Corral Smarts for a Smooth Start

June 4, 2018

With an event field that numbers in the thousands, Bellin Run organizers have gotten good at ensuring a smooth start. The key to that effort is our corral system, which groups participants by estimated pace so those of similar speeds will run or walk together.

In 2016, we introduced a Corral 1 time standard to properly position faster runners at the front of the pack, ensuring an even smoother, safer start. You can read more about that change here.

For 2018, we’ve implemented a change to ensure our Corral 5 folks – our awesome Bellin Run walkers – are as comfortable as possible as they wait to cross the start line.

This year, we've designated Corral 5 as all of Baird Place Park.  This way, our walkers will spend less time on the road and in the sun, and will have more access to hydration in the park before the race begins. There is no longer a separate on-road corral for our walkers.

Walkers will gather in the park before the event starts, arriving no later than 7:50 a.m. After runners in corrals 1-4 move along East Mason Street, several access points will be opened to allow the walkers to the start of the chute.

Runners and walkers should be aware that there will be ample water available in Baird Place Park before the race starts. Look for our pre-race hydration stations in the center of the park.

There are a few additional corral tips for all of our participants to keep in mind:

Arrive early! Get to your assigned start corral with plenty of time to spare. Arrive at the event no later than 7 a.m. so you have time to use the bathroom and warm up before heading to your corral.

Make sure your race bib is visible. This will help our volunteers ensure everyone makes it into the appropriate corral.

If you want to move, move back. Anticipating a slower pace than you initially thought? Want to run with a slower friend or relative? You’re welcome to move back a corral (e.g., from Corral 3 to Corral 4), but not forward.

Be courteous. Our corral system does a good job of spreading out the race field, but things can still get a little crowded as 8 a.m. nears. Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and be courteous to those around you. Be friendly and start with a smile!

  Keep it cool in the corral and we’ll all have an awesome event. See you at the start line!

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