2021 QuickFAQ


This FAQ is being updated for 2022.  Look for the updates by mid-January, 2022.

New FAQ Format

Previously, our FAQs were sentences and lots of words--and most of you didn't read them.  Therefore, for 2021, we are trying to be very crisp--which also means a bit terse.  As a result, we do not try to explain everything; we are just stating things as they are CURRENTLY planned.  All of this is subject to review and modification as needed to hold a safe event.

Key Dates:
  • Packet pick-up:  Monday, May 10, 2021 through Saturday, May 15, 2021.  See below for more detail.
  • Full Marathon:  Saturday, May 15, 2021, with individual starts between 6:00am and 8:00am.  (Elites start earlier.)  Course closure time is 2:00pm.
  • Half Marathon:  Sunday, May 16, 2021, with individual starts between 6:00am and 10:00am.  (Elites start earlier).  Course closure time is 1:00pm.
  • Select your Start Time:  Sign up by Sunday, May 9, 2021, using the form at https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/halfstart (for the Hafl) or https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/fullstart (for the Full).
Planning: Registration:
  • Closed for new registrations
  • Change Distance:  Closed; send exceptional cases to info@tobaccoroadmarathon.com
  • Change Year:  Closed as of May 1, 2021
  • Change Runner:  Closed as of March 1, 2021
  • Special Requests (disabled athlete; costumes; etc.):  Closed as of March 31, 2021
  • Distances:  Full Marathon or Half Marathon only (no 5K, no mile, no relay, no swimming)
  • Divisions:  Elite, Age Group, Military, Ruckers, Special
  • Refunds:  None; no exceptions
Pandemic-related Precautions: (May be adjusted based on conditions as we approach race day.)
  • Lower limits on number of runners
  • Running the Full and Half on different days
  • Screening questionnaire at packet pickup (https://img.racereach.com/files/uploads/1620583406_trm_covid-19_screening.pdf
  • Runner self-assessment of health conditions on race morning
  • Corrals with 100 runners starting every 15 minutes in a socially-distanced fashion
  • Temperature checks to enter start corral
  • Masks required at start and finish...and if you stop on the course (but not required while running/walking on the course)
  • No Runners Expo
  • No before or after-race activities
  • Only water at aid stations...in 8-ounce bottles
  • Reduced food at finish line
Course: Results: Parking:
  • Parking passes are NOT being used in 2021.
  • Full Marathon on Saturday:  Parking available to all runners; no pass needed.
  • Half Marathon on Sunday:  Parking available on a first-come, first served basis; no pass needed.  Drop-off, carpooling, ride-hailing, or running/walking/cycling to the race venue is encouraged.  We will poll you to ask how are you arriving...and will let you know how much of an issue parking will be.
  • Previously-purchased Parking Passes for 2020 will be usable in 2022 as long as the runner registers for the race before 2022 parking passes sell out.
Packet Pickup:
  • Location:   Inside-Out Sports, 2002 Grisdale Lane, Cary, NC 27513.  919-466-0101.
    - Monday-Thursday, May 10-13, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
    - Friday, May 14, 12:00pm to 8:00pm
    - Saturday, May 15, 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • What you will pick up:  Bib, t-shirt, pins, a doorknob hanger, and (under consderation) gels.
  • Shop at Inside-Out Sports for other runner needs.
  • Required to pick up a bib:
    - In-state:  You may pick up your own bib AND any other runner by showing their id (cell phone picture or photocopy permitted).
    - Out-of-state:  Must pick up own bib IN-PERSON showing evidence of EITHER having gotten the COVID-19 vaccine OR a negative COVID-19 test 72 hous or less BEFORE arriving in North Carolina.  Please see below for specific detalis.
  • If you live more than two hours away and cannot pick up your bib by 7:00pm on Friday (for the Full) or by 5:00pm on Saturday (for the Half), please complete this form:  https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/lateppu .  We will give you additional information about when and where to pick up your bib.
  • Mailed bibs/packets:  Not available.
  • Expo:  None
Weather: COVID-19 symptoms/tests/vaccines: Start Line:
  • 100 runners per corral starting every 15 minutes
  • Sign up for a corral/start time by Sunday, May 9.
  • 2 runners started every 5 seconds (~50 feet between runners)
  • No spectators permitted
  • Start corrals will be open for all paces, except possibly the first two corrals (6:00am and 6:15am)
  • If you arrive sooner than 30 minutes before your start time, please wait in your car
  • Port-o-johns available
  • Bag check:  NOT available
  • Wear a mask at the race venue until you cross the start line
Finish Line:
  • What you will get:  Water bottle; medal; mask; chocolate milk, banana, granola bar, pretzels
  • Please wear a mask (given to you) as soon a possible after you hydrate
  • No spectators permitted
On-course aid stattions:
  • For consumption:  8 ounce water bottles ONLY (Bring your own gu; electrolytes, salt tablets, and/or powder to mix in water; etc.)
    Note:  We are exploring how best to provide chilled water; it may not be particularly cold.
  • Please discard water bottles and bottle caps in trash cans and not on the trail, sidewalk, road, etc.
  • Medical issues:  Please ask a volunteer for various supplies
  • Aid Station Locations:
    - Full - See course map
    - Half - As of May 3, 2021, still being worked out.  Roughly every two miles.
  • Port-o-johns:  At each aid station
  • Masks: Carry a mask should you need to stop for an extended time at an aid station.
On the course:
  • Social distancing requested.  Do not remain in close proximity to another runner for an extended amount of time.  (Think of this like a runner's version of the "no drafting" rules in a triathlon--either pass or remain several lengths behind other athletes.)
  • Headphones permitted but discouraged.  Using just ONE ear pod or using bone-conducting headphones is recommended.  Please be sure you can hear all verbal instructions as well as traffic.  Call out issues and obstacles to other runners.
  • Passing:  Parts of the couse are on sidewalks and/or narrow; please allow room for other runners to pass.  Stay no more than two people abreast.
  • Open Course:  The course/trail is not closed closed to other users.  Be alert for walkers, runners, cyclists, and horses.
Spectator Locations: After the Race:
  • BQ / PR Bell:  Yes, the bell will back!
  • Finish Time:  Link to be texted to your cell phone...or check our web site.
  • BQ shirts:  If you achieved a BQ time, pick up a special BQ t-shirt!
  • Merchandise:  https://www.insideoutsports.com/other/trm-merchandise.html
  • Race photos:  Sorry, none planned this year due to the extended number of hours of the race.
  • Awards:  We will contact you for monitary awards.  Age Group awards (if we have them) being evaluated as of May 3, 2021.  If we have these, they will be mailed.
  • Review our Race:  On one of the sites listed on https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/reviews
  • Temperature checks to enter start corral
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