7:00AM - Start Line Staging Area Opens
7:30 AM. - Start line Festivities Begin (dance, stretch, chant “Go Giants”, get psyched, etc)
8:00AM – Start Running (5k/10k/Relay)
9:00AM(ish) – Stop Running
9:01AM – Finish Line Festival
All events start at 8:00am sharp.
ALERT! Course change! In order to make your race course experience better, we're going to be running the course in the opposite direction this year. Additionally, the 5k and 10k courses will use a DIFFERENT STADIUM ENTRANCE from one another. That means you'll need to be on your toes (proverbially, not necessarily your running gait of course) and read the signs on course. The 5k will run one course lap, cross back through the start arch, and then proceed to enter Raley Field and the stadium warning track via the west gate.
ALERT! Course change! In order to make your race course experience better, we're going to be running the course in the opposite direction this year. Additionally, the 5k and 10k courses will use a DIFFERENT STADIUM ENTRANCE from one another. That means you'll need to be on your toes (proverbially, not necessarily your running gait of course) and read the signs on course. 10k runners will run their first course lap, pass back through the start arch, run a SECOND lap, pass back through the start arch again, and finally proceed PAST THE 5k STADIUM ENTRANCE to loop around and enter Raley Field via the gate on the east side of the stadium. Don't worry, it's not nearly as complicated as it sounds, and we'll explain this to you at the Start Line.
OK, now is where you need to really pay attention. It's a 2-person relay, and both of you will finish on the field. At 8am, Runner 1 starts and runs the 5k, while Runner 2 stays behind at the start line (in our designated transition area). About 15-45 minutes later, Runner 1 will hand off to Runner 2 your timing strap (that you'll get along with your bibs), who is waiting in the transition area. Runner 2 will then start and run his/her 5k lap while (AND THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART) Runner 1 continues through the transition area, and follows the 5k instructions above to their field finish. From there, Runner 1 will wait for Runner 2 to cross the finish line of his/her 5k lap, where you'll be reunited with a sweaty hug. Got it? We'll explain this again at packet pickup and the start line, don't worry.
Old school. Meaning there are none. If you're fast, come to the front. If you're just out there for a stroll, it'd be a good idea to let the dude in the short shorts start in front of you.
The Finish Line is on the warning track in left field. We ask that after you finish, pause to soak up the experience of being on the field, grab your medal and some water, and then promptly head into the stands to meet your family and friends (and dance).
Spectators will be allowed inside Raley Field to watch the finish. Friends and family must remain in the stands. No ticket required.
Now that we are squarely in the cross hairs of El Niño, we can assure you we will have water along the route. You won’t even have to dive into the Sacramento River to hydrate!