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Wave Start Information

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon utilizes a wave start, creating a more efficient and enjoyable running and walking experience for participants.

A wave start breaks up the start line for participants into five separate groups, with five corresponding starts. Each group will consist of five to six corrals with a participant's placement determined by their run/racewalk/walk status and their estimated finish time. As in previous years, the Mini-Marathon will utilize the Chronotrack bib timing device. This means that a participant’s time does not begin until they cross the timing mats at the start line, so the wave start will not impact your overall time.

Benefits of a wave start include:

  • A more enjoyable experience for participants including less congestion from start to finish
  • Participants will be able to arrive later and have more time to enter their corrals than previous years
  • Reduction in density of participants at the start line, finish line and throughout the course, allowing for easier access for safety and medical personnel as well as race officials
  • More participants will be able to experience the “start” of the Mini-Marathon
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Wave Start FAQs

How is my wave assigned?

Participants are placed in waves by their estimated finish time and run/racewalk/walk status submitted at the time of registration. Those participants who sent in seeding proof verifying that they can finish within a certain time will be lined up toward the front of the field.

When will I find out what wave I have been placed in?

Each participant will receive an email in mid-April containing their bib number, corral, wave and wave start time.

What are the start times of each wave?

Wheelchair – 7:30 am

Wave 1 – 7:33 am

Wave 2 – 7:40 am

Wave 3 – 7:50 am

Wave 4 – 8:00 am

Wave 5 – 8:10 am

Can I switch to a different wave?

Participants are welcome to move backwards to a higher corral and wave (Example: Corral J to Corral R) but will not be allowed to move forward to a lower corral and wave (Example: Corral L to Corral G).

How many people are in each wave?

Each wave will feature approximately 6500 participants.

How long will the gap be between each wave?

Each wave will start in 10 minute increments. With an average of approximately 900 – 1000 participants crossing the start line per minute, there will be a 7- to 8-minute gap between the clearing of the previous wave and the start of the next wave.

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