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2015 Final Race Instructions

It’s Race Week here at A Christmas Story House & Museum! Ralphie and the gang are preparing a great event for you on Saturday.  This is the “Year of the Pink Nightmare” so Mrs. Parker is waiting for you to try on your pink bunny suit for the race!
Below is important race week and race day information including final packet pick up locations, transportation,
gear check/after event changing facilities, spectator information, race day photography, and our coveted Major Awards.  Enjoy your time here in Cleveland, for our city has plenty to offer.  You won’t be saying, “Oh Fudge” on your way home.

 
PACKET PICK UP
The final packet pick-up location is listed below below.
We encourage runners to pick up their packets before race day to avoid long lines.
Dates: Friday, December 4th 2015 – 10am to 7pm
Saturday, December 5th 2015 – 6:30am to 8am. RACE DAY!
Location: Renaissance Hotel, Ambassador Ballroom
24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113
Mrs. Parker told us she’s afraid all the pink nightmares will get the flu from running around in their pajamas, so Walgreens will be onsite offering flu vaccinations. Stop by the packet pick-up at the Renaissance Hotel on December 4th from 10 am – 6 pm. Usual and customary service charges apply.
$0 copay with most insurance plans.*
*Vaccines subject to availability. State-, age- and health-related restrictions may apply.
RACE COURSES
Both the 5K and 10K races start on the corner of Ontario and Huron St. which is located on the back side of the Terminal Tower, just outside the Hard Rock Cafe. The 5K will run to the A Christmas Story House & Museum. The 10K will run to the House and back to the original starting line on Huron St. For the 5K runners, busses will be transporting you back near the starting line.
The race route travels from Downtown to West 20th Street, to Abbey Avenue, then to West 14th Street. The route then travels through the heart of the Tremont District before turning onto Rowley Ave. with the 5K ending at the A Christmas Story House & Museum. The 10K continues around the block on a similar route back downtown and finishes at the original starting line on Huron Street on the south side of the Terminal Tower.  Refer to the course map on the website.
RACE TRANSPORTATION
5K Transportation: Steelyard Commons Loop only
  We will have pre-event busing on race morning at the Steelyard Commons:
  • There will be no street parking available at A Christmas Story House & Museum on race morning.  Free parking is available outside the former Best Buy store at 3506 Steelyard Drive.
  • Pre-Race transportation will start from 6:30am – 8:00am from the Best Buy lot and take runners downtown to the corner of Huron St. and Prospect St. which is 2 blocks west of the Renaissance Hotel packet pick-up location. Packet pick-up is located in the Ambassador room of the Renaissance Hotel.
  • Post-Race transportation will start at 10:00am at the corners of Buhrer Ave. and West 14th St., just 2 blocks west of the 5K finish line.
  • The buses will have dedicated signage that say: “Steelyard Commons” for those who take advantage of this transportation loop that does not go back downtown.
5K Transportation:  Back to Downtown
 
 Busing starts at 9:30am
  • Buses will be staged two (2) blocks from the finish line on the West 14th St. between Buhrer St. and Rowley Ave.
  • Buses will run between 9:30am and 1:00pm so runners will have time to tour the A Christmas Story House & Museum and Gift Shop after the race.
  • These buses will have signage that say:  “A Christmas Story House/Downtown”.
  • Runners will be dropped off back Downtown on Huron St. between Superior & W. 6th St. This point is just two (2) blocks west of the starting line, the Renaissance Hotel and Public Square.
  • ADDED BONUS! The West Side Market. On your way back downtown, the busses will make a special stop at the one of Cleveland’s oldest gems, The West Side Market. Enjoy shopping in this 100+ year old establishment where you can purchase and enjoy Cleveland’s local specialty foods and delicacies from around the world!
10K Transportation: Downtown to the A Christmas Story House
  • Runners and spectators will have the option of taking the race transportation back to the A Christmas Story House & Museum without the hassle of parking. Runners will have the morning to tour the A Christmas Story House & Museum and Gift Shop.
  • Buses will be available at 10am downtown on Huron St. between Superior & W. 6th St., just two (2) blocks west of the starting line, the Renaissance Hotel and Public Square.
  • These buses will have signage that says: “A Christmas Story House/Downtown”.
  • Once finished at the A Christmas Story House & Museum, you can catch the busses back downtown to the original pick up point on the corner of Huron St. and Prospect St.
  • ADDED BONUS! The West Side Market. On your way back downtown, the busses will make a special stop at the one of Cleveland’s oldest gems, The West Side Market. Enjoy shopping in this 100+ year old establishment where you can purchase and enjoy Cleveland’s local specialty foods and delicacies from around the world!
GEAR CHECK AND SHOWER FACILITIES
Bag drop-off before the race at K2 Fitness, located at 75 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113.  K2 Fitness will also offer post-race showers and changing rooms. Saturday hours of operation are 7:00am-3:00pm.
SPECTATOR INFORMATION
The best places to watch the race are Huron Street just outside the Hard Rock Cafe, at the starting line on Ontario St, at Lincoln Park on West 14th St, and West 11th St (just before the 5K finish line at the A Christmas Story House & Museum). We also have two official “CHEER STATIONS” along the route! We are happy to announce this year that Grumpy’s Café on West 14th St and the Clark Bar on Clark Ave. will be celebrating and cheering on the runners! Come to these great establishments as they support the run! Spectators need to arrive between 8:00am-8:45 am to ensure positioning before the start of the race.
RACE DAY PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Give us your best Ralphie smile on race day!  Speedy Feet will be providing complimentary photos of the starting line and individual finish line pictures of the 5K and 10K.  They will be available for viewing on Race day December 5th.  Participants can access them on www.speedy-feet.com.
  • We will also have a back-drop available in the Renaissance Hotel!  Bring your camera and capture your favorite memories!
  • Want to enhance your pictures on race day?  Download the A Christmas Story House App on your phone!   It has lots of great backdrops you can choose from to make your photos a coveted Major Award!
AWARD CEREMONY
 
Presentation of awards will take place on race day at 11:00am at the Renaissance Hotel in the Ambassador Ballroom.  Refer to the website for specific age groups and details.
LOCAL RESTAURANTS
 
Show Mommy How the Piggies Eat!  Grab some great local food after the run at one of these amazing Tremont establishments!

author: A Christmas Story Run

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