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Rome’s largest and most fun-filled road race returns for 2021 with a new sponsor and a slightly new name as the Commit 2 Fit Leprechaun-a-thon 5K and Health Walk present by BODYARMOR. It is set for Saturday, March 20.
Start Location: First Avenue near Bridgepoint Plaza (117 West First St., Rome, GA, 30161)
Finish Location: Pedestrian Bridge leading to the Forum and the Town Green
Certified Course: The 5K course is certified by USA Track and Field, certification code GA20019WC, and is also a Peachtree Road Race qualifier.
Registration Info: Registration is now open. You can register online at RunSignUp or register in-person by visiting 1 Shorter Avenue.
Participant Limits: Waves are limited to 50 participants, and it is done on a first-come first-served basis. Participation in the race is limited to 900 total runners or walkers so please register early. Individuals and teams will be asked to select their wave start time from the available slots at registration.
Race News: All relevant race news will be posted on our web site at www.rfpra.com and our social media accounts at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Race news will also be sent to the email address provided at the time of a participant's registration, so be sure to use an email address you can access. Groups will have an email sent to the individual group member who registered the group, and that person will be responsible for contacting each group member regarding any changes.
“We are pleased to be able to institute a wave start system for the run and the walk to allow us to bring the Leprechaun-a-thon back to in-person racing. We would also like to thank BODYARMOR for stepping up to be the sponsor and help us keep this great race running,” Todd Wofford, RFPRA Director says. “We can’t wait to see the participants out running, walking and enjoying themselves.”
5K Awards: We will be announcing/posting results on Sunday afternoon, March 21 on social media and the RFPRA web site. 5K Awards will be available to be picked up starting on Monday, March 22 at RFPRA Headquarters at 1 Shorter Avenue in Rome.
Age Groups: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
Results will be posted on Sunday, March 21 by midafternoon and winners can pick up their awards the next week at RFPRA Headquarters.
Arrival Time: Runners and walkers must arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled time. Each wave will have corral areas set up to allow for social distancing. Additionally, each wave will be broken up into smaller sub-groups. Everyone is encouraged to wear the disposable mask from their race packets before the walk or run.
Garbage cans are set up just before and after the start line for tossing used masks.
WAVES BEGIN...Runner Waves begin at 5 p.m. and will run every five minutes until approximately 5:40 p.m. Walker waves will begin approximately at 5:50 and start every five minutes until approximately 6:35 p.m.
Possible Changes in Wave Times: If fewer people register for the race or walk, we will make some changes to the wave times to ensure both the run and walk continue to move in an orderly fashion.
5K Run details: The run begins on First Avenue before covering portions of the Kingfisher Trail and a longer portion of the levee system behind Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Headquarters before doubling back and finishing on pedestrian bridge near the Forum and the Town Green.
2Mi. Walk details: The walk begins on First Avenue, covering portions of the Kingfisher Trail and a small section of the levee before ending on the pedestrian bridge in front of the Forum and the Town Green. The walk is approximately two miles.
Starting Line: The starting area will be clearly marked to help with social distancing, and there will be several trash cans to allow runners or walkers to toss disposable masks before they start if they would like to discard them.
Post Race: Participants are encouraged to wear as much green as possible as well as decorate with lots of glowing goodies!! Music and BODYARMOR will be available on the Town Green after the race, but there will be no fruit nor food due to COVID protocol.
Water: While we will have water at the finish, we won’t be able to man a water station in the current situation. If you feel like you will need water during the walk or run, please bring some with you.
Weather, COVID, Misc. Issues: All attempts will be made for the race and walk to run as scheduled. This is a rain or shine event. The race and walk are adhering to current COVID protocols. If the race has to be postponed for a weather event or new COVID protocols released by the government, we will schedule a make-up day and time and communicate this information through media channels, our social media accounts, our website, and via the email address that registrants provided on their forms.
With specific regards to COVID 19 for the suggested guidelines to follow when in public, please visit the CDC website. The guidelines are listed here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html With respect to this guidance, following are several steps that are being taken on race day that we would like to make you aware of:
What is a 'Wave Race'? To keep the number of participants gathered at the start, as well as to help create space among participants along the course, we will be starting walkers and runners in 'Waves.' The walk is a non-timed event.
How does my time work if we all start in different Waves? This is a RFID chip-timed race, so it doesn't matter which wave you're in, when you cross the Starting-Line-Mats at the start, your race time begins. When you cross the Finish-Line-Mats at the finish line your total time is captured. All times are then merged for the purpose of producing the Overall Results. All times are determined by the official timer of the race, Wire2Wire Running, LLC.
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