Moonlight Marathon Last Minute Information

Greetings Runners,

Below is the latest information for your run Saturday Night.

Please read through what is presented and be familiar with the instructions.

Both courses are technical and you need to pay attention to running on the LEFT and following blue reflectors and yellow Route Arrows.

Be courteous of all runners; we have participants running for more than 30 miles and runners setting PR’s at 5K. We respect all runners, regardless of pace or distance and we expect that of you the entire night.

Start Times

The Ultra Marathon will begin at 5:00

The 5k runners start Early at 5:45pm.   A Dark 5K is also offered with an 8:30pm start

The 6.55-mile runners will have a NEW start time of 6:00pm to avoid congestion on the bridge, allow time for the 5K runners to clear their course and also allow local high school students their prom pictures on the bridge and walk

The Full marathon and Marathon Relay runners can choose to begin any time after 6pm with the goal of finishing closest to midnight but without the use of any GPS, phone or timing device.

These are prediction runs and speed does not guarantee hardware; skill, cunning and the luck of finishing nearest to Midnight guarantees hardware.

The Half Marathon runners will begin at 7pm so they can get one lap in twilight and one lap in darkness.

Dark 5k Start.


Overall awards are presented to the top 3 male & female Finishers with the fastest times.  Awards will also be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female in the 39 and under age group and 40 and over age group for the light 5k, 6.55 mile, Half Marathon and Ultra Marathon.

The Dark 5k will also be timed but no awards will be provided; there are surprises for the first 10 finishers. This event was added to address runner comments about wanting to run at night and also to determine if the Dark start is preferred over the early start.

The Marathon and Marathon Relay participants choose their own starting time based on the predicted pace with a finish time goal of midnight on May 9th.  Relay teams of 2,3 or 4 people choose their own starting time based on the predicted pace with a finish of midnight.

The course will be open at 6pm for individuals and relay teams but the latest time a relay or marathoner can begin is 9:00pm.

The course closes at 1:00am and anyone still on the course at that time will be directed back to the finish area.

PLEASE NOTE: As this is a loop course, no participant will be allowed to start a new loop after 11:30pm.

Relay participants will run with a baton with the timing chip attached which will be handed to the next runner at the lagoon bridge exchange area.  The loss of the baton and timing chip means no time is recorded.


All races are chip timed. All runners are guaranteed an official chip time until 1:00am. At that time the clock will be turned off and runners will be escorted to the Finish Line. If a marathoner or relay member has not started their last loop by 11:30pm, they will be stopped from starting it.


Each participant in the 5k races receives on-course support, a gender specific race shirt, finisher memento “to raise the dead” and food and drink in the Lincoln Park Pavilion after the race with music.

All 6.55 mile, Marathon Relay (up to 4 runners), Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra Marathon participants will each receive on-course support, a gender specific race shirt and food and drink in the Lincoln Park Pavilion after the race with music and a Finisher Medal.


All Ultra Marathon (5 loops), Marathon (4 loops), Half Marathon (2 loops) and Marathon Relay (4 loops) & Dark 5K participants must provide their own headlamp, flashlight or knuckle light and wear the race provided glow necklace at all times.

Aid Stations:

Water and sports drink (Gatorade) will be provided at all 3 aid stations.  Chicken broth will be provided at night and gels, candy, potatoes w/salt, bacon, mini sandwiches, pretzels and chips will be available to the longer distance runners.

Due to the course layout, two of the aid stations can be accessed several times.  Runners will hit the aid stations at the start/finish and approximately miles 1, 2, 4, 4.5 and 5.


Restrooms are located at the Park Pavilion and the start/finish area. An on course porta john is located at mile 4, 4.5 and 5.  Restrooms are also located in the picnic shelter parking area and inside Nelson Center

Course Rules

This event is managed by a Road Race of America ( RRCA)

Certified Race Director and thus adheres to all RRCA rules.

It is your responsibility to know all the rules relative to your race.  Please visit for more information.

All participants are expected to know their course.

There will be several races occurring simultaneously so it is imperative to know your course for an enjoyable, successful night run

Maps for both courses are provided on the website (we are working on that at this time).  There will be current maps displayed at both packet pickups for your review and questions

No IPods, MP3 players or listening devices of any kind will be allowed on the course for the safety of the runners.  No watches or GPS devices will be allowed on the course.  Cell phones can be carried but only for emergency purposes – not to check time.

No spectators or well-wishers will be permitted on the course. Relay runners, their families/friends are not permitted to exchange time or pace information with runners during the race.  No warming up or cooling down will be permitted on the actual race course.

Course Navigation  – Your Mantra is “Run on the Left and Follow the Blue Reflectors on Your Left”

You are expected to know your course.  Please review the course maps at the pavilion before the event

All participants will follow the 600+ blue reflectors which are placed on the left side of the course at approximately 3-4 feet high.

You will run on the left side of the roads (which will be closed to traffic).

Orange Cones, yellow high visibility route arrows and volunteers will direct you along the course as well as the 3 inch blue reflectors.

There will be no mile markers and volunteers will not provide mileage or time of night due to nature of prediction runs.

Well lit bicyclists will be on course traveling in the correct direction for safety, guidance and communication to Race Director.  Medical staff will also be on the course and an ambulance is on call if needed.

Do not run through cones or caution/keep out tape.   Run along reflectors, arrows, cones and tape and never go off the roads or through gravesites.   

Award Ceremony Times

Here are the proposed award ceremony times for all distances.

These are approximate times and subject to many on-the- spot influences that may alter the proposed time.  Bottom line – be flexible, have some food and a beer and don’t remind the Race Director about stated time.

Be aware that there are many races occurring simultaneously and we try to wait for all the runners in their race/distance to finish out of respect for their efforts. NO awards will be given out early or mailed.   We value the fastest and slowest runners equally.

5k –  6:30pm

6.55 – 7:30pm

Half Marathon  – 9:15pm

Marathon and Marathon Relay – Midnight

Ultra Marathon – Midnight to 1:00am


Parking is available at the Nelson Recreation Center lot north of the pavilion and along the park roads. If you park in the roads, please place half of the vehicle on the grass and half on the road. You can also park at the picnic shelter, which has restrooms.

First Aid and Course Patrol:

First aid and course security will be provided on course until 1:00am.  At that time all remaining runners will be escorted to the park pavilion.


In the case of rain, we don’t care. We run in rain unless it’s excessive and poses fall hazards.   Timing Chips work in rain; they do not work in lighting.

In the case of lightning, we care, and we do not run in lightning. If lightning is present before a race start, we will delay the start until the weather clears.

If lightning occurs during the event, we strongly suggest you seek shelter and wait it out instead of continuing to run. Or wait for the white box truck to come remove you from the course.

We have 5 shelters on the course in case of lightning during the race. They are depicted on the maps that will be on display at packet pickup and (we hope) on the website.

The shelters are in order on the course, the pavilion, the small red vault on the hill up or down from water stop #1.

The permanent restrooms at the Lincoln Tomb have both toilets and shelter space. This shelter is strongly suggested for a waiting area.

The Tanner (aka Flintstone) Mausoleum overhang is on the main road into the cemetery & the Chapel carport on the last mile of both courses.

All of the above shelters will have LED lighted signs to make easy recognition

Immediately upon lightning confirmation, the white box truck and gray Honda van will be on the course shuttling runners back to the pavilion for food and drink.


Most important thing to remember is have fun and enjoy this unique opportunity to run in a 160 year old cemetery at night under the Moonshadow of Lincoln’s Tomb.