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Are headphones allowed?2017-07-06T18:12:06-04:00

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, The Glass City Marathon encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of The Glass City Marathon.

Are strollers allowed on the courses?2014-08-28T19:35:00-04:00

The safety of runners and children are of the utmost importance to us. While strollers are not prohibited, it is recommended that those choosing to run with strollers start at the back of the field. Strollers are allowed in the 5K event, ONLY.

Are there energy gels on the course?2019-04-10T18:40:21-04:00

Honey Stinger Energy Gel at the Mercy Health Glass City MarathonYes. Honey Stinger (Organic Honey and Strawberry Kiwi – caffeinated) are planned to be provided at the start and at some water stops. Please note that we cannot guarantee the supplier delivering these flavors, but they are what we ordered. See the course maps for locations.

Are there pacers for this year’s marathon?2017-09-09T12:09:24-04:00

Yes, Dave’s Running Shop will be coordinating all of the pacing responsibilities. There will be a question/answer session as part of the pre race Expo. The pacer times will be published on the Pacing Page upon confirmation of selected pacers.

Our pacing crew continues to grow each year with demand. Our goal is to provide pacers for as many of the common BQ marathon times we can as well as many in the half marathon. The times we are hoping to fill are listed on our pacing page and are considered firm, but not concrete.

If you are an experienced pacer and are interested in supporting runners at GCM, please e-mail [email protected] us for info. GCM is looking to deliver the best experience as possible to our runners, and quality pacers help do that.

Can I get a refund or defer registration?2019-04-02T10:17:19-04:00

No. As is standard for most races, due to the nature of planning for an event, once you’re registered, we’ve prepared for you being here and maintain a firm no refund/no deferment policy.

Can I run the relay and another event?2016-02-26T20:39:22-05:00

Yes, you may run the first leg of the relay as well as the half marathon or marathon. You must register for both events. This will be tracked.

Can I start the Marathon and then decide to switch to the finish on the Half Marathon course?2012-11-27T14:43:43-05:00

No. There is limited space on each course and crashing the last few miles of the Half Marathon Course is unfair to the runners who registered for the event. You may transfer to the half marathon prior to race day provided the event is not sold out.

Can I walk the Owens Corning Half Marathon?2015-09-14T16:44:59-04:00

Yes! The course is open until 11am, so pace must be maintained to finish by 11am. The cutoff is strictly enforced.

Can someone else pickup my BIB and race packet for me?2014-08-28T19:27:26-04:00

Yes, provide the third party with a copy of your photo ID and we can release the packet to them.

Do you have facilities for showers after the race?2014-08-28T19:24:40-04:00

Yes, showers will be available at the UT Rec Center.

Do you offer paper registration?2019-09-06T20:37:55-04:00

We do not offer registration by phone or mail-in registration forms. If you are hesitant to enter your information online, consider buying a credit card gift card at a local retailer and use it to complete registration. This way you’re not entering any personal banking information during registration.

Do you offer text alerts?2015-09-14T16:46:33-04:00

The Glass City Marathon was the first Ohio race to offer a full mobile experience with an option for live GPS tracking as part of the RaceJoy mobile app. The App also offers text notifications. Download the app from our site and see how it will provide you with course updates or live GPS tracking. You can also view our Live Leaderboard feed.

Does the Relay Require 5 People?2019-03-31T19:43:24-04:00

This is a 5-Person Relay. All five spots must be registered to participate. All five team spots must be registered to pickup your packet and participate. This means that the total 5-person registration fee must be paid. You are allowed to run multiple legs of the relay if someone registered doesn’t show up. If Expo day arrives and you’re still not able to field a full team, consider splitting the remaining entry amongst the registered members, transferring to another event if spots remain, or volunteering to support the other runners.

How do you get placed into starting corrals?2014-08-28T19:30:59-04:00

Corral placement is based on your expected finish time. Check the website for details.

