DR. JAMES H. CROWDIS RUN RACE INSTRUCTIONS
The Dr. James H. Crowdis 5K, 10K and one mile will be held Saturday, January 19th at the Blakely First United Methodist Church. In the event of impending inclement weather please return to this site for further information or go to our Facebook page.
Schedule of Events:
9:25am Lineup for start
9:30am Start of all races
10:30am Post-race announcements and presentation of awards
For directions to the race and parking information click HERE.
REGISTRATION and PACKET PICKUP
Race day registration and packet pickup will be available for those arriving as early as 8am.
Registration and packet pickup will be in the church social hall. Entrances for runners will be on the east side of the social hall or through the rear of the building. Parking will be available in the social hall parking lot as well as the main parking lot west of the church. There will be additional parking at the medical building across the street. If entering through the rear, go up the steps or ramp and enter the rear door, walk down a short hallway and turn left. At that point there will be bathrooms on the left before arrival in the social hall.
Those needing to register should go first to the registration table on the east side of the social hall for payment and receipt of packet and t-shirt.
Packets for pre-registered runners will be near the Registration area. Check to make sure your t-shirt size is correct.
The starting line is in the rear of the church parking lot near the flag. Participants should begin to line up about 9:10am. The race will begin at 9:30 am.
Runners should line up according to ability. Those lined up on the front should be capable of running 7:00 per mile pace or faster. This is to guarantee the safety of all runners. The starter will assist in lining up runners and may ask some to move back. In the event of a runner falling at the start, the race will continue and not be restart. Note: There are a few bad spots in the pavement near the start and also as you turn into parking lot to the finish. Watch your step!
Any runner who has already finished the race should not cross the finish line a second time.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DECLARE 5K or 10K UNTIL YOU REACH THE 5K FINISH. THOSE CHOOSING THE 10K SHOULD RUN TO THE LEFT OF THE FINISH CHUTE AND CONTINUE ON THEIR SECOND LAP.
The race will start in the rear of the church parking lot and the finish for both races will be on the west side of the church under the canopy. Those in the 10K race will run the course twice. This is an out and back course with several turns and curves. The middle mile of the course including the turn around will be lined with cones. Runners should stay to the RIGHT of the cones at all times. The first and last mile will not be marked with cones so runners are free to run the tangents. Every mile will be marked with a stripe across the road and a sign. The halfway (2,500 and 7,500 meters) will also be marked with a sign.
Runners are asked to be aware of their surroundings and to not impede the progress of others. If you plan to stop and walk, please do not stop suddenly if someone is directly behind you. Please do not run or walk three or four abreast as there may be others behind you trying to pass.
There will be a water station on the course that will be passed twice and there will also be water for 10K runners as they pass the start/finish. Runners should be aware of others and should not cut across or stop suddenly in front of other runners at the water stations.
All runners will turn left off College Street into the finish area with about fifty yards remaining. Those in the 10K will run to the left of the finish chute after the first 5K and continue on the second 5K.
Finishers should not stop at the finish line but should continue moving through the chute and remain in the same order in which they crossed the finish line. At the end of the chute the runner will pass through an orange tent and be draped with a finisher medal while receiving a place of finish card. Finishers should continue and stop under the blue tent to record their name, age, gender, race (5K or 10K), and walker or runner on the card. The card should then be placed in either 5K or 10K box. Anyone who has difficulty writing after the race will be assisted. Overall finish results will be posted in the social hall as they are completed.
Water will be available after passing through the blue tent. Water, soft drinks, fruit and cookies will be available after the race in the church social hall. Participants are asked to not take more than their fair share and should place trash in receptacles.
At 10:30 a ceremony will be held to hand out awards for the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races and to recognize sponsors, the Crowdis family, past winners, and upcoming races. If you feel there has been an error in the results please wait until after the ceremony to discuss it with the race director. In the case of errors, they will be corrected and the appropriate winners will be awarded their prizes. This year we will also pay tribute to some of our runners and race sponsors who have assisted in the recovery effort following Hurricane Michael.