Is the course USATF Sanctioned?
Yes it is.
CONQUER THE BRIDGE is a 5.3 Mile Race. Participants can either run or walk the 5.3 mile race. However, Caltrans requires that the Vincent Thomas Bridge must be re-opened no later than 10:00 am. Accordingly, participants that are still on the Bridge at 9:00 am will be picked up by a van and taken down to Harbor Blvd. to finish the Race. This is mandated by Caltrans, and is not negotiable!
Packet Pick-Up Information
Conquer the Bridge and Road Runner Sports will once again host a 3 day pre-race packet pickup on Friday, September 1 from 10:30am - 6pm, Saturday, September 2 from 10am - 6pm and Sunday, September 3 from 10am - 5pm.
You must pick up your packet prior to race day. No exceptions.
7:00 AM sharp PST (new start time)
Is there a non-profit beneficiary associated with this race?
Yes there is. We are pleased to announce that the LAPD Harbor Area Booster Club is once again the Official Non-Profit. A portion of the proceeds from this race will benefit the numerous youth programs administered by the LAPD Harbor Division Cadet Program.
What is the best way to enter San Pedro for the Race?
In order to do this race properly, and to receive permission to close the Vincent Thomas Bridge, there have been considerable efforts to do so without interrupting the residents and businesses in the area. The HARBOR BLVD. exit off the 110-Harbor Freeway must be closed at 5:00 am. Participants are encouraged to exit at Gaffey Street, TURN LEFT, and take Gaffey to either 5th, 6th, or 7th Streets, and turn left and go down towards Harbor Blvd. to park. The beauty of computers is you can locate anything... You are encouraged to follow all posted traffic signs, and where LAPD is stationed it is advisable that you obey their traffic coordination. They know what they are doing and we need them to do this race properly.
What is the situation for parking?
Great question! Because the Race is on a Labor Day, a National Holiday, there will be more than ample parking above Harbor Blvd. between 5th and 7th Streets. There are several parking lots which will be vacant for you to use as well. You will be able to also park in the Ports O' Call lots which can be entered at 6th Street up to 30 minutes before the Race. It is strongly suggested however that you park ABOVE Harbor Blvd.
Is there a place to check a bag?
No, that would probably be best left in your car, or with family or friends who join you for the race. For security purposes, no bag or backpack will be carried whatsoever. No one with a bag/backpack will be allowed on the bridge. This is non-negotiable. Bags are subject to security-check by a law enforcement official.
How is my finish time recorded and awards determined?
Electronic timing is the most accurate timing system available and allows your time to start when you reach the actual starting line mats, instead of when the Mariner's Bell goes off. Age group awards are determined by strip timing device time. Sorry, but NO RUNNING NUMBER ON THE FRONT, NO TIME! Again, make sure you wear it and cross the start and finish time mats. There is no alternative timing system.
What's the deal with the grates on the Bridge?
There are 8 expansion grates on the Vincent Thomas Bridge. On race day, in conjunction with the San Pedro HOME DEPOT and Caltrans, they will be covered with a new compressed rubber matting system, and covered with outdoor carpeting as well, that will allow for runners to safely cross over the grates. There will be cones, and a volunteer that will direct the runners and walkers over the mats. This new system is a first and was created by really smart people who were concerned about your safety first and foremost.
Is There Race Day Registration?
Yes there is. Cost to register on RACE DAY is $60.00. NO CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED, so bring cash or a check only to register. It is strongly suggested you sign up prior to race day for your own convenience if nothing else. Your Race Day experience will be greatly enhanced if you can just arrive, visit with friends and other runners, and not have to stand in lines when you could be enjoying the best of San Pedro. For pre-race registration and packet pickup, call Road Runner Sports in Torrance at (310) 326-8530 (extension 2) for days and times. Road Runner Sports is located at 25359 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505, in the Torrance Towne Center across from Mimi's Restaurant.
Can We Fax Registration Forms?
That would be NO. You can drop the forms off at Road Runner Sports or mail them to the address printed on the first page of the form.
Can I run with my dog or with my baby stroller/jogger?
That would be NO due to extreme risk to other runners and your dog. We do not allow participants to run/walk with dogs or with strollers. Please respect this and have your child and babysitter be your #1 fans at the race. Caltrans has also stated that we cannot allow either dogs or infants on the Bridge. Sorry.
Can I pay for registration on my credit card?
Only if you are registering online with Active.com
Individual Age Divisions?
Medals will be awarded as follows:* 13-and under; 14-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; 80 and over. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals Female/Male will be awarded. There will also be a Champions Trophy given to the overall Female and Male winners at approximately 9:30am at the Presentation stage at the Start/Finish line. There will be a special table for all Winners to pick up your medals in the staging are. Make sure you pick them up on Race Day as mailing them is a hassle.
Teams Special Division:
None at this time.
We have received permission from Caltrans this year to place mile markers on the bridge
Please explain how the Race will be run over the Bridge?
OK, excellent question! The LA City Fire Department has requested that ALL runners and walkers use the RIGHT LANES only when crossing the Bridge. The 8 grate coverings for safe passage will be placed in the right lanes, and will be marked by cones and a volunteer. Once you begin your descent down towards the BUONO'S PIZZERIA WATERING HOLE, the course opens up. After making the U-turn back up towards the Bridge and San Pedro, your final ascent will take you back up to the well-marked RIGHT LANE to cross the Bridge to the Harbor Blvd. Exit. RUN IN THE RIGHT LANES on the Bridge and enjoy the amazing views, they are fantastic!
What About Water Stations? or Port-a-potties?
Last year there were a few complaints from runners about there not being any water stations along the actual bridge itself. Unfortunately Caltrans prohibits us from doing so, so we will continue to have the BUONO'S PIZZERIA WATERING HOLE at the turnaround area at the south side of the bridge. Additionally this year Caltrans has allowed us to put a limited number of potties on the north side of the bridge which will be conveniently marked.
Who organizes the Race?
Conquer The Bridge LLC, in association with our Non-Profit Partners, the L.A.P.D. Harbor Division Booster Club Cadets, and a host of volunteers produce and administer the numerous tasks needed to make the Race possible. Without them it would be impossible to do Conquer The Bridge. If you see a volunteer let them know you appreciate them.
Are bikes, rollerskates, inline skates, carriages of any kind or strollers allowed on the course?
No. Due to extreme danger to other runners/walkers we do not allow these.
How do I find out more about the Vincent Thomas Bridge?
Google, Yahoo Search, Wikipedia to name a few sources. There are some amazing photos, and very interesting history about the building of the Bridge. If you have never experienced it, just wait until you are driving in on Race Day and see it off to the left of the 110 freeway...
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