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Dear Runners,

With just over a week until the 10th Annual HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon, we are reaching out with race weekend details. Bib numbers have been assigned and you can see them in the participant list here.  

 

PACKET PICKUP 

Packet pickup will take place @ Fleet Feet (Princeton Running Company), 108 Nassau Street in Princeton. Yes, you can pick up a friend's bib. No, you should not call the store with questions and instead call Courtney @ 908-872-0217. 
  • Thursday, November 10th, 10:30 AM to 7 PM
  • Friday, November 11th, 10:30 AM to 7 PM
  • Saturday, November 12th, 10:30 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday, November 13th, 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM @ Victory Village. (Donation based!)
If you ordered any of our race swag, everything will be packed and ready for you when you arrive at packet pickup. 

While there, Fleet Feet invites you to shop for all your race day running needs from apparel to nutrition. Be sure to check your bib for your $10 off a $20 purchase coupon.


** Virtual participants who live outside Princeton will have their packet mailed on November 10th. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
  • 5:30 AM – Race Day Packet Pickup Opens (Available for a donation to HiTOPS)
  • 6:00 AM – Runners Assemble at HiTOPS’ Victory Village @ Princeton YMCA (59 Paul Robeson Place)
  • 6:00 AM – Bag Drop Opens @ Princeton YMCA 
  • 6:30 AM – First Call for Runners to Start Line
  • 7:00 AM – Race Begins
  • 9:15 AM – Award Ceremony at Victory Village @ Princeton YMCA
  • 9:00 AM – Post-Race Celebration “Kegs & Eggs” starts at Alchemist & Barrister. (Note: Palmer Square entrance closed for construction, you must enter at 28 Witherspoon Street)
  • 10:30 AM – Bag Drop Closes
PARKING

Please visit Princeton Parking Authority’s website for available parking places. Parking garages tend to fill up quickly, and access from the garages closest to the Start/Finish area may be delayed as sections of town are still closed for the event. There are parking garages located in downtown Princeton; however please be aware that because of their location along the race course there may be extended exit times from the garages due to road closures. We encourage those who have to leave immediately after finishing to consider parking somewhere outside of the center of Princeton. If you do park in the garages, we encourage you to enjoy Princeton and refuel after your finish, it might be easier to exit after the roadway closures are removed.

There will not be parking at the YMCA.
 
Chambers Street Parking Garage will have some restricted access after 6:00am so we ask all runners and their families to arrive prior to 6:00am to park. Spring Street Parking Lot will remain open. Hulfish Parking Lot will remain open to incoming and outgoing traffic. 
 
For people looking for race parking in downtown Princeton after the race begins, please park in the lots listed above. Be aware of downtown traffic delays – especially between 7:00 and 8:30 AM, when runners will be crossing some of the major entry roads into Princeton – Route 206, Alexander Street, and Washington Road.


COURSE WATER, BATHROOMS & MORE
 
All pre- and post-race bathrooms will be portable units in the parking lot of the Princeton YMCA.

Runners will find water at 7 aid stations along the course. All will have water and first aid kits. See notes below for the location of bathrooms, MVP and nutrition. 
 
• Mile 2.75 Einstein & Olden (Bathroom)
• Mile 5.25 Boathouse (Bathroom, Nutrition from Fleet Feet Princeton)
• Mile 6.5 Wiggins Street (Wegman's MVP)
• Mile 8 Rollingmead Street (Bathroom)
• Mile 9 Smoyer Park (Nutrition from Fleet Feet Princeton)
• Mile 10 Stone Hill Church (Bathroom, Wegman's MVP)
• Mile 12 Mt. Lucas & Jefferson



COURSE MAP

Click here to see 3 versions of the course map. The USATF certified map, a map with anticipated runner times and a map with elevation profile. The start is on Paul Robeson Place just before the intersection with Chambers Street. The finish is on Paul Robeson Place just after the intersection with Witherspoon Street. The race starts and finishes in the same block.  

PACERS

The RACE DAY PACE TEAM is provided by Fleet Feet Princeton. There will be 2 pacers for every 5-minute increment between 1:35 and 2:20. 

LOST & FOUND

Please come back to Victory Village to find any clothing left at the start line. There will be a table with clothes piled upon it. 

RESULTS & PICTURES

The race is timed by SVE Timing. Results can be found here

Free participant photos will be available here

AWARDS & RECORDS

Male Record: 2021, ALEXANDER ROTH, 23 of Princeton: 1:08:06 / 5:11 min/mile

Female Record: 2018, ERIKA MELING, 29 of North Brunswick: 1:24:55 / 6:28 min/mile

Awards for top 3 (male, female, nonbinary). Top 3 in each category will receive a $150, $100 and $50 gift certificate (respectively) to Athletifreak.com. Be sure to visit ATHLETIFREAK in our Victory Village. 15% of any purchases made using code HITOPS15 between now and 11/20 will be donated to HiTOPS.. 

Awards will also be given 5-year age groups from 14 and under to 85+ (male, female), top Princeton employee (male, female) name to be engraved on the Mayor’s Cup.


STILL TIME TO RUN FOR FREE & EARN SWEET SWAG

All funds raised through 11/30 will count towards our fundraising incentive program. Click here to become a fundraiser. Why not throw a link up with your post-race picture and see how you can make a difference for youth in New Jersey while also earning something for yourself?
  • RAISE $200: Enjoy a registration refund OR an exclusive HiTOPS Princeton Half 1/4 zip pullover. 
  • RAISE $500: Enjoy a registration refund AND choose between an exclusive HiTOPS Princeton Half 1/4 zip pullover or $50 Gift Card to Princeton Running Company. 
  • RAISE $1000: Enjoy a registration refund, exclusive HiTOPS Princeton Half 1/4 zip pullover AND $50 Gift Card to Princeton Running Company. 

VOLUNTEER TO DEFER & EVENT CHANGES
 
If you would like to defer your registration to the 2023 race, please sign up here to be a traffic marshal on race day. Then send a note to courtney@princetonhalfmarathon.com to confirm your deferral. Limited spots remain. 

If you'd like to change to the virtual event, you must do so by midnight on Monday, November 7th. 


KEGS & EGGS
 
If you plan on attending Kegs & Eggs at the A&B post-race, please note that the Palmer Square Entrance is closed for construction. You must enter from 28 Witherspoon Street. This is a cash only event that is $12 for runner and $15 for spectators. 
 
RACE GUIDEBOOK

Every runner will get a hard copy a packet pickup. Click here for an electronic version for quick reference.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please reach out to Courtney via cell at 908-872-0217 or email courtney@princetonhalfmarathon.com. Please note that I will be away from my desk beginning on November 10th to prepare for the race. The best way to reach me is by calling or texting during this time. I will reply to all emails after 8 PM so that still works for nonurgent matters. 

THANK YOU

On behalf of everyone at HiTOPS, thank you for participating in the 2022 HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon. Your support empowers youth with sex education, social support, and communities that affirm them. We can’t wait to see you at the start line on November 13th!



I will email you all of this again on Wednesday, November 9th just to make sure you've read it. 

Courtney & The HPHM Team