Run the Line Half Marathon

Sun February 19, 2023 Texarkana, TX 75503 US
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Place
W Broad Street & Texas Blvd Intersection
Texarkana, TX US 75503
Description

The Run the Line Half Marathon is a unique opportunity to run in one half marathon in Texas and Arkansas on a USATF certified single-loop course.  The race starts at W. Broad Street and Texas Blvd in downtown Texarkana, Texas, quickly moves into Arkansas, crosses back into Texas, and finishes in Texarkana, Arkansas. The course includes two park 10-ft wide asphalt trails and residential neighborhoods on city streets. The finish line is downtown at 3rd and Wood Streets in front of the Hopkins Ice House about 5 blocks from the start.  

We are very happy to be in the in the prestigious 2023 Arkansas Grand Prix Series.  We are the only half Marathon in the 2023 series. This will be our 13th year to proudly be in the series. The Arkansas Grand Prix Series is a series of 17 to 20 races affiliated with RRCA and Arkansas running clubs throughout the state. Information about the Grand Prix series is available at www.arkrrca.com

We are a Road Runner Club of America event member. We are also a qualifying race again in the 2023 Natural State Running Series. The races and registration are available at www.naturalstateruns.com

A portion of the course is on the Texas/Arkansas State Line. The 2023 course is USATF certified (AR19015WJT). The race includes chip timing, walkers, and 2-person and 4-person relay teams. 

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Race Start and Course Information

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Start: The race starts at 7:30 a.m. for all runners/walkers with starting waves based on estimated mile time. There is no early start. We will provide Pace Groups for finishing times of 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, and 2:30. Pacer Leaders will be at the start with signs. The start is at the intersection of Broad Street and Texas Blvd which is one block west of Packet Pick Up in the Bi-State Justice Building. This is one block west of the pre-2020 start. The course closes at 11:30 a.m. for participant safety and official race timing. Finish the race by 11:30 a.m.

Course & Maps:  Four miles of the course are on two park 10-ft wide asphalt trails with the remainder on coned off city streets. The course does have several long inclines. Water stops and restrooms are near miles 2.3, 3.5, 5, 6.5, 8, 9.8, 11 and 12. Multiple police officers and 100+ volunteers are stationed along the course. Musical entertainers are on the course. The Course Map is posted on this site. Water stops, restrooms, and the Relay Team Exchange Point locations are also on the course map. 

Finish:  Please join us at the finish to pick up a finisher medal and see who won awards. Then, join us for a burger - either beef, chicken or veggie - along with a beverages and visit with the other race participants.    

Registration and Packet Pick-Up

General Registration Information:  Race participants must be at least 13 years old on race day. Race participants ages 13 through 17 will automatically receive a $5 entry fee Youth Discount when they register. Race participants age 65 and older will automatically receive a $5 entry fee discount when they register.

Runner/Walker - $60 (Late fee $70 after Sunday, Jan 22; $80 after Sunday, Feb 5)  

2-Person Relay Team - $55 (Late fee $65 after Sunday, Jan 22; $75 after Sunday, Feb 5)

4-Person Relay Team - $50 (Late fee $60 after Sunday, Jan 22; $70 after Sunday, Feb 5) 

Discount for ages 13 thru 17 and 65+   Runner/Walker $55 (Late fee $65 after Jan 22; $75 after Feb 5)

                                                               2-Person Relay $50 (Late fee $60 after Jan 22; $70 after Feb 5)

                                                               4-Person Relay $45 (Late fee $55 after Jan 22; $65 after Feb 5)  

Pets make great training partners but leave them at home on race day (certified service dog exception). For everyone's safety, strollers are only allowed on the course by special exception. Please do not wear ear buds during the race. We want all of your senses alert to any potential issues on the course. The entry fee is non-refundable for any reason. Bad weather may result in delays or cancellation. 

Packet Pick-up & Registration:  Packet Pick-Up and Pre-Race Day registration are Friday, February 17 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Racquet & Jog, 3435 Richmond Road, Texarkana, TX. Racquet & Jog is located on the north side of the building. 

