Athlete Guide

Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival Athlete Guide

The Eighth Annual Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival takes place on March 30 and 31, 2019 in picturesque Lackawaxen PA. The race has grown from 70 athletes in 2012, to 330 in 2013, with more than 600 athletes in 2018.

As of January 13, 2019, we already have 490 athletes registered. I anticipate about 750 total athletes this year. This is all possible due to the positive feedback we’ve received regarding the course, the volunteers, the shirts, medals, timing and food. And all finishers also get an Hawaian lei, because it’s early spring in the mountains!

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. They have already received $800 in 2018 and will certainly get more than $1000 in donations from the race this year.

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 markfastfinishes@gmail.com, 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 29 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 markfastfinishes@gmail.com. We can arrange an early start for you any time after 7am on either day. Thank you!

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 registration 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.

Please note: we will distribute your race t-shirts to you at the finish line post-race. This is so you won’t have to worry about getting your shirt when you pick-up your race bib, then wonder how you are going to get it to the finish line while running a marathon or half marathon.

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 29 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 markfastfinishes@gmail.com, 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:  https://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 halfmarathon, 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 just east the finish area at the Zane Grey Parking Lot, which is 150 yards from the finish area toward the Delaware River..

You do not need to book a reservation on the shuttle bus. There will be plenty of buses and you’ll get to the Woodloch Theater start line in plenty of time to relax, hydrate and stay warm there.

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:

–16-under, 17-19

–20-24, 25-29

–30-34, 35-39

–40-44, 45-49

–50-54, 55-59

–60-64, 65-69

–70-74, 75-79

-80-84, 85-89

-90+

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.

We have a live awards ceremony, which the athletes love. Simply bring your printed individual race result to the Race Director at the finish line, and you’ll receive your award.

The Saturday Marathon is the Pennsylvania State Marathon Championship race for the fifth year in a row. First place female and male in these categories will receive a medal designating them as a State Marathon Champion!

–First place Open division

–First place Master’s division (40-49)

–First Place Grandmaster’s division (50-59)

–First Place Senior Grandmaster’s division (60-over)

All marathon and half marathon finishers will receive a beautiful humongous 5 inch finisher’s medal.

Post Race Info

All half marathon and marathon finishers will receive a ticket that is good for food at the food truck which was very popular in 2018. 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. I’ve attached a special rate flyer for staying at Woodloch.

-the Catskill Mountain Hotel in Barryville, 12 minutes from the finish line. Special rate of $129 a night. http://www.catskillmountainsresort.com/barryville-ny-resort-accommodations.php

-Call Dmitri at Two Rivers Junction across from the finish line to book at his hotel. There are only 5 rooms and they fill fast! 570 685 1350

–Beautiful cabins and camping: www.sylvaniatreefarm.com

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

-Tanglwood Resort: https://tanglwoodresorts.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.

We can get special fluids or nutrition to any aid station for you. Just have your name and the mile of the aid station and drop it off at race day check-in.

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 60 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 markfastfinishes@gmail.com

It’s going to be a great event!

