OFFICIAL RACE RULES
Sale and/or transfer of race entries/bib numbers is strictly prohibited. All entry fees are non-refundable, and may not be deferred toward a future event.
The scheduled event may be cancelled, shortened or altered due to weather, other acts of God, terrorism, or for any other reasons within or not within the control of the Borgess Run for the Health of It in whole or in part, and there are no refunds for any reason.
All race changes must be approved by the race director in advance.
To request a race switch, email firstname.lastname@example.org. When switching to a shorter race, the charge for the longer event will apply. When switching to a longer race, the cost of the longer event will apply.
No pets on the race campus, in or near any of the events or the finish line. No strollers in the running events. Strollers are only permitted in the back of the Priority Health 5K Walk and in the Meijer Kids Fun Run, and parents with strollers must start at the back of the pack. Bicycles, in-line skates, and skateboards are prohibited in all events.
Courses will be USATF certified and the marathon course will be a Boston qualifier.
The finish line will be open for 6 hours and 30 minutes. If a runner falls behind the completion schedule, race organizers may request the runner to remove his or her bib and, if continuing, should use sidewalks, and will proceeding at his or her own risk. Runners who fall behind the completion schedule will be offered a ride to the finish line area.
Headphones are discouraged for your safety.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
|THURSDAY, APRIL 30 | BORGESS HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER|
|Meijer Kids Fun Run Packet Pickup & Late Registration||3:30 – 6:00 p.m.|
|FRIDAY, MAY 1 | BORGESS HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER|
|Meijer Kids Fun Run Expo||3:30 – 5:30 p.m.|
|Meijer Kids Fun Run Registration & Packet Pickup||3:30 – 5:30 p.m.|
|Motivational Mile Late Registration & Packet Pickup||3:30 – 5:30 p.m.|
|Meijer Kids Fun Run Warm-up||5:30 p.m.|
|Meijer Kids Fun Run||6:00 p.m.|
|Motivational Mile||6:05 p.m.|
|SATURDAY, MAY 2 | WINGS EVENT CENTER|
|Borgess Run Expo with Late Registration & Packet Pickup||11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|SUNDAY, MAY 3 | NAZARETH CAMPUS|
|Packet Pick-up for all events (Borgess Health & Fitness Center)||6:30 a.m.|
|Worship Service in the Massage Tent||6:45 a.m.|
|Kalamazoo Marathon||8:00 a.m.|
|Borgess Half Marathon||8:00 a.m.|
|Borgess 10K Run||8:15 a.m.|
|Borgess 5K Run||8:25 a.m.|
|Priority Health 5K Walk||8:30 a.m.|
INTERACTIVE COURSE MAP
Whether you’re a runner or spectator, plan your race experience with our interactive map. This map shows courses, as well as every water station and excitement zone on the course. You can zoom in, shift around and even click on each stop to learn more about it.
Use the tab on the left side of map to filter by aid stations, excitement zones and course maps. For each aid station, click to learn who is hosting and what will be provided for runners. For each excitement zone, click to see what their theme is, who is hosting, if live music is playing and if anything is being passed out for runners.
Enjoy the map, and find out where you’d like to watch or what you can experience on the course!
Thanks to the generous support of Kalamazoo Area Runners and Special-Lite, the Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Half Marathon field an excellent team of 26 pacers. KAR not only contributes to the amenity, but also recruits and organizes the pacers, in cooperation with Gazelle Sports.
- KAR member Bob Smola coordinates the effort and provides pace lineup volunteers from Decatur High School.
- Pacers in the marathon go out at race-finish times from 3:15 to 5 hours, in 15 minute intervals.
- Pacers in the half go out at race-finish times from 1:30 to 2:30.
Their performances over the past four years have been remarkably accurate, so runners trying to hit a goal time can look for them with special singlets and signs posting their target finish times.
Friendly, spirited competition for walkers and runners alike! Teams are free this year!
