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City of Roses Marathon

October 16-18, 2020

A Nearly Live Event!
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ABOUT CITY OF ROSES MARATHON

Terrapin Events is proud to announce the 1st annual City of Roses Marathon.  This marathon celebrates our beautiful city of Portland and all of the outdoor aspects that make this place so unique.  You can compete as an individual or teams of two or four.  Participants have two options to choose from; Nearly Live or Virtual.  

OPTION ONE – NEARLY LIVE: This is as close to a real running event in 2020 as you can get!  Participants will select a distance, choose route, download the RaceJoy app, and run or walk the ACTUAL route.  The RaceJoy App will guide you along the course, notify you when you are off course, exchange zone locations (for relay), bathroom & water spots, and also allows friends and family to send you encouraging “cheers” messages along the way.  Check out the course maps and RaceJoy app info below. 

OPTION TWO – VIRTUAL:  Still want to participate, but can’t run the actual route?  You can still participate virtually!  Select your distance, create your own route, and then run in your neighborhood, on a treadmill or a trail.

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HOW NEARLY LIVE EVENTS WORK

1. Register to Race
Click the “Register Now” button above to sign up and select your distance

2. Download the RaceJoy App
The app will direct you on course, notify you if you are off course, and also allows friends and family to cheer you on during your run.

3. Pick your course
There are 2 course options available; waterfront or neighborhood course.  Relay members MUST select the same course.

4. Familiarize yourself with the course
After you have selected your course, review and become familiar with the route.  The RaceJoy app will guide you with audible turn-by-turn instructions, but you should have knowledge of the overall route.

5. Prepare
The City of Roses Marathon is a self-supported race.  You must supply your own water and fuel for your race.  Volunteers, water stations, and port-o-potties will NOT be set up for you.

6. Encouragement Along The Way
Friends and family members can download the RaceJoy app to send you messages throughout your run.

7. Ready, Set, Go!
You can begin your run anytime from Friday, October 16th-18th. Make sure your phone is charged and the RunJoy app is downloaded before you begin.

8. Results
Results link will be posted on our website the weekend of the event.

CHOOSE YOUR COURSE

IMPORTANT INFO FOR 2 AND 4 PERSON RELAY TEAMS

As a relay team, all members must run the relay in “true” relay style.  That means all 4 (or 2) members of your team must run the race consecutively.  When runner one gets to the exchange zone, runner two must be ready to go.  When runner two finishes, runner three must be ready to go.

WATERFRONT COURSE

Start off at Salmon St. Fountain in downtown Portland and head north along the river in Waterfront Park.  At the Steel bridge you will run along Naito Parkway / Front Ave and then Highway 30 to the St. Johns Bridge.  Once across the bridge you will run through Cathedral Park and along Willamette Blvd and Interstate Ave back to the east side of the Steel Bridge.  You will then run along the Eastbank Esplanade and the Springwater Corridor past Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and over the Sellwood Bridge. From here you will head back to the finish along the Willamette Greenway trail, through Willamette park and along the river to the finish at Salmon Fountain.

Full Marathon

2 Person Marathon Relay, Leg 1

2 Person Marathon Relay, Leg 2

NEIGHBORHOOD COURSE

From Salmon St. Fountain you will run mostly along the Willamette Greenway trail, through Willamette and Butterfly Parks and then over the Sellwood Bridge.  Once over the bridge you will run through Sellwood Park, through Sellwood, past Eastmoreland Golf Course and along peaceful tree lined streets of East Moreland.  Next up is the very cool Woodstock neighborhood on your way to Mt. Tabor Park.  You will run through Mt. Tabor and head out along the Salmon St. bike path to Laurelhurst Park. From Laurelhurst you will head to the beautiful ridge above Rose City Golf Course with great views of Mt. Hood.  From here you will run along lovely Alameda Ridge toward Grant Park and down towards the river, past the Moda Center and across the Steel Bridge back to the finish at Salmon St. Fountain.

Full Marathon

2 Person Marathon Relay, Leg 1

2 Person Marathon Relay, Leg 2

4 Person Marathon Relay, Leg 1

4 Person Marathon Relay, Leg 2

4 Person Marathon Relay, Leg 3

4 Person Marathon Relay, Leg 4

RaceJoy App
WHAT DEVICES DOES THE RACEJOY APP WORK WITH AND WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD IT?

