Frequently asked Questions
- Can the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon?
- Can the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon course be used as a 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier?
Yes. The Mohawk Hudson River Marathon course is certified as a 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier for both men and women.
- Is there a time limit for the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon and Hannaford Supermarkets Half Marathon?
Yes. There is a five and a half hour time limit. Both races start at 8:30 a.m. and the course will close at 2 p.m. Registrants must be capable of completing the full distance within the event time requirement of 5 hours and 30 minutes (or approximately 12:30 minutes/mile). Participants traveling slower than a 12:30 minute mile pace will not be guaranteed Aid Station or Medical support once the 5:30 time limit has been reached. Participants still out on the course will be asked to move onto the sidewalk as police and course marshal support will end. Participant chip or net times greater than the event time requirement (5 hours, 30 minutes) will not be recognized as official. Times over 5:30 will not be listed in the official results.
- Are there any age limits to enter the race?
Yes. You must be at least 13 years of age (on race day) to register for the Hannaford Supermarkets Half Marathon and at least 16 years of age (on race day) to register for the marathon.
- Are there Pace Teams?
Yes, the Hannaford Supermarkets Pace Team will be available in the marathon to help you achieve a PR, qualify for the Boston Marathon or other races, finish your first marathon, or just help you enjoy your run.
- Are results and awards determined by gun or chip time?
Top awards are determined by gun time as is required by USATF Rule 245. Your net time (chip time) will be posted in the results along with your gun time.
- Are there hotels within walking distance of the finish line?
Yes. The Hilton Albany is within walking distance of the finish line and the buses to the start. A special rate is available for race participants and families. Check out the “Lodging” section of the website for more information.
- Is there a race expo?
Yes. The expo takes place on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hilton Albany on State and Lodge Street in downtown Albany. Packet pickup will also be held at the expo. Our expo exhibitors will include retail vendors, running and health-related organizations, running clubs and other organizations of interest to our participants. The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club will host a sneaker and t-shirt recycling booth – please bring your used running shoes (shoe laces tied together) and gently worn t-shirts for donation to local charities.
- Is there day-of-race packet pick up?
No. All race packets must be picked up on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Hilton Albany from 10 am to 6 p.m. You may have someone else pick up your packet for you. They must have a copy of your photo ID and a note giving permission for another individual to pick up your packet.
- When is the last day I can register for the race?
Both races sell out quickly. Register early. There will be no wait list.
- Can I wear headphones?
The use of headphones during the race is strongly discouraged. The course is open and used by other runners, walkers, cyclists and, of course, vehicles, making it important that each participant be aware of his or her surroundings.
- What drink and nutritional supplement will be available on the course?
Water and Gatorade will be provided at each water stop and GU will be distributed at two locations on the marathon course.
- What if I need to drop out during the race?
Medical volunteers on bikes will monitor the course. A sag vehicle will be available by radio to pick up any participants who cannot finish. If you need to drop out, notify a race medical bicyclist, a water stop captain or a road marshal. They will contact our sag vehicle for transport. If you cannot finish due to a medical emergency, inform a race medical bicyclist immediately: he or she will be able to triage your level of medical need. You can also notify volunteers at the water stops or a road marshal along the course or ask a fellow participant to notify the next water stop of your emergency and 911 will be called for you.
- Is there medical help available on the course?
Yes. Medically-trained bikers will patrol the course and will be able to triage any medical needs. There will be EMTs stationed along the course and there is an ambulance following the race. There are amateur radio operators at every water stop who can relay messages to the finish area and all water stop captains, race medical bicyclists and road marshals have cell phones available to call 911 if a medical emergency occurs on the course.
- Are there portable toilets on the course?
Yes. There is a portable toilet at every water stop after mile 4 of the marathon.
- What happens if I am stopped due to a train at the rail crossing in Cohoes?
Although railroad officials are notified that our race is taking place, train traffic is not suspended and we cannot guarantee that trains will not come through the area on race day. Train traffic on this line has increased along with the length of the trains. It is possible that you may encounter a lengthy delay. A timing mat will be placed prior to the rail crossing and experienced volunteers are stationed at the rail crossing. If a train comes through and you are stopped, your stop and start times will be recorded by a timing mat placed prior to the rail crossing. Your time will be adjusted accordingly.
- Is there a place for me to check extra clothing or baggage?
Yes. Participants can check a bag at the start of each race, which will be transported to the finish area. If you plan to check a bag, a clear plastic bag must be used. Any other type of bag or backpack will not be accepted – no exceptions. Please make sure that your bib number, name and a contact number is visible on the bag. Do not check bags containing valuables or breakable items. The race is not responsible for loss or damage.
- Will photos be taken along the course?
Yes. Ken Shelton Photography, our official race photographer, will be stationed at several spots on the course. If you provided us with an email address, you will be notified when your pictures are ready and can purchase them at www.kenshelton.com. Don’t forget to smile!
- Are there hills on the course?
Although the course is primarily flat, there is a short uphill between mile 12 and 13 of the marathon. A sizeable downhill will be experienced coming off the bike path in Cohoes and short, somewhat steep, downhills will be encountered at about mile 6 and 12 of the marathon.
- Can I run with a running stroller, skates or my dog?
- Can I get a refund if I cannot attend the race after registering?
There are no refunds. However, participants who are not able to attend may defer their entry to the 2016 race. See “Deferment Policy” on the Race Info/Registration/Fee Schedule page of this website for the procedures, fee and deadline for requesting a deferment.
- If I registered for one race, can I switch to the other?
We will try to accommodate all requests to switch races, but due to space limitations this cannot be automatically guaranteed. See “Switch Policy” on the Race Info/Registration/Fee Schedule page of this website for the procedure, fee and deadline for requesting a switch to another race.
- Can I transfer my bib/registration?
Yes you may. Please see Transfer Policy on the Race Info/Registation/Fee Schedule page of this website for the procedures, fee and deadline for switching bibs.
- Can I walk the marathon or Hannaford Supermarkets Half Marathon?
We welcome walkers who can complete the course in five and a half hours. A walkers division with separate awards is available in the Hannaford Supermarkets Half Marathon. You can sign up for the walkers division when you register for the Hannaford Supermarkets Half Marathon.
- Will the miles be marked?
Yes. Mile markers will be at every mile and at 5K, 10K, 15K, 20K, 25K, 30K, 35K and 40K of the marathon. There will be a clock at the Hannaford Supermarkets Half Marathon location.
- Will the roads be closed to traffic?
- Will the bike paths be closed to public use?
- Will my family and friends be able to track my progress?
Yes, on race day go to: http://www.mohawkhudsonmarathon.com/results/2014
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