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December 6 - 7, 2014

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SCHEDULE


THURSDAY, December 4, 2014
Packet Pickup Begins

The North Face - Union Square
180 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94108


The North Face - Corte Madera
1602 Redwood Highway
Corte Madera, CA 94925
10:00 AM  
Packet Pickup Ends 

8:00 PM
FRIDAY, December 5, 2014
Packet Pickup Begins

The North Face - Union Square
180 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94108


The North Face - Corte Madera
1602 Redwood Highway
Corte Madera, CA 94925

10:00 AM
Packet Pickup Ends
6:30 PM
Countdown to the Championship: Pre-Race Panel Discussion at The North Face - Union Square

Featuring: The North Face Athletes Dean Karnazes and Endurance Challenge Race Director, Nick Moore 

6:30 PM
SATURDAY, December 6, 2014

Bib & Tag Pickup Open for Saturday Racers / Gear Bag Check Open

3:45 AM
GORE-TEX® 50 Mile Race Start
5:00 AM
50K Race Start
7:00 AM
Marathon Race Start 9:00 AM
Marathon Relay Race Start
11:00 AM
Finish Line Festival Begins
11:00 AM
Packet Pickup Open for Saturday & Sunday Racers
11:00 AM
Overall Awards Ceremony
2:30 PM
Karno Kids' Race
3:00 PM
Meet and Greet with Dean Karnazes Begins
3:30 PM
Meet and Greet with Dean Karnazes Ends
4:30 PM 
Finish Line Festival Ends

7:00 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014
Bib & Tag Pickup Open for Sunday Racers
6:00 AM
Finish Line Festival Begins
8:00 am
Half Marathon Race Start
8:00 AM
10K Race Start
9:00 AM
5K Race Start
9:15 PM
Packet Pickup Open for Sunday Racers
10:00 AM
Karno Kids' Race
11:00 AM
Overall Awards Ceremony
12:00 AM

Finish Line Festival Ends

12:30 PM
 

California Festival

Overview

The race will begin and end under the red arch in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. The Finish Line Festival features music, refreshments and food. A true family event, the Finish Line Festival will also offer free samples, product trials, demonstrations and raffle prizes from The North Face, GORE-TEX®, SmartWool, Clif Bar and more.

Gear Bags

All participants have the option to leave personal belongings and extra gear at the Finish Area while running. A perforated bag tag is provided at the bottom of your race bib. Please bring bags labeled with the provided tag to the Gear Check booth before the start of the race and our event staff place it in a secure location for pickup post race. Drop bags on-course are only allowed for GORE-TEX® 50 Mile participants at locations specified in the course guides. Please see the course guide for additional gear bag check information.

Finish Line Festival Booths

• The North Face • GORE-TEX® • SmartWool • Clif Bar • Sports Basement • Leave No Trace • Karno Kids • Challenged Athletes Foundation

Meet and Greet with Dean Karnazes

The North Face Global Athlete Team Member, Dean Karnazes, will be answering questions, taking photos and signing autographs at The North Face Retail booth at the Finish Line Festival. Stop by to meet the Ultramarathon Man himself.

Karno Kids Race

For those too young to enter the Endurance Challenge, the Karno Kids’ Race provides a fun, supervised way for kids to join in the action on race day. Dean Karnazes will lead the way on a 1K course alongside some notable characters, including Cinderella, SpongeBob SquarePants, Buzz Lightyear and Elmo, to name a few. Registration is free, and parents can sign up race day at the Karno Kids’ booth. All kids’ race participants receive a medal and free finisher photo from Ultra Race Photos, the Official Race Photographer for the series. Parents must include a legible email address to receive the free photo code.

Screen-printing

On-site screen-printing will be available at no additional charge for participants to customize race shirts with their distance.

Skip the line on Race Day and have your shirt Pre-Screen Printed and ready for pick up after your race. If you pick up your shirt at Packet Pickup and would like your shirt pre-printed, please leave your shirt with a staff member. You can pick you shirt up after your race at the Packet Pickup Booth.

If you are undecided, bring your shirt on race day to be printed on-site.

Unclaimed shirts will NOT be mailed.

Food and Beverage

All GORE-TEX® 50 Mile, 50K and Marathon participants will receive a free meal ticket on their race bib, redeemable at the Catering booth. Food for spectators, other participants and Sunday participants can be purchased at the Concessions booth.

A Beer Garden will be provided for spectators and participants to enjoy an adult beverage after the race. The first beer is free for all race participants. It is important to note that at certain Endurance Challenge events, beer service and sales may not be permitted or may have certain restrictions due to state laws.

Please bring cash if you plan to purchase additional beer or food.

Massage and Ice Baths

Post-race recovery massage service and ice baths will be available for athletes at the GORE-TEX® Runner Recovery Area.

Finish Chute

We ask all spectators to stay out of the immediate finishing area to allow the runners ample space to slow down and recover. Family and friends may greet their runner after he or she has exited the finish chute.

Weather

Weather in Marin County this time of year is generally cold, with an average high of 57 degrees and an average low of 47 degrees and an increased chance of rain. Please be prepared and bring the appropriate clothing and accessories.

Overall Awards

The North Face prizes and medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each of the six solo race distances. Overall awards and medals will also be given to the top three finishing Marathon Relay teams. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female participants in the GORE-TEX® 50 Mile race in the following amounts:

First Place – $10,000 Second Place – $4,000 Third Place – $1,000

The overall awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 PM on Saturday and 12:00 PM on Sunday. We encourage other runners and spectators to stay for the awards ceremonies and support the finishing athletes. If you are unable to attend the awards ceremony, you may pickup your award early at the Awards booth. Unclaimed awards will NOT be mailed.

Age Group Awards

The top three male and females in each age division will receive prizes from The North Face. If you place in the top three overall for your race distance, you do not qualify for an age group award. The age divisions are as follows:

  • 19 and under

  • 20-24

  • 25-29

  • 30-34

  • 35-39

  • 40-44

  • 45-49

  • 50-54

  • 55-59

  • 60-64

  • 65 and over

Age Group awards will not be presented in a formal awards ceremony; however, you may pick up your award at the Awards booth. Unclaimed awards will NOT be mailed.