Big Wild Life Runs 2014 mini guide

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Schedule

Be sure to check www.bigwildliferuns.org for more information and updates.
Schedule is subject to change

Thursday, August 14
Run/walk with Jeff Galloway
Location: Hotel Captain Cook lobby, 939 W. Fifth Ave.
Time: 7:30 a.m.

Thursday night movie: “Spirit of the Marathon II”
Location: Bear Tooth Theatre, 1230 W. 27th Ave.
Tickets available at the Bear Tooth box office
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Friday, August 15
Run/walk with Jeff Galloway
Location: Hotel Captain Cook lobby, 939 W. Fifth Ave.
Time: 7:30 a.m.

BWLR Health and Fitness Expo and Bib Pick-up
Location: Egan Center, 555 W. Fifth Ave.
Time: 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, August 16
Jeff Galloway Running Clinic
Cost: $99
Location: Egan Center, 555 W. Fifth Ave.
Time: 8-11 a.m.

BWLR Health and Fitness Expo and Bib Pick-up
Location: Egan Center, 555 W. Fifth Ave.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Kid’s 2K Run
Location: Delaney Park Strip, 10th Avenue and G Street
Time: 9:30 a.m.

The Anchorage Mile
Location: Delaney Park Strip
Time: 11 a.m.

Pasta Feed
Featured speakers: Jeff Galloway and Dick Beardsley
Location: Egan Center, 555 W. Fifth Ave.
Cost: $10, tickets available at the door
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 17
United Physical Therapy 49K Ultra
Location: Sixth Avenue and F Street
Time: 8 a.m.

Moose’s Tooth Marathon Walk Start
Location: Sixth Avenue and F Street
Time: 8 a.m.

Moose’s Tooth Marathon Start
Location: Sixth Avenue and F Street
Time: 9 a.m.

Bear Tooth Marathon Relay Start
Location: Sixth Avenue and F Street
Time: 9 a.m.

Skinny Raven Half Marathon Start
Location: Sixth Avenue and F Street
Time: 9:30 a.m.

Snow City Café 5K Start
Location: Sixth Avenue and F Street
Time: 10 a.m. WED_7454

Race day checklist

Anchorage is a fantastic place to run a race – it’s not too hot and not too cold. However, the weather in Anchorage can change faster than most people can run, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for any and all conditions. Temperatures in August usually hover between 55-65 degrees during the race, but it can be chilly in the morning. Anchorage is beautifully situated on the coast, so a little rain shower and a breeze are always possible. Historically, the Big Wild Life Runs has boasted perfect running weather with mild temperatures. Remember, its better to have too many options than to be wishing for something on race day. Here are some tips to help make your race both safe and comfortable.
Arrive Early. Make sure you arrive downtown with plenty of time to park if you are driving. Several streets will be closed to traffic so make sure you watch for the no parking signs. There is free street parking on the weekends and parking along the Delaney Park Strip if you don’t mind walking a few blocks. There are also several pay-lots located throughout downtown.

Bib and safety pins. Be sure to pin your bib on the front of your shirt or on the left side of your shorts so the announcer can read your number as you cross the finish line.

Lightweight rain jacket. Just in case of a sprinkle for before and after the race.

Long sleeve shirt. It may be chilly in the morning so make sure you have something to keep you warm that you don’t mind leaving behind. Peel it off just before the start or if you are going to abandon your layers try to toss them at any aid station along the way. Volunteers will collect and donate clothing to local shelters for those in need.

Locate the information tent. This is where you will find race information and assistance if you need it.

Locate the gear-bag check. There will be an area at the start/finish to leave a bag. A plastic bag will be provided and marked with your bib number. Volunteers will guard your bag while you’re running – just present your bib and your gear will be returned to you after your race.

Share your pace. This is a spectator friendly course so make sure your supporters know your projected time and pace so they can catch you at all the viewing areas. If spectators have a vehicle they may be able to see you four or five times along the course.

Decide on a meeting place for after you finish. A lot will be happening in the finish area and spectators are not allowed in the finish chute so make sure you pick a meeting place away from the finish line. Scout out the area the day before or in the morning before you start. Pick a spot to meet in Town Square, a specific street corner or one of the coffee shops or restaurants along the street to meet at.

Race day information

Start and finish line
The entrance and exit to the start/finish chute will be at Sixth Avenue and E Street. For safety reasons this area is for runners and finish line staff only – spectators may watch runners finish along the street. Runners can reunite with family and friends in Town Square Park adjacent to the finish chute. Do not cross the finish line twice. Crossing the finish line mat more than once will create timing issues and could result in an incorrect time. Relay teams may cross the line together and are encouraged to finish as a team but please cross only once. Gatorade and water will be available at the finish.

Gear check
A gear check tent will be available at the start/finish area. A plastic bag will be provided for you to mark with your bib number. Volunteers will guard your bag while you’re running – just present your bib and your gear will be returned it to you after your race.
Bags must be picked up by 4 p.m. BWLR will not store abandoned bags and is not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Course
The course officially closes at 3:30 p.m. Marathoners must reach the Valley of the Moon checkpoint by 2:30 p.m. to be an official finisher. If runners do not reach Valley of the Moon by the time cut-off they will be offered a ride to the finish or if they wish to continue they may do so without the support of race personnel.

Beer Garden
Broken Tooth Brewing will provide a beer garden in Town Square Park exclusively for runners 21 and older. Those planning to partake in this well-deserved post-race treat must have a valid ID on their person as well as their race bib. No one, no matter how old you are, will be admitted to the beer garden without proper ID.

Showers after the race
The Hotel Captain Cook has invited runners to shower at the athletic club after the race. The club is located on the lower level of the hotel; just show your bib at the desk. 939 W. Fifth Ave. Runners bring your bib.

Town Square Park
Water and post-race snacks will be available to runners in Town Square Park. Vendors also will have food and merchandise available for purchase. Franz Bakery will have savory grilled cheese sandwiches for finishers and Great Harvest Bread Co. will have a delicious selection of bread for a post-race treat.

Awards
Overall awards will be given out after the finish times have been confirmed. Age group awards are available for pickup after on race day at the awards tent. Awards are given to the first three finishers in each age category. Runners may check their finish times using the computers located in Town Square Park.

Strollers, dogs and iPods
No strollers or dogs please, and we discourage the use of iPods or other music players for the safety of you and those around you. There is the potential to run into wildlife on the course and runners must be able to hear the animal and each other.

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