Race Day Information
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Half - 7:00 a.m., 5k - 7:20 a.m.
Baylor University is located in Waco, Texas, directly off Interstate 35 (I-35). From I-35, take the University Parks Drive exit and go east toward the Baylor campus. Turn right on Bagby Avenue and then right again on 4th Street. The Speight Parking Garage, where we recommend participants park, (#37 on linked map) is located on the corner of 4th Street and Speight Avenue. Bearathon volunteers will greet participants at the garage and direct them to the race site.
The starting line for both races will be located on the east side of Fountain Mall (bounded by #44 on the campus map).
Bib Pick-Up will be held on Friday, March 22, from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center.
If runners are not available at this time, bibs can be picked up Saturday in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Union Building near the starting line from 5:30 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.
Runners will need to bring a copy of the confirmation receipt or photo ID to claim bibs.
Additionally, Bearathon has partnered with Virtual Race Bags to produce a 'virtual goodie bag' in an effort to 'go green' and provide additional benefits to our participants. As a participant of this year's event, you will receive an email invitation to the Virtual Race Bag on Friday, March 22nd giving you access to the bag. In the race bag, you will find an array of valuable information, including our official event guide, exclusive offers, coupons, giveaways and messages from our sponsors.
But wait, there's more! Immediately after the event, the race bag updates to include race results. Now participants will receive another email invitation to visit their 'results bag' and also have a final opportunity to take advantage of the offers and goodies before the bag closes.
So watch for the Virtual Race Bag and Get Your Green On!
Note: You will need to pick up your bib on Friday, March 22nd or race-day morning. However, you will receive all paper materials via this virtual race bag.
Timing chips for the Bearathon will be attached to runner's bibs (using the B-Tag System). This year, the 5K Run also will use timing chips. All Bearathon and 5K runners must wear their bib on the front of their clothing at the race. Please also do not touch or remove the timing chip. If you do not wear a chip (i.e. your bib), you will not be timed and will not be included in any results. The B-Tag timing chips are disposable.
Please note that we are encouraging cup-free racing this year. Each participant is asked to bring their own container that can be filled at the hydration stations by using the HydraPour high-speed dispensers. HydraPouches are our recommended hydration method, but they will not be provided.
All Bearathon and 5k finishers will receive both a finishers t-shirt and a medal.
Prize money ($500-first place, $400-second place, $300-third place) will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the Overall, as well as to the the winners of the BU Student/40+ (Masters Division) Open Bracket ($300-first place, $200-second place, $100-third place. In addition, awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in the following divisions:
Baylor students, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.
**Race Day Registration
Race day registration will be available. Runners should arrive between 5:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. to register in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Union Building near the starting line. The fee for race-day registration will increase to $80 for Bearathon and $35 for the 5K Run. To expedite the registration process, register online before arriving on Saturday. Registration will open November 1.
There may be times when we feel it is unsafe to proceed with the race. While we recognize the aspirations and commitment of those who have entered the race, we will make decisions about the race based on the participation population as a whole. Each runner should make his/her own personal decisions about the race conditions and determine if he/she is comfortable with the weather and course conditions in regard to his/her desire to participate.
Specifically, when weather or other physical conditions present a danger to participants as a whole, we will maintain the right to cancel the race. These conditions will be recognized as "an act of God" and will not result in the refunding of race entry fees or future race credits. The staging of a race results in substantial expense prior to the actual race itself. Thus, in the event of a forced cancellation of the event, it is very likely that the financial impact on the race would not be any different than if the race was held without compromise.
The Race Director, in his/her sole discretion, will make decisions regarding the cancellation of the race. Although unlikely in March, the threat of a tornado, high heat or icy conditions could prompt the cancellation of the event for all participants. Severe thunderstorms with the threat of lightning that are threatening the course may also result in cancellation of the event for all participants.
The Bearathon is committed to the safety of all its participants and will not sacrifice the safety of anyone. Notifications about weather conditions, cancellations and other race information will be communicated via this website and the on-site announcer.