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Is Clarence Demar a Boston Qualifier?
Yes. The Clarence DeMar Marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier. The BAA has made recent changes in their registration process and made qualifying times more challenging. The BAA expects to announce when they will open registration for the 2014 Boston Marathon in July. The last 2 years, registration opened before we ran DeMar. However, with more challenging qualifying times, and a staggered registration process, Boston did not close out until over a week after we ran DeMar in 2012. Your ability to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon will be dependent on when Boston closes out, and how much you beat your qualifying time by. We had 2012 DeMar finishers who ran BQ's and were able to get into the 2013 Boston Marathon. The timing of DeMar is such that a 2013 DeMar BQ will provide you with the opportunity to register for the 2014 and 2015 Boston Marathon.
Is anything being done to recognize the events at the 2013 Boston Marathon?
We are planning a number of things to honor all victims of the attacks at the 2013 Boston Marathon and recognize the countless heroes for their actions during and after the attacks. As details are confirmed, we will continue to update our web site with those specifics. As of now, we know that our runner and volunteer shirts will have something to recognize the event, and efforts are being finalized for a contribution to the OneFund for additional support to victims.
Are any measures being taken to increase safety following the attacks at the Boston Marathon?
The Clarence DeMar Marathon and the Keene Elm City Rotary club have been in communication with the City of Keene and local law enforcement officials regarding security and public safety following the events at the 2013 Boston Marathon. All agencies involved with producing this community wide event are working together to ensure the safety of our runners, volunteers and spectators.
| ||How much is the race ENTRY FEE?|
$80. On 9/1/13, the registration fee goes to $90. On 9/15, the registration fee goes to $100. back to top
| ||Can I REGISTER online?|
Yes. Go to the "Register Online" link above. back to top
| ||Is your ONLINE REGISTRATION secure?|
We have processed 1000's of registrations & never had a security breach or lost any info. We take your privacy seriously, so rest assured, you can register safely. back to top
| ||Can I pick up my bib# and runner packets on race day?|
Absolutely. If you have registered on line but won't be arriving in Keene until race day, your # and runners packet will be waiting for you. back to top
| ||Are there men/women cut SHIRTS or are they all the same?|
There will be women cut AND men cut shirts. We will assume that you want the corresponding gender friendly shirt when you register. Please let us know otherwise when you register. back to top
| ||Can I guarantee I will get requested size SHIRT?|
No. We do our best to get exactly what everyone orders, but in order to get really cool shirts, we need to order them pretty far in advance. This forces us to make guesses...IF people wait to register. If people register early...then we can make a more accurate order. SO, help us, help you, by registering early & picking up your packet early. back to top
| ||Will there be a SPAGHETTI DINNER again?|
Yes! We will again provide the traditional carb-loading pasta dinner on Friday, 9/28/13. There will be one serving at 6:00pm. Our on-line registration for runners will be amended to allow for registering and pre-payment for you and any number of guests. Details to be published as they are finalized. If you have already registered to run, you will be able to amend your registration to add the pasta dinner in the near future. back to top
| ||What are the COURSE RECORDS?|
Course records: Men - Neil Wood - 1983 - 2:17:05, Women - Cathy O'Brien - 1995 - 2:33:56 back to top
| ||Can I get a REFUND if I cannot run?|
There are NO refunds available. Requests for deferment can be made to the race committee if done before 9/1/13 and must be for medical reasons. If a deferment is granted, the runner's entry will be deferred for the following year's Clarence Demar Marathon. back to top
| ||Is this race AWESOME?|
Well, we think so, but don't take our word for it. Here is one of many quotes left on marathonguide.com about the 2012 race: "Congratulations on putting together a fantastic marathon. Everything was very well organized, the volunteers were the best ever, the spectators were terrific and the course was beautiful. This is undoubtedly the best marathon I've ever done." View more runner feedback on marathonguide.com under Clarence Demar Marathon. back to top
| ||Where do I check in and pick up my runner's packet and bib #?|
Runners will have 2 options to pick up their packets and bib #'s. Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Ted's Shoe & Sport, 116 Main St, Keene NH. And Saturday at Spaulding Gymnasium on the campus of Keene State College from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. back to top
| ||Where do we START?|
The race starts on Spring St. in Gilsum, NH. You will be parking at Keene State College and taking a shuttle with 599 of your closest friends to the start line. back to top
| ||What time does the last SHUTTLE leave?|
Shuttle buses will begin bringing runners to the start at 6:00am from the Spaulding Gym parking lot at Keene State College to the start line in Gilsum. The last bus to the start leaves KSC at 7:30am. back to top
| ||Can I have someone drop me off at the START?|
Yes. Runners may be dropped of at the start NO LATER THAN 7:30. Drivers; PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be careful around the start area. Gilsum is a small town & even the smallest amount of traffic can create havoc if people are not careful....& courteous. There is no parking at the start. Drop off only. back to top
| ||Can I run with a STROLLER?|
No, for the safety of everyone, no strollers are allowed in the race. Spectators are welcome to have strollers obviously. back to top
| ||Can I run with my DOG?|
No. We love dogs, cats, geckos, hamsters, goats and any other animal that could be considered a pet, HOWEVER, for their safety, please leave them at home. This includes wookies. back to top
| ||Where are the MASSAGES?|
The free massages will be at the finish line FOR RUNNERS ONLY. back to top
| ||Can I run with HEADPHONES?|
No. This is for your safety. Enjoy the flavor of the race and the sounds of NH. Leave the headphones for your pre race warm up. back to top
| ||Is this race USATF Certified?|
YES! The course is measured & marked via USATF Certification Standards. Cert # NH12017TY. back to top
| ||What will the WEATHER be like?|
The end of Sept is the beginning of peak foliage here in SW NH. The weather is generally 30F-60F but can fluctuate beyond that. Humidity is generally low, but again, in New England, it is hard to predict. Please check the weather starting a week before the race to make sure you dress appropriately. back to top
| ||What are the AWARD categories?|
M & F, top finishers overall & in each of the following age categories:
M & F top 3 Cheshire County finishers.
There will be no "double dipping". In other words, if the male overall winner is in the 30-39 category, he will not also get the award for winner of the 30-39 category.
Exception is the Cheshire County winner category. back to top
| ||Where will the WATER stops be?|
Per the USATF standards, there will be water every 2 miles. We will have both water and gatorade at all 16 stations....maybe more depending on humidity levels of that day. back to top
| ||Will there be on course MEDICAL help available?|
YES. Medical assistance is being provided by the Sports Medicine Department of the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic-Keene. There are 2 aid-stations on the course, and a fully staffed medical station at the finish. back to top
| ||Is there a course TIME LIMIT?|
Yes, out of respect for our volunteers & the towns, we will removing course support after 6 hours. back to top
| ||What is our RACE FEE being used for?|
While we have some incredible donors, there are ALOT of expenses for a race this size, including, but not limited to: Police, timing company, supplies, facility rental fees, etc. The Elm City Rotary Club will also be awarding a $10K grant to a local youth focused not-for-profit agency. Any proceeds exceeding $10K will used for any number of humanitarian associations that the Elm City Rotary Club supports. Go to our website www.elmcityrotary.com to learn more. back to top
| ||How do I get to Keene, NH? DIRECTIONS|
The address, if you have a GPS, is Appian Way, Keene, NH 03431. Directions from the north, east, south, & west can be found on the COURSE INFO TAB at the top. back to top
| ||Where can we stay if we are from out of town? LODGING|
You can camp out on Ted's front lawn....just kidding. Go to the Lodging Link at the top of the page to find local hotels in the area that would be thrilled to have you. back to top
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