Racquet & Jog is also hosting a free Shake Out Social run on Saturday, February 18th at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments. An ASICS rep will be  there with their newest shoes to try on. And, of course, you can pick-up your packet at the same time.   

There is no paper registration. Registration is online only.  Registration payment at Packet Pick-Up is by credit card. To pick-up your packet, bring an electronic or paper copy of your RunSignUp Registration Confirmation and Bib Number. Packet Pick-Up stations are in Bib Number order. 

Race Day Packet Pick-Up:  Race Day Packet Pick-Up is from 6:15 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. downtown inside the multi-storied Bi-State Justice Building at the intersection of Broad and Stateline Avenue. Enter the north side of the building. The Broad and Texas Blvd start is one block west of the Bi-State Justice Building. To pick up your packet, bring an electronic or paper copy of your Registration Confirmation and Bib Number. Packet pick-up stations are in Bib Number order. 

THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION:  Race registration ends on Saturday, February 18th at midnight. 

Race Day Restrooms at the Start: Two Ladies' and two Men's restrooms, are available inside the Bi-State Justice Building on the 1st floor. Two additional Ladies' restrooms are available on the 2nd floor. Look for volunteers pointing to the 2nd floor elevators. Outdoor port-a-potties are available near the start. 

Proxy Packet Pick-Up

Proxy Packet Pick-Up:  Participants are encouraged to pick-up their packets at Packet Pick-Up on Friday, February 17th or Saturday, February 18th. A friend or family member may serve as your proxy to pick-up your packet. Your proxy must have a paper or electronic copy of both your Registration Confirmation and your Driver's License to pick up your packet. Your proxy needs to know your Bib Number. Your bib number is on your Registration Confirmation. Packet Pick-Up stations are in Bib Number order.

Gear Drop-Off Locations

There are two Gear Drop-Off Locations. Prior to the race start, runners may drop off gear inside the Bi-State Justice Building. The second gear drop-off location is just past the 1-mile marker. Put your name on your gear. Do not drop off valuables.

Gear from the two drop-off locations will be brought to the finish line at a station in one of the tents across the street from the Hopkins Ice House. Gear dropped off at any other location on the course will not be brought to the finish line. We do our best to get all gear from the two drop-off locations to the finish line. 

Arkansas Grand Prix Series & the Natural State Running Series

Arkansas Grand Prix Series - We are thrilled to be in the prestigious 2023 Arkansas Grand Prix Series. Our 2023 Run the Line Half Marathon is our 13th year to proudly be in the series. The Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix is a series of 17 races affiliated with RRCA and Arkansas running clubs throughout the state. Information about the series is available at www.arkrrca.com

Natural State Running Series - We are a qualified race again in the 2023 Natural State Running Series. Runners will have two years to complete 8 marathons and/or half marathons in different Arkansas running events. The qualified running events are chosen based on their location, time of year, size, and non-profit status. The races and registration information are available at www.naturalstateruns.com.   

2-Person and 4-Person Relay Teams

When registering for the 2023 Run the Line participants have three running options. They can participate in the 13.1-mile Half Marathon, or a 2-Person Relay Team (6.55 miles per member), or a 4-Person Relay Team (approximately 3.27 miles per member). Relay teams, like individual participants, must complete the race by 11:30am. Participants may also be walkers. 

Relay team's members are strongly encouraged to register at the same time. One team member can be given all their team member's information and register for all of their team members at the same time. Or, team members can register individually one directly after the other.

All Relay Team members are responsible for their transportation to their Relay Point. We are unable to provide transportation for relay team members. The relay team members may drive themselves, or a family member or friend may drive the relay team members. Parking is available at each of the Relay Points. 

Each 2-Person Relay Team member completes 6.55 miles (half the race). The starting 2-Person Relay Team member completes the first half of the race to the 6.55-mile Relay Exchange Point (see the course map). The finishing 2-Person Relay Team member will wait until their partner reaches the 6.55-mile Relay Point where the finishing member is tagged by the first member. Then, the finishing 2-Person Relay Team member begins the second half of the race to the Finish Line.

