Racer Information

WhistleStop Event Guide
The 2018 WhistleStop Event Guide has been mailed to registrants that were registered by October 1st. If you have  not received it, you should be receiving it in the next few days.  Click here for a pdf version of the 2018 WhistleStop Event Guide.   Inside you will find lots of race information and ads from our local businesses and restaurants to help you plan your weekend.

Race Start Times October 13, 2018

  • 8am Cruisin’ the Corridor 5K & 10K Races
  • 8:30am – Memorial Medical Center WhistleStop Full & Half-Marathon

Packet Pick-up
Packet pick-up will be in the heated festival tent in the Bay Area Civic Center parking lot, 320 4th Ave West, in Ashland:

  • Friday, October 12, from 3:30-9pm.
  • Saturday morning October 13, 6-7am for the Marathon, Half-Marathon & Cruisin’ the Corridor 5K/10K

Pasta Feed

The Pasta Feed will be Friday, October 12, from 4:30 - 8pm in the heated festival tent in the Bay Area Civic Center parking lot.  Ashland’s Breakwater Restaurant will prepare the hearty pasta feed with all the trimmings on Friday. To meet specific food needs, the Pasta feed will include Gluten free noodles homemade vegetarian sauce and homemade meat sauce!   Each Memorial Medical Center WhistleStop Marathoner and Half-Marathoner will receive a FREE ticket. Additional tickets will be available for purchase at the merchandise table.

Racer Shuttle Buses
The Memorial Medical Center WhistleStop Marathon provides shuttle service, for runners only, from the Bay Area Civic Center to the Race Start lines on the morning of the race, October 13. You must have your official race number visible to board the bus. Buses will be marked Marathon or Half-Marathon – make sure you are on the correct bus. There will be no shuttle service back to the start lines after the race.

This year, the shuttle bus schedule is as follows:
Memorial Medical Center Full and Half-marathon buses will depart from the east of the Bay Area Civic Center (Depot side) at:

  • 6:15am for the Half-Marathon with last bus leaving at 7:30am
  • 6:30am for the Full Marathon with last bus leaving at 7:15am

The bus pick-up for the full and Half-marathon is on Depot Drive to the east of the Depot building. There will be no parking allowed on Depot Drive. You may gather in the Bay Area Civic Center (site of the packet pick-up) to wait for the buses. Please load buses as soon as possible. DO NOT WAIT until the last bus! This could delay the race start time, we only have so many buses.

Cruisin’ the Corridor 5K & 10K buses will depart from the north of the Bay Area Civic Center (Associated Bank side) at: 7am with last bus leaving at 7:15am.

Click here for a map of shuttle bus pick-up

6 Hour Clock
The WhistleStop Marathon runs on a 6 hour clock. If you cannot finish your desired race within the 6 hour clock please transfer to a distance that you can finish in 6 hours.

Bag Drop at Start Lines
Trucks will be provided at the start lines of the Full and Half-marathon for racers to deposit warm-up bags. Bags and orange stickers with your bib number on it will be provided in your race packet, which you will pick up on Friday night. Verify that the number on the orange sticker and your bib number match. Affix the orange sticker to the white bag in your packet. The bags will be brought to the Bay Area Civic Center and will be arranged in order according to your race number. Volunteers will be on hand to assist you in locating your bag. Please do not leave valuables in your bag and make sure your bag is closed and tied. Race officials are not responsible for loose clothing or clothes dropped off along the race course. Clothing dropped along the course will not be returned until the sweep vehicle has returned, after 3pm. Lost and found will be held for 2 weeks after the race.

Energy Drink on the course:
Blue (Berry) powerade will be served on the course.

Race Course Courtesy
Each participant should consider courtesy on the course.  Please keep the following in mind:

  • At the starting line and along the course, be respectful of residents’ property.  Please use the portable toilets provided, rather than private yards or gardens, and use discretion along the course in this respect.
  • Please hang on to energy bar and gel wrappers until you can drop them at a water station.
  • Remember Emergency vehicles have the right of way at all times during the race.  The police and traffic Control volunteers have YOUR safety in mind and deserve to be treated respectfully by runners and spectators alike.
  • Runners who have finished the race are to be considerate of their fellow runners when leaving the finish area by avoiding interference with those runners approaching the finish line..
  • Walkers are asked to use racer etiquette, this includes:  Please line up after the runners at the start Line.  Please DO NOT walk 3 or 4 abreast on the trail. Stay on the right side of the trail.  Make sure you allow runners to pass on the trail many are trying to qualify for Boston.

