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38th Annual Spring Thaw
  
  
February 22, 2014 (Saturday)
20 Miles, 15 Miles, 10 Miles
North Park Rose Barn
Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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  This race began as the original Pittsburgh Marathon and has evolved into
one of the better warm-up races used by many Pittsburghers to prepare
for the spring marathon season. It also makes a great prep race for
Just A Short Run - 1/2 marathon/30K also held in North Park the last
Saturday of March.

In 2013, despite a cold start and snow as the race began,
we hit the highest number of Finishers ever with 932 and over
1250 registered (some let the weather scare them off),
so the area's runners obviously are tough!

Runners Gifts - Embroidered Fleece Hats for all pre-registered runners
All others while supplies last. We will do our best but please pre-register.

15 mile finishers will receive a pair of gloves and
20 mile finishers will receive a commemorative neck gaiter

Event Start Location
Start Time: 10:00 am
North Park Rose Barn/Boathouse
Pierce Mill Rd.
Allison Park, PA

We will do registration and post-race activities at the Rose Barn.
The Boathouse will be the starting and end point for the course.
It will be open for use of the restrooms and changing before and
after the race as well.

Course Description
Course is on a paved asphalt road with mildly rolling hills. Course management provided by Elite Runners & Walkers

ChronoTrack Timing chip provided by Elite Runners Race Management.

Splits provided at each five mile interval.

Aid stations every 1.25 miles with water, gels, and sport drink.

Limited restroom facilities and no showers available. Come dressed to run.

Races will take place regardless of weather. No deferred date.

Awards
10 mile Awards
All runners will be scored as if competeing in 10 mile event.
Top 3 Male and female overall finishers. Top M & F Masters finisher. No duplication. Top 3 M & F in the following age groups. 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64,65-69, and 70+.


15 mile Awards
No overall or age group awards. All 15 mile finishers receive a pair of imprinted running gloves. The 15 mile incentive is there to keep the 10 milers going, and it's there to provide some consolation for the 20 milers who change their minds at 15 miles.

20 mile Awards
Top 3 overall male and female finishers. Top M & F Masters finisher. No age group awards. All 20 mile finishers receive an embroidered Spring Thaw winter hat.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Pre-registered runners may pick up their packets and you may still register late at Elite Runners & Walkers in Robinson
Thursday Feb. 2oth 11 am - 8pm
Friday February Feb. 21st 10 am - 7 pm.
Race day at the North Park Rose Barn starting at 8:30 am


Late registration can also be done at this time.

If you miss these two days and still want to run, there will be registration on Race Day beginning at 8:30 am in the North Park ROSE BARN across the street from the Boathouse. We encourage pre-registration to ensure everyone gets a shirt.

Timing / Results
Elite Runners Race Management will provide race day timing services.
The race will be timed using ChronoTrack timing technology, the same system as the marathon.
You will be issued a bib with the rfid chip attached to the back..
As you complete each five mile loop, your time will be automatically recorded.
Times will be recorded until 3-1/2 hours into the event.
Results for each five mile segment will be posted on the internet at www.eliterunnersracing.com

Post Race Activities
Soup Buffet, plus hot pizza, hot chocolate and more!

Awards ceremony and more!

Weather
We will run no matter what, unless the police tell us otherwise due to an extreme weather condition. FYI, in 2011 over 6 inches of snow fell overnight and the park personnel had the roads perfectly clear for the race. We will run, so register and show up, we will be there!

Directions
Start & Finish in parking lot of North Park Boathouse in Pittsburgh, PA.
From I-79, get off at Wexford/910 exit (North of Pittsburgh)
Follow Rt. 910 East about 4 miles to the entrance to North Park
located on Pierce Mill Rd. Boathouse is approximately 1.5 miles down
Pierce Mill Rd. Registration and awards in the Rose Barn across the
street from the Boathouse. Parking is available at the Rose Barn and
along Pierce Mill Road or at the Spillway lot on Babcock Road.

Parking
No parking along Pierce Mill Road except in designated Lots. Also no parking in Boathouse parking lot morning of event.
Shuttle Busses will run from the Pool, Spillway, and ice arena lots. Please CARPOOL and ARRIVE EARLY and park in the shuttle lots!
 
 
   
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Average Rating:  
Recent Review: Overall the event was well run and this is a small complaint but the water stations need spread out so everyone can get water. I passed up many stations because there were too many people in one small space trying to get water. Spread the tables out further to allow a separation of tables and runners.
Mike Klier
Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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 Results for the 38th Annual Spring Thaw 
Year: 2013     Participation      
    Total finishers: 1,035      
 Winner Race Division  Winning Time  Pace Speed
 Daniel Spaulding   20 Miles Men 1:56:46 5:50  10.28 mph 
 Jamie Morgenstern   20 Miles Women 2:21:16 7:04  8.49 mph 
>> Complete 2013 Results (All Races) 
  
  
Year: 2012     Participation      
    Total finishers: 945      
 Winner Race Division  Winning Time  Pace Speed
 Marco Dozzi   20 Miles Men 1:56:04 5:48  10.34 mph 
 Laura Harnish   20 Miles Women 2:17:32 6:53  8.73 mph 
>> Complete 2012 Results (All Races) 
  
  
Year: 2011     Participation      
    Total finishers: 898      
 Winner Race Division  Winning Time  Pace Speed
 Josh Christopher   20 Miles Men 1:56:16 5:49  10.32 mph 
 Anna Beck   20 Miles Women 2:08:43 6:26  9.32 mph 
 Dan Holland   20 Miles Masters Men 2:07:27 6:22  9.42 mph 
 Laura Shymansky   20 Miles  Masters Women  2:35:34 7:47  7.71 mph 
>> Complete 2011 Results (All Races) 
  
  
Year: 2010     Participation      
    Total finishers: 138      
 Winner Race Division  Winning Time  Pace Speed
 Josh Eddy   20 Miles Men 1:54:21 5:43  10.49 mph 
 Leslie Kramer   20 Miles Women 2:24:59 7:15  8.28 mph 
>> Complete 2010 Results (All Races) 
  
 

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