Rocks & Roots Trail Series Final Instructions

Due to weather and trail conditions we have moved the race to the Multipurpose trail at the New Galena Boat Ramp. Same starting and finishing area as the first course! Course will be a 10K loop with the arch for the start/finish in same place as race 1. Click here for the course map.  Again, we are using the same starting and finishing area... same parking area as well.

Course is marked with orange pin flags. Mile markers are designated with bib numbers attached to trees.

Packet Pickup begins at Fleet Feet Thursday, February 6th.

 

Where: Alum Creek State Park, New Galena Boat Ramp, Delaware, OH. The New Galena boat launch area is located on the southeast side of Alum Creek Reservoir at 4550 Africa Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. The entrance to the New Galena area is off Africa Road, approximately 1.5 miles north of the dam.

 

When: Sunday, February 9th. Wave start times listed below. Plus, we have an early start option this year! 50K Participants can start as early at 7:00am. Participants choosing the early start option will need to check in at the timing tent the morning of each date to advise of their starting time.

Time: 8:00am, course closes @ 4:00pm (8 hour limit - 15:27 pace for 50K). All participants must begin their final lap before 2:25pm.

 

Distance: Participants can participate in a 10K, 20K, 30K, 40K or 50K. Distances must be selected prior to each race date. If you need to change your selected race distance please e-mail Scioto@premierraces.com BEFORE race day!  

 

Parking: Parking is located at the start and finish are at the New Galena Boat Ramp.  

The New Galena boat launch area is located on the southeast side of Alum Creek Reservoir at 4550 Africa Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. The entrance to the New Galena area is off Africa Road, approximately 1.5 miles north of the dam. There are roughly 250 parking space, but some will need to park along the boat access ramps. Volunteers will be there to help direct you. When leaving please be sure to watch out for your fellow runners. We will have the lot well marked, but runners will be running through a section of the lot.

Dropping our changing distance once the race has started: Do NOT drop out or change distance without notifying the race timing crew.

Leave no trace: Whatever you carry in you must carry out! Littering will result in immediate disqualification in addition to not being allowed to participate in further Rock and Roots Trail Races and other Fleet Feet events. 

Packet Pickup: Separate packet pickups are held for both event dates as listed below:

  • February 9th Race
    • Thursday February 6th - 10am-8pm - Fleet Feet Sports
    • Friday, February 7th - 10am-7pm - Fleet Feet Sports
    • Saturday, February 8th - 10am-6pm - Fleet Feet Sports
    • Race Day - Sunday, February 9th - 6:30am-7:30am - Alum Creek Metro Park - New Galena Boat Ramp - No trail running package pickup. Shirt and bib pickup only! Race Day Packet Pickup Ends Promptly at 7:30am

Fleet Feet LogoSwag: Those who signed up for the whole series will receive the Trail Running Package as listed below. Those who signed up for individual races do not receive the package, but do receive an event shirt.

 

Course:  Due to weather and trail conditions we have moved the race to the Multipurpose trail at the New Galena Boat Ramp. Same starting and finishing area as the first course! Course will be a 10K loop with the arch for the start/finish in same place as race 1. Click here for the course map.  Again, we are using the same starting and finishing area... same parking area as well.

Aid Stations:

 There will be aid stations, one at the Start/Finish and one at the 4.5 mile mark. Both aid stations will have water, pretzels, potato chips, cookies, candy, soda, and Clif nutrition products.  In an effort to minimize paper waste, all participants are strongly encouraged to carry a water bottle.   

 

Carry your own hydration: While we will have two aid stations along the course, it is highly recommended that you carry your own hydration. 

 

C.O.M.B.O. ( Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization): The trail we are using for the event is maintained by C.O.M.B.O, a non-profit organization with the main goals of trail advocacy and mountain bike education. They have put thousands of man hours into protecting and maintain the trail. Please be respectful of this. This trail is designed for mountain bikes. Please do not use this trail for training purposes. 

Volunteers: We will have volunteers at the aid stations and you may spot them as you bounce along the trails. Have a friend or family member interested in volunteering? Direct them here please! Please thank them for all their hard work, and remember they are there to help you! (Volunteers, you will receive an e-mail in the next few days with more details for you!)  

 

Rest Rooms: There are portable restrooms at the start/finish area.

 

Drop Bags: An area for drop bags is available at the Start/Finish near the restrooms. Bring your drop bags with you to the start of the race.

 

Awards: All finishers will receive a finishers medal! The first 50 completing BOTH 50Ks will receive a Rocks and Roots 50K Double Belt Buckle!

 

Trail Training Passport: Don't forget to pickup your Trail Training Passport when you pick up your package or packets! Save 15% off everything in the store between now and February 28th! Shop anytime. Get the gear you need. Shop as often as you want.

 

No Headphone Policy: Headphones are not permitted. Participants with headphones will be asked to leave the course without refund.

 

Dropping: Never drop out of the race by abandoning the course between aid stations and going "home." If you must drop please report to an Aid Station or Finish Line.  Runners who drop without reporting to an Aid Station or Finish Line will not be allowed to participate in future Fleet Feet Sports, or Premier Races events.

 

Disqualification Policy: The race cut off of 8 hours and the 15:27/mile pace on the course is strictly enforced.  The aid stations close accordingly.  If a runner is unable to keep the appropriate pace and is in danger of missing the 8 hour cut off they will be asked to remove themselves from the race.  If a runner refuses to do so they will be immediately disqualified and will be on their own for all aid on the race course as well as the finish line should they choose to continue.  This cut off is enforced for the safety of the runner as well as the rescue team who would need to search for runners on the course.  An early start option is available for those who do not feel as if they can complete the course in the allotted time.  If it is determined that any runner cuts the course in any fashion, whether intentional or not, they will immediately be disqualified from the race.


Training Runs & Trail Work Days! Join the Rocks and Roots Trail Runners Association this winter for training runs and trail work days at the NEW Rocks and Roots Trail at Alum Creek (NOT THE SAME LOCATION AS THE RACES).

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