RaceJoy is available for Apple and Android phones and tablets. You can download it by going to the Apple store or Google Play store.

Sorry, RaceJoy is not available for Windows. RaceJoy is a mobile app and not available from a web browser. Though, you can have your progress posted to Facebook and Twitter.

CAN I TEST RACEJOY PRIOR TO A RACE?

Yes, you can do a free test run of RaceJoy by entering the Try RaceJoy section. It includes free style GPS tracking and cheer sending. It does not include all of RaceJoy’s features such as progress alerts and interactive course maps. You will need to enter a personal ID number and share this with those you’d like to track you. Try RaceJoy is also great for long training runs or rides.

DO I NEED TO CARRY MY PHONE TO USE RACEJOY?

Yes, if you wish to use RaceJoy’s GPS tracking and GPS-based progress alerts, you will need to carry your phone and activate tracking on race day.

Note: There are a select few races that also offer progress alerts based upon your chip/bib crossing timing points on the course. When this is available, you will not need to carry your phone for progress alerts. You will be notified if chip-based alerts are being offered.

DO I NEED TO PRE-SET UP OTHER PEOPLE TO TRACK ME?

No, you simply need to let people know they can track you in RaceJoy and which race you are doing. They then search for you by name or bib number and add you to their participant list. Those tracking you will automatically receive progress updates as you cross milestones along the course.

I DON’T WANT MY MUSIC INTERRUPTED, WHAT DO I DO?

You may wish to not have your music interrupted as often or may not want the pace alerts, if you are using another pace app or watch. Turning these off will not affect the ability to track your position on the course.

Audio Progress Alerts: These are typically sent out at every mile for running events and every five miles for cycling or endurance running events. They include your location, elapsed time, pace and estimated finish time.

You can turn off these audio alerts in your initial set up in RaceJoy or:

  • Click the More button on the main race page, then Settings, and Alerts
  • Disable Audio Progress Alerts

RaceJoy will still deliver your progress alerts without the sound notifications, and you can review them after you are done with the event by going to the Buzz area of RaceJoy. Those tracking you will still be able to receive your progress alerts.

All Audio Alerts: If you’d rather not receive any audio alerts, including Cheers, from RaceJoy:

  • Go to your phone Notifications setting and turn off the Sound setting for RaceJoy.

By turning off just the sound notification, this will enable RaceJoy to still deliver your progress alerts and cheers for you to review after you complete the course. You can do this by going to the Buzz area of RaceJoy.

You have two other options:

  • Adjust your settings in RaceJoy: Click on your name at the top of the screen, follow the prompts and then de-select Audio Alerts and/or Cheers. Some people don’t want the progress alerts at every mile, but still want to receive cheers from friends and family.
  • Adjust your settings on your phone: Go to your phone setting Notifications area and turn off notifications for RaceJoy. You will not receive audio progress updates or cheers.

People will still be able to track your position and will receive progress alerts as you complete the course.

CAN I PLAY MUSIC AND OTHER APPS WITH RACEJOY?

Yes! Music and other apps work well with RaceJoy. Also, our tests show that music does little impact to your battery. Please know that other apps may drain your battery at a significant rate. We recommend you turn off all other non-essential apps during the race – this tip is for spectators too! Just minimize RaceJoy and enjoy.

If you are using another app to provide you with pace information or if you simply don’t want to receive the audio progress alerts from RaceJoy, you can turn off your audio alerts and still be tracked in RaceJoy by going to:

  • Main race page in RaceJoy
  • Click More
  • Select Settings, then Alerts
  • Disable Audio Progress Alerts

You will still be able to receive cheers. If you would rather not receive any audio alerts, including cheers, go to your phone’s Notifications setting and turn off the Sound notifications for RaceJoy.

We recommend you keep the other types of notifications on so that you can still receive your cheers and progress updates in RaceJoy. You can review these when you are done by clicking on the Buzz button.

HOW MUCH WILL RACEJOY USE MY BATTERY?