Each 4-Person Relay Team member completes ≈ 3.275 miles (one quarter of the race). The starting 4-Person Relay Team member runs from the Start to the first Relay Point (see the course map) and tags the second member. The second 4-Person Relay Team member runs from the first Relay Point to the 6.55-mile Relay Exchange Point and tags the third member. The third 4-Person Relay Team member runs from the 6.55-mile Relay Point to the third Relay Point and tags the fourth member. Then, the fourth 4-Person Relay Team member runs from the third Relay Point to the Finish Line.  

Relay Teams are required to have a team name. Both members of a 2-Person Relay Team will receive a timing chip for their shoe. For a 4-Person Relay Team, only the first and last designated members will receive a timing chip for their shoe. Finish time is captured for the team, not for individual team members.

Do not cross the finish line more than once with your timing chip attached to your shoe.  Instructions, including suggested driving directions, will be emailed to Relay Team participants at least 10 days before the race.  

2023 Finisher Medal and Award Categories

Medal:  The 2023 Finisher Medal is for all race finishers. Race participants finishing by 11:30 a.m. receive a finisher's medal.  

Awards:  All awards will be distributed by volunteers as the results are available to us. To minimize errors, we will only distribute awards verified by an official timing printout of the results. Runners may receive one award per person unless otherwise specified. Runners are to sign for their award when a volunteer gives them their award. Awards will be available in the finish line area.

Awards for the Top Overall three female and male finishers:  Volunteers will hand out the awards. Top three female and male Overall Finishers also receive a $100 gift certificate, an engraved tumbler, a $60 Racquet & Jog gift certificate, and a gift from ASICS.

Awards for the Master (40+), Grand Master (50+), and Senior (60+) first three female and male finishers:  Volunteers will hand out the awards. Top three female and male Master, Grand Master, and Senior finishers also receive an engraved tumbler and a $40 Racquet & Jog gift certificate. Awards will be available in the finish line rea. 

Awards are given for the top three places for female and male runners in all age groups: 13-19, 20-24, and every five years thereafter to 80+. There will also be awards for the top three places for 2-person and 4-person relay teams. Allow the volunteers to hand you your award. This first three female and male finishers of these groups will receive a $20 Racquet and Jog gift certificate. Awards will be available in the finish line area.

Host Hotels

RTL 2023 Host Hotels Info

Host Hotels:  The three host hotels' special rates are available only by calling the hotel directly and specifically requesting a Run the Line room or using their links listed below to make a reservation for rooms reserved for the Run the Line Half Marathon. The hotels offer a hot breakfast beginning at 5:30 am. Late checkout will be available until 1:00 pm, only if you request it.

Arkansas Host Hotel:  Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 5210 Crossroad Parkway, Texarkana, AR 75501. Phone: 870-216-0083. $72.00 one king bed standard room or $72.00 two queen beds standard room plus tax. Special rates are available until February 10th. Reservations at this rate may apply after February 10th based on availability. The hotel has recently been nicely updated.

** BEFORE CLICKING LINK BELOW FOR THIS HOTEL READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY: After clicking on the link, the next step is to add your Check-In date of February 18th. February 19th will come up automatically as your Check-Out date. Click on the red Search button. The Run the Line King bed and two Queen beds rates of $72.00 will automatically come up for you to select the room you prefer. 

Use this link to make your reservation at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hotel - Run the Line Half Marathon 2023  

Directions going west on IH-30 from Little Rock: Take Exit 223-Stateline Avenue to the frontage road heading west. Quickly move into the right lane. The hotel is on your right. Turn right onto Crossroads Parkway. The hotel is ahead on your right.

Directions going east on IH-30 from Dallas: Take Exit 1-Jefferson Street to the frontage road heading east. Continue to a stop sign. Then, turn left onto the Jefferson Street overpass over I-30. Turn left onto the frontage road. Go west on the frontage road about a quarter of a mile until you see several hotels on your right. Move to the right lane and turn right onto Crossroads Parkway. The hotel is on your right.

Texas Host Hotels: There are two host hotels in Texas – the Marriot TownePlace Suites and the Marriot Courtyard. Both are located on N. Cowhorn Creek Loop. 

