Athlete Guide

Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival Athlete Guide

The Fifth Annual Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival takes place on March 25 and 26, 2017 in picturesque Lackawaxen PA. The race has grown from 70 athletes in 2012, to 330 in 2013, with more than 400 athletes in 2014 and 2015 and 2016.

I am happy to announce that the Lackawaxen Volunteer Fire Department will be the beneficiary of the event this year, as well as future years. They do a great job (responding to more than 200 calls a year) and they are great citizens of the community. I am happy to help contribute to their organization in any way I can.

The purpose of this Athlete Guide is to provide the athlete and families and friends with information about the race. It will give the athlete information on how to have the best possible race day experience.

I will revise and update the Guide with any new information and keep the athletes updated. Of course, please feel free to call me anytime, Mark Hughes, 570 470 4922, or email mark@fastfinishes.net, with any questions you have.

 

Sections of the Athlete Guide are:

 –Latest Updates 

–Race Day Information

–Course Information

–Shuttle Information

–Spectator Info

–Awards

–Post Race Info

–Local Hotels

–FAQs

 

Latest Updates

 

Packet pickup is available on Friday, March 24 from 4-6pm at the finish line, 107 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA. It is across from the Two Rivers Junction store.

Part 3 of 3: This video covers the out and back along the Lackawaxen River. For marathoners, they will be on this road (Route 590) for 7 miles. For half marathoners, they will be on this road for 3/4 of a mile. Both events will have clearly marked turnarounds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QetUPmgJpgM&feature=youtu.be

Part 2 of 3 of the Two Rivers Marathon and Half Marathon course video is now updated on youtube. It shows miles 5 to 11.75, which is the point that the athlete turns onto Rte 590 for the out and back along the Lackawaxen River.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xiya_7yf6kg

Part 1 of the 3 part Marathon and Half Marathon course video is posted. I’m uploading the other 2 parts now. This video covers the start to around mile 5.

http://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&feature=vm&video_id=1HS2kk4Oe-0 

If you need to have an early start for the half marathon or marathon, please email mark@fastfinishes.net. We can arrange an early start for you any time after 7am on either day. Thank you!

Also, new this year: each athlete in the marathon and half marathon will receive a high quality backpack embroidered with the race logo. I’ll post pictures of it soon. You’ll also receive a pair of logo socks.

Course time limit: There is no time limit to complete the marathon. 8 hours and up is fine.  The half marathon course will remain open as long as necessary as well.

Race Day Information

Packet Pickup and race day registeration on race morning will be at The Woodloch Theater, 731 Welcome Lake Road, Hawley PA 18428: This is where you can get fluids, stay warm, relax, use the washrooms and generally get ready to race. The Theater is a 2 minute walk from the start line. Packet pickup opens at 7am on race morning.

Link to Woodloch Resort on google maps:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Woodloch+Resort/@41.5230071,-75.0890249,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c4ae80f7644f11:0x1f8d793ad61af0a1

The theater is just south of Lake Teedyusking Road at Welcome Lake Road. On the map is an unmarked road that intersects Welcome Lake Road near Lake Teedyusking Road. That is where parking is available on race morning.

Race Start is just north of Lake Teedyusking Road on Welcome Lake Road. You will see a large inflatable arch there on race morning.

Early Packet Pickup

There will be a packet pickup on Friday, March 24 from 4pm to 6pm at Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackwaxen PA 18435. You will be able to pickup your race bib, backpack and packet, as well as view the course and ask any questions you may have about the race.

You can also register for any race at the early packet pickup.

Lost and Found and Other Items

If you pick up your race day packet at the start and have parked at the finish, I’ll make sure all packets get to the finish area, since you won’t be able to store your backpack. I have Lost and Found Items from last year that will be available next to the finish area. I’ll also make sure that any clothes that you want to leave at the start will make it to the finish with bags and a magic marker.

Of course, please feel free to call me anytime, Mark Hughes, 570 470 4922, or email mark@fastfinishes.net, with any questions you have.

Race Course Information

The marathon course map is here:

http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=PA12012WB

The course elevation map is here:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/60304343

For the marathon, the course is exactly as mapped. Each mile marker will have 28 inch orange cones and a sign. Additionally, mile markers will be painted on the road in orange paint.

Turns on the course will be marked with cones, signs and orange paint on the road.

The only turnaround on the marathon course is near the 19.7 mile mark. It will be marked with plenty of cones, signs and paint on the road.

The course is run entirely on asphalt road surface. The first 1.8 miles are on a two lane road (one car width each direction) and there is a line painted in the middle of the road.

Miles 1.8 to 11.7 are run on a narrower asphalt road surface (Masthope Plank Road). The road is 10-12 feet wide and does not have a line painted in the middle of it.

