Ready, Set, Corral: Setting the Pace for Success

June 5, 2024

With an event field that routinely welcomes thousands of participants, your trusted Bellin Run organizers have mastered the art of a smooth start. The key to that effort is the tried-and-true corral system, which groups participants by estimated pace so those of similar speeds will run or walk together.

The Bellin Run will once again feature a 5K distance alongside the 10K event. Runners and walkers should take note that both races will start together, so the corral system applies to all participants, regardless of distance.

All four corrals will be located on Webster Avenue and Cass Street, with ample signage and race officials to guide you on race morning. Please refer to Page 5 of our event guide for a helpful corral map.

There are a few additional corral tips for all 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. Look for our pre-race hydration stations in the center of Baird Place Park.
  • 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 2 to Corral 3), 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!