The Great Run
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Registration FAQs

How do I sign up to run?

Click HERE to sign up to run!

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When does registration close?

Registration is extremely limited for all events and may close without notice. If you are planning to run with us we recommend registering as early as possible. There is NO day of race registration.

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Is there a list of confirmed entrants?

Yes. Click HERE to confirm your registration.

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What is included in my entry fee?

  • A professionally planned an executed event by runners (Crow Athletics & AREEP), for runners.
  • Official participant tech shirt, men's & women's specific sizing.
  • Well stocked fluids table at the Start/Finish area featuring water, Gatorade, Coca-Cola, and GU.
  • Live online tracking and race results provided by AREEP.
  • Personalized bib number.
  • Electronic copy of the VERY comprehensive Race Handbook to ensure that you (and any friends/family that travel with you) know everything you need to know to have a great visit to Great Cranberry Island.
  • All finishers receive a KICKASS medal!

Registration fees also help pay for the unique costs involved with hosting our event on a small off-shore island. (For example, EVERYTHING must be barged from the mainland by boat!)

Our runners are our top priority, and our number one goal is to ensure that we continue to host a quality experience for all.

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Can I update my personal information I submitted when I registered?

Yes. The deadline is 11:59PM ET on May 31st. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Click HERE to visit the ZippyReg confirmation page.
  2. Enter your confirmation code, which is included in the confirmation email you received at the time of registration.
    • If you do not know your confirmation code, select contact at the top of the page, or email info [at] zippyreg.com
  3. You will be directed to your personal Registration Confirmation Page. Here you may update certain fields including address, email, phone, Emergency Contact info, purchase additional meals, etc.
  4. Registration is limited for all events, and may close without notice. If you are planning to run with us we recommend registering early.

Due to print deadlines personal information updates will only be permitted until 11:59PM ET on May 31st.

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Can I switch my registration from one race to another?

Yes. The deadline is 11:59PM ET on May 31st. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Click HERE to visit the ZippyReg confirmation page.
  2. Enter your confirmation code, which is included in the confirmation email you received at the time of registration.
    • If you do not know your confirmation code, select contact at the top of the page, or email info [at] zippyreg.com
  3. You will be directed to your personal Registration Confirmation Page. Select Change Your Race.
  4. Please read and follow the online instructions carefully.

Registration changes (e.g., changing from the marathon to the six hour ultra, or vice-versa) will be granted providing the race you want to switch to has not already filled to capacity.

Due to print deadlines registration changes will be only permitted until 11:59PM ET on May 31st.

Entry fees are non-refundable; race entries cannot be deferred to another year.

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Can I transfer my entry to someone else if I am unable to run?

Yes. The deadline is 11:59PM ET on May 31st. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Click HERE to visit the ZippyReg confirmation page.
  2. Enter your confirmation code, which is included in the confirmation email you received at the time of registration.
    • If you do not know your confirmation code, select contact at the top of the page, or email info [at] zippyreg.com
  3. You will be directed to your personal Registration Confirmation Page. Select Transfer Your Race.
  4. Please read and follow the online instructions carefully.

Due to print deadlines registration changes (e.g., transferring your entry to another runner) will only be be permitted until 11:59PM ET on May 31st.

Entry fees are non-refundable; race entries cannot be deferred to another year.

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How do I purchase meals, or check that I previously purchased meals?

Meals can only be purchased online. Space is limited! Please follow the steps below:

How to purchase meals if you are a registered participant:

  1. Click HERE to visit the ZippyReg confirmation page.
  2. Enter your confirmation code, which is included in the confirmation email you received at the time of registration.
    • If you do not know your confirmation code, select contact at the top of the page, or email info [at] zippyreg.com
  3. You will be directed to your personal Registration Confirmation Page. At the bottom of this page you may view previously purchased meals, or purchase additional meals.

How to purchase meals if you are *NOT* a registered participant:

  1. Click HERE.
  2. Select "individual"
  3. Select "meal tickets only"
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Meals will be available for purchase thru June 10th and may sell out without notice before this date.

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Is there a waiting list of applicants who are added due to cancellations?

No. In the event that a race fills to capacity there is no wait list. Our race committee anticipates an approximate number of cancellations each year and allows more than enough entrants in anticipation of those cancellations.

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Why are there entrant capacities for each race?

