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Race Cost: $180 (price increases begin Sept 1st)
Packet Pick-up: Friday, May 22, 2020, 6:00 to 8:00 PM (Columbus)
Pre-Race Meeting: Saturday, May 23, 2020 – 30 minutes before your start.
You must bring the following items to packet pickup:
- 3 reflective vests
- Rear blinking light
- Head light with a minimum 30 lumens (i.e. headlamp)
- Tracking device (TBD)
Participants will pick up the following items at packet pickup:
- 1 Biker shirts
- 2 Crew shirts
- Additional last minute instructions
Riders will select start times of either 6am Saturday Morning (athletes intend to make this a 2 day trip), or 6pm Saturday (athletes intend to ride straight through)
Finish Cutoff Times
7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2020
We have spent a lot time driving to lay out the RAG route and establish the transition points. The route is scenic, quiet and very rural. Drivers in the rural areas and most of the route will not be expecting cyclists. All cyclists must yield to all vehicles. Cyclists are expected to adhere to all traffic laws. Each cyclist needs to familiarize themselves with the overall map, the Map My Run Application, Strava, .gpx files and the written instructions. a wrong turn is made, the cyclist must ride your bike back to get back to where the error occurred and then resume the race. Failing to do so will result in disqualification.
Each team will check in at designated spots by texting or calling race central. In addition, athlete trackers must be running at all times and the course must be recorded on Strava.
We will provide lists of motels, police/sheriff’s departments, fire stations and Port-o-lets that are available to use along the route. RAG will not provide any accommodations or aid. Cyclists can stay, eat and resupply anywhere they can arrange—hotel (not many along route), motel (plenty, but some are interesting), tents, farms, churches, etc.
Cyclist must be completely self-supported by their own means via their own crew.
Cyclist must have a trail vehicle at all times. This trail vehicle must stay with in 100ft of their athlete(s) at all times. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
Please submit the names and phone numbers for anyone that will be crewing for you. Email this by May 14 to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be required to sign a waiver.
Individual cyclist can ride together, have pacers anytime. The only mandatory rule is that the participant must complete the entire course under his/her own power. Participants cannot have any assistance in forward progress on the course. This includes riding in cars, drafting off vehicles, hanging on to vehicles, or physical support by other runners or crew.
Riders, crew, and staff must not litter, mar, or pollute the landscape or environment.
All cyclists will ride with traffic and abide all traffic laws.
While riding during the hours of 8pm and 7am, riders are required to wear a safety vest and have a functioning headlight and taillight on their bike. These lights must be a minimum of 30 lumens. All riders (that are not riding) and all crew members must wear a reflective vest, as well as red blinking lights facing front and rear, anytime they are out of a vehicle between the hours of 8pm and 7am. Riders and crew members are encouraged to wear reflective material during the day as well.
If a driver pulls over on the side of the road all tires must be off the road AND must be far enough off the side of the road that the vehicle door will not open into traffic. We encourage you to park in parking lots whenever possible.
Always look and listen both ways before crossing the highways. Cyclists must yield to all vehicles. Remember that drivers will not expect to encounter cyclists or parked vehicles out on the course. Remember we are on public roads.
County Sheriff Departments and Police Departments along the route have been notified about this event. They are aware of the extra traffic and will be available for assistance.
Georgia is hot and humid in May. Moisture management is crucial for event success. Do not under estimate the effects of moisture. Rain is not uncommon this time of year, as well. Watch out for rubbing, chafing and blisters.
Vehicles need to conspicuously display a “cyclist on the road” sign in or on each vehicle. Cyclist will also be encouraged to decorate their car for the event. There will be a Best Car Award.
All cyclists are encouraged to decorate their vehicles. We ask that the decorations be tasteful and appropriate for all ages. Teams with offensive names or decorations will be asked to change names and remove decorations.
As per Georgia State Law, strobe lights are not permitted.
Finish Line Celebration
The finish line is in Woodruff Park located at 1000 Bay Ave in Columbus, Georgia. RAG Celebration will be at the finish line on Sunday evening from 3:30pm-7:30pm. Food will be provided for participants and crew. You are welcome and encouraged to invite your family and friends to greet you at the finish line. Food and drinks for donation will be available for friends and family.
Awards Ceremony will start at 7:30 p.m. Awards will be given for the following categories:
All participants will also be in the running for “best team spirit/car decoration”, and “best t-shirt” swag bags.
Fundraising awards will be awarded after the fundraising period ends.
All participants must be a minimum of 18 years old at time of race. There are no exceptions.
Do not underestimate the difficulty of what you are about to attempt. The race is always hotter, longer, harder and more challenging than you can image or remember. Please prepare mentally, physically and logistically for what is about to happen.
Please use public bathroom or Port-o-let along the race route. In the event you must use nature’s bathroom, please make sure it is in an area that is out of the way and cover it with leaves or pine straw.
Please be courteous of businesses and personal property along the route ensuring everyone involved has a positive experience.
Please like/follow Run Across Georgia on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook. Be sure to hashtag #RAG. Let us know if you have a public page so we can follow.
The Run and Ride Across Georgia website will have a chart logging the progress of participants. Please pass the information to friends and family: www.runacrossgeorgia.com
May 10th: All logos for corporate sponsorships must be submitted to email@example.com in .eps or .ai format
May —: Packet pickup and pre- run meeting for solo runners-3:30am
May —: Solo runners begin! 4am
May 24: 3:30pm-7:30pm: Finish Line Party
May 24: 7:30p,-8:30pm: Finish Line Ceremony.
June 15th: Fundraising period closes