The 1st Annual Towne Lake Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 11, 2021 in McKinney, TX
Event Location: Cinemark Movies 14
1701 S Central Expy, McKinney, Tx 75069
Explore some of the best trails and views in Collin County. All three courses are USATF certified and feature beautiful views of Towne Lake and McKinney, Texas. All race participants (including 5K and 10K finishers) receive a 4-inch finisher medal and a gender-specific tech t-shirt while supplies last. Definitely a cause and race swag worth running for!
Donations of services and products to the event are welcomed so that contributions to McKinney Police Association can be maximized.
We will have 4 water stops for the Half Marathon, 2 water stops for the 10K, and 1 water stop for the 5K. Half Marathoners will hit each water station TWICE during the race. Water stations will include 6 oz. bottled water ONLY – NO Gatorade. It is highly recommended to bring your own hydration and electrolytes.
Runners/walkers should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to their start window. Expect to have your temperature checked. Regardless of the rolling starts, a face covering is required in the start corral and at the event site. Thank you for your cooperation. READ BELOW for more information about COVID PROTOCOLS.
*All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This is a rain or shine event.
About the Foundation
The McKinney Police Association is a fraternal, benevolent and charitable 501(c) organization dedicated to serving the needs of their members as well as their community. Their mission is to support their police officers and community.
Donations of services and products to the event are welcomed so that contributions to McKinney Police Association can be maximized.
You may also donate directly to the McKinney Police Association here.
1. All participants are subject to a mandatory temperature check on race day.
2. All participants must wear a face covering in the start corral. Face coverings can be removed when running.
3. For your safety, mass starts have been eliminated. There will be rolling starts, so runners may show up any time in their 15-minute window. DO NOT attempt to start PRIOR to your allotted time. DO NOT attempt to start AFTER your allotted time.
• Half Marathon – Rolling START from 7:30 – 7:45 am ONLY.
• 10K – Rolling START from 7:45 – 8:00 am ONLY.
• 5K – Rolling START from 8:00 – 8:15 am ONLY.
AMPT Pacers will start as follows:
• 1:40, 1:50, and 2:00 Paces – Will start at 7:30 am
• 2:00, 2:10, and 2:20 Paces – Will start at 7:35 am
• 2:30, 2:45, 3:00 Paces – Will start at 7:40 am
• Sweepers – Will start at 7:45 am
4. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the event site.
5. Participants are required to maintain 6 ft. social distance as able. Spectators ARE allowed; however, we ask that they abide by the safety guidelines.
6. Overall and Masters Winners will be announced; however, there will NOT be an Awards Ceremony. All Age Group Winners must pick their award up from the AWARDS Tent. Awards will NOT be mailed.
7. DUO Challenge Participants must pick up their Get AMPT Get Racing Challenge Medal from the AWARDS tent. Challenge medals will NOT be mailed.
8. There will NOT be a RESULTS tent. Finishers must view results from their mobile device.
9. Event Site staff members will sanitize tables and supplies throughout the event.
10. Water Station attendants will sanitize tables and supplies throughout the event.
11. Post-race drink and food will be factory sealed and in a BAG To-Go.
12. Event staff will wear masks and disposable gloves.
13. Announcer will make several announcements throughout the event to remind participants to follow the safety guidelines.
14. There will be fewer volunteers than normal. Pay attention to turn signs and sidewalk markings. We will not have Course Monitors at every corner, turn, or trail split.
15. Porta-potties or public park restrooms will be available at (or near) each Water Station.
16. We will have 4 water stops for the Half Marathon, 2 water stops for the 10K, and 1 water stop for the 5K. Half Marathoners will hit each water station TWICE during the race. Water stations will include 6 oz. bottled water ONLY – NO Gatorade. It is highly recommended to bring your own hydration and electrolytes.
Thursday, April 8, 2021 (10 am to 7 pm) and/or Friday, April 9, 2021 (4-7 pm)
Or RACE DAY from 6-8 am (ARRIVE EARLY – expect long lines)
SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2021
CINEMARK MOVIES 14 | MCKINNEY, TX
6:00 AM to 8:00 AM – Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration
7:30 AM to 7:45 AM – Half Marathon Rolling Start
7:45 AM to 8:00 AM – 10K Rolling Start
8:00 AM to 8:15 AM – 5K Rolling Start
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Awards Pickup
11:30 AM – Course Closes
For your safety, mass starts have been eliminated. There will be rolling starts, so runners may show up any time in their 15-minute window. DO NOT attempt to start PRIOR to your allotted time. DO NOT attempt to start AFTER your allotted time.
1st-3rd Overall Male and Female
1st-3rd Overall Male and Female Masters (40+)
The Top 3 Male and Female in the following age groups:
14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Age group winners must claim and pick up their Age Group Award from the AWARDS Tent on RACE DAY. Awards WILL NOT be mailed.
