40th Macon Labor Day Race Race – September 5, 2016
Come join us for a family-friendly Macon tradition. Both the 5K and 10K races feature fast, point-to-point courses that lead 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 a technical fabric, gender-specific shirt. 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!
|Countdown to Race Start
Online registration is open through September 1 or register in person during packet pick up. Mailed entries must be received by Monday, August 29. 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.
|Entry Fees||5K or 10K||Fun Run|
|through Aug. 29||$20||$12|
|Aug. 30 to race day||$25||$15|
Packet Pick Up
Packet pick up will be held at Ortho Georgia at 3708 Northside Drive on:
- Friday, Sept. 2 from 5-7 pm
- Saturday, Sept. 3 from 9-1 pm
- Sunday, Sept. 4 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.
The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of Vineville Ave. & Pio Nono Ave (address: 2591 Vineville Avenue). 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 (address: 4553 Forsyth Road). Park at Rivoli Crossing Shopping Center on Forsyth Road. The 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 10:00 a.m. near the finish line for the 5K & 10K in Central City Park (address: Willie Smokie Glover Drive). View the 5K and 10K course map or Fun Run course map for start and finish locations. Bus transportation will be provided back to the 5K and 10K starting lines after the race.
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.
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. Awards will also be given to the 1st place 5K team of public safety employees and the 1st place 5K corporate team. All members of teams must be registered by September 3. 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).
Awards will be given to the top 3 Overall and 1st Master (40+), 1st Grand Master (50+), and 1st Great Grand Master (60+). Awards will be given to the top 3 in the following age groups: 10 and Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 and over. There will be no duplication of awards except in the case of team awards. Awards will be based on net time. 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.
Join Macon Tracks Running Club
Join today and get $1 off your entry fee during early registration (or $1 off for everyone in your immediate family with a family membership). Get race-entry discounts, be eligible to earn points in the Macon Tracks OrthoGeorgia Race Series, participate in group runs and social events, and enjoy the camaraderie of your local running club.
Buses will provide transportation back to the 5K and 10K 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.
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 and Monday after the race. The special room rate is $99. You must reserve before Aug. 28. After that, regular room rates apply. Click this link or call Lenice Dower at 478-803-0274 to make your reservations. Additionally, the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel will give Labor Day Road Race runners a special rate of $79 per night. They’re located at 100 N. Crest Blvd. in Macon, which is about a 10-minute drive up I-75 from Central City Park.
There will be four fluid stations for the 10K, with two also serving the 5K. The first is at the 10K two-mile mark, followed by one at the 5K start (3.1). The third will be near Sid’s Sandwich Shop, just over the I-75 overpass (mile 4.3 of the 10K, mile 1.1 of the 5K), with the last occurring at the corner of Second and Walnut Streets (mile 5.7 of the 10K, mile 2.6 of the 5K). Fluids will also be available at both starting lines and at the finish line area.
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. Walkers are welcome. We ask that, if you cannot complete the 10K in under 90 minutes, please participate in the 5K so that our volunteers can sweep the course before the roads are reopened. No refunds or transfers allowed.
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.