Frequently Asked Questions

  • What's the time limit on this race?

    All races will be closed at 2:00 pm. If you are still running after this time, we ask that you get onto the sidewalk since there will be no more course support.

  • What is the official race t-shirt?

    T-shirt is a short-sleeve, technical fabric.  Order your true size for a training shirt.

  • Are wheelchairs permitted?

    No, at this time there is not a division for wheelchairs.

  • Will the miles be marked on the course?

    Yes, the miles will be marked on the road or the path at every mile the 8k, half marathon and full marathon distances.

  • Will there be aid stations on the course?

    There are Aid Stations located every 2 miles along all race courses.
    All Aid Stations have water.
    For the Full and Half Marathons

    • Every 4 miles Aid Stations have Gatorade.
    • Every 6 miles Aid Stations have GU. (Tri-berry, Salted carmel, Vanilla bean)
    • Blueberries are at mile 20-full and mile 7-half
    • Pickle Juice is at mile 22-full and mile 9-half
    • Bacon is at mile 24-full and mile 11-half
    • Porto-Johns are at miles 0,2,4,6,13,16,18,20,26 for the Full
    • Porto-Johns are at miles 0,3,5,7,13 for the Half Marathon.

    For the 8K Race
    There are Aid Stations located at miles 1, 2.5, and 4 on the course.
    All Aid Stations have water.
    Aid Station 2.5 also has Gatorade and bacon.

  • Will there be portable bathrooms on the course?

    Yes, there will be bathrooms at the start and finish as well as on the course at approximately 4-5 mile increments.

  • Can someone else pick up my packet?

    Yes, the party will be required to provide photo ID and the street address for the participant.

  • Are roller skates, inline skates, bikes, strollers or pets allowed to participate in the events?

    No.  If you are caught on the course with any of these, you will be directed off the course.

  • Are headphones of any kind allowed in the events?

    The Holland Haven Marathon strongly discourages the use of headphones.  We ask that you not listen to music so that you may safely hear instructions from directors, volunteers, and police; you are able to enjoy the sounds of the events and the runners around you.

  • I’m interested in volunteering, how can I get signed up?

    For information on volunteering for you or your organization, please visit our Volunteering page.

  • What is the course?

    The full and half marathons both run along the lakeshore of Lake Michigan.  Please see the course maps on the full marathon,  half marathon and 8K pages for details.

  • Do you have a training guide I can use on my own?

    There is no training guide available at this time.

  • Where is packet pick-up?

    CrossFit Soaring Ledge.  See packet pick up for details.

  • What are the hours for packet pick-up?

    See packet pick up for details.

  • What is the refund policy?

    Refunds are not available.  See registration for details.

  • Can I change races?

    Yes.  See registration for details.

  • Can I transfer my bib?

    Yes.  See registration for details.

  • Can I register the day of the race?

    No. You can register online until Tuesday 9/4/2018.

    Register by phone 9/6/2018 – 9/9/2018.

    Late registration is also available at Packet Pick up at CFSL on 9/8/2018.

  • Where should I park?

    Parking is available at both starting locations and the finish.  Finish Parking 2016Full Parking 2016Half Parking 2016

  • Is the Holland Haven a Boston qualifier?

    Yes.  The marathon course is USATF and Boston certified.

  • How is the race timed?

    The race is electronically timed using a timing chip system.

  • What roads will be closed during the race?

    One lane of River and Pine avenues will be closed in Holland.  All other running will be on bike paths.

  • Will there be pacers?

    There are not pacers at this time.

  • My GPS says I ran longer than 13.1/26.2. Are you sure the course is accurate?

    Yes. The course was certified by a USATF official. GPS devices are not as accurate as many runners believe. Even if you had a perfectly accurate GPS device, you should expect it to record a distance slightly longer than the official length. When you factor in the crowds and the water stops, it is nearly impossible to run the shortest possible path that the course certifier takes when measuring. In fact, if your GPS ever gives you the precise official length of the race, it is most likely that either your device is off or the course is short.

  • Will an official race photographer be on the course?