Miles 11.7 to the finish are run on a two lane road (one car width each direction) and there is a line painted in the middle of the road.

Road conditions: the road have some cracks and bumps in them due to the winter. Always pay attention when running!

Road traffic: the roads are open to traffic. I anticipate very little traffic from the start to mile 1.8. Masthope Plank Road typically has very little traffic as well. When you get on Rte 590 after mile 11.7, you will see an increase in traffic. Traffic will still be light, but the cars will be going faster. Always keep your safety in mind when sharing the road with cars!

Timing mats will be at the start, half marathon and finish line, as well as mystery timing mats to make sure the course is completed (not that anyone hasn’t run the full distance; it’s just to make sure!).

The finish is in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435.

More course info is here:  http://tworiversmarathon.com/?page_id=16

Portapotties are available here:

–race start indoor facilities

–Mile 6

–Mile 12

–Mile 16 (this one doubles as a portapotty for Mile 22 as it is on an out and back portion of the course)

–Finish Area

 

For the half-marathon, the course is the same as the marathon course for the first 12.4 miles. Each mile marker will have 28 inch orange cones and a sign. Additionally, mile markers will be painted on the road in orange paint.

Turns on the course will be marked with cones, signs and orange paint on the road.

The only turnaround on the half-marathon course is near the 12.4 mile mark. It will be marked with plenty of cones, signs and paint on the road.

The course is run entirely on asphalt road surface. The first 1.8 miles are on a two lane road (one car width each direction) and there is a line painted in the middle of the road.

Miles 1.8 to 11.7 are run on a narrower asphalt road surface (Masthope Plank Road). The road is 10-12 feet wide and does not have a line painted in the middle of it.

Miles 11.7 to the finish are run on a two lane road (one car width each direction) and there is a line painted in the middle of the road.

Road conditions: the road have some cracks and bumps in them due to the winter. Always pay attention when running!

Road traffic: the roads are open to traffic. I anticipate very little traffic from the start to mile 1.8. Masthope Plank Road typically has very little traffic as well. When you get on Rte 590 after mile 11.7, you will see an increase in traffic. Traffic will still be light, but the cars will be going faster. Always keep your safety in mind when sharing the road with cars!

Timing mats will be at the start and finish line, as well as mystery timing mats to make sure the course is completed (not that anyone hasn’t run the full distance; it’s just to make sure!).

The finish is in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435.

Portapotties are available here:

–race start indoor facilities

–Mile 6

–Mile 12

–Finish Area

Aid Stations

Aid Stations with water and Gatorade are every two miles on the course.

If you have special fluids or gels that you’d like to be placed at the aid stations, please mark the items with name and aid station mile and give them to us prior to the race. We’ll make sure they are placed at the designated aid station.

For the 10k, the course starts near the marathon finish area in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435. Each mile marker will have 28 inch orange cones and a sign. Additionally, mile markers will be painted on the road in orange paint.

Turns on the course will be marked with cones, signs and orange paint on the road.

The only turnaround on the 10k course is near the 3.1 mile mark. It will be marked with plenty of cones, signs and paint on the road.

Timing mats will be at the start and finish line.

The finish is in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435.

Portapotties are available here:

–race start

–Mile .5

–Finish Area

For the 5k, the course starts near the marathon finish area in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435. Each mile marker will have 28 inch orange cones and a sign. Additionally, mile markers will be painted on the road in orange paint.

Turns on the course will be marked with cones, signs and orange paint on the road.

The only turnaround on the 5k course is near the 1.55 mile mark. It will be marked with plenty of cones, signs and paint on the road.

Timing mats will be at the start and finish line.

The finish is in Rosecrance Park, 106 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 18435.

Portapotties are available here:

–race start

–Mile .5

–Finish Area

Note: Please respect the facilities at Woodloch Resort, the course and the people who live on the course by not littering. Please use the portapotties also.

The Town of Lackawaxen has allowed us to race in a pristine environment, so let’s show them that we appreciate it.

Shuttle Information

On race morning, shuttles will leave the finish area at 7:00am and 7:45am. There is plenty of parking in the finish area at the Lackwaxen Volunteer Fire Department, which is across the road from the finish area.

When you registered, you had the option to reserve a spot on the shuttle. You may also book the shuttle by emailing me.

Please plan on having your car at the finish line. We have a difficult time making athletes happy when they park at the start and then need a ride back there after the finish. We will get you back to the start area, but you may have to wait. The rule of thumb is that if you want a ride back to the start, you will show up 3 minutes after the previous car took athletes back and you’ll have to wait 45 minutes. Please plan on having your transportation available at the finish line. We’ll do our best to get you back to the start but you may have to wait longer than you want. Please call me at 570 470 4922 prerace if you anticipate having this issue. We’ll figure out a plan for you.

