Q. How many aid stations?
A. Just one, but you pass it 210 times. You're never more than 200 meters from water, Simone Super Energy, and Gatorade.
Q. What's the temperature, Kevin?
A. TJ's constant indoor temperature is 70 F.
Q. Does utilization of the timing system mean that runners do not have to stay in lane 1? Will accurate distance be measured regardless of lane?
A. You must run 211 laps, but you may use any of the four lanes.
Q. Are pacers/spectators allowed to run with racers?
A. Yes, but only for brief periods. The track is open only to entrants during the race.
Q. May I place my own bottles on the aid station table?
A. Yes, we will have several tables on the outside of the track, one just for personal provisions.
Please mark your personal bottles with your name. No food please.
Please take care not to spil on the floor of the gym.
Refreshment tables will be on the outside of the track at the south end of the gym.
Q. Can I bring my own jelly beans and chocolate?
A. Yes, place them on the table for personal provisions. Since TJ does not allow food in the gym, please count your jelly beans. You wouldn't want to lose one.
Q. The chip will tick off our laps if we stay to the left...so are the volunteer lap counters there just for backup if the timing system isn't counting laps right?
A. Yes. The timing system and the volunteer lap counters will be under the clock at the EAST side of the track.
Q. So, if I can't bring a volunteer, will there be anyone there that can count my laps?
Everyone has a story. If you send us your story, we will add it to our web page www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin/marathon.html
July 17, 2013 -- "Indoor marathon adds 50k, Wardian sets provisional world record" -- in Washington Running Report
July-August 2013 -- "Grant Pierce Indoor Marathon:
This event was organized by the Tidal Basin Run Club and featured a marathon as well as a 50K" -- in Arlington Magazine
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January 23, 2009 -- "Indoor marathon follow-up: no record for you" -- in Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal
Thank you for registering for Tidal Basin Run's Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon, Sunday, July 14, starting at 9:00 AM at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA 22204.
From Arlington Boulevard (Route 50), take Irving Street south (use caution in the construction area). Turn right on 2nd Street South and proceed to free parking in front of TJ Center.
Doors open at 8:30 AM. We open race-day packet pick-up a few minutes after 8:30 AM at the table inside door #12, the main entrance to TJ.
Once you have your bib number, you may enter TJ and use the 200-meter indoor track to warm up. Spectators may enter for free.
For warm-ups, TJ also has a partly-shaded outdoor trail exactly 880 yards around -- 1/2 mile to the foot.
Once you receive your bib number, please pin it visibly on the front of your shirt, not folded or obscured in any way. Our Jaguar timing tags are embedded in your bib number. Please do not fold over the Jaguar timing tag.
At 8:50 AM, we play the National Anthem. At 8:55 AM, we gather all participants for final instructions. At 8:59 AM, we gather on the track for the start at 9:00 AM sharp, according to the clock on the wall above the start line.
We run the race counter-clockwise, just like on an outdoor track. During the race, please stay in the left-hand lane. When you pass another runner, please move to one of the two center lanes.
We serve refreshments alongside the outside lane of the track, so please move to the outside lane when you stop for water or athletic beverage.
Please bring a friend or relative to serve as a volunteer lap counter.
Please take a look at http://www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin/MarathonLaps.pdf
We will have one score sheet for each runner. The volunteer lap counters will fill in your time as you finish each lap. They may also inform you which lap you're on and help you count to 211, if necessary.
Radio personality Chuck Williams will keep you on your toes and motivated throughout the race.
After you finish, you may claim one of the pewter Grant-Pierce Marathon belt buckles, provided by Dynabuckle. See http://www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin/2012buckle.jpg for a picture. One to a customer, please.
These belt buckles will be even more memorable than just the t-shirt.
Immediately after they finish, Tidal Basin Run treasurer Ric Francke will present a check for $100 to the first male and first female finishers, $50 to second and third, plus a $100 bonus if the winner breaks a world record -- 2:27:21 for men, 3:08:53 for women.
On Sunday evening after the marathon, please look for complete results at www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin/20140630.html
Net proceeds go to cover refreshments and our RRCA non-profit membership.
ABOUT TIDAL BASIN RUN:
We conduct a free 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m at 12 noon on the third Wednesday of each month at Hains Point, East Potomac Park, Washington DC.
We also conduct races on national holidays, usually at 12 noon, for $5 members, $10 non-members, featuring Chris Farmer's fantastic brownies.
www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin for full information.
We also invite you to our friends' races -- see
www.mc-coop.org for lists of upcoming events.
-- Thank you
-- Event directors
-- Jay Jacob Wind, president, Tidal Basin Run
-- Ric Francke, treasurer, Tidal Basin Run
-- 703-927-4833 (recorded message)
-- 703-521-6157 (my fax machine)
Michael Wardian dedicated his 2012 victory to his friend and inspiration, fellow North Face athlete Yan Dongdong.
Born in 1984, Dongdong started climbing mountains in 2002, his freshman year in college.
After graduating in 2005, Dongdong became a freelance translator, because such a lifestyle would grant a lot of free time - time to train for and go to the mountains.
In May 2008, he was among the assault group which escorted the Olympic Torch to the summit of Everest, after eighteen months' training at the Chinese National Mountaineering Center.
Dongdong then began to pursue the more simple, more intense form of mountaineering - exploring unknown areas and new peaks and routes in pure Alpine style, relying on the judgment and technical aptitude of himself and his partner(s) rather than large groups, fixed ropes or backup support.
In January 2010, he became a sponsored athlete of The North Face China.
Since 2002, Dongdong had been on more than 40 expeditions and reached the summits of more than 20 peaks above 5000m including many first ascents and new routes including a 2008 Everest expedition.
On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, Dongdong was killed in the Xinjiang Province of China.
He was on an expedition on Tomur, the highest peak in the Tianshan mountains, when he fell into a crevasse.