How long does the course and finish line stay open?2019-04-10T18:51:08-04:00

The marathon course limit is 6 hours and has two mandatory checkpoints. Should you not meet the two checkpoints, you will be escorted to a sag vehicle. Those who continue on must sign a release waiver and turn in their BIB number to continue as a citizen.

This is a competitive race with an expected finish time of 6 hours or less. Because we hire police and security from 5 jurisdictions, it is important that we comply with the time limits set.

There are two checkpoints along the course; mile 10 and mile 15. You must maintain a 13:43 pace to complete within the 6 hour time limit. You’ll need to be at mile 10 by 9:30am, and mile 15 by 10:45am.

Runners planning on finishing the race must be through mile 20 by 12pm. Please be considerate of our volunteers who begin their day as early as 3am. We do our best to score every runner and do not sweep the course; however we do modify the finish area at the 6 hour point. The chip time mats are also removed at the 6+ hour pace at which point those who finish are hand timed to be sure they are in our finish results.

How soon after the race end can I expect my results and certificate?2019-04-10T18:42:52-04:00

Results are available shortly after you cross the finish line, via the Racejoy app and in the results tent in Celebration Village. You can also scan the QR code on your BIB. Finisher certificates will be mailed in the weeks following the event. Certificates are for marathon finishers only.

How will awards be available? Will they be mailed? Can I pick them up after race day?2019-04-10T18:48:50-04:00

All Cash Awards will be mailed upon receipt of appropriate documentation for tax purposes. Age group awards will be mailed after the official race results are posted. Finisher medals are given as you cross the finish line, and can be engraved in Celebration Village (pre-pay via your RunSignUp profile for fastest service).

If I find out I can’t run, what are my options? Can I transfer registration, drop to a shorter race, etc?2019-03-21T11:04:50-04:00

We do have a no-refund and no deferment policy, however there are some options if you find you can’t participate in the original race of your choice.

First — transfer down to an alternate race so long as there is availability in the event requested.  Login to your profile –> My Registered Races –> Mercy Health Glass City Marathon –> Click Edit –> Click Transfer Event.  RunSignUp will then walk you through the rest of the process.

Second — transfer your registration to another person. Login to your profile –> My Registered Races –> Mercy Health Glass City Marathon –> Click Edit –> Click Transfer –> Enter friends email address and click save. RunSignUp will then walk you through the rest of the process.

Any changes need to be self-managed by 3/31 and are no charge. Starting 4/1, transfers can be requested by emailing [email protected], but are not guaranteed to be available.

In what areas can I volunteer?2017-07-06T18:12:06-04:00
Assist in set up and organization.
Hand out numbers, shirts and packets.
Answer questions from participants, volunteers and spectators.
Help collect runners’ bags and redistribute.
Keep runners on course and ensure safety.
Call times and pace per mile at mile markers.
Assist staff in finish area operations.
Assist with the set up and tear down of all start line functions.
Assist with the set up and tear down of all finish line functions.
Assist runners with blankets and issuing finisher medals.
Organize and distribute food to runners and volunteers.
Maintain spectator clearance from course.
Organize your neighborhood, company, group or family and friends to provide entertainmnet on the marathon route to cheer on the runners.
Aid in the setup, manning, tear down of the aid stations along the course.
Help with any area that needs assistance.
Is the marathon a Boston qualifier?2019-03-02T12:31:28-05:00

Yes, the marathon course is certified and regularly a top 20 to top 25 Boston qualifier race.

Marathon Qualifying Times for Boston

Age Group Men Women
18-34 3hrs 00 min 3hrs 30 min
35-39 3hrs 05 min 3hrs 35 min
40-44 3hrs 10 min 3hrs 40 min
45-49 3hrs 20 min 3hrs 50 min
50-54 3hrs 25 min 3hrs 55 min
55-59 3hrs 35 min 4hrs 05 min
60-64 3hrs 50 min 4hrs 20 min
65-69 4hrs 05 min 4hrs 35 min
70-74 4hrs 20 min 4hrs 50 min
75-79 4hrs 35 min 5hrs 05 min
80 and over 4hrs 50 min 5hrs 20 min
Need more info or have questions?2014-08-28T19:40:40-04:00

Please email your question to [email protected].