It really feels like the first day of spring here today! It’s 51 degrees. The last of the snow is melting.
Saturday weather calls for a race start temp or 44 with a high of 61 of with cloudy skies. Noon should have mid-50s temps. I’ll take that!
Sunday calls for maybe some scattered rain showers and temps ranging from 37 at the start to 46 at noon.
Of most importance is for everyone to have done their training and get into the race mode for next weekend.
I’m happy to answer any questions you have. Due to time constraints, I cannot reply to any emails or phone calls after noon on Thursday, March 28. If you email me, please start a new thread so it doesn’t get lost in this 700 person email thread. Thank you!
There are also updates on the Fast Finishes facebook page:
Important Items to Know!
Race Morning: plan on getting a shuttle from the finish line (107 Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen) up to the start line at Woodloch Resort, 731 Welcome Lake Drive in Hawley. Buses will run back and forth starting at 0715. Plan to park next to the Zane Grey Museum (map attached)
No parking in the fire department lot this year. You’ll see they are upgrading the outer buildings.
–When you park at the finish line, you’ll have your car at the finish. If you park at the start, it gets complicated to get you back there after the race. Please plan on parking at the finish. Thank you!
Packet Pickup
–we’ll have a packet pickup at the finish line from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, March 29. If you can’t make that, don’t worry. You can pick up your race bib on Saturday at the Woodloch Theater, or if you are racing Sunday, you can pickup your bib anytime from 10-3pm at the finish line, or at the Woodloch Theater on Sunday prerace.
–If you go to the packet pickup, you’ll get your shirt and jacket (if you are doubling). If you pickup your bib at Woodloch, you’ll just get your bib. You shirt and jacket if applicable will be available for you at the finish line.
–if you are doing the 5k or 10k, you can pickup everything on Friday, or prerace on Saturday or Sunday at the finish line starting at 0930.
Woodloch Theater and Misc.
–The theater is a very nice facility. Warm, comfortable and a nice prerace place to be. It’s 200 yards from the start line.
–We plan to start the event on time. Please plan to be ready to go at 0855.
–Early starts: I can accommodate most any early start you’d like. Just see me in the Theater and we’ll head out to the start line and you’ll be on your way. Early starts begin at 0730.
–There is a silver van at the start area. You can put anything in there that needs to be taken to the finish area, where you can pick it up post race. Put these items in the back of the van.
–Special fluids/gels: We can get these items to aid stations 11.4, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24. Please have your name and the aid station number on it.
–Aid stations are every two miles during the race. They all have water and gatorade. (The mile 12 aid station is actually at mile 11.4, where you come out from the end of Masthope Plank Road and turn right onto 590/Towpath Road.
–Portapotties: Available at mile 6, 11.4, 16, and 21.
Pasta Dinner
We are having a pasta dinner at the Catskills Mountain Resort, 211 Mail Road in Barryville NY. Dinner is $15 (Great food, drinks and dessert are extra, just letting you know). If you’d like to attend, please call the resort at 845 456 0195. I’ll be there for sure! Dinner times are from 6-8pm Saturday and Sunday.
Pacers
For the first time, we are having pacers for the Saturday Pennsylvania Championship Marathon. Pace times are 3:30, 3:50, 4:00, 4:20, 4:40, 5:00. Look for the maroon Super Pacer singlet (see attached photo).
The shirts are in. They look great! (photos are attached) Shirts are in female and male sizes.
The Course
You can view a video of the marathon/half marathon course. You can drag a cursor to see exact elevation changes at every point on the course. The info is here: https://tworiversmarathon.com/the-course
 
Every race has a turnaround! You’ll see a cone with sign stating (marathon/half marathon/10k/5k turnaround coming up, followed by a marathon/half marathon/10k/5k turnaround cone and sign. The marathon turnaround is at approximately 18.6 miles. The half marathon turnaround is at approximately 12.1 miles. The 10k turn is at 3.1 miles. The 5k turn is at 1.55 miles.
The turns you need to be aware of for the marathon and half marathon:
–at mile 1.8, you’ll make a right turn
–at mile 8.3, you’ll make a left turn as you go under a railroad trestle
–at mile 11.4, you’ll make a right turn as you leave Masthope Plank Road and head onto 590/Towpath Road
–All of these turns have arrows on the road in orange paint, cones and signs. Please see attached photos.
 
I’ll be sending out a final update with bib number assignments and event that you are racing on Thursday. If you need any changes, we are here to assist!
Please let me know if you have any questions about the course. Thank you!
Medals are in. Shirts are in. Jackets are in. The post race food truck is confirmed. Awards are in. Pennsylvania Championship medals are in. Portapotties are confirmed. The shuttle buses are confirmed.
All you need to do is SHOW UP AND HAVE FUN!
It’s going to be a great weekend of racing! Wishing all of you a great race!