March 22, 2015 Update:
Yesterday (March 21) was the last day to register online with Active.com. You can still register but you will have to do so in person on Friday, March 27, 2015, between 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Black River Coliseum or on race day (March 28, 2015) between 6:00 – 7:00 A.M. at the parking lot across from the Black River Coliseum, located at 301 South 5th Street, in Poplar Bluff, MO. We will have a registration tent set up on race day in the parking lot. REMEMBER: you must be 16 years old or older to register for any of the races. For those already registered, you can pick up your race packet during those same time frames listed above. All participants will need to check in the morning of the race in order to receive your timing chip. Instructions on how these devices will be worn will be provided to you when you pick up your chip.
We still have finisher medals for those of you who haven’t registered yet and we ordered extra shirts. We will make every attempt to provide all participants with a shirt and finisher’s medal, but there is no guarantee at this point. We have 143 participants registered to date: 59 – 5k, 23 – 10k, 61 – Half Marathon. As of right now, the weather forecast indicates mostly sunny with a high of 49 degrees.
Please make sure you display your BIB number somewhere on the front of your person so the announcer can identify you as you cross the finisher line and volunteers can provide you with the correct finisher’s medal.
The course will be marked with road chalk and signage. Please stay on the shoulder of the road as much as possible and/or where the roadway is marked with chalk. This is for your safety and the safety of the motoring public. We will have traffic control and parts of the course will be temporarily closed, but it will be mostly an open course, so stay vigilant for the traffic. We hope to have the shoulders swept so there is minimal debris while running/walking on the shoulder. There will also be volunteers to assist you with course direction.
There will be aid stations at the 2, 4, 6.5, 9.5, 11 mile markers for Half Marathon runners. The 11 mile marker aid station will also be the 4 mile marker aid station for the 10K runners. The aid stations at the 4, 6.5, and 9.5 mile markers for the Half Marathon runners will have GU, CHOMP packets, and sports drink. We will also equip the 6.5 mile marker aid station with bananas. The 6.5 mile marker will be the turnaround point for the Half Marathon runners.
There will be two porta potties at the start/finish line and two porta potties at the 6.5 mile marker for half marathon runners. The porta potties at the 6.5 mile marker will be located on the old Park Lane Shoe Store, located on the north side of the East Outer Road. Participants and spectators can utilize the restrooms inside the Black River Coliseum as well.
Award ceremonies will commence at 9:30 A.M. for the 5K, 10:00 A.M. for the 10K, and 11:00 A.M. for the Half Marathon. There will be overall winners for each race, male and female. We will also have age groups medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.
In an effort to minimize pre-race announcements, I will be providing informational updates throughout the week. Hope to see you on March 28th and we appreciate your support.
Special Note (dated: March 15, 2015):
Currently, we have 131 participants registered for this event. We ordered 200 – 5k finisher medals, 75 – 10k finisher medals, and 75 – Half Marathon finisher medals. We should have more than enough finisher medals for 5k / 10k participants planning to register from now to race day. Everyone registered to date (March 15) will receive a shirt and finishers medal. We have also ordered extras shirts for those planning to register from now to race day as well. Currently, we have 59 individuals registered for the half marathon, which leaves 16 finisher medals remaining. If you still plan to register for the half marathon and wish to receive a finisher’s medal, the remaining half marathon finisher medals will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. An e-mail confirmation will be sent indicating a finisher’s medal and shirt has been reserved for you.
Event Weather Policy
With any outdoor event, weather may be a factor on whether or not the race will take place. Race personnel may have to cancel or delay the event in case of extreme weather or other conditions that may affect the health and safety of the participants and spectators. In the event of a cancellation, refunds will not be issued.
There will be no refunds for the race. However, if someone wishes to change races, they will have to do so by the March 6 deadline. If a participant wishes to upgrade to a longer race (5k to 10k), they must pay the difference between races. If a participant wishes to downgrade to a shorter race (10k to 5k), they will not be refunded the difference in price. There will be no changes after the March 6 deadline.
Participants will be able to pick up their packets on Friday, March 27, 2015, between 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Black River Coliseum Lobby area. They will also be able to pick up their packets on race day, between 6:00 – 7:00 A.M. at the registration tent, which will be located in the parking lot directly in front of the Black River Coliseum.
There should be plenty of parking for the race, which includes participants and spectators. The parking lot, located directly across the Black River Coliseum will NOT be available for parking, since this location has been designated for race day registration and the race start and finish location. A map has been placed below to provide those individuals not familiar with Poplar Bluff directions to the parking lots. 5th Street directly in front of the Black River Coliseum will be closed during the race.
Race day registration will commence at 6:00 A.M. and will end at 7:00 A.M. This is necessary so all the information can loaded into the computer for the chip time company and ensure race time is initiated at 8:00 A.M. We plan to order extra shirts and medals for those registering on race day, but there is no guarantee a participant registering race day will receive a shirt and medal. Participants MUST be 16 years old or older to participant in the event. Payment for race day registration must be by check, money order, or cash, since we will not have the ability to process credit card payments that day. Participants will be required to complete a registration form prior to participating in the event. On-line registration with Active.com will end on March 22, 2015. Race is capped at 800 participants. Individuals can still register prior to 7:00 A.M. on race day as long as the event is not sold out. Hard copy registration forms have been posted on this website and the Facebook page.
Chip Time Service
Split Master Timing will chip time the race. They will provide all participants with instructions on the chip timing process prior to the commencement of the race.
The Black River Coliseum will be open to the public so everyone can use the restrooms and shower facilities. We will also have several porta potties on the parking lot near the registration tent. Porta potties will also be placed along the half marathon route. The placement of these porta potties will be announced on race day.
All race routes will be clearly marked and volunteers will be strategically placed to guide runners to their designated race routes. Aid stations will be strategically placed throughout the 10K and Half Marathon routes. We will try to position aid stations approximately every two miles, but several may be shorter or longer distances due to logistics.
Shirts / Medals
All participants registered by the March 6, 2015 date will be guaranteed a quality race shirt and finisher medal. This includes all races.
Top Award Winners
The top male / female overall finishers in each of the race categories (5k, 10k, half marathon) will receive an award, as well as the top three finishers in each age group.
We have the local ambulance districts available to attend to any injury or medical condition. The local hospitals will be advised of the race so they are prepared if a medical emergency arises.
Snacks, Supplements and Beverages
We will have snacks, supplements and beverages for participants. Beverages will consist of water and sport drink. Supplements (GU and Chomp packets) will be provided to half marathon runners and will be available at designated aid stations.
The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 48, plans to have a barbecue following the event at the start / finish line location. Details of food / beverage / price will be provided at a later time. We will have tables and chairs for those wishing to partake in the barbecue. The barbecue is just another means of raising money for the benefiting organizations.
There are area hotels in Poplar Bluff for those needing hotel room(s). The following information was provided from hotel representatives:
2220 North Westwood Boulevard
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
The Drury has offered a room rate of $83.00 + tax for anyone who says they are part of the Badge of Honor Benefit Run Event. Drury also offers a Free Hot Breakfast every morning and Free Evening Beverages and Hot Foods in the evening.
2582 North Westwood Boulevard
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
The Comfort Inn will offer $77 a night rate for anyone participating in the event. Participants will need to mention the Badge of Honor Benefit Run when making their reservation to ensure that they get the proper discount.
2781 North Westwood Boulevard
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
The Holiday Inn encourages individuals to visit their website when registering for a hotel room for this event. Use the following link:
2420 Crestwood Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
The Hampton Inn opens March 1, but individuals can visit their website when registering for a hotel room for this event. Use the following link: