November 18, 2010Updated Nov 18, 2010 at 4:24 PM EST
Fort4Fitness Is Almost Here! Are You Ready?
After a year of planning and training, The 2010 Fort4Fitness Health Festival is here! This Friday and Saturday, Parkview Field and the streets of Fort Wayne will be packed with thousands of runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers. Whether you're running, walking, helping out, or just cheering on one of your friends or family members, here is all of the important information you need to know for Festival Weekend!
Don't forget! New this year.... SPLIT STARTS for the 4 Mile Run/Walk and the Half Marathon!
7:30 a.m. Saturday - Start of 4 Mile Run/Walk
8:00 a.m. Saturday - Start of Half Marathon
The links below will take you to PDF files of Key Information that you can download and print if you want to have the information handy.
This is for Half Marathon and 4 Mile Run/Walk participants only! You should have received your official confirmation postcard in the mail within the last week. Please bring this with you to packet pick-up on Friday, September 24th between 2 and 9 pm. This postcard will help expedite the packet pick-up process for everyone on Friday night. You are welcome to pick-up the packet of a friend or family member, if you have that person's confirmation postcard with you.
What If I Didn't Get My Postcard?
If you didn't receive the confirmation postcard in the mail, and you are registered for the Half Marathon or 4 Mile Run/Walk, please click here, then type in your name to confirm your entry. If your name is there, then please bring a photo ID to the bib number look-up table in the Packet Pick-Up area.
If you have additional questions, please do not "reply" to this email. Please send an email to race@Fort4Fitness.org for the quickest response.
Only One Entrance To Parkview Field Is Open Friday
Please note that there will only be one entrance to Parkview Field open on Friday. This will be the main entrance to the stadium at the southwest corner of the building at Brackenridge and Ewing.
All other gates will be closed, and participants will not be permitted to enter Parkview Field through any other gates during the Health Festival and Packet Pick-up Friday from 2 pm - 9 pm.
Additional Important Information
Arrive Early! Please allow extra time on both Friday night and Saturday morning. This especially applies to the Half Marathon participants on Saturday morning, who may be arriving slightly later than the 4 Mile participants.
Parking - Be aware that many surface and garage lots may charge for parking. Fort4Fitness does not have control over the lots or what is being charged.
New Road Closing in 2010 - Northbound Fairfield, Baker and Ewing Streets will be closed beginning at 6:00 a.m.
Gear Check - Will be located on the first base concourse, inside Parkview Field on Saturday morning. Please allow adequate time to check your items and make your way to the starting line.
Race Results - New this year, electronic results of your race will be available after you finish. You'll find them on the concourse in centerfield. You will also be able to get your results online at www.Fort4Fitness.org
Kids & Seniors Marathon Info (Friday night)
The Kids Marathon and Seniors Marathon will both be taking place Friday night at Parkview Field. If you are participating in one of those events, or if you want to watch them finish their summer-long, incremental marathon, we welcome everyone to watch those participating. Click HERE for a very important letter from our Kids Marathon Director with all of the key information for Friday night!
Check-In (open at 5 pm) - For both the Kids Marathon and Seniors Marathon will be located immediately inside the main entrance to Parkview Field (southwest entrance at the corner of Brackenridge & Ewing). When you go through the main gate, turn left, and the check-in area will be on your left.
Wear your shirts! Kids, please wear your orange "in training" shirts, Seniors, please wear your green Seniors Marathon shirts.
6:15 p.m. - Warm-up (outside the stadium)
6:30 p.m. - Kids Marathon Start (outside the stadium)
6:45 p.m. - Seniors Marathon Start (outside the stadium)
Kids / Parents Reunion area - Kids will reunite with their parents in section 114 (near third base) after their run. You will receive a "parent claim tag" on your child's race bib when you check-in. For the safety and security of the kids involved, parents will need to show that claim tag in order for their child to be released from the reunion area.
Volunteer Jobs Still Available!
If you or someone you know would still like to help volunteer with the Fort4Fitness Health Festival, we have a couple of time slots that are available. If you can help out Friday night from 5 - 9 pm, or a shorter time slot, such as 6 - 8:30 pm, please let us know! Email your name, phone number and the time you're available to volunteer@Fort4Fitness.org and we'll get in touch with you, so you can join the Fort4Fitness "Fit Crew."
Dinner At The Diamond
From 5 pm - 9 pm Friday night, you can enjoy "Dinner at the Diamond." Healthy food options will be available at a locations on the concourse at Parkview Field, including a $6.00 pasta plate for runners who want to carbo-load for Saturday's race.
Thank you for your being a part of Fort4Fitness. Be sure to say hello and "thank you" to our more than 700 volunteers (you'll see them in the red "Fit Crew" t-shirts), and the Army National Guard soldiers and police officers who will also be located throughout the course and stadium to help make this event possible. We couldn't do this without them!
Have fun this weekend!
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