The Arc Grand Prix Run
6:00 AM WGI Gates Open
7:00 AM Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup
7:50 AM Opening Ceremonies
8:00 AM Race Start
9:00 AM Awards
9:30 AM Race Ends
10:00 AM Opening Weekend Activities/Drive The Glen Laps Begin
Participants may choose to register for:
1) The Track: This 3.4-mile course is the full distance of the WGI race track and includes “the boot”. This is a timed course. Participants who place as a top 3 male or top 3 female finishers in his/her age bracket will receive an award medallion.
Note: There are 3 Mile Marker stations on the course with water available and a water station about half-way on the course.
2) The Pit Road – This is a 1-mile course intended for those who would prefer to walk a short distance, but still want an “up close and personal” view of a portion of the full track. The course includes a view of Victory Lane then loops back to the finish line via Pit Road. Participants will not cross the timing mat but will end at the finish line along with participants of The Track course. There is no timing for this course. Note: There is 1 water station halfway on the course. The registration price is the same for both courses and includes the 2018 race shirt.
Registration for The Arc Grand Prix Run at Watkins Glen International 2018 opens October 15, 2017.
Early registration ends March 18, 2018. For the best price and to guarantee your race shirt, be sure to register early. The price is $25 for adults (ages 13+) and $15 for youth (ages 5 – 12). Participants under 5 are permitted at no charge, but will not receive a race shirt unless registered and paid by March 18.
Late registration prices are $30 for adults (ages 13+) and $15 for youth (ages 5 – 12).
Race day registration is available starting at 6:30 am. The race starts at 8:00 am. Race day registration prices are $30 for adults (ages 13+) and $15 for youth (ages 5 – 12).
If you wish to register by submitting a hard copy registration form with a check payment, please print, complete, and mail to: The Arc of Schuyler, 203 12th Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You will receive an email confirmation to the email address you provide on the form when your registration form has been received and processed. Please complete one form per person by clicking HERE.
The Arc Grand Prix Run is professionally chip timed by Auyer Race Timing, the official race timing provider of the nationally renowned Wineglass Marathon in Corning, New York.
Only participants of the 3.4-mile course will be timed, whether running or walking. Participants of the “Pit Road Walk” will not be timed.
Entrance to Watkins Glen International
The facility waiver that must be signed in order to enter Watkins Glen International is incorporated into the race event waiver you agree to when you register online or by mail-in form. This means you will not have to sign a WGI facility waiver at the entrance.
If you are pre-registered, you can pick up your bib and race shirt in advance:
- Tuesday, April 10 – Friday, April 13 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | The Arc of Schuyler | 203 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891
- Thursday | April 12 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Colonial Pottery & Creamery | 701 N Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Race organizers are available to answer your questions about the race. You can also purchase merchandise such as socks, decals, or Drive the Glen passes.
You can also pick up your bib and race shirt on Race Day:
Bibs and race shirts are available for pick up the morning of the race beginning at 6:30 AM. If you are not registered by the April 12 deadline, you may register and pick up your bib and race shirt (if available) on race day.
This is an inclusive and fun race, so whether you’re a novice or expert runner, a walker, or something in between, we’re thrilled to welcome you! When you sign up for The Track (3.4 mile) course, you are eligible to win an AWESOME award medallion.
Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finishers of the 3.4-mile course in the following age brackets:
5 – 9, 10 – 14, 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70+.
Prizes will be awarded to overall male and female finishers of the 3.4 Mile Course.
As in previous years, all youth participants will receive a shoelace charm to commemorate their achievement with The Arc Grand Prix Run! We hope this will be a fun item to collect each year for our young runners and walkers.
The participant who raises the most in pledges/donations takes home a medallion and an awesome prize! Pledges can be collected in-person by the participant and/or raised through the participant’s personal pledge raising site generated by Race Roster upon registration. Deadline is April 11 at midnight.
Build Your Team!
You have the option of creating a team when you register online. Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to sign up too and join your team at WGI!
