Race Day Guide

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Race Start Times

The Bearathon half-marathon will begin at 7:00 AM.

The Sic 'Em 6K will begin at 8:00 AM

We recommend reviewing the Parking and Construction Updates page to plan for your arrival to the race.

Please plan to arrive at McLane Stadium early to allow plenty of time to park, conduct pre-race preparation, and arrive at the starting chute. 

Bearathon half-marathon runners can arrive at the starting chute beginning at 6:00 AM.

Sic 'Em 6K runners can arrive at the starting chute beginning at 7:15 AM.

 

Race End Time

Both the Bearathon and the Sic 'Em 6K will officially conclude at noon. At that time the course will be closed, opened to vehicular traffic, and any remaining runners will be transported to McLane Stadium.

 

Packet Pickup

Visit our race packet page for details.

 

Parking Information

Visit our parking page for details.

 

Course Information

Please visit our course page for more information.

 

Course Restrictions

Please visit our course page for more information.

 

Mileage Markers

Mile markers are positioned at every mile. Near each mile marker, there will be a water station supplied with sports drinks and water that will be handed to runners. 

 
Course Restroom Facilities

Restrooms will be marked throughout the course for runners. McLane Stadium Plaza will also have easily accessible restrooms available to runners and spectators

 

Support Stations

The Bearathon features three types of support stations along the course.

  • Water Stations: Feature water and electrolyte drink mix. A water station will be located near each mile of the half marathon course except for mile 13. 
  • Aid Stations: Feature band aids, anti-chafing balm, sunscreen, etc. for minor medical issues. There are three aid stations located at mile five, nine, and at McLane Stadium.
  • Medical Stations: Staffed by medical professionals who can address major health-related issues. Medical stations are located at McLane Stadium and Lovers’ Leap.

Each support station is also equipped with necessary equipment and training to understand injury and severe weather protocols, led by the Student Foundation representative.

 

Bib Requirements

Please fill in the necessary medical information and emergency contacts on the back of your bib. DO NOT alter the bib number in any way. Securely fasten the bib to the FRONT of your running outfit with the accompanying safety pins. All bib numbers MUST be visible and worn on the front and outside of all clothing during the race. Bib numbers are non-transferable and MUST be worn only by the participant to whom it was assigned and for the correct course (half marathon or 6K). Your bib contains a timing chip that will accurately record your race time. If you alter your bib in any manner, we are not liable for timing errors. You are also encouraged to write your name on the front of your bib so that everyone can cheer you on by name.

 

Runner Staging

Student Foundation appreciates your cooperation at the start line. We will line runners up according to your predicted pace times to ensure a smooth race start. There will be signs to aid in this process and we ask that you are honest when choosing where to line up. We encourage you to be in your appropriate group at least 15 minutes before your race's start time ( 6:45 a.m. for the half marathon, 7:45 a.m. for the 6K). We will also have pace runners for the popular predicted race times, beginning at 1:30:00 overall finish time up to a 2:40:00 overall finish time. The 6K does not feature pacers.

 

Pace Runners

This year's event will include pace runners to lead race participants at a targeted pace throughout the course, beginning with an overall pace time of 1:40:00 and going in 10 minute increments up until 2:40:00.  You can learn more about this year's pace runners at packet pick-up at McLane Stadium or simply line up at the start line with your pacing time and find our pace runners by their marked apparel.

 

Bag Drop

There will be a bag drop tent located in the South Plaza under the McLane Stadium scoreboard where runners may leave a bag during the duration of the race. Race personnel will monitor bags at all times. You may start checking bags at 6:00 a.m. All bags must be picked up by 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will be stationed at the bag drop area to secure belongings, but Student Foundation is not responsible for any lost or stolen personal items.

 

First Aid and Medical Support

A Pre-Race First Aid Station will be provided in the South Plaza providing adhesive bandages, petroleum jelly, water, and sports drinks. The Pre-Race First Aid Station will open at 6:00 a.m.

