Policies

****PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS EVENT.****


The Half-Marathon, the 10K and 5K are competitive road racing events. . . . . . . You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a Half-Marathon, 10K or 5K.

Wheelchair entrants must wear helmets at all times.

Race Capacity

Half Marathon ~ 600 participants

10K ~ 550 participants

5K ~ 550 participants

Finisher Medals

Finishers of EACH race will receive a finisher medal.

Guaranteed Shirt

You are guaranteed a shirt if you register by May 1st. After May 1st, we can not guarantee you will receive a shirt.

Secure Zone

Once you cross the finish line, you’ll enter the Secure Zone, a fenced off area designated for participants only. In the Secure Zone, have your photo taken, refuel with water and refreshments. Once you leave the Secure Zone, you cannot re-enter. Just outside of the Secure Zone, you can join family and friends.

Information Booths and Lost & Found

Information Booths will be positioned at the start and finish to assist you with any race day questions and help you find your way. The Information Booths will also serve as the race day Lost & Found. Any valuables found at the start or finish should be turned in to the Information Booth. Items from the start will be transported to the finish.

Valuables not claimed at the finish line by 12pm will be trucked back to our Jackson office. To claim a lost item after the event, please contact the race support team using the contact us page.

Medical Information

The Medical Team is a dedicated group of multidisciplinary medical professionals, available to help assess your race day medical needs and administer acute first aid when necessary. Volunteers will be available to help before, during and after the race.

Age Group Awards

All half marathoners,10K, and 5K participants will receive a finishers medal.

Top 3 overall male and females are excluded from the age-group awards and can only receive one prize. Overall awards will be determined by gun time while age group awards will be determined by your chip time. This means that you must cross the finish line first to win the race.


9 and under

10 - 14

15 – 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+

WEATHER POLICY

Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event paying special attention to the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these predictions on the Magnolia Meltdown web site so that they can adequately prepare for severe weather during the race as well as possible course alterations.

On race day, the Race Director will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the run course. Possible scenarios include: change of race start time on the scheduled date, modification of the race course, change of race date or cancellation of the event. Wet, slick roadways, standing water and poor visibility due to heavy rains may require rerouting or shortening the course. Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 20 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 20 minute increments. If high winds are present, extra care will be taken to secure race signage, start and finish areas, mile markers, fencing, banners, timing clocks and other equipment. If extreme heat is predicted, extra water will be provided to the athletes, both prior to, during and after the event. The medical team will also be alerted that athletes may require additional medical attention during and after the event due to the high temperatures.

PET POLICY

Due to insurance and liability issues imposed, no dogs are allowed at our events. That means NO DOGS allowed with runners or walkers on the course and we kindly ask spectators to leave dogs at home. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Course Time Limit

For athletes racing the Half-Marathon, 10k and 5k, the course will close at 10:30am. Athletes on the course at that time will be picked up and brought to the finish line.

Walkers are encouraged to participate, as long as you are able to finish the course by 10:30am. This time limit will be strictly enforced due to traffic concerns. Runners crossing the finish line after 10:30am will not receive a time.

If a participant’s pace falls below the course time limit, they have a few options:

Increase their pace to stay within the event minimum pace;

Board a “sag wagon” shuttle to be dropped off at the finish area.

Transfers

Race entries are non-transferable (i.e. you can’t give your number to someone else).

Race Changes

Race changes are only allowed. Please let us know before race day. If you are on course and decide to change, please let us know at our timing tent. If you do not let us know you have changed distances, you will be disqualified.

Switching from a LONGER distance to a SHORTER distance is allowed at no cost. Switching to the longer distance race will require an upgrade fee.

To make changes please email daniel@s2fevents.com

NO LITTERING

It is an enormous effort to clean up after the runners due to the limited access to the trail. There will be garbage containers after every water stop. You may drop your cup on the ground within 100 yards of the stop, but if you still have your cup when you pass the garbage can, then HOLD IT until the next stop. Do not litter gel packs/tops at any time ! Drop it in the can or hold it to the next stop ! Violators can be DQ’d.

Deferrals Transfers & Refunds

There are no refunds and no deferrals. An entry is not transferable to another person, for any reason.

Course Policy

Bandits (non-registered runners), bicycles, roller blades, wagons, and pets are NOT permitted on the course. Runners are to run on the right side of the road and must allow vehicles to pass. All courses are open to normal traffic, which is very light. Traffic will be held for the start of each race. No coaches, hand cycles, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course.

Headphones

The safety of all participants is our primary concern, and devices such as headphones, cell phones, and iPods can cause problems along the course. We ask that, if you do plan to use an electronic device, please do so with caution and be respectful of the other competitors.

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