Do You Even Know Where You’re Going? Glass City Marathon Course Maps

There is not much worse than getting off course during a race. In my half marathon PR race, I ended up running half of a mile in the wrong direction because the course marshal at that post stepped away. A bystander told me I was headed the wrong way and I ended up making it to the finish line for a PR.

Ever since then I have studied course maps for all of my races so I have a general understanding of where I should be headed. I highly suggest it for all runners for all races, no runner likes a surprise on race day. Plus, it’s always great to know where every aid station is because I am a drinker and can never be too hydrated when I’m running.

Study up!

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Restaurant Discounts

What is one of the most important things to a runner? Aside from shoes, clothing, and hoping for some great weather, FOOD!
When it comes to racing, a runner needs to be sure to fuel properly pre and post race. What you eat can make or break a race sometimes.

Runners of each of the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon races will receive a 20% discount at the restaurants listed below on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23! Just make sure to wear your 2017 race shirt or your 2017 race medal for the discount.

I have been to each of these restaurants, and while I most definitely have a favorite (or two), they are all a fantastic place to carb up to run an epic race.

Spaghetti Warehouse
Manhattan’s
Bravo! Cucina Italiana
Blarney Irish Pub
Mancy’s Italian

What is your favorite pre and post race meal?

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Personalized Bibs

One of the fun things about the Glass City Marathon races is the personalized bibs. It is something so incredibly small that makes me smile and feel unique during the race.

Race bibs are color coded based on the race you are entered to run (examples below). The bib also includes the B-Tag, your tracking device to record your time during the race. Your corral assignment is printed just above your name and the most important item, in my opinion, are the two drink tickets located on the bottom right of the bib. Great Black Swamp Brewing creates a special beer for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon called Glass City Glory and it is fabulous. No matter which race you run, a couple of drinks when you finish helps the recovery process, right?!

BUT, you need to register before midnight on Friday, March 31 to be able to personalize your bib! Make sure you get to the webpage and get your message/name/nickname/dog’s name/business printed on your bib!

Six Weeks Until Race Day

First of all, if you haven’t registered for your race at the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, hop to it! The fields are filling up fast and there is no guarantee how much longer there will be room. Register before March 31 and you will be guaranteed your shirt size, a personalized BIB number, corral placement and you’ll beat the next price increase!
My training for the Owens Corning Half Marathon is still at a stand still, and has been for months now. I am starting to think I might have to drop down to the Medical Mutual Glass City 5k. My schedule may be changing in the near future and I’m not sure how many Saturday races I’ll be able to take part in. Adulting: the struggle is real. I have six weeks to train for the half and I know that I could get it done, BUT, I’ll be off of running for one week due to a surgery. And unfortunately, there is no running at all during the initial recovery.

Have your registered?
How has your training been going?

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Countdown

48 days. That is all that stands between today and race day.
The thoughts start swirling around in your head…
Am I ready?
Have I run enough?
Should I break in new shoes?
What am I going to wear on race day?
Where the heck should I stay that weekend?
Am I ready?
Am I ready?

You still have seven weeks to find your race mojo. Keep on training and keep a positive frame of mind!

You’ve got this!

If you haven’t registered, don’t wait too long because the Owens Corning Half Marathon typically sells out!

Volunteer Your Time at the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon

It is a little known fact that without volunteers, the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon wouldn’t happen. The expo wouldn’t be set up, packets wouldn’t be stuffed, the kid’s marathon would be mayhem, there wouldn’t be any race signage, the relay checkpoints would end up with errors, and the races themselves wouldn’t have extra help in directing them on the race course.

Volunteers make the race what it is. It takes over 1,000 people giving their time to orchestrate and support the events on race weekend. There are a few new ways to volunteer where runners and non-runners can help make the 41st year of the race, one of the best yet, especially those who are making Toledo their first race.

Saturday

This is a great opportunity for those of you who are running one of the races to help give back to your favorite race! Wouldn’t you love to help us in setting up signage for the races? Saturday calls for a lot of work in Lot 10 (where the after party takes place), inside the Glass Bowl (the finish line), and some of the signage for the start line.

Sunday

If you are an experienced runner who isn’t running a race this year, but still wants to take part in the race day atmosphere, we would love your help at the start line with corral assignments. Making sure runners start in their correct corral makes the start of the races less stop-and-go.

If you aren’t a runner and have always wanted to know what running a race is like, one area where we can always use more help is out on the race course as a course marshal. Course marshal’s have a dual job in my opinion; make sure the runners are following the correct race route and cheering on every runner as they pass, letting them know that they have fans, even if they’ve never met! This is also a great area for our experienced runners to volunteer for. Again, we can never have too many course marshals to ensure the safety of our running family.

We do have other volunteer opportunities available, but these are our newest areas that need help this year. Most volunteer jobs require four hours or less of your time and you also receive a Mercy Health Glass City Marathon volunteer shirt! When you give your four hours or less, it makes a direct impact on the race itself. Every volunteer counts regarding the success of the race.

If you don’t want to volunteer alone, sign up a friend or family member and share the fun and energy of race weekend!

Can’t wait to see our volunteers on April 22 and 23!

Registered & Ready to PR

Turns out that I was certain that I registered for the Owens Corning Half Marathon, but after looking into it, I hadn’t registered at all! I had to remedy that right away naturally. Now I am officially running the half on April 23 and pretty damn excited about it.HalfMarathonRegistrationMy race training has hit a few speed bumps this month, but I still have plenty of time to get into PR shape for the Owens Corning Half Marathon. If I hit my goal time then it will be around a 20 minute PR.

Register before the end of the day on February 15 before the next price increase!
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