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Echo Half Marathon & 5K FAQs


When and where can I pick up my race packet?

Half Marathon & 5k packets may be picked up at Beck Park Ranch which is also the starting location for the Half Marathon. Being a new park, the address can best be GPS'ed by using 2558 Reed Ellis Rd, Osteen, FL. The park is located on SR 415 at Reed Ellis Road. Saturday, June 3th from 11am-6pm.

You MAY have someone else pick up your packet for you and Vice Versa. There is nothing special to do for this. The person PICKING up will sign a release that they have your packet. The release will be given to them at packet pickup. If you are coming from out of town, you might check out our host hotels to stay Saturday evening and take advantage of the Shuttle to the Start. Race Travel Info Page.

The 5k will have packet pickup available race morning on June 4th at Gemini Springs Park starting at 6:00am. 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary, FL 32713

Race Day registration will be available on Race Morning for both distances if room is available. PLEASE NOTE: any packets for the Half not picked up before the race will be at the start line. We are trying to keep this at a minimum for ease of race day logistics but we do understand extreme circumstances. Please make every effort to have your packet picked up prior to Sunday morning. We thank you!

What time should I be there... for the Half... for the 5K?

The Half Marathon Starts at 6:15 at Beck Ranch Park located at State Road 415 and Reed Ellis. And address for GPS purposes is 2558 Reed Ellis Road, Osteen, FL. You will want to be there and parked by 5:30am to ensure you are not delayed in traffic. With 1,000 runners all trying to get to the same place at the same time, there WILL BE CONGESTION. Plan on being early to reduce your stress race morning.

The 5k starts at 7:00am at Gemini Springs Park located at 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary, FL. You will want to be parked no later than 6:15am to be prepared to start by 7:00am.

Will there be any food at the PartyZone!?

Genuine Bistro will be providing complimentary BBQ Sandwiches for both distances. Bananas and pretzels will also be available at the finish line for runners. Expect to be surprised as we continue to add to the offerings at the Post-Race Party!

What beer is being served at the Post-Race Party!?

We are working with local vendors for an assortment of beer. Each runner will be allowed two (2) FREE Beers at the vendor of their choice.

Is there a maximum finish time?

The best part of this race is we do not close any roads. Therefore, the only time limit consideration is how long we keep our volunteers on the route. We will have a four (4) hour time limit for the Half Marathon which means we will keep the finish line up and the Post-Race Party open until 10:30am or longer!

If I sign up for the half marathon and just can’t do it, can I drop back to just run the 5k?

Yes! You can drop down to the 5k by emailing Jennifer@FinalMileRaceManagement.com by June 1, 2015. Any adjustments after this date will need to be done at packet pick-up or race morning.

Are there shuttles available to and from the start/finish line?

We will have shuttles to take you from the finish line at Gemini Springs Park back to the start line at Beck Ranch Park from 8am-11am. We have added buses this year to minimize the wait at the “Bus Stop.”

The Hampton Inn will have a Shuttle to the Start Area leaving the Hotel by 5:00am. We can Shuttle you back to the Hotel after your finish, or you may find the ½ mile walk from the Finish Line a refreshing cool down. Check out the Travel page for more details and reserve quickly before they sell out!

MANY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF LEAVING A VEHICLE AT THE FINISH LINE AND CARPOOLING TO THE START LINE FOR GREATER EASE. THE FINISH LINE IS LOCATED AT GEMINI SPRINGS PARK IN DEBARY AT 37 DIRKSEN DR AND WILL BE OPEN BY 4AM FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

Do you have any group training opportunities?

The local running group, West Volusia Runners, has many group runs locally and many on this route. Check them out at www.WestVolusiaRunners.com

How many people do you expect for the Half and 5K?

We will sell out the Half Marathon at 900 runners and we expect 5 billion :-) for the 5k.

Who is benefiting from this race?

The purpose of this race is to bring much needed publicity to the Volusia County Trail System. Much of this is due to the Volusia County ECHO Grant which has provided funding for most of the trail construction and improvements.

We are also setting aside a portion of the proceeds to the newly founded nonprofit company “Friends of Volusia Trails, Inc.” whose entire purpose is to promote the trail system and maintain and improve what the ECHO Grant has provided.

What awards are being presented?

CUSTOM FINISHER’S MEDALS TO ALL HALF MARATHON FINISHERS
Half Awards: Top Overall Male & Female; Top Male & Female Master, Top 3 in Age Groups: 17 & under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
SEMI-CUSTOM FINISHER’S MEDAL TO ALL 5k FINISHERS
The 5k also has additional Age Groups of 9 & under and 10-15, 16-24 and 70-74, 75+

What time is the Awards Ceremony?

5k will be 7:45am and Half Marathon awards will be at 10am after our Free Kids Run.

