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Marathon Instructions - Shuttle Before the Race

You will receive a start time in your email a week before the race. Refer to the timing chart for your recommended boat drop off time at the start line.
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1.) Referring to the time chart above, drop your boat off at the start of the race. Located at Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch, Oak Springs Road, Libertyville. 42.28847411475875, -87.93820843048952 Note, that Oak Spring Road will be a one way street for dropping off boats. Traffic flow will be from East to West. Make sure you have all your equipment well organized beforehand as there is very limited time at the drop off location. (Did you remember your boat, PFD and paddle?)
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2.) After dropping your boat off, drive your car back to the finish line Lots A, B, C. It will take about 30 minutes to drive to the finish using the 94 tollway. There is No Parking directly at the Finish Line but parking is available at the nearby lots A, B, C. Park in lot A. Once lot A is filled, park in lot B, once lot B is filled park in Lot C. Refer to the following map for parking lot A, B, and C locations.
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 3.) Board a shuttle bus to take you back to the start line. This will be about a 30 minute bus ride. NEW THIS YEAR!!! The shuttle buses will go directly to the start line instead of previous years of using two buses.   (Again did you take everything you need for the race Paddle, PFD?

The buses will run every 20 minutes. Starting at 6:25AM, with the last bus at 10:05AM. Note, that the first stop on the bus route will still be at Dam 2 woods. Refer to the Morning Bus Shuttle Schedule.


4.) After arriving at the start line, pick up your race packet and number at the registration tent. Apply your numbers to a clean area on the upper left and upper right sides of the front of the craft.  The numbers must be visible from both riverbanks.  Please do not have any other race numbers visible. 

Note: Boats that have missed their official start must check in with the starter; otherwise, they will be disqualified.  All late starts will use their assigned starting time, unless reassigned a new time and boat number at the registration table.

5.) Make your final boat preparations and launch your boat. You will want to have your boat in the water about 20 minutes before your start time. While in the water you might want to paddle upstream for quick warm up. You can go to the side of the river with slow the current and wait for your number to be announced to line up at the start line. 

6.) Have a great race and see you at the finish line! R.A.C.E.S. (Amateur Radio) volunteers will be at several points along the river. They will check your boat number as you go past. You can shout out your boat number to them when you see them as it can be hard for them to see your numbers.  R.A.C.E.S will be monitoring the weather as the race is underway. If a severe weather warning is issued, R.A.C.E.S. officials at the bridges will require participants to get off the river. If the weather allows safe return to the water, the race can be completed.  The total elapsed time, including any delay, will be used for award purposes. R.A.C.E.S will also help with Emergency communications that will be available at various locations along the race course.  If for any reason you must quit the race please notify a race official.

7.) After you pass the finish line and get your most amazing time recorded for the race, race volunteers will help you get your boat to the boat coral. Pick up your t-shirt and race patch from the t-shirt tent. Join the the post race party, there will be vendors, a food truck, and band at the finish line. Race results will be posted to a board. The awards ceremony will be at 2:00PM, located at the finish line party on the band stage. 

8.) After you enjoyed the party, hop on a free shuttle to lots A, B or C and pick up your car. Drive to the finish line where you can momentarily park at Dam 2  
42.083685, -87.892041 to load your boat on your car. If you want to stay longer you will have to move your car back to lots A, B, or C. and take the shuttle back to the finish line party.

9.) Thanks for coming to the race and we hope you had a great time!! See you next year!!! Had way too much fun? Check out these other local races.