Michael Wardian runs with Grant and Pierce
Records: Only six places in the USA currently host indoor marathons:
Other indoor marathons wordwide since 2008:
The Belt Buckle
I "tracked" down the details on the track and it turns out to be a 545m "track" circuit inside Bislett Stadium ... The maximum allowable size for indoor tracks to be considered for records is 220 yd (slightly more than 200 meters). This "track" (at Bislett) is larger than the standard outdoor track and as such, I classify it with road races rather than track races. Hence, no records at the Bislett indoor 50K. It doesn't even qualify for indoor rankings.
-- Ken Young, Association of Road Racing Statisticians
-- July 7, 2013
Top 3 World Men 2:27:21 ( 1) Michael Wardian (VA/USA) 12 Apr 1974 01 Jul 2010 Arlington VA USA 2:34:54 ( 1) Joie Ray (USA) 13 Apr 1894 24 Nov 1928 Boston MA USA 2:35:51.9 ( 1) Steef Kijne (NED) 31 May 1945 08 Jan 1978 Rotterdam NED Top 3 World Women 2:53:53a ( 1) Monika Kalicinska (USA) 04 Jan 2014 Toronto ON CAN 2:57:34a ( 1) Nicole Porath (MN/USA) 01 Jul 1983 06 Jan 2013 Northfield MN USA 3:08:53.8 ( 1) Melissa Gillette (MI/USA) 09 Dec 1982 26 Feb 2012 Goshen IN USA
Q. How many aid stations?
A. Just one, but you pass it 210 times. You're never more than 200 meters from water, Simone Super Energy, Gatorade, and Carb Boom! (Use code SHARE for $5 off your purchase of Carb Boom!)
Q. What's the temperature, Kevin?
A. TJ's constant indoor temperature is 70 F.
Q. How many lanes on the track?
Q. Do I have to stay in Lane 1, the inside lane?
A. No. You may want to shift to an outer lane to allow faster runners to run in Lane 1.
Q. Will accurate distance be measured regardless of lane?
A. You must run 211 laps, but you may use any of the four lanes.
Q. Are pacers/spectators allowed to run with racers?
A. Yes, but only for parts of a full lap. The track is open only to entrants during the race.
Q. May I place my own bottles on the aid station table?
A. Yes, we will have several tables on the outside of the track, one just for personal provisions. Please mark your personal bottles with your name. No food please. Please take care not to spill on the floor of the gym. Refreshment tables will be on the outside of the track at the south end of the gym.
Q. Can I bring my own jelly beans and chocolate?
A. Yes, place them on the table for personal provisions. Since TJ does not allow food in the gym, please count your jelly beans. You wouldn't want to lose one.
Q. What do the lap counters do?
A. They each have 3 to 5 lap counting charts, one for each athlete. They record the time you finish each lap, or at least check off each lap, so they can report to you how many laps you have completed.
Q. So, if I can't bring a volunteer, will there be anyone there who can count my laps?
We provide music and trackside entertainment. Chuck Williams is our race-day announcer, and Abdelillah Razah staffs the trackside refreshments table with a variety of energy gels and fluids. (Please, no food in the gym.)
We need volunteer lap counters. Please use our sign-up sheet to join us as a lap timer. One volunteer can time 3 to 5 runners.
Please send us your marathon stories, so we make that part of the printed program.
If you need overnight lodging, we have deals with Days Inn Pentagon, less than a mile from TJ ($76.08 including tax) and Key Bridge Marriott, about 3 miles from TJ ($129 a night plus tax).
We look forward to hosting you on June 29. Let's set some world records together!
Jay Jacob Wind, president, Tidal Basin Run
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