Finish Line Area:
All finish line food and liquids will be under a special tent immediately adjacent and to the south of the finish line. Finish line food is for runners only. The medical tent will be located to the north side of the finish line. Volunteers will be on hand to assist you to the med tent if necessary. Marathon & Half-marathon finisher’s shirts will be in the large festival tent, with concessions and souvenir merchandise for sale. For a map of the finish area please click here.

Memorial Medical Center WhistleStop 2018 Finisher Shirts:
Finisher shirts will be available to pick up inside the heated festival tent once you have completed the race.  We pride ourselves in having the ultimate finisher item. This year’s finisher item is a 1/4 zip shirt in a classic color that you can wear running or to a social event.  It’s made of heaver wicking material, with a pocket and …new this year, a picture of Lake Superior on the back!  So Cool!  Click here to see this year’s WhistleStop Full & Half Marathon finisher shirt.

Sims Photography
The Memorial Medical Center WhistleStop Marathon and Half-Marathon welcomes Sports in Motion Photography as the official photographers for the 2018 race. Sports in Motion Photography specializes in digital sports photography. Their photographers shoot marathons, triathlons, and road races of different lengths. They also enjoy shooting adventure sports and mountain bike races. On race day, the company will provide a photographer to catch you in action on the course and crossing the finish line. After race day, the next few days are spent identifying you amongst the few thousand photos that are taken on the day of the event. They use your race number, so make sure you have it visible on the front of your body. After they identify you, they post the photos on the company website at www.simphotos.com where you can view and purchase if you like through the secure site.

Medal Displays and Engraving
Blue Diamond Athletic Displays offer high-quality medal displays for athletes around the world to display their hard earned medals with pride.  Blue Diamond products were conceived, designed, developed, prototyped and manufactured in the USA.   Blue Diamond Athletic Displays is the trusted official medal display provider for world major endurance sporting events such as, the Boston Marathon, NYC Marathon, IRONMAN, Rock & Roll Marathon Series and they will be here at the expo just for you, all the way from Chicago.  Blue Diamond Athletic Displays will offer Medal Engraving at the finish-line for those of you that would like to get your medal engraved.

Awards Ceremony:

  • Memorial Medical Center Marathon and Half-Marathon awards ceremony will take place at 3pm inside heated festival tent.
  • Memorial Medical Center Cruisin’ the Corridor 5K & 10K awards ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. inside the heated festival tent.

While there is ample parking within 2 blocks of the Bay Area Civic Center and available on the side streets in Ashland, we ask that you not park on Main Street. Please leave this for shoppers. Parking is available at the following spots after 5pm on Friday, October 13, and all day on Saturday, October 14:

  • BMO Harris Bank Parking Lot, Ellis & 3rd Street, 2 blocks east of the finish line
  • Designer’s Outlet Parking Lot, Ellis & 3rd Street, 2 blocks east of the finish line
  • Select Benefits Parking Lot, Ellis & 3rd Street, 2 blocks east of the finish line
  • Superior Community Credit Union Parking Lot, Ellis & Depot Dr., 2 blocks east of the finish line
  • Ashland County Courthouse Parking Lot, Lake Shore Drive between 2nd & 3rd Ave.1 block north of finish line
  • Northern State Bank Parking Lot, Hwy 2 and 4th Ave West (behind bank & Bob’s Factory Outlet), 1 block north of finish line 3rd Ave West & 3rd St.
  • Dallenbach, Anich & Wickman Parking Lot, 220 6th Ave West, 3 blocks west of finish line
  • Corner of Main Street & 6th Ave West, 5 blocks west of finish line.

Click here for a map of available parking areas.

No Refund Policy
The Memorial Medical Center WhistleStop Marathon & Half-Marathon has a no-refund policy. If you need to cancel for any reason your registration fee will be forfeited.

Switching of Races:
Marathon registrants will be allowed to switch to the Half-Marathon if requested in writing or emailed to us at ashchamber@centurytel.net. There will be no refunds issued when switching to the 5K or 10K.  Now through -October 9, race changes will cost an additional $10.00. NO race changes will be made after October 9.

Race Weekend Special for the 2019 WhistleStop Marathon & Half Marathon
Starting at 12noon on Saturday, October 13 until Monday, October 15 at midnight we will be running an online special for the 2019 WhistleStop Marathon and Half-marathon.  During these 3 days you can register for the 2019 WhistleStop Marathon or Half-marathon for only $50!  No other discount apply.  To take advantage of this 3 day special click this link.