Timing, Free Photos Among Changes for 2015 Bellin Run
Upgrades Also Include Safety Enhancements, Lower Pasta Dinner Prices
Bellin Run officials have announced a number of race-weekend and event-specific upgrades for the 2015 10K run/walk, taking place Saturday, June 13.
“We are tremendously excited about all that’s new for this year’s Bellin Run,” said Executive Race Director Randy Van Straten. “We’ve listened to what participants wanted, examined best practices and challenged ourselves to offer the best race-day experience possible. We think our runners and walkers will be thrilled.”
Changes for 2015 include:
Free Race-Day Photos
The Bellin Run is partnering with GameFace Media to offer free race-day photos to all participants. Runners and walkers will be able to download race photos at no cost beginning 3-5 business days after the event.
Photographers will be positioned throughout the course, and participants are reminded to make sure their race bibs are visible during the event. The bib numbers allow photographers to identify participants and organize race photos after the fact.
Live Tracking, Results Via Text and Social Media
The race-day results tent is a thing of the past as Bellin Run organizers are turning to real-time updates and results for participants and spectators.
Runners, walkers and their fans can sign up to have real-time race updates and results texted to their mobile phones or posted automatically to Facebook or Twitter feeds. Starting June 1, they can go to http://rtrt.me/bellin2015 to sign up for text alerts, social media posts and real-time online updates. Spectators and others can also sign up to follow a participant by texting his or her bib number to 38909 (U.S. numbers only; message and data rates may apply).
The Post Race section of the Bellin Run website, bellinrun.com, will have a link to complete official results later on race day.
New Timing Method Means No More Shoe Chips
The Bellin Run has discontinued its use of shoe-worn timing chips in favor of timing mechanisms built into participants’ race bibs. The change was made for the convenience of runners and walkers, who will have one less thing to keep track of on race day.
Lower Spaghetti Dinner Prices
Prices for the Friday night all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner have been slashed for 2015, allowing individuals and families to enjoy a more affordable meal as excitement builds for race day.
This year’s dinner is just $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and free for anyone under age 2. The menu includes salad, garlic toast, spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce, buttered bowtie noodles, baby carrots, apple slices, cookies, water and Pepsi products.
The spaghetti dinner takes place from 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 12 in Astor Park. Click here for more information on Friday’s events.
Medical QR Code Enhances Safety
Each 10K participant will have a RunnersHealth Medical QR Code on the front of his or her race bib. This code is unique to every participant and will be used by first responders on the course, staff at the first aid stations and medical tent personnel to identify participants should they need medical assistance.
Participants have received an email inviting them to complete their secure profile that will be accessed only in case of illness, injury or incapacitation. Runners and walkers are encouraged to enter their emergency contacts and information about allergies, medications and medical conditions as an added safety measure.
Wisconsin 10K Championship Site
The 2015 Bellin Run will serve as the Wisconsin USA Track & Field (USATF) 10K Championship. The top competitor in the open male, open female, masters (over 40) male and masters (over 40) female divisions will receive an award.
The 39th annual Bellin Run will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 13. For more information or to register, visit bellinrun.com. Follow the Bellin Run on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.