2013 Third Annual Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Half Marathon
Sugar Land, Texas
Sunday, March 3, 2013 6:30 AM (Central Standard Time)
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Sugar Land Town Square
Sugar Land, TX
About This Event
(We will offer HALF-PRICE SALE of only $30 for our March 2, 2104 MHSL Half at Noon on Tuesday April 2 to the 200 registered.) WELCOME to the 2013 Third Annual Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Half Marathon, with start/finish at beautiful Sugar Land Town Square, Hwy 59 South at Hwy 6 South. Join 2012 Olympic Trial Marathoner Rachel Booth, as she tries to break our female course record and 1:18 on a very scenic, fast course. Start on City Walk and finish on Plaza Drive. Field Limit: 1,300 this year. TEN different US states represented so far this year. Certified (TX11018ETM), two-loop PR-type course through upscale, heavily-shaded Sweetwater subdivision. Flat and fast! Each Mile is called. March 3 historical temp at 6:30am start time: 52 degrees. (Three weeks earlier than last year.) Water stations (with DOZENS of loud volunteers) and Gatorade every two miles or less, with portacans nearby. EMT firemen, as well as MHSL medical personnel, serve as medical support. D-Tag timing with a 3:30 time limit, a pace of 16:00 per mile. During the race, Chris Mitchell will play jazz music on his sax from 8am-10am at the finish. After the race, from 10:00am until Noon, we will have a great U2 tribute band, "With Or Without U2" from Dallas, on the stage in the plaza. Must be 10 years old or older to run. Over two hundred enthusiastic volunteers on the course. FIFTEEN different causes benefit from this event and provide lots of GREAT volunteers! Finisher's medal and bright tech shirt in men's/women's sizing to each finisher. We appreciate your support! Sorry, NO RACEDAY packet pickup. Sorry, there are NO refunds, NO deferrals, NO transfer of entry. NOTE: Headphones/Ipods are against safety rules due to single-lane, double-loop course. Thanks for complying and avoiding time penalty/DQ.
Headphone Penalties
We have a NO Headphones policy at our MHSL Half. Penalties will be: Five Minutes added for first violation, then DQ for second violation. Please leave the ipods/headphones at home.
2014 race date and HALF-PRICE kickoff
Next year's Fourth Annual MHSL Half Marathon will be on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 6:30am at Sugar Land Town Square. HALF-PRICE online registration kickoff is Tues April 2, 2013 at Noon on signmeup.com to the first 200 entrants...only $30. Those spots will sell quickly, in one day. SAVE!!!
Team Tents
Email andystewart@bigplanet.com to reserve a 10' by 10' space for your team tent near the finish line on the plaza. All tents must be fully set up by 5:30am, using City Walk Blvd. See Jeff Bowden of FLS.
Live music at the finish!
During the race at the finish, Chris Mitchell will play jazz music on his sax from 8:00am-10:00am on Plaza Drive. After the race, from 10:00am until Noon, we will have U2 tribute band play on the stage in the Sugar Land Town Square Plaza at the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony and race end. Name of the band is "With Or Without U2," coming in from Dallas, Tx, and they are GOOD!
FLS Spring Beginners Speedwork starts April 3
Finish Line Sports Spring Beginners Speedwork is on Wed nights at 6:30pm at Clements track, April 3-May 8. Six one-hour sessions for $60. Register online at www.signmeup.com/83694. Coach is Andy Stewart, 33 years experience, former LSU runner. This program really works. Limited to 40 runners.
2013 FLS July Youth Run Camp
Serious runners ages 9-18 are welcome to join us July 1 for FLS July Youth Run Camp in Sugar Land. Runners must have a recent Mile of 6:59 or faster and run at least 3-4 days per week. Registration and details at www.signmeup.com/85486. Great camp for $150.
Race History
YEAR ONE March 27, 2011, we had 703 entrants. YEAR TWO March 25, 2012, we had 953 entrants. YEAR THREE March 3, 2013, 1,400 Field Limit. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Half Marathon continues to grow quickly as word spreads. Welcome!
