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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 ( AR19015WJT). The race starts at Broad Street and Texas Blvd in downtown Texarkana, TX, quickly moves into Arkansas, crosses back into Texas, and finishes in Texarkana, AR. The course includes two 10-ft park 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 4 blocks from the start.
We have applied to be in the prestigious 2020 Arkansas Grand Prix Series for the 11th year. Information about the Grand Prix series is available at www.arkrrca.com. We are also excited to be in the 2020 Natural State Running Series. Runners have two years - 2019 and 2020 - to complete 8 marathons and/or half marathons in 11 different Arkansas running events. The 11 Natural State races and series information are available at https://naturalstateruns.com/.
A portion of the course is on the Texas/Arkansas state line. The 2020 course has been improved and is in the process of being USATF certified. The race includes chip timing and 2-person and 4-person relay teams. To support youth participation in running races, 13 through 17 year old runners and walkers will receive an automatic 10% entry fee discount in all events. Enjoy our post-race celebration at the finish line with sponsored hamburgers, chicken, veggie burgers, and beverages. Sponsored food and beverages are included for all race runners and walkers.
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Start: The race starts at 7:30 a.m. for all runners and walkers with starting waves based on estimated mile time. There is no early start. Look for Pace Groups with 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, and 2:30 signs at the start. Starting line GPS location: 217 W. Broad Street, Texarkana, TX. 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 10-ft wide asphalt park trails with the remainder on coned off city streets. The course has several long hills... watch out for the Arkansas Blvd hill. Water stops and restrooms near miles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 12; multiple police officers; and 70+ volunteers are stationed along the course. Several musical entertainers are also on the course. The Course Map with marked water stops, restrooms, and relay team exchange point locations will be posted soon. Improvement have been made to the course and the new map is being made.
Two Gear Drop-Off Locations: Prior to the race start, runners & walkers may drop off gear inside the Bi-State Justice Building one block from the start. The second gear drop-off location is not far 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 and set inside the Hopkins Ice House on or near the shuffleboard table. 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. We are not responsible for belongings that are dropped off or items that are brought to the finish line.
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 10% entry fee Youth Discount. Pets make great training partners but leave them at home on race day (exception for certified service dogs). For everyone's safety, strollers are not allowed on the course. 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 & Late Registration: Packet pick-up and late registration are Friday, February 14 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 15 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. Late registration is online only. Tablets will be available for registration or bring your tablet to register. There is no paper registration. Registration payment at packet pick-up is by credit card, check, or cash. 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-Up and Late Registration: Race Day packet pick-up is from 6:15 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. downtown inside the Bi-State Justice Building at Broad and Main Streets. Enter the west end of the building. Race day registration is also from 6:15 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Registration is online only. We will have tablets available for registration or you may bring your own tablet or smart phone to register. There is no paper registration. Race Day registration payment is by credit card, check, or cash. 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.
Two Ladies' and two Men's restrooms are available inside the Bi-State Justice Building on the 1st floor. Multiple outdoor port-a-potties are available near the start.
Proxy Packet Pick-Up: Participants are encouraged to pick-up their packets on Friday or Saturday. 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. Packet pick-up stations are in Bib Number order.
Course Elevation Map: The elevation map will be posted here.
Medal: The 2020 Finisher Medal for all race finishers will be posted soon. The neck ribbon text contains the race date and "RTL Half Marathon & Relays". Runners and walkers finishing by 11:30 a.m. receive a finisher's medal.
Awards: Awards for the Top three female and male finishers Overall, Master, Grand Master, and Senior will be presented in the Hopkins Ice House on the stage at 10:30 a.m. Top three female and male Overall Finishers receive $100 gift certificates. Only one award per person.
Awards for the top three places for female and male in all age groups: 13-19, 20-24, and every five years thereafter to 80+; top female and male walkers; top three places for 2 and 4-person relay teams. Awards for walkers, relay teams, and top three places for all age groups can be picked up from volunteers manning tables to the left in the Hopkins Ice House as the results are printed and available. To minimize errors, we will only distribute awards verified by an official printout of the results. Only one award per person.
Host Hotels: Special rates are available only by calling the hotel or using the enclosed link to make a reservation and requesting rooms reserved for the Run the Line Half Marathon. Special rates are available until February 12. Reservations at this rate may apply after February 12 based on availability. Both hotels offer a hot breakfast beginning at 6:00am. Late checkout is available until 1:00pm, if you request it.
Texas Host Hotel: Hampton Inn and Suites, 4601 Cowhorn Creek Rd, Texarkana, TX 75503, Phone: 903-832-3499.
$69.00 one king bed standard room or $69.00 two queen beds standard room plus tax. The hotel has been recently remodeled. The hotel no longer has a van.
Click on link to make your reservation at this hotel -http://group.hamptoninn.com/RunTheLine2020
Directions for Texas Host Hotel: Directions going east on IH-30 from Dallas: Take Exit 220B Richmond Road. Turn right onto S. Cowhorn Creek Loop. Cross Cowhorn Creek Road. Hotel is on the left.
Directions going west on IH-30 from Little Rock: Take Exit 220B Richmond Road. Merge onto St. Michael Drive. Turn right onto N. Cowhorn Creek Loop. Turn right onto Cowhorn Creek Road and cross over the interstate. Hotel is ahead on the right.
Arkansas Host Hotel: Hampton Inn, 5302 Crossroads Parkway, Texarkana, AR 71854, Phone: 870-774-4267.
$69.00 one king bed standard room or $69.00 two queen beds standard room plus tax. The hotel is recently remodeled.
Click on link, then click on "open link in a new tab" to make reservations at this hotel - http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/T/TXKCRHX-RUN-20200215/index.jhtml
Directions for Arkansas Host Hotel: Directions going east on IH-30 from Dallas: Take Exit 1 Jefferson Street to frontage road heading east. Continue to a stop sign and turn left. Cross the Jefferson Street overpass to the north; turn left on to the frontage road. Go west on the frontage road until you see several hotels on your right. Move to the right lane and turn right on to Crossroads Parkway. The hotel is on the right.
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 on to Crossroads Parkway. The hotel is ahead on the right.
T-Shirt: Runners, walkers, and relay teams receive the same shirt. Sizes range from Small to XX-Large. More t-shirt details will be posted later.
Driving Directions and Parking: The race starting line is at the intersection of Broad Street and Texas Blvd - note this a one block change. Starting line GPS location: 217 W. Broad Street, Texarkana, TX. Please do not park in a church parking lot on Sunday morning.
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 on Broad Street, or on Front Street one block south of Broad Street. Please do not park in a church parking lot.
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 on Front Street one block south of Broad Street. The starting line is one block south of Stateline Avenue and two blocks to your right at Broad Street and Texas Blvd. Please do not park in a church parking lot.
Registration will open later this year for the Kids Run the Line Too! The 1-mile run/walk event will be held on Saturday, February 16 at 4:00 p.m. on the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System campus starting at the Imaging Center. 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. Information including a link to Online Registration, Training Plan, Mileage Log, Course Map, and more will be available at www.txkruntheline.org/kidstoo.
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