Runner's Guide


What is the date for this race?Is the Course Certified?What is the start time of the race?Who qualifies for the Military registration rate?Is there a race entry cap?How can I contact someone if I have questions?Is there a time standard for the race?What do I get for running the race?What are the altitudes for the race course?What kind of weather can I expect?Where is Columbus, Georgia?Who will receive the profits from the race?Is this race for civilians or just soldiers?Aid Station and Restrom InfoWhat will be available at the aid stations?Will there be Porta Johns out on the course?Is this race chip timed?What type of T-Shirts will there be for the Half and Full races?Will there be finisher medals for both distances?Is the course hilly?Where will the packet pickup be the night before the race?Will there be a pasta dinner?Can I pick up my race packet the morning of the race?Can someone else pick up the packet for me?Can I transfer my registration to the half or full after registering?Can I transfer my registration to someone else?Are there any refunds if I cannot do the race?Will there be pacers for the runners?Will there be food at the finish line? Will there be medical support on the course?With the race being located on Ft. Benning will I be able to get onto post?With a portion of the race course being on Ft. Benning will I be able to get onto the military base?Is the course very scenic?Is the 7-hour cut off good for both races?Is there an early start for slower runners?What is the Fallen Hero Program offered at the Soldier Marathon?Are there any hotels available for runners?If I come in after the 7-hour cutoff will I get credit for finishing?Can I bring my pet(s)?What are the Age restriction for the Half, Full and Relay? Is the race timed?Will the race be chip timed?What type of t-shirt will be provided to finishers of the full marathon and half marathon?
Q: What is the date for this race?
A: November 8, 2014
Q: Is the Course Certified?
A: Yes it is certified.
Q: What is the start time of the race?
A: Runners will start at 8:00am Eastern
Q: Who qualifies for the Military registration rate?
A: Active, Retired, Spouses and immediate dependents with a valid military ID.
Q: Is there a race entry cap?
A: The entry cap is 2,000 runner. Read the Registration Procedures to learn more about the registration process.
Q: How can I contact someone if I have questions?
A: Call our 24 hour hot-line (706) 243-8128
or email us info@soldier marathon.com
Someone will respond to your questions as soon as possible.
Q: Is there a time standard for the race?
A: All runners must be able to complete the race in seven (7) hours or less.
Q: What do I get for running the race?
A:
  • Marathon Short Sleeve Technical Shirt
  • Unique Finisher Medallion
  • Unique Finisher Coin
  • Unique Drawstring Bag
  • Post-Race Party
Q: What are the altitudes for the race course?
A: Start: 275’   Finish: 250’   High Point: 375’
Q: What kind of weather can I expect?
A: November is a beautiful month in Georgia. Temperatures at the start line range from 38-50°F; at finish from 40-65°F
Q: Where is Columbus, Georgia?
A: Columbus, Georgia is 1½ hours southwest of Atlanta and 2½ hours southeast of Birmingham. For further tourism information contact the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau - (706)322-1613.
Q: Who will receive the profits from the race?
A: The Soldier Marathon will raise funds the National Infantry Museum and  House of Heroes.
Q: Is this race for civilians or just soldiers?
A: Any civilian or military person (active, retired or dependent) over age 18 may register for the marathon and over age 13 may register for the half marathon. Military discount rate applies to military person.
Q: Aid Station and Restrom Info
A: Aid Station     Mileage

