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Imagine running in a proper distance race, in the middle of a typical New England winter, but you can dress like it's September. Awesome, right? We thought so too... so we made it reality. Introducing the Arena Attack Indoor Race Series! Utilizing the wide concourses found in indoor arenas, we run distance races ranging from 5k to the marathon.
HalfMarathons.net ranks the Arena Attack in their Top-10 World's Toughest Half Marathons!
Here are some of the things that you can look forward to at your Arena Attack Race:
The Arena Attack is a perfect test & tune race for your springtime races! Don't wait too long to sign up... the Arena Attack reaches capacity quickly and early!
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5k Run: Runners will complete 16 laps on the course.
Start Time – 8:00 AM
Max Entries Available – 50
50-minute course time limit.
Marathon: Runners will complete 130 laps on the course.
Start Time – 9:00 AM
Max Entries Available – 30
5-hour course time limit.
Half Marathon #1: Runners will complete 65 laps on the course.
Start Time – 9:00 AM
Max Entries Available – 35
2:10-hour course time limit.
Half Marathon #2: Runners will complete 65 laps on the course.
Start Time – 11:15 AM
Max Entries Available – 40
3-hour course time limit.
Here is the schedule of events. We want everyone to have fun, be safe, and have plenty of room to run their race, so once a race reaches capacity… its closed. No exceptions.
8:00 A.M. 5k Run Start (50-minute course time limit)
9:00 A.M. Marathon Start (5-hour course time limit)
9:00 A.M. Half Marathon-1st Heat Start (2:10-hour course time limit)
11:15 A.M. Half Marathon-2nd Heat Start (3-hour course time limit)
At 10-minutes prior to each race, we will call those runners to the Paddock area (Paddock will be the roped off area just inside the concourse after you check in). At 5-minutes prior, we will have a pre-race meeting with the runners and race marshals in the Paddock area… to make sure everyone is on the same page regarding course etiquette (i.e.: passing, head phones, running 2 or more abreast, etc). After the meeting (which will only take a minute or two), we’ll get the race started. Each race will start on time. It is the runner’s responsibility to make the paddock meeting and starting line on time. Please consult the course map for locations of the paddock, course set up and warm up area.
ATTENTION – ALL HALF MARATHON RUNNERS: There is a finite amount of space on the concourse, which is why we are strictly limiting the number of runners on the course at one time. Therefore, if you are scheduled to run in the 9:00 A.M. race, but arrive on race day, thinking you’ll be able to slide into the 11:15 A.M. race… you will not be able to do so, because there will be no room for you.
Warm Up Area
The designated warm up area will be in a 7,000 sqft area, called the “Atrium”, that is adjacent to the course on the arena concourse. Only runners currently competing in a race will be allowed on the course. Reason being, the timing system is extremely sensitive when used indoors. If you are not in a race, and get within 30-feet of the timing system's antenna… your data will corrupt the data for the race in progress. Please, please obey the race marshals and only warm up in the designated warm up area.
Race Timing & Lap Counting
Please follow these directions! If you don't put the chip on correctly, the computer may not see you! Each race will be professionally timed, using a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system. When you are issued your bib, there will be one digital tag safety pinned to it. Using the grommet on the chip, you will lace to the chip to the OUTSIDE of your RIGHT shoe. DO NOT TUCK THE CHIP INTO YOUR LACES! These chips will be working double duty, by tracking your start/finish times… and will be counting your laps automatically. Using a projector, we will be projecting your lap counts on a screen. The projection will be in your line of vision during the race. This way you’ll be able to track how many laps you have left. We’ll also have a marshal at the finish line, helping to make sure you either don’t run too many laps.