Event Records. New record in 2013 earns $1,000.
MHSL Half Records: MEN: Joe Thorne of Austin, 1:08:08, 2012. WOMEN: Allison Macsas of Austin, 1:18:55, 2012. Set a NEW record in 2013 and earn a $1,000 check from Finish Line Sports at Awards Ceremony.
Raise $1,000 for charity, earn a race comp and a free pair of Asics
The first TEN athletes raising $1,000 or more at MHSL Half for one of our 15 race causes will receive a comp race entry and a free pair of Asics running shoes. Please email me at andystewart@bigplanet.com. Thanks!
Elite Distance Runners
Please contact me at andystewart@bigplanet.com if you are an elite distance runner capable of winning overall at the MHSL Half. Males who currently run a 1:12:08(5:30 pace) or better and females who currently run a 1:23:02(6:20 pace) or better earn a comp entry. Males currently 1:08:00 or better and females currently 1:18:00 or better ALSO earn a comp room at the beautiful Marriott-Sugar Land Town Square. We want a FAST FIELD! Welcome.
Field Limit: 1,300
Field Limit is 1,300 entrants this year. We are currently 85% full as of March 1. Thanks!
Host Hotel: Marriott- Sugar Land Town Square
Marriott-Sugar Land Town Square, fantastic $109 special Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Half Marathon rate and located directly at race start/finish. Phone 281-275-8400, call and reserve NOW. Beautiful FOUR-STAR hotel. You will love it!
Age Requirement, 10 or older.
Must be 10 years old or older on raceday to participate. Youth runners ages 10-17 are half-price. Runners ages 65-and-over are $10 off. Thanks!
Entry Fees. Register EARLY and SAVE.
Field Limit: 1,300 entrants. Only $60 Dec 1-31. $65 Jan 1-31. $70 Feb 1-March 2. $80 Race Morning March 3 at 5:30am at Amegy Bank on Plaza Dr in Sugar Land Town Square at finish. DISCOUNTS of $5 OFF for current HARRA members and $5 OFF for ages 65+. Half-price for Youth runners ages 10-17. Thanks for your support!!! NO bandits allowed on race course. Strictly enforced by SLPD. $500 fine. Sorry, no refunds, no deferrals, no transfer of entry. Online registration closes Monday Feb 25 at 5pm.
Race Results
Complete MHSL Half Marathon race results by five-year age groups are available online the same day at EZTOREGISTER.com by Noon. Gary Mulvihill, RunWild, does our results every year.
M/W Tech shirts to finishers race day
Brightly-colored M/W tech finishers shirts will be given to all finishers at the MHSL Half upon completion race day. Please order correct size. Size changes not allowed until after last finisher.
Time Limit...3:30
TIME LIMIT of three hours and 30 minutes for MHSL Half Marathon. This is a pace of 16:02 per mile. Runners and walkers are both welcome. Police will ask you to walk on the sidewalks if past 10:00am finish pace for your safety. SLPD will be in place from 6:30am-10:00am only. Thanks.
NO headphones/Ipods at this race. Please leave them at home. Safety.
Waiver includes NOT wearing headphones. This is a double-loop course along beautiful Palm Royale Blvd in Sweetwater. 1,300 runners share one single lane, including blind runners with attached guides. The adjoining lane is open to steady neighborhood car traffic, headed in the same direction from behind. Faster runners will lap others on the outside of this single lane. As a result, headphones/Ipods are a SERIOUS safety hazzard. Everyone please leave all headphones/Ipods at home. Wearing headphones/Ipods at the MHSL Half Marathon endangers both yourself and others. Thank you in advance for safely complying.
NOTE: ALL runners MUST be registered...visible MHSL Half Marathon number
Legally, ALL runners MUST be officially registered with a visible MHSL Half Marathon race number on front. Finish Line Sports has a City Parade Permit for the designated City of Sugar Land streets and runners lane for Sunday March 3 from 6:30am until 10:00am and any "bandits" will face a stiff fine. Anyone NOT registered who runs on the course during the race may face a "theft of services" charge and a fine of up to, but not to exceed, $500. Please point out any bandits to one of our 40 uniformed SLPD officers on the scene. (This is a rare problem, but an afront to our TWELVE race charities and other paying runners.) Pacing another without a number is not permitted. Thank you for officially registering and for supporting our race.
