THE COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR THE OXFORD HALF! SOON ENOUGH YOU WILL BE DOING YOUR WARM UPS, CHANNELLING YOUR INNER FORREST GUMP AND GEARING UP FOR YOUR RUN IN THE RACE VILLAGE.
Aside from the obligatory pre-race lunges, there will be plenty of other things to get up to in the village. Explore the map below, view the race day schedule and take a look at what else will be going on there this year…
Oxford Half 2019 Race Village Map – Click to download high-res PDF
Race Day Schedule
|07:30||Race Village opens|
|08:45||Half marathon warm-up in Race Village|
|08:55||Runners move to the start pens|
|09:10||All runners to be in their start pens|
|09:30||OXFORD HALF MARATHON RACE STARTS|
|10:00||Schools’ Challenge starts|
|10:35||First half marathon finisher (expected)|
|11:15||Prize-giving on stage in Race Village|
|13:15||Race cut-off time*|
|15:30||Race Village closed|
*Roads along the route will be reopened as runners complete each section and when safe and feasible to do so. Any runners rocking the “party pace” and predicted to finish after the cut-off time of 3.5 hours will be asked to move onto the pavement.
Main Stage Action
Not only is this where you will gather to get warmed up and ready to hit the track but the main stage will be bringing the beats throughout the day with live bands and DJs hitting the stage. This is also where we will be handing out this year’s runners awards… on your marks!
Restore and Relax
Post-race you deserve to kick back and bask in the hard-earned glory of completing your run and we have just the spaces for you to do it! Michelob ULTRA will be playing host at their chill-out lounge where you can celebrate your achievement over an ice cold (superior light) beer with your fellow runners and soak up the village atmosphere. Cheers to that! If raising a cuppa is more your thing, recline in Peppersmith‘s giant deck chair and sip on a cup of their lovely fresh, mint tea.
Move to Motivate
If you’ve got moves like Jagger, KIND‘s dance floor in the village will give you the opportunity to show them off! Not only that, the kinetic dance floor turns dancing steps into power. If you’re planning to come along to cheer someone on, you can also share a message of motivation to appear on the big screen on the race route to spur them on #poweredbyKIND
In It to Win It
The UK’s largest car sharing service Zipcar will be in the village and offering you the chance to win hours of Zipcar rides through their card game. Feeling lucky?
Nuun Hydration will be on hand with samples in the village to get you energised and race ready! Nuun electrolytes will leave you feeling hydrated as you trailblaze through Oxford and power through to the finish line.
Half Marathon Market
You’ll have worked up an appetite after your run so make sure you take a wander to the half marathon market where you can sample the best of Oxford’s local food and drink. There will also be other stalls to explore and purchase goodies from, ranging from lifestyle brands to travel agents!
Don’t Go Thirsty
It’s easy to feel invincible once you’ve crossed the finish line (as you should) but it’s important to stay hydrated after a long run! There will be a JUST Water refill station in the village so you can reuse the carton you receive at the finish line before recycling it in one of the bins provided – it’s our aim to minimize our environmental impact one cup at a time!
Fancy helping us out in the village? Apply to volunteer at this year’s race and gain free entry to any Virgin Sport event in 2020. Entries to the Oxford Half on 13th October are still available via our charity partners, so get signed up by Friday 4th October to avoid missing out!