Port-A-Johns – how many and where?2017-07-06T18:12:06-04:00

There are over 90 port-a-johns at the start, finish and at locations around the course. See the water stop locations and services page for detailed locations.

Registration questions?2014-08-28T19:42:22-04:00

Please email your question to [email protected].

What are the age limits for all events?2012-11-27T14:44:54-05:00

You must be at least 16 years old to enter the marathon. There are no age limits in the relays or 5K. The half marathon is open to those 13 years and older. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver if participant is under 18. The kid’s races are limited to ages 12 and under.

What does the race benefit?2019-04-10T18:47:01-04:00

We’re better together. Since 2009, we’ve donated over $600,000 to local nonprofits. Our goal is to contribute to several area charities and youth running scholarships. Visit our Charities Page to view all nonprofits and links for contributing to these charities.

What flavor of sports drink is served on the course?2012-11-27T14:42:55-05:00

Gatorade Lemon/Lime

What hotels are available for runners?2016-11-07T12:21:21-05:00

Many hotels are located minutes from the University of Toledo Campus. In addition we have a Hotel Booking Engine to help you locate area hotels that have partnered with our event.

What is the temperature?2015-01-18T00:27:22-05:00

Temperatures are historically in the 40-55 degree range here in late April. We are in the midwest, so recommend you pack for cooler temperatures and inclement weather; dress in layers that you can discard at the start line or checkpoint/water stops. All discarded apparel will be donated.

Where are the start line, finish line, expo entry?2019-04-10T18:44:51-04:00

The start line for the marathon, half marathon and 5-person relay are all located in the same spot, at the same time, West of the University of Toledo campus on Secor Rd., just South of W. Towerview Dr. at the University of Toledo Law Center. All participants will run South and turn left on Dorr St. to begin the race.

Everyone finishes on the field in the University of Toledo Rockets Glass Bowl Stadium.

The two day Health & Wellness Expo is located inside Savage Arena, adjacent to the Glass Bowl and Stadium Dr.

Where can I park on race day?2017-07-06T18:12:06-04:00

As with any major parade route or road race event, expect delays and road closures and plan accordingly. We will do our best to communicate on our website which roads will be closed and at what time.

There are many parking lots and garages available on campus. View the recommended lots and a campus map on our Parking Page.

Who gets a medal?2017-07-06T18:12:06-04:00

All finishers of the marathon, 5-person relay, half marathon and 5k will receive a medal upon crossing the finish line. Even Saturday’s kids race finishers get a medal.

Will Race packets and BIBS be mailed out before the event?2017-09-09T12:05:29-04:00

No. The two day Expo and packet pickup will take place on Friday and Saturday, the weekend of the race, in the Savage Hall Sports Arena on the campus of The University of Toledo. The Expo will serve as the pickup location for all participants.

Race day packet pickup is available starting at 5:30am in the same location. It is strongly recommended to pick up your packets on Friday or Saturday to avoid long lines and possible delays on race day morning.

Will there be a bag drop area?2017-09-09T12:03:33-04:00

Yes, Goodwill of NW Ohio will manage a bag drop area in the University of Toledo Law Center parking lot near the start line at the corner of W. Towerview Dr. and Secor Rd. Bag pickup will be next to the food tent in parking lot 10 after the race. Participants who plan to utilize the bag drop (gear check) will be asked to use clear plastic bags. Bags will be provided as your packet pickup bag and can be reused for bag drop, If you choose to bring your own, please use a clear bag that allows for a quick visual check of its’ contents. Extra layers of clothing worn at the start may be discarded at the bag drop. Any clothing items abandoned at the bag drop area will be considered a donation. Also, any clothing discarded on the course is asked to be dropped at a water stop area for collection and donation.

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