 

Race Start Info:

–the marathon and half marathon start near the Woodloch Theater at 9am on Saturday and Sunday. If you would like an early start, just let me know and we’ll start you early. Please note: aid stations may be self-serve for the early starters, depending on your pace. The two, four and six mile aid stations will have fluids, but nobody handing out fluids until the 9am race start.

–the 5k and 10k races will start at 10am at Rosecrance Park on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Spectator Info

Friends and family of the athletes can view the race here:

–the start area

 

It is easier if you just wait for your athlete at mile 11.7, when they come onto Rte 590 from Masthope Plank Road.

You will then be able to see/follow them on Rte 590, as this road is wider, there are shoulders on the road, and it is an out and back section. If you go onto this part of the road, you can see your athlete as often as you like!

 

I don’t recommend that friends and family try to see their athlete on Masthope Plank Road. It’s a narrow road and it’ll be filled with athletes spread out over 10 miles.

The best spots to see your athlete is the start, mile 11.7 and the finish.

Awards

The marathon and half marathon races have an award to the First Overall female and male. Awards are three deep in the following age groups:

–19-under

–20-29

–30-39

–40-49

–50-59

–60-69

–70-over

The 10k and 5k races have the same overall and age group awards as the marathon and half marathon. The awards will be pint glasses in lieu of trophies.

The awards ceremony will take place each day at these times:

–5k and 10k noon

–half marathon noon

–marathon 1pm

The awards ceremony will take place at the finish line.

All marathon and half marathon finishers will receive a beautiful humongous 6 inch finisher’s medal.

Post Race Info

All half marathon and marathon finishers will receive a ticket that is good for food at the Two River Junction cafe and restaurant located across the street from the finish area. This ticket will get you access to the lasagna/vegetable lasagna/salad/bread buffet. No waiting for your food to get cooked! Hopefully you’ll enjoy this!

There will also be post-race munchies and fluids at the finish line.

 Local Hotels

-Woodloch Resort. It’s a Top Ten rated resort in the US. Call them for special pricing: 800-966-3562

–Beautiful cabins and camping: www.sylvaniatreefarm.com

–B&B Roebling Inn: www.roeblinginn.com

 

http://www.allbreeze.net/ 15 minutes away

http://www.tuckeminn.com/ 25 minutes away

http://milfordmotel.webs.com/ 25 minutes away

–Orbitz local motel and hotel search by distance from race:http://www.orbitz.com/shop/home?type=hotel&hotel.type=keyword&hotel.coord=&hotel.keyword.key=hawley+pa&hotel.locId=&hotel.chkin=1%2F23%2F13&hotel.chkout=1%2F24%2F13&hotel.rooms[0].adlts=2&hotel.rooms[0].chlds=0&hotel.rooms[0].chldAge[0]=&hotel.rooms[0].chldAge[1]=&hotel.rooms[0].chldAge[2]=&hotel.rooms[0].chldAge[3]=&hotel.rooms[0].chldAge[4]=&hotel.rating=&hotel.chain=&hotel.hname=&hotel.couponCode=&search=Search&hsv.page=1&hsv.sortOrder=HOTEL_DISTANCE

-I’ve also noticed that airbnb.com has some lodgings available as well.

FAQs

1. Will you have water & Sports drinks at least every two miles? preferably every mile after 18 miles.

Yes, water and Gatorade will be at every aid station. Aid stations are every two miles. Miles 11.75 to 19.8 are running out alongside the Lackwaxen River. You then return the same way. There are 4 aid stations there (12, 14, 16, 18). The turnaround is at 19.8, then aid at 20, 22 and 24. I think there will be 8 aid stations from 12-24 miles.

2. Will you have some fluids and snacks at the finish line? Plenty of fluids and food.

3. Will you have timing mats both at Start & Finish to clock Net times?

Yes, start line and finish line mats. I own a timing company.

4. Will you start the race on time? Late comers can always start late without waiting for them. Their time won’t be affected if you have timing mat at the start as they will have net time. B-tags are very common now, some still use chips for net times.

The race will start on-time. We have the theater at Woodloch Resort for race day check-in and warmth this year. It is 1/4 mile from the start. Therefore, people can take the shuttle from the finish area. It will be their responsibility to get to the shuttle on-time.

5. Why two marathons in two days? Wouldn’t it affect the quality of the race organization?

Last year, we had about 25 Marathon Maniacs. They love to do two marathons in two days and asked if I could do that. I live 5 miles from the start and finish and my house is on the course. Since I have a timing company as well, it makes sense to have the 2 days of racing without incurring massive extra costs to put on the races.

 

 

 

This  will be updated as the race gets closer.

If you have any questions, please call Mark at 570 470 4922 or email mark@fastfinishes.net

It’s going to be a great event!