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2014 Westchester Medical Center Running Festival!

2014 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE to register for 2014!

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Join us for the 10th Annual Westchester Medical Center Running Festival!. The 2014 event will take place on Sunday, October 12th, 2014. The course will once again be on the beautiful Bronx River Parkway. A fantastic course along the quiet closed Parkway that is a great race for experienced and first-timers alike!

We will continue to have the Half Marathon Walkers Category this year. Walkers will start 30 minutes early so that you can finish and enjoy the expo with your fellow racers. The Walker category is for walkers ONLY and is not eligible for any age group awards or prizes. Everyone will receive a finisher medal when you cross the line!

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Registration


2014 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE to register for 2014!

Registration Deadlines:
Westchester Running Festival Half Marathon (13.1 miles); Sunday, October 12th
Date Registration Fee
Until March 31st - EARLY BIRD RATE! $60
April 1 to June 30th $70
July 1 to Aug 31st $80
Sept 1 to Oct 8th at 9pm! (Last Day to Register ONLINE!) $90
Race Day (If Available) $100

Westchester Running Festival Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles); Sunday, October 12th
Date Registration Fee
Until March 31st - EARLY BIRD RATE! $45
April 1 to June 30th $50
July 1 to Aug 31st $55
Sept 1 to Oct 8th at 9pm! (Last Day to Register ONLINE!) $60
Race Day (If Available) $70

**Mail-in Application available - email info@genesisadventures.com!**

The Course

The Bronx River Parkway (BRP) is a scenic, historical parkway with stone arch bridges and views of the Bronx River. The course is a Half Marathon loop that starts just south of the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Runners proceed south on the BRP to Scarsdale Road where they hook a U-turn and head back on the northbound side of the parkway. The northern portion of the parkway features some rolling hills while the southern half has some steady inclines, but is much flatter. Overall the course trends downhill to Scarsdale Road then uphill back to the County Center. The Quarter Marathon starts further South on the BRP and will make a U-Turn at the Crane Rd. Exit. (USATF Course #NY05002DB)

2014 COURSE MAP
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ELEVATION PROFILE
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Aid Stations
For the Half Marathon, aid stations will be located at miles; 2, 4, 5.5, 7.5, 9 and 11.
For the Quarter Marathon, aid stations will be located at miles 2, 3 and 4.
Aid stations will have: Orange Gatorade, Water, Gels, Pretzels, Bananas, Vaseline and, a portable toilet.

If you are a part of or know of a group that would like to operate an aid station, please contact us at info@genesisadventures.com.

Timing
Timing provided by Super Race Systems. Your chip will be attached to your race number (bib) that you will receive at race check-in on pre-race day or race day. The chip is to be worn throughout the event. The chip is disposable and you do not need to hand your chip in once you cross the finish line.

Medical
Members of Ramapo Rescue Dog Association will be located at each Aid Station along the course. If you or someone near you requires medical attention, locate the nearest medical staff member, aid station captain, Westchester County Policeman or Bronx River Parkway personnel. They will be able to reach our central medical command unit. Ambulances are on stand-by at the finish area and at the Scarsdale Rd Turn-Around. Medical assistance will also be available at the end of the race.

Course Records
Quarter Marathon Time
Abigot Endale 33:14
Grace Behrens 41:22
Half Marathon Time
Brendan Donoghue 1:14:58
Amy Vile 1:24:02
Marathon Time
Oz Pearlman 2:34:57
Jill Vollweiler 2:57:43


Bronx River Parkway History
The 1907 Parkway Act which created the Bronx Parkway Commission had a dual purpose: to reclaim the Bronx River from its intolerable condition as an open sewer and to provide a parked driveway outlet for New York City's hundreds of thousands of pleasure cars. The land required for the parkway was a strip 300 to 1,000 feet wide and approximately 15 miles long totaling 1130 acres. Between, 1913 to 1915 much land was obtained as gifts or by negotiated purchase at private sales to minimize condemnation costs. The formal dedication of the BRONX RIVER PARKWAY took place on November 5, 1925 at Valhalla, New York.

A unique feature of the BRONX RIVER PARKWAY was that it was planned as a new curvilinear roadway with easy natural curves and grades to show off the recently restored Bronx River. The Parkway was removed from local traffic, noise and commerce and set within a park-like atmosphere. It was designed for pleasure driving at slow speeds. Commercial vehicles were not permitted. Parking or standing along the sides of the road was forbidden. The parkway consisted of a 40-foot wide two directional roadway with a complete separation of the north and southbound lanes in many sections within a naturalistic setting.

This 807-acre linear park runs for 13.2 miles from the New York City line in Yonkers to the Kensico Dam in Valhalla. It contains the new Parkway and lands paralleling the Bronx River, which were set aside for public recreational use. The Bronx River Pathway, a paved trail way, is popular among walkers, skaters, joggers, bicyclists and others looking for a tranquil respite or birdwatchers observing many migratory flocks.

