Saturday, March 5, 2021 | Ashland City, TN
Start time: 7:30am
Nashville Track Club is excited to bring you the 2nd annual Ashland City Half-Marathon on Saturday, March 5th.
This race is a USA Track & Field-sanctioned event will take place on a fast, flat, USATF-certified course that is absolutely gorgeous. It will start and finish right next to the Cumberland River at Riverbluff Park.
Online registration is at runsignup.com. Entry fee is $70 until 11:59pm Monday, January 31. After that, it will increase to $80. Registration is open until 5:00pm Tuesday March 1st. You may enter day of race between 5:45 and 6:45am. Each participant will receive an incredibly soft Next Level AC 1/2 T-shirt. All finishers will receive a medal. In the event that you are unable to take part in the race, refunds will NOT be issued. However, bibs may be transferred up to 5pm Wednesday (3/2), and you can have a friend pick up your T-shirt.
7:30:00am: Elite Men Start
7:30:30am: Sub-Elite Men & Elite Women Start
7:31:00am: Sub-Elite Women Start & Fastest Seeds of Mass Start
Thereafter, runners will go off, 3 at a time (one to a lane), at 5 second intervals
COVID PROTOCOLS IN PLACE
Masks are encouraged in the starting corral but not mandated.
The course had to be redesigned, re-measured, and recertified due to the afore-mentioned construction on Tennessee Waltz Parkway east of Riverbluff Park.The new course’s USATF certification number is TN22002MS.This course is eligible for Tennessee single-age state records.
The new course can be viewed at the link below. There is actually even less elevation change than on last year’s course, but we had to exit the park via the greenway and insert a (gentle) 180˚ turn just after the 2 mile marker on N. Vine Street. After 2.5 miles the course is identical to last year – beautiful, flat, and very fast.
We will have manned hydration stations – offering both water and Gatorade – at the following points on the course: 3.3 miles, 4.4 miles, 7.3 miles, and 9.3 miles, and 11.5 miles. We will NOT be handing out gels, so if you plan to use gels, bring your own.
Note that, for this year, the course is only open for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Please do not register for the race unless your are confident that you can comfortably cover the course in 2:30:00 (11:30/mile) or better. Next year, we plan to be more inclusive.
Runners who have clocked sub-1:09:30 (men) or sub-1:17:30 (women) should email Dave Milner at email@example.com. Runners who have clocked sub-1:07:00 (men) and sub-1:15:00 (women), or the equivalent at 10K-marathon, will have their entry fee waved. Others are eligible for a discounted (50%) entry fee. The sub-elite wave is for runners who have clocked sub-1:14:00 (men) or sub-1:22:15 (women), or the equivalent at 10K-marathon. They will have a group start 30 seconds later.
Results will be provided by A Matter of Timing. Results will be available right away and each participant will have their result individually emailed to them. Our goal is to have a certified 15K point on the course with intermediate results there, so that runners can chase a PB or single age state record for that distance, as well as 13.1 miles.
AWARDS & PRIZE MONEY
Awards will go to the winner (only) of each of the following age groups:
Male & Female: 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Prize Money is as follows:
Male & Female Overall: 1st – $1000, 2nd -$500, 3rd – $300 + $250 bonus for Course record (1:03:52 (Men) & 1:14:22 (Women))
Male & Female Masters (Over 40): 1st – $250
Placing and prize money in the male and female overall categories will bed determined by Gun Time.
Placing and prize money in the masters categories will be determined by Chip Time.
Prize money will be mailed out within 14 days of the race, upon receipt via email of a signed W-9.
Post-race Awards & Celebration
We will gather at Marrowbone Creek Brewing at 240 S. Main Street in Ashland City starting at approximately 10:00am. We will give out awards, have live music starting at 12pm, we’ll have a pizza truck on site in addition to MCB’s regular kitchen (Menu available at link above). And MCB will have non-alcoholic beer in addition to their more potent post-race beverages.
We’ll have random prizes including Aftershokz headphones (SRP $180) and Nashville Track Club merch, so be sure to come hang out at Marrowbone.
Parking is available in their lot directly behind the brewery. Additional parking available at First National Bank, 1 north block on Chestnut, and at the Ballfields behind the brewery to the southwest.