Medical coverage...EMT Firemen and MHSL Medical Support
EMT Firemen and MHSL Medical are working the race on the course and at the finish line to insure your medical safety. (Sag trucks and cars are also available on the course.)
Finishers Medals
Yes. Finishers Medals to all finishers at the MHSL Half Marathon. Distributed at the finish line on Plaza Drive. Congrats!!
Spectators, come on out!
Great for spectating. The best place for cheering is: 1)at the finish line next to Amegy Bank-Town Square with live jazz music from Chris Mitchell 8am-10am. 2) Palm Royale Blvd near Sweetwater Blvd. Take 59 South, left on Sweetwater Blvd two miles to Palm Royale. Park on the other side of Sweetwater at 7:00am. The runners always appreciate loud support and find it here. Race is over at 10:00am. The finish at Sugar Land Town Square is THE place to cheer, near Hwy 6 South at Hwy 59. City Walk Drive at Plaza Drive near Marriott is a great view of the finishing kicks while listening to live music. First finishers at 7:36am. Starbuck's is in front of Marriott. Parking in the three Town Square parking garages is always FREE. 10:00am-Noon is Ft Worth U2 tribute band "With Or Without U2" on stage.
Volunteer Check-in table is next to the finish on Plaza Drive in Sugar Land Town Square, near Hwy 59/Hwy 6 intersection. Amegy Bank on Plaza Drive at finish. Sign in and get a t-shirt. Report at 5:45am for assignment. We have 200 volunteers making this race a success. MHSL Hospital, Finish Line Sports, Bel Inizio, Fort Bend Fit, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Ft. Bend Rainbow Room, COCI, Snowdrop Foundation, and Cenikor help make this race great! CALL US at 281-242-7700 to be put on our volunteer list, please. Park at Sugar Land Town Square parking garages. Three are available, free of charge. Thanks! A race cannot happen without great volunteers. Experienced runners are especially helpful.
Parking-5:30am at three Sugar Land Town Square garages
Please park no later than 5:30am at Sugar Land Town Square's three parking garages, 59 South at Hwy 6 exit. Turn right on City Walk or Town Center South. Race starts on time at 6:30am sharp on City Walk near Marriott. Line up in the street at 6:15am please. Thousands of close-by parking spaces...FREE. Please DO NOT park at First Colony Mall.
AWARDS Ceremony 9:00am...$350 FLS certificates to Overalls, $250 to Masters
Awards Ceremony 9:00am...$350 Finish Line Sports certificates each to First Overall Male and Female, along with waived fee next year. $250 Finish Line Sports certificates each to First Overall Masters (40+) Male and Female, along with waived fee next year. Plaques to 1st-3rd in five-year age groups from 14-and-under to 75+ male and female. NO duplication of awards at FLS races. GREAT Prize drawings also, including local dinners, Astros tickets, FLS gift certificates, and a pair of Asics running shoes. Scoring will be done by tag-time, not gun-time. Results at EZTOREGISTER.com. Must be 10 years old or older to participate.
GREAT Postrace Party until NOON. Stay for the FUN!
Please STAY and enjoy the beautiful Sugar Land Town Square finish. Music by Other Brother. Finishers short-sleeve tech shirts. Finishers medals. Plenty of refreshments with Aunt Jean...hot and fresh Papa John's large pizza (cheese and pepperoni) at 8:45am, bananas, Coke/Diet Coke, Famous Amos cookies, cheese crackers, Hershey's Chocolate, Gatorade, and water. FREE MASSAGES from Wes Speights and associates under the blue Fort Bend Fit tent, next to the finish line on the plaza. Great prize drawings, 10-12, at 9:15am includes Finish Line Sports gift certificates, local dinners, and a pair of ASICS running shoes. After the race, from 10am-Noon, we will have a U2 tribute band on stage, "With Or Without U2!" Finish Line Sports in Sugar Creek is open after the race from 11:00am until 1:00pm.