Parking is available at the event site.
Cinemark Movies 14
1701 S Central Expy, McKinney, Tx 75069
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL RACE?
A virtual run event is similar to a traditional running event except the participant completes it entirely on their own. There is not a required location that the event must be completed nor a mandatory time. You choose the race, distance, location, and time. AMPT virtual events create positive motivation by awarding each race participant with a bib, shirt, and finisher medal.
DO I HAVE TO RUN THE 2021 VIRTUAL TOWNE LAKE HALF MARATHON, 10K OR 5K ON APRIL 11, 2021?
Nope. Run or walk your race anywhere or anytime now through April 30, 2021. Many VIRTUAL participants will train for this event; therefore, they will run it on April 30th as if they were attending the LIVE race. However, you may chose your own time and place. Just be sure to submit your 2021 RACE RESULTS on or before November 1, 2021.
HOW DOES THE 2021 VIRTUAL RACE WORK?
Run or walk your race anytime and anywhere. Choose your time and place – trails, streets, neighborhood, treadmill, or wherever. Once you have completed your distance, simply submit your 2021 RESULTS PAGE, download your Finisher Certificate, and share your photos with everyone on social media. Be sure to use hashtag #VirtualTowneLake
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY 2021 VIRTUAL RESULTS?
Once you complete your distance, simply go to our 2021 RESULTS PAGE. Choose your event from the drop-down menu, then enter your VIRTUAL confirmation number and last name. Record your time, upload a screenshot from your running app (optional), and then hit submit. Don’t forget to print your Finisher Certificate and share your photos with everyone on social media. Be sure to use hashtag #VirtualTowneLake. VIRTUAL race results for the 2021 Towne Lake Half Marathon, 10K & 5K must be submitted on or before April 30, 2021.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE TO COMPLETE THIS VIRTUAL RACE?
Currently we have no limitations on age. We encourage all ages to take on our challenges and complete them.
DO I HAVE TO “RUN” THE VIRTUAL RACE?
Our challenges all have the same goal and the goal is to get you up and moving. It’s entirely up to you how you complete your race. So, whether you run on a treadmill, jog around the neighborhood, or walk laps around a track, AMPT virtual races are an ideal way to train for other events and to stay active.
I DO NOT LIVE WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, CAN I STILL REGISTER?
Unfortunately, price includes shipping and handling within the continental US only. We do not ship outside of the continental US.
DOES THIS VIRTUAL RACE OFFER REFUNDS?
Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds on registrations. You do have the option to transfer your registration to another person or select to have the full amount donated to the benefiting charity. Please email transfer request to email@example.com.
DO I NEED TO SHOW PROOF THAT I COMPLETED MY VIRTUAL RACE?
While our virtual events rely on the honor system and we can’t force you to participate, we do LOVE seeing your results. You can post your 2021 results with photos to our Facebook page or post results to our 2021 RESULTS PAGE.
I HAVE A LARGE GROUP THAT WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, DO YOU OFFER ANY GROUP DISCOUNTS?
Yes, feel free to email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARE THERE AGE GROUP AWARDS FOR THIS VIRTUAL EVENT?
This virtual event is UNTIMED and relies on the honor system. We are not offering VIRTUAL Age Group Awards at this time.
WILL MY VIRTUAL TOWNE LAKE HALF MARATHON COUNT FOR THE TRIPLE DARE HALF MARATHON CHALLENGE?
YES, the 2021 Towne Lake Marathon is included in the 2021 Triple Dare Challenge. Don’t forget to submit your Virtual Towne Lake Trot Half Marathon results to our 2021 RESULTS PAGE on or before November 1, 2021.
WILL MY 2021 VIRTUAL TOWNE LAKE 5K/10K COUNT TOWARDS THE 2021 5K & 10K CHALLENGE?
Yes!! The 2021 Towne Lake 5K and 10K counts towards the 5K/10K challenge. Just don’t forget to upload your time to our 2021 RESULTS PAGE. Runners must have a 2021 Virtual 5K/10K finish time to earn the challenge medal.
HOW SOON WILL MY RACE PACKET SHIP?
Shipping is included with your registration. Bibs, shirts & medals will be mailed out based on date of your race entry and/or virtual data submission. The AMPT Team will begin shipping packets on April 19, 2021. You will receive an email when your order has shipped. The tracking number will be sent to the email that was used at time of registration. Please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping. If you do not receive a tracking number, feel free to email email@example.com.
DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE ALL DISTANCES (HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K) FOR THE VIRTUAL RACE?
No, just one distance is required. Run anytime, anywhere. You choose.
WHEN WILL REGISTRATION CLOSE FOR THE VIRTUAL TOWNE LAKE HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K?