A typical phone’s battery will last eight to 14 hours when using RaceJoy’s live tracking. This will vary based upon the age and model of the phone, cell and data conditions in the area, other apps being used, and if you are using Wi-Fi. Do not use Wi-Fi while using GPS tracking.

See our Battery Preservation Tips here.

HOW MUCH DATA DOES RACEJOY USE?

This varies by user. The live phone tracking feature uses minimal data. Based upon doing a five-hour marathon and a data plan of 3GB of data per month, RaceJoy uses less than 0.003% of that data.

WHAT CAN I DO TO OPTIMIZE MY BATTERY?
  • Come with a fully charged battery.
  • Wait to turn on your tracking in RaceJoy until right before you begin the race.
  • Do not use Wi-Fi
  • Turn off other non-essential apps
  • Turn off other tracking apps

For more information see our Battery Preservation Tips here.

WHAT ARE THE BATTERY DRAINERS?
  • Poor cell provider coverage for that region
  • Limited data bandwidth from cell provider
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Using functions like photos and videos
  • Viewing of the screen

More information can be found here.

DO YOU HAVE A RECOMMENDATION FOR A PORTABLE BATTERY?

Yes. We have tested many of these and we recommend the Anker Mini.

WHEN DOES THE CITY OF ROSES - NEARLY LIVE TAKE PLACE?

You can run your race any time between Friday October 16th at 12:01am and Sunday October 18th at 11:59pm

WHERE DOES THE RACE START AND FINISH?

The races start and finish at the Salmon St. Fountain in Downtown Portland

WHAT IS A NEARLY LIVE EVENT / HOW DOES IT WORK?

Our Nearly Live events are events where participants can run an actual course, with a start and finish line directions and mileage points given to you along your run.  The app will tell you when you have gone of course, where upcoming bathrooms or water are and allows your friends and family to cheer you on along the way!  Read more about the Racejoy app here.

WHAT DEVICES DOES THE RACEJOY APP WORK WITH AND WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD IT?

RaceJoy is available for Apple and Android phones and tablets. You can download it here or by going to the Apple store or Google Play store.

Sorry, RaceJoy is not available for Windows. RaceJoy is a mobile app and not available from a web browser. Though, you can have your progress posted to Facebook and Twitter.

WILL NUTRITION WATER BE PROVIDED ON THE COURSE?

Our Nearly Live events are self-supported courses. Runners will need to provide their own nutrition and water. Public drinking fountains are available along some of our routes but are in limited quantity and we cannot guarantee that they work. 

If you wish to bring hydration or fuel for your race, you must carry it, stash it along the course prior to the race, get a friend to bounce from one point to the next, or have someone ride alongside you with their bike. Runners are strongly encouraged to create their nutrition support plan before arriving at the start line. Note that any nutrition items stashed along the course are done so at the risk of being tampered with by the public.

WILL RESTROOMS BE AVAILABLE ALONG THE COURSES?

Runners are encouraged to take care of restroom needs prior to arriving at the start line. Even though there may be some public bathrooms along the courses, we cannot guarantee that they will be open

IS THIS A USATF CERTIFIED COURSE?

No. Our Nearly Live courses are well measured and accurate, but they are not USATF certified

CAN ANYONE PARTICIPATE?

Yes! Young or old, runners or walkers, fast or slow – we encourage participants of all ages and ability levels. 

ARE STROLLERS OR DOGS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?

Yes! You may run your race with whatever tiny or furry support you need.

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?

There is a 10 hour time limit for the full, 6 hour time limit for the half 3 hour time limit for the 10k and a 2 hour time limit for the 5k.

WHAT DO I GET WHEN I REGISTER?

All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, medal, digital bib, RaceJoy app, and online results.

WHERE / WHEN CAN I SEE RESULTS?

Results will be posted on our website here.

ARE THERE AWARDS/PRIZES FOR TOP FINISHERS?

No, we will not be doing any prizes or awards for our nearly live events.

WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY SWAG?

We will mail your items after the race has ended on October 18th.  Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for us to order the swag, receive it from our vendors, and then ship to you.  We will be getting the items out to you as quickly as we can!