Headphones will incur a 5-minute penalty the first violation, and a DQ for the second violation. Sorry but...NO refunds, NO deferrals, NO transfer of entry once registered, NO strollers, NO dogs, NO bandits. (NO Headphones/Ipods for safety on this one-lane course.) A pace of at least 16:02 per mile must be maintained throughout the race for 3:30 Time Limit. Sidewalks after that on your own please. Sorry, NO raceday packet pickup or raceday registration. Must be 10 years old or older to participate. Field Limit of 1,300 entrants this year. THANKS.
D-Tag Timing
A timing tag will be taped to your race number. Remove and place this tag on your running shoe race morning in an open loop, in order to be timed. The disposable tag will then work as a chip on the timing mats. Results at EZTOREGISTER.com race day by Noon.
Packet Pickup/Late Registration Feb 28, March 1-2 at FLS in Sugar Land
THREE FULL days of Packet Pickup/Late Registration in Sugar Land are offered: Thursday Feb 28 10am-7pm, Friday March 1 10am-6pm, and Saturday March 2 9am-5pm at FINISH LINE SPORTS, 13895 Southwest Freeway at Sugar Creek Blvd exit, in Sugar Land, Sugar Creek Center, phone 281-242-7700. A friend may pick up your packet for you. slfinishlinesports.com. There is NO RACEDAY packet pickup. Raceday registration is $80, cash or check, at Amegy Bank on Plaza Drive at 5:30am. (The last day to register ONLINE is MONDAY FEB. 25 at 5:00PM.) Register IN PERSON after that at Finish Line Sports in Sugar Land Thur Feb 28 10am-7pm, Fri March 1 10am-6pm or Sat March 2 9am-5pm.
FIFTEEN great MHSL Half race causes
Cenikor Foundation, C Different Foundation, National Park Foundation, Red Cross-NYC/NJ Superstorm Sandy Fund, Jackie Spellman Benefit, Jayna Murray Foundation, Impact A Hero, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministries, Snowdrop Foundation, Fort Bend Rainbow Room, Cherish Our Children International, Bel Inizio, First Colony Swim Team, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts are our 15 race causes. THANK YOU for your support of these great causes! Additional donations are an option during registration, and even $1-$2 really helps.
Race Photographer YourSportingImage.com
Karen Thibodeaux is our FLS race photographer. Photos of all racers will be available for purchase three days after MHSL Half at www.yoursportingimage.com. A great memento. Karen contributes to our race charities, and we appreciate her support. Karen has been with us for ten years now.
Restrooms and portacans
Restrooms and portacans are available before, during, and after MHSL Half. There are men's and women's nice indoor restrooms with 4-6 stalls each, available in the far right corner of Town Square Plaza. There are 15 portacans available behind Amegy Bank finish. Portacans are also available on the Palm Royale Blvd 4.0-mile loop, during the race, with portacans near each water station. We know 1,300 runners need plenty of restroom choices.
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Waiver and Release
I have trained sufficiently for this 13.1-mile event and no medical professional has advised against my participation. I assume any and all risks, including death, associated with this extremely difficult physical event. Must complete in 3:30 or faster. I WILL NOT SUE, nor will my heirs. I hold all organizers, including Andy Stewart and Sugar Land Finish Line Sports, as well as all sponsors, including First Colony Mall, Memorial Hermann system, and Sugar Land Town Square, to be without blame. I agree to be responsible for my own safety. NOTE: I also agree to NOT wear headphones for safety reasons and will have my race number visible on front at all times per City Parade Permit.
I am 10 years old or older and have trained to complete 13.1 miles in 3:30 or better, 16:02 pace per mile. I will NOT use headphones or an Ipod. I will NOT sue, as I assume all risks inherent in this demanding event. No medical person has advised me against doing this. I agree to no refunds nor transfers. *