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If you have been reading since the beginning, you know I run A LOT of races. I’ve been asked why I choose an event, or about my favorite race… well first I consider the price… but next I always consider the logistics – can I make this race possible.
I will be headed back to Madison, WI for my 4th Madison mini, one of the most important race logistic when I am participating in a race sooo close to home, yet soo far away… Can someone else get my packet?
Madison is about a 3 hour drive for me… sooooo I can leave first thing in the am and arrive on race day. The Madison mini makes this easy for me by allowing someone else to pick it up for me at packet pick up. All they need is a copy of my photo ID. If I were really planning ahead, I could have paid a little extra (when I registered) and picked up my packet at will call, which is open before the race on race day.
I could go on and on about inconvenient packet pickups, ok maybe I will. The year Josh and I ran the Chicago Marathon, we had to drive into Chicago twice…once was to pick up our packet as there was no packet mailing, no race day pickup, and no one else could get it for us. ( I don’t recall packet mailing)
Other race logistics that make a race a great event:
- Parking – is it close? do I have to pay?
- Bathrooms at the start
- Online maps of the course, start/finish – what is available at the start finish, do I have to walk far to get water?
When a race considers what it’s like to be a participant, that is an added perk, so the special perks of allowing someone else to grab your packet or multiple banks of port-o-potties makes my decision easier… well after I check the price.
Madison Mini Packet pickup information:
PACKET PICK-UP INFORMATION
Location: Alliant Energy Center, Hall C, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison
Friday, August 18: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m
Please bring your Photo ID as packet pickup is by last name. You will not need your bib number. REMEMBER! THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION OR PACKET PICKUP AND NO THERE ARE NO TRANSFERS OR REFUNDS.
FAMILY OR FRIEND PACKET PICK-UP
If you would like to have a family member or friend pick up your packet for you, they must have a copy of your photo ID (either digital or paper). Please have it ready when you go to their line to get their packet so you can show it to the volunteers.
WILL CALL PACKET PICK-UP
The Will Call Packet Pick-Up Booth will be located at Library Mall near the fountain and will be open on Saturday, August 19 from 5:30 – 6:45 am