Marriott TownePlace Suites, 5020 N. Cowhorn Creek Loop, Texarkana, TX 75503. Phone: 903-334-8800. $79.00 one king bed standard room or $79.00 two queen beds standard room plus tax. Special rates are available until February 15th. Reservations at this rate may apply after February 15th based on availability. The hotel is recently remodeled.

Use this link to make your reservation at the Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel - Run the Line Half Marathon 2023

Marriott Courtyard, 5001 N. Cowhorn Creek Loop, Texarkana, TX 75503.  Phone: 903-334-7400. $79.00 one king bed standard room or $79.00 two queen beds standard room plus tax. Special rates are available until February 15th. Reservations at this rate may apply after February 15th  based on availability. The hotel is recently remodeled.

Use this link to make your reservation at the Marriott Courtyard hotel – Run The Line Half Marathon 2023

Directions for both Texas hotels going west on IH-30 from Little Rock: Take Exit-222 Summerhill Road. Merge onto the frontage road and continue west. Take the left fork of the frontage road under Summerhill Road. The Red Lobster is coming up on the right. Immediately after the Red Lobster, turn right onto N. Cowhorn Creek Loop. The TownePlace Suites is on your right. The Courtyard is on your left.

Directions for both Texas hotels going east on IH-30 from Dallas: Take Exit 222-Summerhill Road. Continue east to Summerhill Road. Take the Texas Turnaround (a U-turn lane) and merge left onto the frontage road. Continue west and move to the right lane. The Red Lobster is coming up on the right. Immediately after the Red Lobster, turn right onto N. Cowhorn Creek Loop. The TownePlace Suites is on your right. The Courtyard is on your left.

 

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A Safe Race

The Run the Line Half Marathon is committed to having a safe 2023 race. Should you not feel well on race day, please take care of yourself and others by not participating. Be safe.  

2023 T-Shirt

T-Shirt: All participants (runners, walkers, and relay teams) will receive the same shirt. Uni-Sex Sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large. T-shirt details will be posted as we have them. 

Only registrations before February 5th at midnight are guaranteed a shirt. 

  

Driving Directions and Parking

Race Driving Directions and Parking:  The race starting line is at the intersection of Broad Street and Texas Blvd. This a one block to the west of the Bi-State Justice Building. Please do not park in a church parking lot on Sunday morning. 

Driving Directions from IH-30:  Exit Stateline Avenue and go south approximately 3 miles. Go around the Post Office and continue on Stateline Avenue for three blocks. The starting line is two blocks to your right at Broad Street and Texas Blvd. Park in any open parking lots, or park on Broad Street, or Texas Blvd, or Front Street one block south of Broad Street. Do not park in a church parking lot.

Driving Directions from IH-549:  Take the Texas Loop and exit South Stateline. Turn right onto South Stateline Avenue. Exit 3rd Street to the right. Turn right onto Stateline Avenue and park in any open parking areas, or on Broad Street, or Texas Blvd, or Front Street one block south of Broad Street. The starting line is two blocks to your right (west) of Stateline Avenue at the intersection of Broad Street and Texas Blvd. Do not park in a church parking lot.

Timing Shoe Tag/Chip Instructions

Participants will receive a timing tag/chip for their shoe at packet-pickup. Participants are required to return their timing tag/chip to the chip removal area at the back of the finish area. No runner should cross the finish line more than once while wearing their timing tag/chip. Remember: No Tag, No Time! 

Note: For the 2-person relay, each runner will wear one of the two shoe timing tags/chips. For the 4-person relay, the first runner will wear one of the shoe timing tags/chips and the fourth runner will wear the second shoe timing tag/chip. The first runner in each relay team is to carry their tag/chip to the finish line chip removal area. 

Kids Run the Line Too Event

Registration is open on RunSignUp for the Kids Run the Line Too! Register at RunSignUp.com/KRTLTOO. The 1-mile run/walk event will be held on Saturday, February 18 at 4:00 p.m. Kids 5 through 12 years old run or walk the event with adult sign-off. All participating kids are winners with a t-shirt, finisher medal, and racing bib. More information is available on RunSignUp .

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