We will take 2021 VIRTUAL registrations until it sells out. Remember, the proceeds go to a great cause – McKinney Police Association. We will close registration when the virtual event sells out.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE 2021 TRIPLE DARE HALF MARATHON CHALLENGE?
You may register for the challenge as a BUNDLE PACKAGE (the easy one-click registration includes entry into all 3 events at their lowest price), OR you can register for each event individually under the SAME first and last name, date of birth, and email address. You may run the events in-person, virtually, or a combination of both. Register for the 2021 Triple Dare Challenge HERE!
WHAT EVENTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE 2021 TRIPLE DARE HALF MARATHON CHALLENGE?
Is this a timed event?
Yes. All three events are timed.
Can I pick up a packet for someone else?
Yes. You may pick up a packet for a friend or family member. Please have their confirmation email or confirmation number available.
Can I change my packet pick up date or location?
Yes. You may login to your Race Roster account and update your packet pick up location on your registration record.
OR you may simply pick up your packet at either location on either day.
Can I pick up my packet on race day?
Yes. However, participants are highly encouraged to pick up their packets before race day. A friend or family member can pick up your packet with a copy of your event confirmation. If you decide to pick up your packet RACE DAY, ARRIVE EARLY and expect long lines.
Where and when do I pick up my packet?
Please see the packet pickup tab above.
Can you mail me my packet?
Unfortunately, packets can only be picked up during the predetermined packet pick-up times and locations. They cannot be mailed. We will ONLY mail packets to VIRTUAL registrants.
Are there age group awards?
Yes. There are age group awards for all three distances.
* 1st-3rd Overall Male and Female
* 1st-3rd Overall Male and Female Masters (40+)
* The Top 3 Male and Female in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over
Do I need to stay for the Awards Ceremony?
Awards Ceremony details are subject to change. Please review the pre-race email for more information race week. Typically, Age Group Winners will be announced between 8:30 am and 10:00 am. Results will be posted in the RESULTS Tent (next to the AWARDS Tent) as they are available. Results will list all finishers, and their time and their rank. Finishers can also race results here. Age group winners must claim and pick up their Age Group Award during the Awards Ceremony at the AWARDS Tent on RACE DAY. Awards WILL NOT be mailed.
Is the race open to walkers?
Yes, however, please be courteous of others and start at the back of the pack as to avoid any collisions. Also, please adhere to the 4-hour course time limit. Police and course marshals will strictly enforce course closures at 11:40 am.
Will participants receive a finisher medal?
Yes, all finishers will receive a medal.
Do you allow MP3 Players and music devices?
Yes. Music devices are allowed; however, we ask that you be alert and aware of your surroundings.
Will you email me information closer to the event?
Yes, we will start to email updates one month prior to the event. Please make sure you are checking your spam box as it is possible your security settings don’t allow our emails to go to your inbox. In addition, if you previously OPTED OUT (unsubscribed) of receiving AMPT emails, you may not receive the pre-race emails or notifications.
Is there an age minimum or maximum?
No, the race is open to all ages as long as the participant can run or walk on their own. Please adhere to the 4-hour course time limit. Police and course marshals will strictly enforce course closures at 11:30 am. Thank you for your cooperation.
Are wheelchairs and strollers allowed?
All three race routes are wheelchair and stroller-friendly. For the safety of all, we ask that strollers and wheelchairs start at the back of the pack to avoid any collisions. Also, please adhere to the 4-hour course time limit. Police and course marshals will strictly enforce course closures at 11:30 am. Thank you for your cooperation.
Where are the port-o-lets located?
Park restrooms Port-o-lets will be on the course near some aid stations. Port-o-lets and/or restroom facilities will also be available at the event site.
I’m registered for the race, but I can’t run due to a change in my schedule or an injury. Can I still pick up my packet?
Yes, please stop by the pre-race packet pick-up location to get your SWAG Bag and shirt. Please inform an AMPT team member that you will not be participating in the event so they can deactivate your bib. Please be advised that medals are reserved for FINISHERS and VIRTUAL registrants ONLY. Race packets WILL NOT be mailed, nor will REFUNDS, TRANSFERS or DEFERRALS be issued under any circumstances.
I can’t run. Can I get a refund or transfer my entry to a different race?
AMPT understands that issues come up that prevent you from racing as planned; however, as stated in our refund policy and waiver, we are not able to issue refunds, partial refunds, or deferrals. All participant entries are non-refundable and non-transferable under any and all circumstances, including, but not limited to, cancellation of the event.
I can’t run. Can I change my registration to a Virtual Race?
