you may place your morning clothing in this plastic bag in a secured area behind the Infantry Museum for pickup after the race. A tag from your bib number will be attached to the plastic bag.

Clothing To Run In
Please wear comfortable clothing. Please layer your clothing to your comfort while you are running, including long sleeve shirts, gloves and hats as needed.

Start Line/Finish Line
The start line and the finish line for both the full marathon and the half marathon are on Heritage Walk alongside the Infantry Museum which is also known as the Avenue of Flags.

Hand-Cycle Participants
Hand-cycle participants will start a few minutes ahead of the other runners.

Relay Marathon Race
Four person relay teams start at 8:00 am at the same start line as the other runners. The relay exchange points are mile 7.5, mile 13 and mile 20. The lead runner on the Relay Team wears a slap bracelet on his/her wrist. At each exchange point the runner removes the slap bracelet and hands it to the next runner. The last runner receives the slap bracelet and a race bib with a timing chip to get a finishing time. Each runner wears a bib with the same Relay Team number (e.g. lA, lB, lC and 1D). The relay exchange points are accessible by car. Relay exchange point #1 is directly beside the National Infantry Museum on S. Lumpkin Road at the crossing to Oxbow Meadows. Relay exchange points #2 and #3 are at the Rotary Park on the Riverwalk, also known as Bulldog Marina. Cars may turn into Rotary Park off Victory Drive where parking is available. Transportation for relay team members will not be provided by the Soldier Marathon. We are assigning a parking pass to Relay Teams for parking at Rotary Park this year since there is a football game at the nearby stadium and other cars will also be parking at Rotary Park.

Water Station

Full Marathon
Half Marathon                                       

Mile 2.5    
Chapel Parking Lot
Mile 2.5

Mile 5
Running Avenue
Mile 5

Mile 7
Custer Road
Mile 7

Mile 9
Water Treatment Road
House Of Heroes 
Mile 9 and Mile 12

Mile 10
Water Treatment Plant
Mile 10

Mile 11
Rigdon Park


Mile 13
Rotary Park


Mile 16
Trade Center
Smiths Station


Mile 17.5


Mile 18.5
Trade Center
Smiths Station


Mile 20
Rotary Park


Mile 22
Rigdon Park


Mile 24
Water Treatment Plant                       


Mile 25.5
Water Treatment Road
House of Heroes

GU Supplement nutrition
Half Marathoners – Gu supplement is available at mile 7 (Custer Rd) and mile 10 (Water Works Plant).
Full Marathoners – Gu supplement is available at mile 7 (Custer Rd), mile 10 (Water Works Plant), mile 16 (Trade Center), and mile 18 (Trade Center).

Coca Cola will provide PowerAde at each water station on the course and at the finish line and Callaway Blue will provide water at each water station on the course and at the finish line.

In addition to the start and finish line, timing clocks will be at mile 6.2, mile 13.1 and mile 20.

Weather is forecast to be clear and in the 40’s at the start and rise to the 60’s during the day.

Two-Way Traffic
Our course is an out and back course on the RiverWalk. Faster runners will be returning on the RiverWalk at the same time as slower runners are outbound on their race. Please “Stay Right” on the Riverwalk to avoid oncoming runners. We also have hand-cycle participants.

Both the Soldier Marathon course and the Soldier Half Marathon course are certified. The marathon race is a Boston qualifier. The Full and Half Marathon are also sanctioned by USA Track and Field.

Georgia State Championship Race
The Soldier Half Marathon is designated the Georgia State Championship Race for 2014 by Road Runners Club of America.

Music will be provided by speakers located at 14 different locations on the race course.  Runners will run past several of these music locations on both the outbound and on the return which will allow runners to experience music on most of the miles on the course. 

Cut Off Times
There is a maximum time limit of 7 hours to finish the Soldier Marathon and Half Marathon. You must reach mile 15 (Aid Station #8 at the Trade Center) by 12:00 pm to be permitted to continue on the course to reach the finish line at the National Infantry Museum within the 7-hour time limit.

Finishing Medals
Each finisher of the Full Marathon, the Half Marathon and the Relay Marathon will receive a finishing medal that is distinctive and commemorates your completion of the Soldier Marathon or Soldier Half Marathon.

Half Marathon winners will be presented at 11:00 am at the statue at the end of the Avenue of Flags. Full Marathon winners will be presented at 12:00 noon at the statue at the end of the Avenue of Flags. Awards will be presented to the top overall finisher, the top three finishers in each age group, male and female, and to the master’s finisher (40 and above), male and female.

Food at Finish Line
At the finish line runners may enjoy Callaway Blue bottled water, Coca Cola Powerade, Coca Cola soda, as well as a McDonald’s breakfast burrito or a hamburger, fresh fruit, bagels, energy bars and cookies. Finishers will also be treated to a Michelob Ultra beer (over age 21 only). Buck Ice will keep our drinks cool. We also will offer gluten free food to our finishers.

Race Blankets
At the finish line each runner will receive a mylar “space” blanket to keep warm.

Volunteers wearing distinctive green shirts and soldiers in uniform or wearing camouflage shirts will serve runners at Registration, Water Stations, and along the course. Please be sure to thank them.

Medical Aid Stations are at the Start/Finish area and at the Trade Center. Ambulances will be “roaming” the course to attend to your medical needs. All medical staff along the course will be identifiable in red medical shirts. Please thank the doctors and nurses from St. Francis Hospital and Columbus State University for donating their time.

Post-race massages will be available at the finish line to runners without any charge to runners.

Track your Runner
There is a link on our SoldierMarathon.com website that allows you to key in the bib number or last name of the runner you wish to follow. This site is designed to work on smart phones and computers.

Soldier Marathon Coins
As part of a military tradition, you will also be presented with the distinctive Soldier Marathon coin that may be picked up at the Registration table.

Please enjoy our Expo at the National Infantry Museum. Our Soldier Marathon shirts and gear with logo will be available. Running gear and other outdoor gear will be available by Big Dog Running Company and other national clothing and shoe brands.

Things to Do In Columbus Before or After the Race
The National Infantry Museum is wonderful. The IMAX theatre inside the Museum is an incredible experience with its screen that is 5 stories tall and 70 feet wide. The Infantry Museum also offers exciting Combat Video Simulators and Rifle Range Simulator. Across the street from the Infanty Museum, Oxbow Meadows provides you with an environmental learning experience with live animals. Along the RiverWalk is the Civil War Naval Museum and Coca-Cola Space Science Center that you will find very interesting. And our latest and biggest attraction is Whitewater rafting and kayaking along the Chattahoochee River.

We wish you the very best running.
The Soldier Marathon Race Committee