Each of our races (Marathon, Six Hour Ultra, Six Hour Relay) have a maximum entrant capacity for several reasons including municipal permits, emergency management, transportation, course support, personalized & individually coded bib numbers for timing, etc.

Enforcing these entrant caps allows our team to produce a safe, fun and enjoyable event.

Accepting more participants that we can manage would be irresponsible and a disservice to our runners as a whole. Thank you for your understanding.

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What is the cancellation policy?

Entry fees, including optional meal and camping add-ons are non-refundable; race entries cannot be deferred to another year. No exceptions. (See transfer information on FAQ Page.) This policy applies to all entrants and is in effect whether your plans change, you are injured, or have an unexpected family emergency / business emergency / medical emergency / etc. This means once you have paid your entry fee you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, or if the course has to be changed, or if the event is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster or other unforeseen circumstances. The race committee reserves the right to accept or reject any entries.

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Race Weekend FAQs

When does each race start?

All races and timing starts promptly at 11:30AM.

This is to allow runners ample time to get to Great Cranberry Island by boat and pick up their registration materials and set up their camp site in a relaxed manner. If you take a later boat you will risk missing the start. (This has happened before!)

There is no early start option. Sorry, no exceptions.

All timing and course support will end at 5:30PM.

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What is the course time limit?

All timing ends promptly at 5:30PM.

Runners who are not able to complete a marathon in six hours or less should register for the Six Hour Ultra, or as a member of a Six Hour Relay team.

In the unlikely event that a registered marathon participant is unable to complete the 26.2-mile distance before the six hour cut-off, they will be listed in the Six Hour Ultra results according to the distance and time they covered at the conclusion of their last recorded lap.

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Can I be counted as an Official Finisher in more than one event?

No. Runners will be scored in one event only:

  • Six Hour Ultra Runners - Although the 26.2-mile split is certified, it will not be listed as a marathon finish time in the Official Marathon Results. (This split is USATF certified may be used as a BQ or for personal record keeping.)
  • Marathon Runners (26.2-miles) - There is a strict 6-hour time limit. Runners who have not reached the finish line in 6-hours will be scored as Six Hour Ultra finishers by the furthest distance recorded at the timing mats before the 6-hour time limit expired.
  • Six Hour Team Relay - Runners who signed up for the relay will be scored solely as a team. Team member's individual splits will go toward the team's total. (Individual team runners will not be listed as finishers in the Official Marathon Results.)

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Is runner tracking available for fans following the race from afar?

Yes! Live race day tracking and results can be accessed HERE.

Is the course certified?

Yes, the course is certified and sanctioned according to USATF standards.

Certification number: ME11006RF.

Both the Marathon and the 26.2-mile split of the Six Hour Ultra are Boston Qualifiers.

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What kind of course support is offered?

The race will provide a well-stocked fluids table at the Start/Finish area featuring water, Gatorade, Coca-Cola, and GU.

Shared Race Support: In addition, there will be shared food table at the Start/Finish area for sweet and salty snacks. Participants are required to bring the items below for the shared race support table!:

  • If your last name starts with A - L, please bring something salty to share. (chips, pretzels, crackers, etc.)
  • If your last name starts with M - Z, please bring something sweet to share. (fruit, cookies, candy etc.)

Plan to bring your own Band-Aids, Advil, BodyGlide, and/or other personal items. (Note: There is no drug store on GCI. The General Store has a great selection of staple items.)

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Where should I wear my bib numbers?

All runners will be issued TWO (2) bib numbers. The bib with your name and number must be worn clearly visible on your front. The bib that says your event must be worn on your back. (Ex: "26.2" "ULTRA" "RELAY") The back bibs are intended to help all runners identify all the various competitors. Neglecting to wear your second bib number is grounds for disqualification.)

Note: Bib numbers were ordered on May 31st. If you did not register before May 31st your name will not appear on your bib number. There will be room to write your name.

Our race is being chip-timed by ARE Event Productions, using ChronoTrack's B-Tag timing devices, which are attached to the back of your FRONT bib number. Please mind your bib number; do not fold or crumple it. You should pin your bib number directly to your clothing - please do not attach your bib number to a waist/fuel belt. This can cause excessive wear on the bib number and damage the timing devices.

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Are bicycles allowed on the course?

Yes. GCI is a great place for bicycles. You can even bring them on the ferries! If you are coming from away you can rent them on MDI. Be sure to visit the links to the various ferries and water taxis on the transportation page as there may be an additional freight charge.

