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FAQs - Eisenhower Marathon


1. Can you send us motel information for Abilene?

2. What is the closest motel to the race start/finish?
3. Will there be first aid assistance on the course?
4. Do all finishers receive a medal and a shirt?
5. Is the course really "flat"?
6. What is the elevation at the start/finish line?
7. Is this race really a Boston Qualifier?
8. Could you describe some of the visitors' attractions in Abilene?
9. What are the dropout procedures?
10. Are wheelchair participants allowed?
11. Are children able to participate in the 4 races available?
12 Will I get a refund if I cannot run?
13. Will there be an early start for slow runners?
14. Will there be a cutoff time for the finish line?
15. Is there a time limit for the course?
16. Are walkers allowed to enter the marathon?
17. Are there age division awards?
18. Are headphones allowed?
19. How often are the water stations? Port-a-pots?
20. Will you have computer chip timing?
21. Are activities available for families of runners and other spectators?

 

1. Can you send us motel information for Abilene?

Our information page has motel addresses and phone numbers or you can find Lodging Information on the Abilene Website link. Runners are eligible for 10% discount on motel rooms if they mention they are runners when reserving rooms. Be sure to tell the desk that you would like to come back and shower and give them a time estimate so they won't charge you for a 2nd day.

2. What is the closest motel to the race start/finish?

All motels are about equal distance from the race start/finish line. We will have shuttle buses pickup runners for the pasta dinner Friday evening, if desired, and definitely for the race start Saturday morning. Shuttle buses will also return runners to the motels after the pasta dinner Friday and after the awards ceremony on Saturday if desired. Shuttle schedules will be posted in the motel lobbies. Call 785-280-9709 to arrange shuttle service on Friday.

3. Will there be first aid assistance on the course?

We will have nurses at start/finish and in Brown's Park. There will be horseback riders with cell phones to call the response vehicle or EMTs as needed. Emergency medical services from Abilene's Memorial Hospital will be at the finish line, ready to go on the course if needed. EMTs are at the finish line, nurse in Brown's Park and a roving medic is on a 4-wheeler throughout the southern part of the course.

4. Do all finishers receive a medal and a shirt?

All runners receive marathon T-shirts in their runners' packets. All runners in our 4 races get finishers' medals.

5. Is the course really "flat"?

Individuals with USA Track & Field involved in certifying the course have labeled it as flat and fast. Marathon runners cover the half course twice, allowing 4 times in the
beautiful Brown's Park. Most runners believe this course to be much faster than the previous course, mainly due to lack of hills.

6. What is the elevation at the start/finish line?

The elevation is 350 meters above sea level.

7. Is this race really a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, it is a Boston Marathon qualifying race for the next year.

Horseback riders provide security for runners who are following the historic Chisholm Trail on the course for the Eisenhower Marathon. Each rider is equipped with a cell phone and emergency medical phone numbers.

8. Could you describe some of the visitors' attractions in Abilene?

Visitor information is available on the Abilene Website.

9. What are the dropout procedures?

If you know you cannot finish, notify a course volunteer (horseback rider, aid station volunteer, nurses station volunteer, National Guard soldier). Give your name and bib number for notification to the finish line and ask for a sweep vehicle to pick you up. If you know you must drop out of the race and have someone to pick you up, give your bib number to the nearest water/aid station

10. Are wheelchair participants allowed?

Wheelchairs are allowed only if they are the traditional upright wheelchairs. Family members may push the wheelchair. No speed hand cycles are allowed as the route through Brown's Park is too narrow to have wheelchairs going 10-15 mph or more. We will provide medals to wheelchair finishers.

11. Are children able to participate in the 4 races?

No youth younger than 15 are allowed to participate in the marathon or half-marathon races. Ten-14 year olds are allowed to participate in 5K and 10K races only. No child younger than 10 is allowed to participate in our races.

12. Will I get a refund if I cannot run?

Sorry, our no-refund policy is clearly stated on the registration brochure.

13. Will there be an early start for slow runners?

No, all runners in marathon and half will start at 7 a.m.; 5K/10K start at 7:30 a.m.

14. Will there be a cutoff time for the finish line?

The finish line will be open until 1:30. However, there will be no course security and no water/aid stations after 1 p.m. It is not recommended to continue running on the public highway after the detour has finished (1 p.m.)

15. Is there a time limit for the course?

Traffic will be detoured from the runners from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Runners will then be given the choice to finish WITH TRAFFIC on the course or be picked up. Remember this is a busy highway, with semitrucks. The shoulder is decently wide, but runners may have a gravel shoulder in some places. Slow runners might tour the course before race day to decide whether they would want to continue running after the 6-hour detour is completed.

16. Are walkers allowed to enter the marathon?

Yes, speed walkers are allowed and will be given finishers medals (or placing medals if they place among the top three) just like other marathoners.

Helpers at aid stations are encouraged to wear costumes and adopt a theme for their station. This group used the theme, "Keep Mo-o-oving On; You're Almost Halfway," as their station was located at the 12-mile mark.

17. Are there age division awards?

Yes, there are age division awards in both the marathon and the half marathon, also the 10K and 5K races. They are detailed on the registration brochure.

18. Are headphones allowed?

Headphones are allowed only during the 6-hour period that traffic is detoured. NO HEADPHONES ALLOWED ON THE COURSE AFTER 1 P.M.

19. How often are the water stations? Port-a-pots?

Water stations will be every mile. Port-a-pots will be every 3 miles.

20. Will you have computer timing?

Chip timing is used with the timing wires in the
bibs. No chips need to be placed on shoes or removed at the finish

21. Are activities available for families of runners and other spectators?

The Eisenhower Presidential Center and numerous tourist attractions are located near the start/finish of the race.

DID YOU KNOW THE RACE IS BROADCAST ON THE WORLD-WIDE WEB? TELL FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO LOG ONTO www.kabi.com AND LISTEN TO THE EISENHOWER MARATHON IN ABILENE, KANSAS.

 
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