Race Day Details

Saturday, October 11th
1:00pm - 4:00pm - Packet-Pickup

Sunday, October 12th
7:00am -- Race Day Packet-Pickup Begins
8:00am -- Half Marathon Walkers Start ONLY
8:15am -- Half Marathon Packet-Pickup Closed
8:30am -- Half Marathon Start
8:45am -- Quarter Marathon Packet-Pickup Closed
9:00am -- Quarter Marathon Start
10:45am - Kids Fun Run
11:00am - Awards
12:30pm - Race Course Closed

Baggage Check-in
You will be able to check-in your belongings at the Baggage Tent located in the festival area before the start of the race. If the weather is bad, we'll move the check-in inside to the County Center. You will be able to retrieve your bag by showing your bib number. Limit is one bag per racer. Please make sure your belongings are well-marked with your contact information. We are NOT responsible for damaged or lost items.

Parking & Finish Area You have several options for parking. The parking area directly East of the County Center holds 800 cars. There is addition parking in the garage at the White Plains Train Station. You can park at any of the the nearby MetroNorth Train Stations and take the train to the starting area. If possible we recommend that you carpool or take public transportation. See: 2014 Main Event Site & Parking Map as reference.

2014 Runner Premiums:
- Official commemorative T-shirt (must be registered by September 15th to guarantee t-shirt size)
- Official Chip Timing
- Pre-Race Stretching
- Finisher's medal
- Access to post-race food, refreshment and recovery area
- Age Group Awards (Top three in each age category)

2014 Finish Line Expo Features:
- DJ and Music
- Awards Ceremony
- Free Kid's Fun Run (5-12yro in 2 Different Age-Group Races!)
Bring the whole family for this morning of fun, freebies, and fitness!

Volunteers
VOLUNTEERS are needed now for the 10th Annual Westchester Running Festival events!
Whether you are available Pre-Race day to help with Packet-Pickup or you have a group of people interested in being a CHEERING stations - Come and join in the excitement of the event! If you have a group that is interested in volunteering (water stations, etc. or providing entertainment (band, boy/girl scouts, cheerleaders, etc.) along the course, contact info@genesisadventures.com

Rules & Regs

Entry Requirements:
  • Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • You must be at least 12 years old to run the Quarter Marathon.
  • You must be at least 14 years old to run the Half Marathon.
  • You must be in good health and physically prepared to run the half marathon or quarter marathon.
  • Race numbers are required to participate. NO BANDITS!
  • You must be able to complete the half marathon in 4 hours (18 minute/mile). Slower runners and walkers who are not able to keep the respective pace will be subject to removal from the racecourse. There is a walking path on the northbound side of the parkway which will lead you back to the finish area.
  • You must show a photo ID to pick-up your race packet.
  • This is a USATF Sanctioned Race - NO coaches, skateboards, baby joggers, bikes, dogs or in-line skates will be allowed on the course.
  • You must register by September 15th, 2014 to guarantee your t-shirt size.

Cancellation Policy:
  • Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • If the event is not sold out and you notify us prior to September 6th, we will attempt to transfer your entry to 2015.
  • If the event is sold out the entry fee is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE.
  • Event Management reserves the right to modify or cancel the event at its sole discretion at any time without refund.
  • Email info@genesisadventures.com for any inquiries involving transfers.


Travel & Accomodations

Event Site
Westchester County Center
198 Central Ave
White Plains, NY 10606

The main event site is located in the WEST Parking Lot - just south of the Westchester County Center. Racer parking is located in the EAST Parking Lot - across the BRP from the County Center. Visit CountyCenter.biz for detailed information on BUS, TRAIN and SUBWAY options.

Accommodations
Hampton Inn White Plains-Tarrytown
200 West Main Street
Elmsford, NY 10523

Hampton Inn White Plains-Tarrytown is an official host hotel for Genesis Adventures. Special Rates available upon request!

Packet Pickup

We highly encourage you to attend Saturday Packet-Pickup. It will take place at the Westchester County Center on Saturday, October 11th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm in Meeting Rooms A, B

If you are unable to attend Saturday's Packet Pickup, you may pick up your packet on Sunday morning starting at 7:00am

You must pick up your packet in person. Picking up packets for other participants is not an option.

Medals & Awards

All finishers will receive a Genesis Adventures Finisher Medal. Custom designed awards will be awarded 3 deep in each division for each event. The top 3 Male & Female winners will receive overall awards and be taken out of their age groups (no double awards). You must be present at the awards ceremony to collect your award. The divisions are as follows:

Awards
Overall - (Male and Female)
< 20 --- (Male and Female)
20-29 -- (Male and Female)
30-39 -- (Male and Female)
40-49 -- (Male and Female)
50-59 -- (Male and Female)
60-69 -- (Male and Female)
70+ ---- (Male and Female)

Event Photography

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Gahres Photography will provide the event photography with on-course shots and finish line photos. Photos are available online a few days after the event and can be purchased directly from Gahres Photography.

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