AMPT understands that issues come up that prevent you from racing as planned. You may transfer your subevent to the VIRTUAL RACE at any time up to 1 week prior to the event date. Requests to transfer to the Virtual Race must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 5, 2021. Virtual transfers are subject to a transfer fee if packet shipping is required. AMPT Running will not mail packets to outside of the continental United States. Requests and transfer fee payments received after April 5, 2021 will not be accepted.
I can’t run the distance that I registered for. Can I downgrade to a different subevent?
AMPT understands that issues come up that prevent you from racing as planned. You may downgrade to a different subevent at any time up to 1 week prior to the event date. Requests to downgrade must be submitted via email to email@example.com no later than April 5, 2021. AMPT Running will not issue refunds or credits for subevent downgrades. Downgrade transfers are subject to a transfer fee. Requests to downgrade after April 5, 2021 will not be accepted.
Can I upgrade to a different subevent?
You may upgrade to the 10K or Half Marathon at any time up to 1 week prior to the event date. Requests to upgrade must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 5, 2021. Upgrade transfers are subject to a minimum $25 upgrade fee.
Can I transfer or sell my race registration to a friend or family member?
No, the transferring or selling of your bib to another runner is not allowed under ANY circumstance. Due to USATF rules and regulations, each participant must register themselves and sign their own waiver. Any walker or runner who is participating with another participant’s bib number will have their race results disqualified and the original registrant will be permanently banned from running future AMPT events. Participating with another participant’s bib/data not only impacts age-category awards, but it provides inaccurate information in case of a medical emergency.
Want to track where your friend or family is on the course?
You can download the free app “Find my Friends” through the app store on your mobile device.
Is the course flat or hilly?
The courses are mostly flat. There may be a few slight inclines and declines throughout the route. The running surface is asphalt and cement.
If I arrive late, can I start and run the course anyway?
Runners will NOT be allowed to start late.
Is there medical help available on the course?
All police will have the ability to radio for ambulance assistance if needed. EMS will be available on the course and at the finish. We will also have race vehicles on the course to pick up those that need assistance.
What sports drink will you be serving?
Due to COVID-19, sports drinks may not be available on the course. There will be a water station approximately every 1.5-2 miles on all three courses.
Can non-participants eat and drink the food available in the Food Tent?
The post-race food is generally meant for people who paid to be in the event. Please be respectful of this and the runners who need to rehydrate and replenish after the race. Vendors and sponsors will have sample foods and beverages available to both runners and spectators.
How do I find out how I did (see my results)?
Results will be posted online. Results will list all finishers, and their time and their rank. You can also check your results here.
Are the roads open to traffic?
Some roadways may be open to traffic. Area police departments will monitor and control traffic along the route as needed. Traffic barricades and cones will also ensure the integrity and safety of RUNNER-ONLY lanes. Additional police details, signage and volunteers will be positioned at turns and key intersections.
My GPS watch was off. Is the distance accurate?
All three sub-events are USATF Certified and measured accurately. Please be sure to review the following article regarding GPS watches and accuracy. GPS Watches May Not Track Runs Accurately – NYTimes.com
Can I be guaranteed my shirt size?
AMPT does our very best to ensure you receive the shirt size you selected at registration. We will not allow shirt size exchanges until packet pick-up closes on RACE DAY. Please be advised that shirts are ordered well in advance and the sizes provided are used as estimates to complete the pre-race bulk order. For the best chance of receiving your registered size, please pick up your packet as early as possible. We recommend NOT waiting until RACE DAY. Due to COVID-19, shirt exchanges will NOT be allowed RACE DAY (after packet pick-up closes) as we allowed at previous events. Shirts WILL NOT be mailed under any circumstance.
What if there is a storm or inclement weather on race day?
There is no rain date for this race. The race director reserves the right to modify, shorten, or cancel the race due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances that make the race unsafe. Race management will work with police and city officials to determine if cancellation is required and/or if a rescheduled date is available and possible. Please see the AMPT Weather Policies for more details.
Can I register the day of the event?
Due to COVID-19, Race Day Registration is tentative. Please refer to the website as it gets closer to race day for more information. Please keep in mind that this race may SELL OUT. If this happens, there will be NO race day registration. We will post SELL OUT information on this website if this happens.
Do you allow animals at any of the races?
We LOVE our furry friends… but our insurance and permit restrictions do not allow animals at this race unless it is a service animal, which must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times.
AN EXCLUSIVE CHALLENGE FOR YOU!
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You’ll get 3 medals for running 2 races during the weekend — triple the bling! Earn a finisher medal for completing any 🏅Texas Bluebonnet distance, a finisher medal for completing any 🏅Towne Lake distance, AND the exclusive 🏅GET AMPT & GET RACING Challenge medal.
2021 “Get AMPT & Get Racing” Rules
• Gender-specific Technical T-shirt
• Custom 4-inch 3D Finisher Medal
• Custom Bib
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