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No. Due to the constricted nature of the Towpath Trilogy race courses (on the 12 foot wide Towpath) we do not allow pacers.

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Please locate the email confirmation of your race registration, it contains a link to edit your registration.

The process will allow you to transfer your registration, they will be charged the cost of the race at the current price point.

You will be charged a transfer fee of $10.00 and will be issued a credit for race fees.

If you need to have the email confirmation of your registration resent, please email Kathy Cole kcole@canalwaypartners.com.

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All Towpath Trilogy races are rain or shine events.

In the extremely rare occasion of a cancellation, we do not offer refunds. This is standard policy for races.

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Towpath Trilogy runners will receive their 16 oz Towpath Trilogy mug in the Great Lakes Brewing Beer Tent near the finish line.

Race staff will verify runners complete the Trilogy by looking up their bib number. Each runner that “Conquers the Towpath Trilogy” will receive a coupon for a free beer.

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Yes.

However; please be mindful of other runners while wearing headphones.

We have found that runners wearing headphones can have difficulty hearing verbal directions along course, and can be unaware of passing runners.

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Towpath Trilogy events use D-Tag computerized chip timing.

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Results to Towpath Trilogy events will be posted on our website here- https://towpathtrilogy.com/results/

We post results within 24 hours at the latest, and share them via our Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Towpath-Marathon/105024623079

 

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No. We do not allow dogs to run on the Towpath Trilogy race courses.

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No. We do not allow jogging strollers in the Towpath Trilogy races.

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In your registration confirmation email from Active, there is a link to edit your registration.

This link will allow you to visit your account and edit the race length for which you are registered.

There is a $10 fee to change race lengths.

Give us a call at 216-520-1825 if you need any assistance, or have registered via mail.

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A runner can complete (or “conquer”) the Towpath Trilogy by participating in all three events in one season. Runners who conquer the Towpath Trilogy are eligible for a special prize.

Example: to conquer the 2017 Towpath Trilogy, you would participate in any length of the 2017 Towpath Half Marathon in April, the 2017 Towpath Ten-Ten in June and the 2017 Towpath Marathon in October.

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There are two primary reasons for why your GPS will show longer than the official course distance.  This is due to how the official measurement is done for certified courses and your GPS accuracy.

Official course measurement: when courses are certified, the path taken is the shortest route possible, tight around any corners, straight through zig-zags on course, etc.  This is to ensure that the course run by any racer is never shorter than stated distance.  Because you are likely not running the exact same path, perhaps always staying to the right side rather than tight to inside of turns, maybe zig-zagging to pass or be passed by other runners, diverting to use a toilet, etc. your path will be longer than the official course measurement.

GPS accuracy: GPS positioning is typically accurate to with 10 meters (per the Garmin website).  What this means is that the strait line you run isn’t straight on GPS, and this can add the distance quickly.  There are a couple easy ways to illustrate what this means practically.  The first image below is from the 2016 Towpath Half Marathon using GPS… this is the second half of the race on a section (between miles 7 and 12) that is traversed 3 times.. twice going north and once going south.  You can see from the map that each time through, the GPS location is very different and quite often well off course.

Another fun example to show GPS inaccuracy is from the track.  Two miles on a high school track, all in the inner two lanes, looks anything but consistent!

The bottom line is that your GPS will likely measure a couple percent longer than actual course or run you’re taking.  This can easily translate to 0.1-0.3 miles on a half marathon… which would appear to be 3-10 seconds/per mile faster than course time.

 

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