    Yes, photos will be available for free after the race on our website and facebook page.

  • What will the temperature be the day of the race?

    Average temperatures on September 9th range from 59F to 75F.

  • What will I receive when I cross the finish line?

    Everyone who completes the event will receive a finishing medal.

  • Where should my friends and family watch me on the course?

    Spectators will be able to watch along most of the race course.  We suggest driving to a main intersection of the race course along a side road and parking for spectating.

  • Will there be buses available for transporting runners?

    A total of 6 buses will be required for the event. 3 per race
    A maximum of 50 participants per bus

    Full Marathon

    Start: 7:30 am – Rosy Mound Elementary School, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    Finish: CrossFit Soaring Ledge, 76 S River Ave Holland, MI 49423

    3 buses will be stationed in on 3rd street in Holland at the finishers’ area. The buses will be designated for marathon runners to ride to Rosy Mound School. The 3 buses will leave Holland at staggered intervals of 15 minutes to allow participants the chance to ride at various times.

    Full Marathon Bus Schedule

    Bus 1: Leave Holland, 5:45 am. Arrive Rosy Mound School, 6:30 am. Bus 1 will remain at Rosy Mound School until 7:30 am and be loaded with participant gear by volunteers. Bus 1 will return to CrossFit Soaring Ledge in Holland and be unloaded by volunteers. Dismissed at 8:30 am
    Bus 2: Leave Holland, 6:00 am. Arrive Rosy Mound School, 6:45 am. Dismissed at 7:00 am
    Bus 3: Leave Holland, 6:15 am. Arrive Rosy Mound School, 7:00 am. Dismissed at 7:15 am

    Half Marathon

    Start: 8:00 am – Camp Geneva, 17000 Quincy Ave Holland, MI 49424 (Pines Campus at southeast corner of Lakeshore & Quincy)
    Finish: CrossFit Soaring Ledge, 76 S River Ave Holland, MI 49423

    3 buses will be stationed on 3rd street in Holland at the finishers’ area. The buses will be designated for half marathon runners to ride to Camp Geneva. The 3 buses will leave Holland at staggered intervals of 15 minutes to allow participants the chance to ride at various times.

    Half Marathon Bus Schedule

    Bus 4: Leave Holland, 6:30 am. Arrive Camp Geneva, 6:50 am. Bus 4 will remain at Camp Geneva until 8:00 am and be loaded with participant gear by volunteers. Bus 3 will return to CrossFit Soaring Ledge in Holland and be unloaded by volunteers. Dismissed at 9:00 am
    Bus 5: Leave Holland, 6:45 am. Arrive Camp Geneva, 7:05 am. Dismissed at 7:30 am
    Bus 6: Leave Holland, 7:00 am. Arrive Camp Geneva, 7:20 am. Dismissed at 7:30 am

  • Is gear check available? and How does it work?

    Gear/bag check will be available at both starting locations.  A bus will be stationed at each start to collect gear and transport it to the finish at CrossFit Soaring Ledge.  More details will be included in pre-race communications to registered participants.

  • Will there be beer at the finish?

    Yes, for 2018 the Holland Haven Marathon there will be free beer and cider available at the finish line.

  • Will I be able to shower after the race?

    Yes, showers are available at CrossFit Soaring Ledge

  • What is the elevation on this course?

    The elevation chart is below:

    HHM Elevation

  • What if I miss the shuttle to the starting line?

    Unfortunately, we cannot delay the race start for late participants.  All shuttles will run on time.

  • Where can I meet my family after the race?

    Family members can meet up with runners in the finishers area at CrossFit Soaring Ledge.

  • What are the age group awards divisions?

    The full marathon, half marathon and 8K all have an overall male and female winner along with a masters (40+) male and female winner. Age group divisions for full marathon, half marathon and 8K are 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ (Additionally there is a 17 and under division for 8K) The top 3 finishers in each male and female division receive awards.

  • Can I walk the race?

    The Holland Haven Marathon welcomes walkers in both the 8K and half marathon races.

Still have a question? Please send an email to Eddie Kline, Race Director: ReddieFit@gmail.com