Please keep in mind that this is a footrace, first, and that runners have the right of way.

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Is there camping available after the race?

Yes. 'rustic camping' is available on Saturday night after the race. (When we say 'rustic camping' we mean a beautiful field.)

Runners, family, crew or spectators who will be camping with us must reserve a camp site. The fee is $10 per tent site. (Reserve by June 10th! Space is limited and may sell out without notice before this date!)

IMPORTANT! Camping is permitted after the race on Saturday night ONLY. Saturday is the only night we have permission to use the field. Sorry, no exceptions.

There are no B&Bs, hotels, campgrounds, etc. on GCI. If your needs include lodging on Friday night you will need plan to stay on Mount Desert Island, or consider renting a private house on Great Cranberry Island.

MDI LODGING & GCI RENTAL INFORMATION:

  • Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce: HERE
  • Mount Desert (Northeast Harbor) Chamber of Commerce: HERE
  • Southwest Harbor Chamber of Commerce: HERE
  • House Rentals on GCI: HERE

GCI veterans will highly recommend that you plan to stay overnight after the race. If you miss the lobster bake and post-race celebration you will be missing a big part of the Great Cranberry Island running experience!

If staying up late to revel with your fellow competitors and curling up in a tent isn't your cup of tea, you might want to consider either renting a private house on GCI, or taking a water taxi off island and spending the night at one of the many lodging establishments on Mount Desert Island. (See Chamber of Commerce listings above.)

IMPORTANT: You will need to bring everything you think you'll need to be comfortable. We provide rustic camping space, only. At the very least, you will need to bring a tent, sleeping bag, flash light, dry clothes, dry towel, BUG SPRAY, and food. We also recommend bringing coffee, tea, camp stoves, camp chairs, lanterns, etc. (Keep in mind that you will not have electrical hookups in the camping field!)

LEAVE NO TRACE: Please don't litter! What you bring to GCI you will need to take back off island with you, or dispose of properly in the supplied dumpster. This includes any garbage you might accumulate during your visit. The field is private property and should be left better than you found it.

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What should I know about the Lobster Bake?

There are a limited number of tickets for the Post-Race Lobster Bake. These are available at the time of registration. Tickets will be available online for purchase thru June 10th and may sell out without notice before this date.

Lobster Bake tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the event.

Our post-race lobster bake menu includes fresh caught and cooked lobster, corn on the cob, and non-alcoholic refreshments. (Feel free to BYOB a beverage of your choice.)

Lobsters will cooked in waves after the course closes and the start/finish area is cleaned up. (Many hands make for light work!) If you choose not to stay on GCI overnight and are planning to leave by boat, you may miss the Lobster Bake. We cannot change our cooking schedule to suit your boating schedule, nor will lobsters be packed up "to go." No exceptions.

B.Y.O.L.C.! (Bring Your Own Lobster Cracker!) We supply beach stones to crack lobster shells. That's how the locals do it! If you're in doubt of your cracking skills, feel free to bring your own lobster cracker!

If you do not care for the menu items, or if you did not reserve or purchase tickets, please plan accordingly to bring your own food.

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What should I know about Sunday Breakfast?

There are a limited number of tickets for the Sunday Breakfast. These are available at the time of registration. Tickets will be available online for purchase thru June 10th and may sell out without notice before this date.

Sunday Breakfast tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the event.

We are pleased to announce that neighboring Little Cranberry Islander, Jasmine Samuel of Mixed Roots Farm, will be our resident foodie! "Celebrating local, in season and sustainable ingredients!" Her menu includes: Egg scramble, hardboiled eggs, breakfast sausage, potato hash brown party, yogurt and oatmeal bar with accoutrements, coffee cake, and refreshments.

Breakfast will be served from 7:00AM - 9:00AM on Sunday.

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Other FAQs

If didn't register can I "bandit" or use someone elses bib number?

No.

"Banditting" or "rogue running" a race is not allowed for many reasons. First, race officials have set a participant limit to ensure that runners, volunteers, spectators, and local residents have a safe and enjoyable experience. We have planned course amenities, (i.e., water, and sports drinks, and medical assistance) based on that number. By running as a bandit, you're making the course more congested and taking race resources away from runners who've registered and paid for those benefits.

