The Woodlands Marathon (and Half Marathon) will take place Saturday, 7th of March 2020.
The Woodlands Marathon has multiple events, and Amateur Radio Operators are asked to assist with the Full (26.5 mile) and Half (13.1 mile) events.
This event has a one-loop marathon and a partially overlapping half-marathon course.
This year, the courses are effectively two distinct courses. While there is some overlap of the Half Marathon course with the Full Marathon course, there's still a much larger footprint than a half marathon course that's used twice by the full marathon runners.
Note: You are welcome and encouraged to bring others with you. It's often a great family outing, as long as that does not interfere with your ability to perform your assigned duties.
Full Marathon Course (2018)
Half Marathon Course (2018)
Requirements for your participation in this support of this event:
- Your being an FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operator
- Yellow/Green Safety Vest.
- Mobile or Handheld Transceiver on 2m or 70cm. (equipment may be available on loan if needed - mention it in the comments area when you register)
Date: Saturday, 7th of March, 2020.
Start Time: While the start time is posted as being 7:00AM, in the past, the 'elite' runners are typically released ahead of the rest by around 15 minutes prior to the non-Elite runners. In order to accommodate this, we will be looking to be on-station and checked-in no later than 6:30AM.
Pre Event Meet Up: All operators are encouraged to meet at the local Denny's (Cnr of I-45 Southbound Feeder and Research Forest) from 4:30AM. We will have people there to assist with configuring radios and volunteer shirt hand-out, and, it's a great place to grab a bite to eat, and ensure you're in the area well in advance of needing to be on station.
Assignments: Our primary assignment overall is to help ensure participants receive aid as quickly as possible, whether that's being at an Aid Station or other fixed location, and reporting a need, being in a SAG (Service and Gear) vehicle to ferry people and/or supplies, or one of the other roles. A secondary role is that of providing management and SAG dispatch with an awareness as to the location of participants, so that resources can be directed to best advantage.
- Aid Station Communicator / Course Monitor - from a fixed location, watch out for participants on the course
- SAG - be in a provided vehicle that will be used during the event for transportation as needed.
- Turtle - follow the last participant around the course.
- Net Control - be at Net Control, helping with the 'behind the scenes' aspects of the event.
- Equipment Configuration Assistant - be present at the pre-event gathering to help others with transceiver configuration.
If you can help, please register: use the right hand side-bar for registration.
For those that register:
When registering, provide unique callsigns, name, email address and phone number. The system will consider you to be updating your registration if a match is found on any of these items of information.
Callsigns: If you do not have an fcc issued amateur radio callsign, please consult with the licensed radio operator you are likely asking to pair up with, and add a suffix to their callsign (eg: their callsign being AB2DE, add the suffix of '-2', resulting in: AB2DE-2). If you are registering with no connection to a licensed radio operator, please populate the callsign field with the last 7 digits of your cell phone number.
Phone numbers: Please supply your personal cell phone number. This may be used to contact you prior to the event, but, most importantly, during the event if we are unable to contact you via radio.
Email Address: Please supply your personal email address. You will be sent a confirmation email, to which you will be asked to send a reply, so that we can know that you are receiving emails. Further emails will be withheld until the confirmation email is recieved back. Having a functional email delivery method is important as email will be used to provide you with information as we get closer to the event.
If you are unable to help all day, please indicate whether you need to be released earlier rather than later, or, whether you can only start after a given time.
Your assistance is very much appreciated!