What is the Half Marathon route? What is the 5K route? Is this a timed race?

Yes! This race is a chip timed event and each runner of both distances will receive a chip for their numbered bib when they pick up their packet.

What are the road closures?

There are no road closures needed for this race due to running on the paved trail. Volusia County Sherriff’s, Citizens on Patrol and Volunteers will be on the route where necessary to safely cross runners over main roads.

What if I injure myself along the course?

Our Bicycle Marshals will be patrolling the route continuously and are there for your safety. If you are in need of help, flag them down when you see them. If you run with a cell phone you will also be provided with the course marshal’s number at packet pick-up. Deltona Fire Department will also be patrolling the route for your safety. Water Station volunteers will also have access to help you if you are in need and we will have light medical supplies at miles 9 and 11.

What if I injure myself before the race begins, can I transfer my bib?

Race entries are non-refundable and non-transferable

How many water stops will there be along the course?

We have 12 water stops on the Half Route all with Gatorade.
Approximately: Mile 2, Mile 3.5, Mile 4.25, Mile 5, 6.25, 7.5 (with GU Gels), 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.75 and 12.5.

The 5k will have 1 water station that you will cross twice. Once just before Mile 1 and again at approximately Mile 2.5.

Will you offer any energy drinks along the course?

Gatorade will be at all 12 Water Stops along the Half Marathon Route. The 5k will NOT have Gatorade at their water stops, but will be available at the finish line.

Will you be offering Energy GELS during the race?

GU Gels will be available at Green Springs Park at approximately Mile 7.5 for the Half Marathon.

Are jogging strollers allowed on the Course?

No

Where should I park?

Parking is at Beck Ranch Park at the Start of the Half Marathon or at Gemini Springs in the field at the Exit. There will be shuttles to take you from the finish line back to your car at the start line. No shuttles will be available to take you to the start line. If you are riding with someone running the 5k, have them drop you off at your start, then they will have plenty of time to get to the start of their race.

DROP OFF SERVICE IS AVAILABLE WHEN YOU FIRST ENTER THE PARK BUT PLEASE DO NOT HAVE YOUR DRIVER GO ALL THE WAY INTO THE PARK FOR PARKING AS THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE PARK UNTIL AFTER 6:45AM ONCE THE START LINE HAS BEEN CLEARED

The Hampton Inn will have Shuttles to the Start line and will also be available to take your family to the finish line with our special “family” shuttle at 7:15am.

If you are the driver and your 5k runner needs to get to their start; the shuttle will leave Beck Ranch Park at precisely 6:00am to shuttle people to Gemini Springs Park.

MANY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF LEAVING A VEHICLE AT THE FINISH LINE AND CARPOOLING TO THE START LINE FOR GREATER EASE. THE FINISH LINE IS LOCATED AT GEMINI SPRINGS PARK IN DEBARY AT 37 DIRKSEN DR AND WILL BE OPEN BY 4AM FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

Where can my family and friends cheer for me along the route for the Half?

Info Map to come

Will I be able to leave a bag at the Start/Finish Line?

Yes, we will have “drop bag” service available at the Half Marathon start line for you to leave a bag. This must be the bag provided to you. We will transport it over to the finish line area. Please note you must have your bib to receive your items. Do not send a friend or family member to pick up your bag without your bib as they will be denied. This is for your safety. We are not responsible for lost or broken items so please take care to not pack valuable or breakable items in your drop bag. This is best used for a change of clothing, deodorant, flip flops, etc. There is no drop bag service for the 5k.

I lost my _______ at the race or the after party. How can I find my lost item?

Please contact Jennifer@FinalMileRaceManagement.com for any lost and found items.

Are there port-o-johns on the half marathon course?

Yes. 10 of the 12 water stops will have port-o-john units available. Mile 7.5 at Green Springs Park has restroom facilities.

Can I pick up someone else's race packet?

Yes. There is nothing special to do for this option.

When is this race?

Sunday, June 4, 2017.

The Half Marathon starts at 6:15am from Beck Ranch Park located at State Road 415 and Reed Ellis. Address for GPS purposes is 2558 Reed Ellis, Osteen, FL and finishes at Gemini Springs Park located at 37 Dirksen Road, DeBary, FL

The 5k starts and finishes at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Road, DeBary, FL at 7:15am

Where is the race?

The Half Marathon starts at 6:15am from Beck Ranch Park located at State Road 415 and Reed Ellis. Address for GPS purposes is 2558 Reed Ellis, Osteen, FL and finishes at Gemini Springs Park located at 37 Dirksen Road, DeBary, FL

The 5k starts and finishes at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Road, DeBary, FL at 7:00am

When should I start training?

What are you waiting for? The race will be here before you know it!!

What can you tell me about your sponsors? Is the ECHO Half Marathon a USATF Certified Route?