The 37th annual Macon Labor Day Road Race will be held on Sept. 2nd, 2013. Come join us for a family-friendly Macon tradition. Both the 5K and 10K races feature a fast, point-to-point course that leads through downtown Macon and into Central City Park. The race features chip timing and both courses are USATF certified and can serve as a qualifier for next year's Peachtree Road Race. Participants receive technical fabric, gender-specific shirts. For even more fun, enter one of the team competitions. There will be special kids' activities at the park near the finish line, including inflatables, snow cones, cotton candy, music, and more. Bring the whole family!
Registration: Early registration is $20 for the 5K or 10K and $12 for the Fun Run. Early registration discounts apply through August 15th. Late registration is $25 for the 5K or 10K and $15 for the Fun Run. Online registration is available through August 29th. You may also register in person during packet pick-up. Mailed entries must be received by Saturday, August 24th. Race day registration will be available, but you will not receive a chip, will not be eligible for awards, and your results will not be posted.
Packet Pick-up: Will be held at Ortho Georgia at 3708 Northside Drive on:
- Friday, August 30th from 5-7 pm
- Saturday, August 31st from 9-1 pm
- Sunday, Sept. 1st from 1-5 pm.
All runners are encouraged to pick up their packets before race day. You may pick up packets for friends and family. Unpicked up packets will be brought to the appropriate starting line.
Start Locations: The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of Vineville Ave. & Pio Nono Ave. Park at the Vineville Baptist Church or the Georgia Academy for the Blind. The 10K starts at 8:30 a.m. at Forsyth Rd, 1 mile south of Tucker Rd. and Wesleyan College. Park at Rivoli Crossing Shopping Center on Forsyth Road. The 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:45 a.m. near the Finish Line for the 5K & 10K in Central City Park ( Fun Run course map). Bus transportation will be provided back to the start line after the race.
View the course map for start and finish locations. If you'd like to use your GPS, use the following addresses: 10K start - 4553 Forsyth Road, 5K start - 2591 Vineville Avenue, Central City Park - Willie Smokie Glover Drive.
T-shirts: Participants will receive a wicking, technical fabric t-shirt while supplies last. Register early to guarantee a shirt in your size. Women will receive a women’s shirt with cap sleeves and a tapered waist unless otherwise requested.
Team Competitions: For both the 5K and the 10K, awards will be given to the top 3 teams in the following categories: Teams of Five (at least 2 members must be female); 2-person Parent & Child teams; and Husband & Wife teams. New this year: all members of teams must be registered by Aug 29th. Each person may only sign up for one team, but all team members will still be eligible for overall & age group awards. Awards will be determined by combined times. All team members must run the same race (5K or 10K).
Join Macon Tracks Running Club and get $1 off your entry fee when you pre-register. Get race-entry discounts, be eligible to earn points in the Macon Tracks Piedmont Sports Medicine Race Series, get 20% off at Run Fit Sports the 3rd Sunday of each month, & enjoy the camaraderie of your local running club.
Awards: Top 3 Overall and 1st Master (40+), 1st Grand Master (50+), and 1st Great Grand Master (60+). Age Group awards 3 deep as follows: 10 and Under, 11-14, and 5 year ages groups through 75+. There will be no duplication of awards except in the case of team awards. Decisions by the race director are final. For the Fun Run, a trophy will be given to the first boy and girl aged 12 or under. All fun run participants will receive a finisher's medal.
Transportation: Buses will provide transportation back to the starting lines after the race. The buses will be on Levee Road, across the park from the finish line toward the river (see map). There will be no transportation to the race start before the race. If you would like for family or friends to drop you off at the start and then meet you at the park, they can use an alternate driving route to avoid traveling on race course roads.
Hotel Accommodations: The Macon Marriott City Center, just a few blocks from Central City Park, has agreed to give race participants a discounted rate on the Sunday evening before the race. The special room rate is $89 (normally $119). Click this link or call Christy Robinson at 478-803-1619 to make your reservations.
Please Note: There will be no bikes, pets, or skates allowed on the race course. We request that participants pushing baby joggers or strollers please start at the back and use extreme caution so as to avoid injury to small passengers and to your fellow athletes. No refunds or transfers allowed.
Course Description: The courses overlap. The 10-K race begins ½ mile east of Wesleyan College, following Forsyth Road as it turns into Vineville Avenue. At the 3.1 mile mark, the 5-K begins, close to the intersections of Vineville, Pio Nono, and Pierce Avenues, in front of the Vineville Baptist Church. Both races proceed across I-75, where the road changes names to Forsyth Street, then Cotton Avenue. This road will turn sharply right and left as you pass City Hall, continuing to Second Street where you will turn left. You turn right onto Walnut Street, left onto Seventh Street, and right into Central City Park. Major hills are located at the ½ mile mark of the 10-K and the 4.5 mile mark of the 10-K (1.2 mile mark of the 5-K). Otherwise, the course is relatively flat or downhill except for a few small inclines. The USATF certification numbers are GA12100WC for the 10K course and GA12099WC for the 5K.