All teams can consist of family, friends, neighbors and/or co-workers. Train together. Succeed together. Celebrate together! This friendly, spirited competition will serve as a catalyst for individuals in groups who want to motivate and support one another through the winter as they prepare for the race. Run the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or participate in the 5K spirit walk. Create a 3-5 person team and be a catalyst in the May 3 Borgess Run for the Health of it!
A Runner from Every State!
Some runners “collect states” with a goal in mind to run a marathon in all fifty states. The Kalamazoo Marathon took this idea and turned it on it’s head—the goal of our 50-State Challenge is to get a registrant from each of the fifty states (plus DC) to run our marathon. To entice runners, we award the first registrant from each state with a new pair of New Balance running shoes, free race entry, a free meal ticket, and access to their own VIP tent at Tent City on race day. Winners must be present to collect; shoes, reimbursement of registration fee, and meal ticket will be awarded in person only. This challenge is possible due to the generosity of our 50-State Challenge sponsors, the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport and New Balance.
Earn Your Mittens
Michigan and Wisconsin, affectionately known as “The Mitten States,” are working hand-in-hand to bring you a unique opportunity. The Kalamazoo Marathon has partnered with the Wisconsin Marathon to offer this double marathon challenge — 2 Marathons in 2 Days — are you up for the challenge? Mitten contenders will be awarded a commemorative pair of Earn-Your-Mittens mittens in Wisconsin. Here in Kalamazoo we’ll provide Mitten contenders with a free meal ticket and a special VIP tent at the start/finish line to provide express packet pickup the morning of the race and a convenient meet-up for Mitteneers and their families. Then you will be awarded a special “Earn Your Mittens” medal at the finish line!
What is the Midwest Half+Half Challenge?
Run either the Indy Mini or the Wisconsin Half Marathon on Saturday, May 2, and then run the Borgess Half Marathon on Sunday, May 3. You get a different color bib so spectators can recognize your achievement, a Meal Deal Ticket, and a Half+Half medal along with the Kalamazoo finishers medal. Are you ready for the Midwest Half+Half Challenge?
MEDALS & AWARDS
All finishers in the Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Half Marathon will receive a medal at the finish line.
Medals will be awarded to up to 5 participants on the winning Open and Corporate running teams (for both the 5K Run and Half Marathon).
Earn Your Mittens
Runners who completed the Wisconsin Marathon on Saturday and complete the Kalamazoo Marathon on Sunday, will receive an “Earn Your Mittens” medal in addition to their Marathon finishers medal.
Midwest Half + Half
Runners who completed the Wisconsin Marathon’s half marathon on Saturday and complete Kalamazoo’s Borgess Half Marathon on Sunday, will receive a “Midwest Half + Half” medal in addition to their Half Marathon finishers medal.
Kids Fun Run
All children participating in the Meijer Kids Fun Run will receive a finishers ribbon or medal.
Place awards are given to the top three finishers of each age division for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Run, and 5K Run. Awards are also given to the top three overall winners for each of the same races in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
Awards will be given to the top three running teams for the Half Marathon, 10K Run and 5K Run. Spirit Awards will be given to the top three teams in the 5K Walk. Members of the winning Spirit Team will receive a certificate.
All registrants in Sunday’s events receive a complimentary run shirt when they pick up their packet. Participants In all Sunday running events receive a tech T-shirt; 5K Walk participants receive a cotton T-shirt.
Participants in the Motivational Mile receive a t-shirt for $5. They may walk for free without a t-shirt.
Children running in the Meijer Kids Fun Run on Friday, May 1 must sign up by Friday, April 24 to receive a free t-shirt. For children registering Thursday or Friday, April 30 and May 1, t-shirts will be available for $5 while supplies last.
All volunteers receive a complimentary shirt as a token of our appreciation.
Sunday Race Events
MARATHON | HALF MARATHON | 10K RUN | 5K RUN | 5K WALK
Packet Pickup for all Sunday events will be at the Expo at Wings Event Center (3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo) on Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you are not able to make it to the Expo on Saturday, someone else can pick up your packet for you.