Music & Earbuds
To help keep both our runners and spectators entertained, we will have music playing throughout the concourse during the race. If a runner would like to listen to their own music, that's fine - but make sure that you can hear the marshal's directions. USATF Rules will apply. Please understand that you are inside of a building. If there is an emergency, we need to be able to communicate with you. While it can be lonely some days, runners are typically super-social. Races are a wonderful opportunity for us runners to communicate with each other and enjoy in the camaraderie. If you regularly run with earbuds, I will challenge you to leave them out - even if it is for a portion of the race. Cheer for the runners you pass or who pass you. Smile. Make a new runner friend.
Correct Bib Wear & Care
All bibs must be worn on your front, clear to view, preferably above the waist. We need to be able to see your number at all times.
Direction of Running
You will be running in the same direction (counter-clockwise) throughout your race. Each loop is about 330-meters, so it’s a long enough loop that we don’t have to switch directions during the race.
Dressing for the Race
Think mid-fall attire. It will be about 55-65 degrees on the course, with no wind. Personally, I’d be wearing shorts and a singlet.
If you’re accustomed to running on the roads, you’ll be right at home on the course. If you’re more of a trail runner, you might consider wearing shoes with a bit more cushioning.
Advance Pre-Registration Pick Up
There will be no advance bib pickup. Everyone will be given their bibs & chips the morning of their race.
Top-3 Men & Women: In each race will receive special awards.
Finisher Recognition: Each finisher will receive a finisher medal.
Bags & Bag Check
We don’t want bags being left unattended, so please utilize our free bag check. Just a heads up, the XL Center security staff will be conducting bag searches upon entry.
A parking garage is connected to the XL Center. The entrance is on Ann Street. Expect parking to cost $8-$10 for the day.
The Course & Course Time Limit
We’ll be running laps around the concourses of the XL Center. Each lap is about 330 meters. We have a link to download our PER LAP PACE CALCULATOR which will help you determine what your per lap time needs to be in order to hit your goal time. The course time limits will be strictly enforced.
We will have volunteers handing our water & Nuun Hydration to the runners at our hydration station. While we’ll have mats, blowers/dryers, and volunteers with mops keeping the area as dry as possible… please help us by being as neat.
Marathon & Half Marathon Hydration Station
Given the duration of this race, the marathon and half marathon runners will require additional support. There will be a specific station set up just for those runners. Several tables will be on the course. Each marathon runner will have an assigned section on a table, where they will be able to leave their hydration & nutrition supplies.
We'll have two awesome sections to watch the race. The first, will be near the entrance, where we will have about 25-folding chairs set up a designated spectator viewing area. The second, will be in the brand new Fan Bar! From here, you'll have two great views - the race and the arena bowl!
While we will provide some bagels & fruit for the runners, the XL Center concessions will not be open. Fear not my coffee drinking friends… there is a Dunkin Donuts right across the street. If you're looking for a meal, we love Vaughn's Public House - which is only 100-yards away on Pratt Street (59 Pratt).
XL Center GPS Address
1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103
The Hilton Hartford is attached to the XL Center via an air-bridge. Rates run about $150 per night. The reservation desk can be reached at: 860-728-5151.
There have been several recent incidents where "bandits" or runners who did not sign up for the race but run anyway, jump into the Arena Attack. We understand that the Arena Attack races can sell out in advance and you might miss your opportunity to run. However, we need to make sure that the people that did appropriately register receive the experience that they paid for. Additionally, bandits create an enormous liability issue for all involved. Therefore, bandits will be immediately removed from the course.
The entire UConn Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team will be supporting the race the whole day! They're a lot of fun and love to cheer our runners on. When you see them, please thank them for taking time away from their winter vacation, studies, and practice to help get you through your race.
No Race Day Registration - All Participants Must Register Online, In Advance.
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We have purchased Event Cancellation Insurance through RaceInsure for the Arena Attack Indoor Race Series. Thanks to RaceInsure, we are able to guarantee that your race entry fee will be refunded if the absolute worst case scenario occurs (ie; extreme weathers, etc) and we are forced to cancel the race.
During your online registration process, you can also purchase insurance for yourself, in case you cannot make the race due to illness, work, family emergency, etc.
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