Saturday, March 6, 2021 | Ashland City, TN
NTC is excited to bring you the 1st annual Ashland City Half-Marathon on March 6th – a real in-person race!
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.
After 3.2 miles, you will get on the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail, a beautiful paved pancake-flat greenway that takes in the trestle bridge across Sycamore Creek featured in the event logo at almost exactly the halfway point in the race. Just after 7 miles, at Eagle Creek Pass Trail head you will drop down on to Chapmansboro Road, which will take you right next to the Cumberland River until 11 miles before swinging north. At around 11.5 miles is the only real significant hill, on North Main St, but you’ll get a nice downhill right afterwards as you hang a right on to Tennessee Waltz Parkway. The last 600m is on a greenway that goes under Cumberland Street and finished next to the river in Riverbluff Park.
The course was measured by USATF certifier, Tomas dePaulis, and the certification number is TN21005MS. Details of course certification can be viewed by clicking here.
7:00:00am: Elite Men Start
7:00:30am: Sub-Elite Men & Elite Women Start
7:01:00am: 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
All runners will have their temperature checked at check-in and be required to complete a symptom survey and liability waiver.
All runners, except those in the elite waves, must wear a face covering in the start area.
All runners not in the elite or sub-elite wave will line up according to their seed times in one of three starting lanes, separated by cones. Runners will be sent off three at a time (one in each lane) at 5 second intervals.
You may take off or discard your mask after you reach signage placed 150 meters into the race. There (gloved) volunteers will pick up discarded masks.
To access the beer garden (no, we’re not kidding; we’ll have beer at the race thanks to our generous sponsor, King’s Bluff Brewery), you will have to show your bib number. The staff will have a list of runners sorted by bib number who are NOT aged 21 and over. Only runners and race crew will be allowed in the beer garden; no spectators.
Fluids Stations will be at 3.2 miles (Lemon & Lime Gatorade & Water), 5 miles (Water), 7.2 miles (Lemon & Lime Gatorade & Water), 9.3 miles (Water), and 11.7 miles (Lemon & Lime Gatorade & Water).
We will have gloved volunteer handing out 6 oz cups of water/Gatorade. If you’d rather slow down and get your own cup off the table you’ll have that option too. We’ll try to accommodate everyone’s comfort level. You are also more than welcome to carry your own fluids and refill as needed. 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.
Online registration is at runsignup.com. Entry fee is $75 until 11:59pm Sunday, February 14th. After that, it will increase to $85. Registration is open until 5:00pm Friday March 5th. You may enter day of race between 5:45 and 6:45am.
Each participant will receive an incredibly soft Next Level AC1/2 T-shirt. All finishers will receive a medal.
Unfortunately, we will not be having packet pick-up prior to the race, due mostly to the t-shirts being delayed. This is what I get for putting together a half-marathon in just 6 weeks!
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 Friday (3/5), and you can have a friend pick up your T-shirt.
Runners who have clocked sub-1:09:30 (men) or sub-1:17:30 (women) should email Dave Milner at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. All elite runners will have a group start at 7:00am sharp, but will need to provide evidence of a negative Covid test in the 7 day preceding the race, or proof of vaccination.
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, but will need to provide evidence of a negative Covid test in the 7 day preceding the race, or proof of vaccination.
AWARDS & PRIZE MONEY
Awards will go to the winner (only) of each of the following age groups:
Male & Female: 0-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
Prize Money is now confirmed as follows:
Male & Female Overall: 1st – $1000, 2nd -$500, 3rd – $300
Male & Female Masters (Over 40): 1st – $250
Male & Female Masters (Age graded (All ages over 40) – $150
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.