Aid Station

Mileage

1

2.8

2

5.8

3

   7.0

4

8.3

5

10.0

6

11.0

7

13.0

8

 15.0

9

16.4

10

18.0

11

20.0

12

22.0

13

23.0

14

24.7


Water and Powerade will be provided at each Aid Station.
Porta Johns will be at each Aid Station.
Gu gel will be at Aid Stations 4, 6, 8, and 12
Q: What will be available at the aid stations?
A: Water and Powerade will be provided at each Aid Station.
Porta Potties will be at each Aid Station.
Gu gel will be at Aid Stations 4, 6, 8, and 12
Q: Will there be Porta Johns out on the course?
A: Yes, Porta Johns will be at each Aid Station and at the start and finish line.
Q: Is this race chip timed?
A: Yes, it will be chip timed.
Q: What type of T-Shirts will there be for the Half and Full races?
A: There will be short sleeve T-Shirts for both the Half and Full races.
Q: Will there be finisher medals for both distances?
A: Yes. Both distances will be awarded finisher medals and a coin will provided as well as the finisher's t-shirt
Q: Is the course hilly?
A: The course is relatively flat. There is a hill at mile 2. There are several inclines along the river at miles 5, 12, 13.5, 19, and 20.5. Many runners have qualified for the Boston Marathon on the course and an 80 year old runner set a Georgia State record for a marathon on the course.
Q: Where will the packet pickup be the night before the race?
A: It will be at the Infantry Museum.
Q: Will there be a pasta dinner?
A: Yes, there will be a pasta dinner on Friday evening before the Saturday race beginning at 6:00 pm at the National Infantry Museum. Pasta and chicken will be provided.
Q: Can I pick up my race packet the morning of the race?
A: Yes. Packet pick up will be available at the start of the race from 6:00am - 7:30am.
Q: Can someone else pick up the packet for me?
A: No. You must provide a photo ID to pick up your packet.
Q: Can I transfer my registration to the half or full after registering?
A: Yes, you would be able to transfer to the half or full marathon at a later date if needed up until November 1st.
Q: Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
A: Entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE.
Q: Are there any refunds if I cannot do the race?
A: Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Q: Will there be pacers for the runners?
A: Yes, pacers will be provided for runners for several different expected finishing times.
Q: Will there be food at the finish line?
A: Yes, McDonalds will provide runners either a hamburger or a breakfast burrito. And Coca Cola will provide you with a Coke product. Plus there will be fruit, water, bagels and energy bars.
Q: Will there be medical support on the course?
A: Yes. There will be medical support at the Start/Finish line and along the course.
Q: With the race being located on Ft. Benning will I be able to get onto post?
A: The start/finish of the race is at the new Infantry Museum which is outside of any checkpoint. You will not need ID to run on post.
Q: With a portion of the race course being on Ft. Benning will I be able to get onto the military base?
A: Yes. During the race Ft. Benning is open to runners with a race bib on your shirt. Before and after the race you may drive or bike on Ft. Benning by providing a picture identification. We encourage you to drive on this beautiful military base which has been recognized at the World's Best Military Base. The new entrance to Ft. Benning off Hwy 185 is world class. You may think you are entering Washington, D.C. Also, the National Infantry Museum at the entrance to Ft. Benning is an amazingly beautiful building you will want to tour.
Q: Is the course very scenic?
A: The Soldier Marathon course is one of the most beautiful and scenic courses you will run. We think it is by far the most beautiful course in Georgia and certainly one of the most interesting in the Country as it starts and finishes at the National Infantry Museum along the incredible Avenue of Flags, runs through historic Ft. Benning, then winds along the RiverWalk and after the turn around for the half marathon continues along the beautiful Chattahoochee River to Uptown Columbus and world headquarters of TSYS credit card processing company. Uniformed soldiers will serve you cups of water on Ft. Benning. Music will be played along the course to energize you. We think the Soldier Marathon course is simply the best course in the State of Georgia and the South.
Q: Is the 7-hour cut off good for both races?
A: Yes since both races are using the same course.
Q: Is there an early start for slower runners?
A: No. Since everything is chip timed there will not be an early start.
Q: What is the Fallen Hero Program offered at the Soldier Marathon?
A: Runners will be offered the opportunity to run in honor of a Fallen Hero. A Fallen Hero is someone who lost his/her life in service to our Country. Runners may run in honor of a relative, a friend, or the Soldier Marathon will provide runners with a name of a Fallen Hero. The name of the Fallen Hero will be written on a bib that will be pinned to the runner's shirt along with the race bib.
Q: Are there any hotels available for runners?
A: Yes, the Soldier Marathon has contracted with 10 area hotels to provide special rates for runners. Click here to view a list of hotels.
Q: If I come in after the 7-hour cutoff will I get credit for finishing?
A: Unfortunately not. We will have a cutoff of 7-hours so the course will be closed at the 7-hour mark.
Q: Can I bring my pet(s)?
A: No pets are allowed on the course for the safety of others. Also no pets allowed at the National Infantry Museum due to their own policy.
Q: What are the Age restriction for the Half, Full and Relay?
A: Age 13 and above can run the Half Marathon, and 16 and above can run the Full Marathon. Age 10 and above for the Relay.
Q: Is the race timed?
A: Yes, each runner will be timed from start to finish. A timing chip will be placed on the back of each runner's race bib. The timing chip is called MyLaps, which is timing chip technology with the very highest accuracy rate. The timing chip is embedded in a small foam frame and affixed to the back of the race bib.
Q: Will the race be chip timed?
A: Yes, timing will be using the MyLaps BibTag System. The timing chip is affixed to the back of the race bib inside a foam protective cover.
Q: What type of t-shirt will be provided to finishers of the full marathon and half marathon?
A: An attractive technical dry fit short sleeve t-shirt will given to each finisher of the full and half marathon at the finish line.