Medical staff at the start/finish line will be ready to assist you at any time. Members of Baylor Scott & White Healthcare will be positioned throughout the course to provide assistance. The first aid volunteers will have the right to withdraw any runner from the race that appears in distress or at risk should they continue running. In the South Plaza at McLane Stadium, there will be a fully equipped Medical Tent staffed by a team of medical professionals and EMTs. Only those requiring medical assistance will be allowed access to the First Aid area.

 
Inclement Weather

Visit our Inclement Weather and Cancellation page for more information.

 

Finish Line Information

Official race times will be recorded as you cross the finish line, but please allow time for us to process your results. After you cross the finish line, you will continue down the path indicated by the barricades. There will be water and sports drinks immediately available. Student Foundation members will be nearby to direct you to the various tents.

Spectators will not obstruct your route as they have separate areas to congregate for cheering and photographs. Runners will be able to join their respective parties in the spectator sections but spectators are not allowed within the bounds of the runner’s finish area. This includes the runner specific food areas.

 

Runner Refreshments

Free snacks and beverages will be available for all participants. Spectators will not have access to runner refreshments. We ask that you are courteous and only take ONE product from each station. In order to keep our finish line area clean, please dispose of all waste in one of the garbage containers located through out the South Plaza.

 

Half Marathon Divisions

The race will be split into divisions based on age and gender as follows:

Baylor Student

18-25

25-29

30-34

35-39

40-44

45-49

50-54

55-59

60-64

65-69

70+

 

Awards

Open Division (overall) winners (both male and female) of the half marathon will be awarded $500 for first place, $400 for second place, and $300 for third place. Prize money of $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place will also be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in three (3) other divisions: Baylor Student Division, Baylor Faculty & Staff Division, and Master's Division (ages 40+).  

In addition, engraved gold Bearathon medals will be mailed to the top three male and female finishers in the following divisions of the Bearathon half marathon race:  Baylor students, 15-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.

 

Lost and Found

Student Foundation members will be present at the Bag Drop and Stage to answer any questions you may have while in the finish line area. If you lose any belongings, please visit the stage to inquire about your missing items. All items unclaimed will be returned to the Ed Crenshaw Student Foundation Center on Baylor's campus. If you have questions about items after the race, please contact us at bearathon@baylor.edu. We will donate all items left unclaimed a week after the race to a local shelter.

 

Railroad Information

Because the route crosses over a railroad that is not controlled or managed by Baylor University there is the remote possibility that a train may pass through during the race. In the event of this occurring, all runners will be stopped from crossing the railroad by Student Foundation volunteers and railroad flagging personnel to ensure their safety.

 

Pre-Race Medical Information

A pre-race physical exam by a qualified physician is a must for any runner with a history of heart disease, hypertension, lung disease/asthma, COVID-19, stroke, seizures, diabetes, as well as anyone with questions or concerns about participating in a half marathon or 6K. If within two days of the race you have had diarrhea, vomiting, fever, or other illness, we advise you to not run in our race. If during the race you develop any of these symptoms or chest pain, shortness of breath, or irregular heartbeats, you should stop running and seek medical attention. Major medical emergencies can occur when people ignore these symptoms. Please do not risk your health. Likewise, if you have any recent injuries, please consider refraining from participation.

Please review our COVID-19 page for more information concerning coronavirus-related precautions for the race. 

 

Start Line Information

Runners must start the appropriate race at the designated time; runners are not permitted to start either race before or after the designated start time. The race will begin and end at the South Plaza of McLane Stadium. You may arrive to the starting chutes as early as 6:00 a.m. and we recommend that you plan to arrive early to McLane Stadium. Parking will be available in McLane Stadium. There will be Student Foundation members wearing green-and-white-striped shirts to help you find your way around the following areas of the starting line: bag drop, medical tent, KT Tape, restroom facilities, and start line.

 

COVID-19

Please visit our COVID-19 page for more information.

 

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