Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon Plan of Action

Version: 20220519 v4

Overview


Participants

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Assignments

Assignmnets
Assignments

Note for Semper 5ive Start/Aid Station 2A/Aid Station 2B: Semper 5ive Start/Aid Station 2A will pack up shortly after all runners leave the start the Semper 5ive. There will then be a caravan from Semper 5ive Start/Aid Station 2A to the Aid Station 2B location where they will set back up. Please fall inline with the caravan and move with them from Semper 5ive Start/Aid Station 2A to 2B.

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Course Access

Access to the Race Course will be restricted. You will need a wrist band, parking pass (see parking later), and the MCM orginization will also be providing vests for the ham radio operators. I will be picking up the vests and wristbands from the MCM Friday, May 13th. You will need both the day of the event. All runners and volunteers have been told to look for these vests if there are issues that need to be communicated. If you are not wearing the wristband, you will not be allowed on the course. Below are the pick-up dates & time, locations, and talk-in repeater I have set up. If none of these work for you please contact me immediately so we can try to work something out. IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO DISTRIBUTE VEST AND WRISTBANDS ON RACE DAY! King George folks, please let me know if you plan on picking up during the time I have scheduled in KG. If I haven't heard from you I may not stay the entire hour and may head back to work.

Vest and Wristband Pickup
Vest and Wristband Pickup

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Check-in

Some roads start to close as early as 0300. Your parking pass, wristband, and vest should get you through. We expect all operators to be on station and setup at least 15 minutes prior to net check-in. Net check in is at 0600. Please leave yourself plenty of time to get on station.

Due to the large number of road closures starting at 0300 and large area covered by the race, there will be no central rally and briefing in person. The briefing will take place on the air at check-in.

The race starts at 0640

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Mission

Our primary mission is eyes on the course to provide safety and back up the Marine Corps Marathon personnel. In the event of a downed runner, contact Net Control immediately. There will be an ambulance and medical personnel on site for the duration of the event under the command of Top Doc.

If you are at an Aid Station, Water Point, or Food Stop please relay any information requested through Net Control. Net Control may have information from the MCM Staff for you to relay to the staff at you location.

If you are at a Mile Marker, please relay the bib number of the first male and first female runner past your location for each race and the time they past your location.

The order of the races will be Semper 5ive, Historic Half, and the Devil Dog Double. Unlike past years the Devil Dog Double will not start with the Semper 5ivea and be before the Historic Half. It will be tacked onto the end of the Historic Half.

The race is normally completed around lunch time.

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Parking

We have permission to access the course. You will need your parking pass, wrist band, and vest to be distributed later. Please do not argue with police or MCM staff if they will not let you through. Radio Net Control. We are co-located with law enforcement and MCM staff. It is much more difficult to help you if you are in handcuff or the officer has already started to put pen to paper for a ticket. When parking do no park on the actual road the runners will be running on. Please park on a near by street or lot. If you are in an area where you can pull off the road that is acceptable. Just do not pull up onto a residents lawn.

There is a local towing company that will begin towing vehicles off the course around 0300. Please make sure you have your parking pass visibly displayed. Any issues with the towing company please radio net control. I have a direct phone number to the towing company. (My son works for them.)

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Equipment

This course can easily be worked with an HT on 5 watts with a reasonably good antenna (no rubber ducks).

Set the timeout timer on you radio to no more than 2 minutes. 1 minute is preferred and will work for most stations.

In the past I've used 1 HT battery and been about half way through my 2nd by the end of the race. I was in a position where I was transmitting a good deal though. Hopefully, this helps.

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Operational Parameters

Our primary frequency will be the AE4ML UHF repeater at the Mary Washington Hospital 442.850(+) PL79.7. Our backup alternate repeater is the K4TS VHF repeater 147.015(+) PL79.7. Please have both programmed into your radio in advance. If your radio allows you to monitor both frequencies at the same time, please do that. We had a situation where our primary comms failed earlier this year and it took longer than we liked for everyone to switch over.

If all else fails I have everyones cell phone number. Please have the cell phone number for the ECIC (Scott Larimer, KN4RPA ECIC (540--604--3196)) with your in in your phone on race day

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Media Relations

Any questions asked by the public or the media, are to be directed to the Race Officials.

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Maps

All Courses Google Earth with Ham Location KMZ

Below is a Google Earth KMZ file of the whole course (Half Marathon, Semper 5ive, and Devil Dog) with the ham locations on it. This file can be used with Google Earth on you computer or phone. It is a good reference on race day. Right click and "Save Link As" to download.

Google Earth MCHH_V2.kmz

Semper 5ive

Semper 5ive
Semper 5

Historic Half Marathon

Marine Corps Historic Half
Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon

Devil Dog Double

Devil Dog Double
Devil Dog Double

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