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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 10-ft wide asphalt trails that wind through 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 will again be applying to be in the in the prestigious 2024 Arkansas Grand Prix Series. If selected, we will be one of only a few half marathon in the 2024 Series. This will be our 14th year to proudly be in the series. The Arkansas Grand Prix Series is a series of 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 have also applied to be a qualifying race again in the 2024 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 2024 course is USATF certified (AR19015WJT). The race includes chip timing, runners, walkers, and 2-person and 4-person relay teams.
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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. Pace 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. The course closes at 11:30 a.m. for participant safety and official race timing.
Course & Maps: Four miles of the course are on 10-ft wide asphalt trails in two city parks with the remainder on coned off city streets. A short part of the course is on the AR/TX Stateline. 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 Point locations are also on the course map to assist Relay Teams.
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.
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 Youth Discount when they register. Race participants age 65 and older will automatically receive a $5 entry fee discount when they register.
Runner/Walker - $65 (Late fee $75 after Sunday, Jan 21 $85 after Sunday, Feb 4)
2-Person Relay Team - $60 (Late fee $70 after Sunday, Jan 21; $80 after Sunday, Feb 4) Per runner
4-Person Relay Team - $55 (Late fee $65 after Sunday, Jan 21; $75 after Sunday, Feb 4) Per runner
Discount for ages 13 thru 17 and 65+ Runner/Walker $60 (Late fee $70 after Jan 21; $80 after Feb 4)
2-Person Relay $55 (Late fee $65 after Jan 21; $75 after Feb 4) Per runner
4-Person Relay $50 (Late fee $60 after Jan 21; $70 after Feb 4) Per runner
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 16 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 17th at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments. 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 17th 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: Participants are encouraged to pick-up their packets at Packet Pick-Up on Friday, February 16th or Saturday, February 17th. 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.
There are two Gear Drop-Off Locations. Prior to the race start, runners may drop off gear in a box inside the first floor of the Bi-State Justice Building (one block east of the start). The second gear drop-off location is past the 1-mile marker beside the trail. 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 and placed inside the Hopkins Ice House. Gear will be on the shuffleboard and/or in a box or bin close to the shuffleboard. 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 - We have applied to be in the prestigious 2024 Arkansas Grand Prix Series. Our 2024 Run the Line Half Marathon will be our 14th year to proudly be in the Series. The Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix is a series of about 17 races affiliated with RRCA and Arkansas running clubs throughout the state. Information about the Series is available at www.arkrrca.com. Relay Teams are not permitted in the Grand Prix Series.
Natural State Running Series - We are applying to be a qualified race again in the 2024 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.
When registering for the 2024 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 need to register at the same time. One team member can gather all of 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 Points. 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 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 6.55-miles 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 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.
Medal: The 2024 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 and/or our Announcer 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 inside Hopkins Ice House.
Awards for the Top Overall three female and male finishers: Volunteers and/or the Announcer will hand out the awards. Top three female and male Overall Finishers also receive a $100 gift certificate. Awards will be available in the finish line area inside Hopkins Ice House in a brief presentation starting about 10:00am.
Awards for the Master (40+), Grand Master (50+), and Senior (60+) first three female and male finishers: Volunteers and/or our Announcer will hand out the awards. Awards will be available in the finish line area inside Hopkins Ice House in a brief presentation starting about 10:00am.
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 thru 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. Awards will be available in the finish line area at a table inside Hopkins Ice House starting about 9:00am.
RTL 2024 Host Hotels Information
Host Hotels: The two host hotels have special rates available by calling the host hotel directly and specifically requesting a Run the Line room or by using the host hotel links that are listed 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 for one king bed standard room or $76.00 for two queen beds standard room plus tax. These special Run the Line rates are available only until February 10th. The hotel will continue to accept reservations from Run the Line attendees after February 10th ;however, only at the hotel’s prevailing room rate, and subject to availability. The hotel has recently been updated.
A hyper link for the Holiday Inn Express and Suites room reservations is: Holiday Inn Express Texarkana Ark
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 Hotel: Marriott TownePlace Suites, 5020 N. Cowhorn Creek Loop, Texarkana, TX 75503. Phone: 903-334-8800. $79.00 for one king bed standard room or $79.00 for two queen beds standard room plus tax. Special Run the Line rates are available until February 16th and subject to availability. After February 16th, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis at the hotel’s prevailing rate.
The hotel has undergone an extensive remodel in the last year.
A hyper link for Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel room reservations is: Book your group rate for Run the Line 2024
For those runners who want to make a reservation for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night for a two or three day weekend, the $79.00 rate will apply for each night.
Directions for the Texas hotel 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.
Directions for the Texas hotel going east on IH-30 from Dallas: Take Exit 222-Summerhill Road. Continue east to Summerhill Road. Take the Texas Turnaround (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 Hotel is on your right.
T-Shirt: All participants (runners, walkers, and relay teams) will receive the same shirt. The shirt is 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 Sunday, February 4th at midnight are guaranteed a shirt.
Run the Line 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 on Sunday morning.
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 on Sunday morning.
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 race finish area. No runners 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 teams, each runner will wear one of the two shoe timing tags/chips. For the 4-person relay teams, the first runner will wear one of the shoe timing tags/chips and the fourth runner will wear the other shoe timing tag/chip. Since the first runner of both the 2-person and 4-person relay teams does not cross the finish line, they will need to bring their tag/chip to the finish line chip removal area without crossing the finish line.
Registration will 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 17 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 will be available on RunSignUp as it is available.
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