While it may seem like no big deal to give or sell your race bib to another person, it does present serious consequences to both the race organizers and the participant field alike. Race results and finisher's awards can be impacted and medical staff might not be able to identify a participant in need of treatment on the course. It is imperative that the person wearing the bib and taking part in the race is the same person that is in our registrant database.

If a person is caught wearing a bib that is registered to someone else, both parties will be banned from participating in future editions of The Great Run and all other Crow Athletics events. The person wearing the bib will also be disqualified from any official results.

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What is "good race etiquette"?

If The Great Run is your first race, or if you're still new to the sport, you may not be familiar with some of the "rules" -- both stated and unwritten:

  • Pay for your spot: Running in a race you haven't entered, also called "banditing" (see above), is not fair to race organizers, volunteers, and especially the people who have paid to participate. It's also unsafe, since race organizers plan their course amenities, such as water and sports drinks, and medical assistance based on the number of people who have signed up for the race. And overcrowded race conditions can lead to falls and other problems. Don't do it.
  • Line up properly: The Great Run is a small event and since there are no starting corrals, runners must 'self-seed' themselves at the starting line. Nothing is more annoying to a runner at the start of a race than having to weave around slower runners after the gun goes off. Faster runners should line up at the front of the starting line, slower runners and walkers at the back. If you are unsure if you are lined up in the right place, ask some of your fellow nearby competitors their anticipated pace, and if it's faster than yours, move further back. The Great Run is chip-timed, so the time it takes you to reach the starting line won't count in your final net time.
  • Don't jingle: Don't carry loose change or a set of keys in your pocket. Although it may not bother you, the constant jingling can be really annoying to those who are running near you.
  • Don't block the running path: If you're running with a group, don't run more than two abreast (i.e., 2 runners side-by-side), so others can pass you.
  • Show volunteers appreciation: Please say "Thank You!" to race volunteers who hand you water, put your medal around your neck, or otherwise help you. They're volunteering their time and the race would not be successful without them.
  • Thank supporters, too: Acknowledge race spectators who cheer for you as you pass them. If you're too tired to say "thanks," show them a smile, wave, or give them a thumbs up. It will make them feel good and encourage them to keep rooting for others.
  • Use caution at fluid stations: Water stations can get a bit chaotic and crowded. Use caution when running into a water stop and make sure you're not cutting off other runners or spilling water on them. If you're going to stop or slow down to walk through the water stop, make sure there's not a runner behind you.
  • Keep moving at the finish: Don't immediately stop at the finish line or in the chute. There will be runners coming in right behind you, so keep going until it's safe to come to a stop.
  • Don't be a glutton: Don't take more than your fair share of food and drinks at the finish line. The back of the pack runners will appreciate it when there are still enough goodies for them at the end.

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Is there anything else I should know?

The Great Cranberry Island General Store offers a variety of food and beverage items and is located at the town dock. (The store is not typically open on Sunday morning, but we're working on it!)

You can find Hitty's Cafe at The Great Cranberry Historical Society (near the start/finish area) featuring sandwiches, light lunches and most importantly, ice cream!

Be sure to stop in to the The Whale's Rib Gifts & Gallery to pick up a souvenir from the island and say hello to Polly!

We will be posting and emailing the Race Handbook. This document contains EVERYTHING you will need to know to have a great visit to GCI. Our race staff spends a lot of time putting this information together for YOU and YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY. It is vital that you take the time to read it and share it with anyone who will traveling to GCI with you.

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What are the terms and conditions to participate?

Participation - Running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. Runners should be medically able and properly trained to participate in The Great Run. The runner understands the risks associated with running this event, including, but not limited to, weather, traffic, course conditions and surfaces, falls and contact with other runners, volunteers, or spectators.

Medical Support - Medical support for this event will be provided by volunteer personnel who may be called upon to provide assistance, including first aid, during or after the event. Medical volunteers will assist participants as necessary or appropriate. By entering a running event and participating, the entrant agrees to treatment by medical personnel, and also agrees to accept medical decisions about the entrant's fitness to participate or continue in the race.

Course - Our course is open to local vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Drug Testing - Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USA Track & Field rules and IAAF rule 144. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USOC Hot Line at 1-800-223-0393.

**The Great Run and Crow Athletics reserve the right to accept or reject any entries.**

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#rungci • June 18, 2016

This event is organized by Crow Athletics, host running club of the July 4th Relay, Down East Sunrise Trail Relay and the award-winning Mount Desert Island Marathon.