QuickFAQ

New FAQ Format

Previously, our FAQs were sentences and lots of words--and most of you didn't read them.  Therefore, for 2022, 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:  At Expo at Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham-Research Triangle (201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513).  Exact hours being finalized, but likely to be:
        Friday, March 18, 2022 from 3pm - 8pm
        Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 10am - 5pm

    Note:  At this time, packet pickup is planned to be INSIDE Embassy Suites.  We do not currently have plans for curbside pickup.  You may, however, have a friend pick up your bib as long as they have a picture of your ID.
  • Full and Half Marathon:  Sunday, March 20, 2022, starting at 7:00am.  Course closure time is 2:00pm for both distances.
Planning: Registration:
  • As of Feburary, 2022, the Half is closed for new registrations.  There is still space in the Full.  You can register for the Full in-person at the Expo.
  • Change Distance to the Half:  Now Closed.
  • Change Year:  Now Closed.  Use the form at https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/deferto2023
  • Change Runner:  Now Closed.  Use the form at https://app.racereach.com/form/42327
  • Special Requests (disabled athlete; costumes; etc.):  Closed as of January 20, 2022.
  • Distances:  Full Marathon or Half Marathon only (no 5K, no mile, no relay, no swimming)
  • Divisions:  Elite, Age Group, Military, Ruckers
  • Refunds:  None; no exceptions
Pandemic-related Precautions: (May be adjusted based on conditions as we approach race day.)
  • As of March, 2022, no specific restrictions.  That is, no test required, no vaccine required, etc.  Please exercise appropriate cautions.
  • Please do a runner self-assessment of health conditions on race morning.  That is, check how you feel and take your temperature.
Course: Results: Parking:
  • Parking passes are required for 2022 to park at the start/finish.
  • Parking is normally available at the start/finish (and passes are NOT checked) after 10:00am when Half Marathoners start to leave.
  • If you don't have a Parking Pass, remote parking is available with a 15-minute free shuttle ride from 6 miles away from NetApp in Research Triangle Park.  The address of their parking is 7301 Kit Creek Rd, Durham, NC  27709.
Packet Pickup:
  • Location:   Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham-Research Triangle, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513.
    Hours are:  
    - Friday, March 18, 2022 from 3pm - 8pm
    - Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 10am - 5pm
  • What you will pick up:  Bib, t-shirt, pins, and a doorknob hanger.
  • Shop at Inside-Out Sports for all your runner needs!
  • Required to pick up a bib:
    - Show your Bib Pickup Email or show a photo ID.
    - You may pick up bibs/t-shirts for other runners by showing their Bib Pickup Email or their ID (cell phone picture or photocopy permitted).
  • 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 .  You will need to pick up your bib at the Information Tent at the Race Site BEFORE 6:00am.
  • Mailed bibs/packets:  Not available.
Weather:
  • Forecast:  https://www.wunderground.com/calendar/us/nc/raleigh/KRDU
  • Average high for mid-March in Cary, NC, is 64°F.  Average low is 40°F.  Sunrise is about 7:20am.
  • If the weather conditions are extreme, the Race Director reserves the right to cancel or suspend the race.  This, however, is highly unlikely.
COVID-19 symptoms/tests/vaccines:
  • All runners:
    a) As of February 1, 2022, we do not expect to have any limitations/restrictions or checks for vaccines or negative tests.  This, however, could change based on governmental requirements.
    b) However, plase check your temperature on race-morning and self-assess for any symptoms of COVID-19 (re: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html ).  Important:  DO NOT COME to the race venue if you have any symptoms.  Please send us an email at info@tobaccoroadmarathon.com to let us know.
Finish Line:
  • Planned:  Medals (unless you registered after January 31, then, subject to availability), water, bananas, oranges, chocolate milk, pizza, beer.
On-course aid stattions:
  • Planned (likely flavors, but not guaranteed):  Water, Orange Gatorade, Gu Gel (Salted Caramel and Vanilla), and Stroopwafels (Salted Chocolate and Wild Berry).
  • Medical issues:  Please ask a volunteer for various supplies.
  • Aid Station Locations:  See  https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/maps.
  • Port-o-johns:  At each aid station
On the course:
  • Reasonable 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:  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:
  • Please observe social distancing.
  • Spectator locations are shown on the course maps.
After the Race:
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