Korean American Friendship Marathon

The first photo of the completed medal is here! The medals look beautiful. They are being shipped now. 

 

 

Here’s the finisher’s medal! 

The Athlete Guide is here!

Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival Athlete Guide

The Inaugural Korean American Friendship Marathon Race Festival takes place on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in picturesque Lackawaxen PA. We anticipate more than 150 athlletes in the marathon, half marathon, 5k and 10k races.

As of August 27, we already have 123 athletes registered. I anticipate about 150 total athletes this year. All finishers will receive:

  • A beautiful finisher’s medal
  • A very nice commemorative event t-shirt
  • An incredible full Korean post race buffet!
  • Special performances by a Korean professional dance group
  • A chance for race awards!
  • And, a Hawaiian lei, because it’s early fall 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 race morning, September 16 at the finish line, 107 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA. It is across from the Two Rivers Junction store. Packet pickup and race day registration will start at 06:30.

Race Day Information

 

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.

Lost and Found and Other Items

There will be a lost and found area at the finish line, as well as a place to store your bags during the race. 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 course start line is near Woodloch Resort, 731 Welcome Lake Road, Hawley PA. The start line is near the north end of Woodloch, near the large maintenance and vehicle repair facility on Welcome Lake Road.

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.

Videos of the course:

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

 

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 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 7:30am and 8:15am. There is plenty of parking in the finish area at the Zane Grey parking lot next to the Delaware River, which is just down the road from the finish area.

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 start line in plenty of time to relax and hydrate.

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. 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.

We have a live awards ceremony. When you finish, get your results printout at the finish line timing area. Take that to the Race Director and you’ll receive your award if you place in your age group or are the overall winners!

Post Race Info

There will be a professional dance show after the event and also a large Korean food buffet. Bring your appetite!

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.

–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?

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.

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

  1. 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. It will be their responsibility to get to the shuttle on-time.

 

 

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!