Packet Pickup will also be available at Borgess Health and Fitness Center on the Nazareth Campus at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 3. If you have to get your packet on Sunday please allow plenty of time due to heavy traffic and parking delays.
Kids Fun Run
Packet pickup for the Kids Fun Run is Thursday, April 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, May 1 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
T-shirt pickup is Friday, May 1, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Borgess Health & Fitness Center.
RACE NUMBER LOOKUP
To save you the time of looking up your number at the Expo, just click through to
Note to those who have changed races in the past day or so: We update changes as quickly as possible. Check back at 5 p.m. for modifications if your new race isn’t shown on the site.
Here’s how to track runners and get instant results.
Before or after your event, just scan the QR code printed on your race bib with your Smartphone. It will take you to a page where you enter your race number and get individual splits and finish times for the marathon and results for the 5K and half marathon.
This runner tracking system will also allow you to share your results with your friends and family via social media platforms prior to results being officially posted online. To share, just go to the bottom of your page and push it out through mail, facebook or Twitter.
Or your friends can visit www.results.xacte.com and enter your number and get your results. The results are uploaded to the site every few minutes once runners start finishing. On the marathon at the half-way point and the 20-mile mark, the page is “populated” with times as they occur.
“This is the type of instant results people have been looking for,” says Joe O’Brien of Classic Race Management, the official scoring partner of the Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Run.
Runners are encouraged to scan their bib at the Saturday Expo and share the information through email, facebook or Twitter.
Any QR Code reading app will work, you can download one from the internet.
2015 RUN PHOTOS
All new this year! – thanks to Zoetis, our official sponsor of free vanity photography. A team of phtographers – on the course and at the finish line – will be shooting for Gameface Media. They’ll be capturing thousands of images, identifying you by your bib number. They will email you a link to see your photographs, which you may access online and keep (no watermarks) and share with friends and/or print! No need to purchase. They’re yours.
After the race, want to look up photos? Go to . . .
PARKING & SHUTTLES
We have contracted with SpaceShare to provide a rideshare (carpool) site dedicated to the Kalamazoo Marathon/Borgess Run. Whether you’re traveling across the country, across the state, or across town, you can use this site to hook up with others traveling to/from the same areas.
Each year we increase the number of parking spaces and this year’s dramatic increase will help alleviate pressure, but PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY as there are very few roads leading to our site. (see map below)
There are shuttle buses that run between 6 and 6:30 a.m. from The Radisson Plaza Hotel, 100 W. Michigan. Return shuttles are on the half hour.
The main shuttle site is one mile west of the race site at the Borgess Heart Institute and they run from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.
Starting at 9:15 a.m., buses will run every 15 minutes to and from the Heart Institute and every 30 minutes to and from the Radisson. (see map below)
Getting On And Off The Race Site
Timing is everything when it comes to arrival at the race site. You should be on the grounds by 7:30 a.m., as Gull Road closes temporarily at 8 a.m. for the start of the marathon. And the site is basically closed for the next hour as races begin.
After 9 a.m., motorists may enter and exit the race site only by the northeast entrance to the Nazareth property.
Going Home After The Race
If you’re going home while races are still in progress, it’s best to circumvent Kalamazoo’s east side, where the half marathon and full marathon runners are still competing. Your best bets:
- Go east and south. Take Gull Road to Sprinkle and head south, and ideally you should stay south of the course. The southernmost road used in our courses east of Burdick is Crosstown Parkway. Note that the I-94/Sprinkle Road intersection is closed.
- Go north to get west. This is the easiest way to go around the course. Take Nazareth Road to G Avenue, to Riverview, and exit Parchment by way of Commerce Lane, which runs into Mosel. From that point you should be able to go anywhere to the west. Traffic is light on the west side of town by then because marathoners have moved through.