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      December 18, 2010

      Saturday   8:30 AM

      Baltimore MD
      Baltimore, Maryland

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      Celtic Solstice 5 Miler

      Address Druid Hill Park - Stieff Silver, Keswick and Wyman Park Drive/800 Wyman Park Drive 800 Wyman Park Drive Fees $55 with Race Shirt Registration Closing Date Sunday, January 16, 2011 Brief Description Baltimore's premier winter race! The eleventh running of a rolling course that winds around the Mansion House, the Baltimore Zoo, the Arboreteum, Druid Lake, the Moorish Tower, to a downhill finish. And absolutely the finest winter running shirt in the land. Sold Out Sizes Sold out as of 11/6/10 Women's XS, S, L Men's Small, XXL If these are your sizes, sign up in the waiting list category Non-Premium Waiting List The non-premium registration will open after the majority of the premiums have been allocated. If you try to sign up for a premium and your size has been sold out, then you may sign up on the non-premium waiting list. You will receive an email via active just prior to that registration opening so you will have some day to take action prior to the rest of the public being informed. Volunteers The demand for volunteers continues to increase. We are looking for experienced volunteers who understand the needs of the runners. You can register to be a volunteer here. Volunteer tasks include: 1. Pre-race preparation 2. Packet pickup 3. Race day registration activities 4. Premium distribution 5. Course set-up and marshalling 6. Water stop 7. Parking marshals 8. Food set-up 9. Chip retrieval 10. Clean-up Volunteer premiums are distributed AFTER the event is over. Invited Runners The following five runners have completed all ten previous Celtic Solstice races and will receive a complimentary race entry. Email [masked] before registering here. Jack Heisler, Richard Krummerich, Ingrid Pfoertsch, Shawn Pinamonti, Linell Smith Race limitation - Due to parking and course limitation, the race is capped at 2500 runners. 2010 Race Logo This year the race logo is Cari Buziak's interpretation of the ancient Irish Elk, that wonderfully mystical creature of a bygone era. The design will be embroidered on the backs of the race shirts in matching thread colors to the shirt fabric at the Brooks factory. Women's Essential Run 1/2 Zip Premium Perfect cover for those in-between days between seasons, this high-performance top is also an effective layering style in colder weather, with a longer zipper for greater ventilation. Includes articulated sleeves and thumbholes. Suggested retail is $55. Men's Podium 1/2 Zip II Between seasons, when a short sleeve is just not enough and a long sleeve requires extra ventilation, this is your go-to top. Nine inch zip with storm guard and zipper garage, invisible side pocket, front and back reflectivity, and articulated sleeves with thumbholes. Suggested retail is $55. Sizing Issues - Men's and Women's Sizes If are are female and order a female medium, you will be issued a female medium, not a male medium. If you are female and order a male medium instead of a female large, you will receive a male medium. Shirts run true to size and will be on hand to try on before the event. Pricing / Budget Information This event attempts to provide a quality race and post-race party and high quality premium at an affordable cost. Fixed costs are insurance, permits, police, and Parks&Rec Maintenance to salt and clear roads. Variable costs go to food, drink, awards, tents, spot-a-pots, chiptiming, etc. Premiums are sold for acquisition costs (volunteers get one too!) Our costs for timing, permits and higher-quality premiums keep going up year after year but we continue to try and hold the line. Non-Premium Entries In the past we have allowed runners to register for a lesser fee without the premium. We intend to offer that feature again this year, however we will wait until after the premiums are sold to registrants before opening up that category. Those spots are extremely limited. The Show Must Go On! This event received some degree of notoriety because we ran the event anyway in the face of a raging blizzard in 2009. http://www.facebook.c... The fact of the matter is that about 10% of the entrants live within walking distance of Druid Hill Park. The late-starting snow and dry road surface helped logistically. Had the weather pattern developed the way it did with the February blizzards we would have had a difficult time pulling it off. Reserving the right to cancel Despite last year's adventure, the race director reserves the right to cancel the event without notice if unforeseen circumstances present themselves that render the event dangerous to attend or conduct. We cannot stop you from driving on icy roads to an event. We will can choose not run the event on icy roads however. Invited Runner Standards In addition to our ten time finishers, we will offer very limited complimentary entries to local elite. Let's just say that the starting point for consideration is consistent age-group rankings in WRR. Email your racing resume to [masked] Premium pickup hours All entrants may pick up their race premium and race bib number at Falls Road Running Store Saturday December 11 through Friday Dec. 17th at 5PM. Race premium and bib numbers are also available for pick up on race day at the race site under the big tent. Timing chips are picked-up on race day only and must be returned after you cross the finish line. Walk Up Registrations Runners may sign up in person at Falls Road Running Store or access the mail-in registration form at www.baltimorerunning.com after October 15th. Parking Instructions - WE WILL TOW Detailed parking maps and directions will be posted at www.baltimorerunning.com. Do not block the course inside the park, you will be towed. The lots at the start at Stieff Silver are closed. Main parking lots are Druid Lake Drive on the outer perimeter, the Mansion House Loop, and the Maryland Zoo. There is a pay parking garage ($6) on the Johns Hopkins campus about 1/2 mile away from the start. Directions to the Start From I83 (Jones Falls XPY) Take Exit 7 to Druid Lake Drive. Take Druid Lake Drive to the first road on the right at the end of the lake (not the lakeside road). Turn right. Go to the Mansion House Loop and follow the parking instructions. Shuttles will take you to Stieff Silver. Out-of-town Premium Pickup We intend to coordinate out-of-town premium pickup in Annapolis, Arlington, Columbia, and Silver Spring on the weekend of December 11th. Host Hotel There is no official host hotel, however, the closest hotel to the start is The Inn at the Colonnade, 4 West University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218-2306 (410) 235-5400. It is about a mile and half by foot to the starting line, shorter if you figure out how to cut across the Johns Hopkins campus. Christmas Tree Decorations Per a special arrangement, we plan to have a limited number of Christmas Tree balls with this year's Celtic Solstice logo available for sale at packet pickup or on race day. Kilts to be available A number of runners have inquired as to the availability of kilts for the event. Falls Road Running will have authentic kilts during packet pick-up week. You may buy a kilt for $30 or rent one for $20 with a $40 deposit and $20 refunded upon return. Other Falls Road Events prior to Celtic Solstice Oct 3 - Falls Road 15K in Druid Hill Park ---- November 14 Jones Falls Restoration Run 5K at Meadowwood Park Additional Information $55 pre-registered with premium race pullover $25 race day without premium if there are any openings. Leftover premiums will be offered for sale post-race only Stieff Silver is an historical renovated factory adjacent to Druid Hill Park. To Register: http://www.active.com/running/baltimore-md/celtic-solstice-2010

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