Drive The Glen
Drive The Glen: Make a day of it at The Glen! After The Arc Grand Prix Run, you and the family can enjoy Watkins Glen International Opening Weekend activities. Drive your personal vehicle on the Grand Prix course – $25 for 3 laps behind the WGI pace car. When you purchase your Drive The Glen pass through this website, $15 of your purchase will directly benefit the official charity of this race: The Arc of Schuyler. Tickets will be available at pre-race packet pickup or on race day at Will-Call table of our race tent. Please bring your registration/merchandise confirmation.
Following The Arc Grand Prix Run at Watkins Glen International, join us for the After Party at Grist Iron Brewing Co.! Grab a bite to eat and enjoy Grist Iron’s full line of craft beers. Listen to live music and enter to win our Grand Prize Package!
Party Starts: 10:30 AM!
Food: Grist Iron will offer a BBQ buffet from 10:30 AM to Noon. Tickets are $15 per person, which gets you one trip through the buffet line to pile your plate with house-smoked pulled pork w/roll, mac and cheese, and garden salad. Don’t forget to wash it down with a pint – Grist Iron will donate $1 to The Arc of Schuyler for each pint sold during the After Party.
Music: Pat Comstock will perform live from 12 to 3 PM.
Raffle: Your adult race registration gets you one free entry into our Grand Prize Package Raffle, which includes 2 free entries in our 2019 race, a one night stay at the Inn at Grist Iron, a $75 Gift Certificate to Grist Iron Brewing Co., and few other surprises. The catch? You have to come to the After Party to submit your entry. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be present for the drawing at the end of the party to win.
BE PART OF THE ACTION ON THE TRACK! WE LOVE VOLUNTEERS!
We need lots of help before and on race day to make The Arc Grand Prix Run a success. We welcome individuals, families, corporate teams, adult and youth service clubs, anyone who wants to have fun and help create a great experience for our participants.
BONUS! Our volunteers get a FREE long-sleeve race shirt if signed up by March 18, 2018
Volunteer Orientation will be held April 13, at 5:00 PM at Watkins Glen International. It’s highly suggested that you attend this meeting to best understand the race day schedule and your role and position as a volunteer. We will email you meeting reminders if you register to volunteer.
So, how can you help?
Course Marshall: There are 3-mile markers on The Track (3.4 mile). We’ll need small teams on each mile marker who can hand out water, shout out the time, pick up debris (water cups, etc.), and of course – clap loud and yell words of encouragement to our runners! Prior to the race start, volunteers will be transported by bus to their designated station and picked up as the last runners pass their station. There are 5 “stations” on The Pit Road (1 mile). Individuals or smaller teams will walk to their designated spots on the course and assist with course direction to participants.
Water Station: There is one water station on The Track and one water station on The Pit Road. Volunteers will fill water cups, hand them out to runners as they pass by, and pick up any debris. Clapping and cheering encouraged!
Parking Director: We expect a lot of cars on race morning and we need help directing people to a spot quickly. We’ll provide a safety vest and instructions on where and how to direct people to park.
Registration/Packet Pickup: Assist with race day registrations, hand out shirts, bibs, and pre-registered participant packets.
Runner’s Tent: Greet participants, provide direction, answer questions, and help with refreshments.
Ready to help? Click the link below to fill out our volunteer form and we’ll get in touch with you.
Visiting Schuyler County
Enjoy an Exciting Weekend in Schuyler County!
April is a great time of year to enjoy the Watkins Glen area. If you’re travelling a distance for The Arc Grand Prix Run at Watkins Glen International, consider making this a weekend trip. There’s great places to stay, great places to eat, and lots to do!
Where to Stay
It’s an early morning for The Arc Grand Prix Run. If you’re joining us from outside the area, you may be thinking about staying nearby Friday night. Great idea! Check out the accommodations in our area.
Where to Eat
There’s plenty of great places to visit for food, drinks, and ice cream! Find a list of restaurants here.
What to Do
Watkins Glen International, waterfalls, wineries, and more! Here’s just some of the places to think about visiting while you’re here for The Arc Grand Prix Run at Watkins Glen International.
- Opening Weekend at WGI –
Drive the Glen
- Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center
- Watkins Glen State Park
- Seneca Lake Wine Trail
- Corning Museum of Glass (Just a 30 minute drive from WGI)