The DMSE Sports Classic

What are the dates/times for The DMSE Sports Classic events?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • 5K race – 7:00am
  • 10K race – 8:30am
  • Kid’s Fun Runs – 10:00am
  • Celebrity Mile – 11:00am

Sunday, July 23, 2017

  • Half Marathon – 7:00am

What time are the kids’ races?

The Fuddruckers Kids’ Fun Runs begin at 10:00am. There are three races and will be run in this order:

  • ¼ mile – ages 5 and under
  • ½ mile – 6 to 8 years
  • 1 mile – 9 to 12 years

Where can I find a map of the course?

The Race Day page has more information about the races and maps. With separate courses for the kid’s fun run, 5K, 10K, and half marathon, each showcases a traditional New England road race in “The Town for All Seasons” — the beautiful town of North Andover in Essex County.

Our undulating courses will keep you honest through historic downtown Andover, past the famous grounds of Andover Phillips Academy, and through a tree-lined, shaded residential community that sits on the banks of the Merrimack River, near Lake Cochichewick and the Shawsheen River, approximately 24 miles from Boston.

Do you limit the number of runners in each race?

The half marathon is capped at 5,000 runners on a first-come-first-served basis. The Hat Trick and Five & Dime are capped at 500 runners. All other races are not capped at this time.

Will you have pacers?

The Classic half marathon will have pace teams available for finish times ranging from 1:30 to 3:00.

Can I have cell phones, friends, strollers, dogs on the course?

We encourage you to invite friends and family to cheer you on along the course, but they are only allowed to run with you if they are registered runners as well. Per USA Track & Field rules, elements that could impede the safety of runners, such as bikes, strollers, and pets on the course are not allowed. Runners may carry their cell phones if they so choose. The safety of our runners is our number one priority. By signing or clicking “I Accept” on any registration race waiver for The Classic, you are agreeing to abide by the Rules of Competition.

Can I wear headphones?

Participants may use listening devices during the running of half marathon, 10K, and 5K, but they do so at their own risk. Runner safety is, and will continue to be, the priority for all of our events. To ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone, we ask that you please be mindful of the other participants and race personnel.

You MUST be aware of your surroundings at all times and this includes being able to hear any verbal warnings/instructions from police/course officials or the sound of any vehicles and other participants on the course. The abuse of portable headphone devices can result in disqualification. Abuse refers to being so distracted that you become a hazard to your fellow participants, spectators, course marshals, finish line officials, medical personnel, other race officials, police personnel or vehicle traffic.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. We must constantly consider the safety of all our participants, volunteers, and spectators and review this rule as well as others in order to ensure the continued safety of our participants.

Can I switch races?

Yes, you may switch to any race, subject to availability. Fees will apply for any race distance increase. Downgrading your distance can be done at no charge until July 1, 2017. After that, a $10 fee will be charged to downgrade your distance. Race bibs are assigned according to what race you are registered for. If you do not officially change your registered distance, you will receive the medal and event shirt for the race distance you are registered for.

What if I lose something the day of the race?

Lost & Found is located at the Registration area left of the Kids Zone. After race weekend, please contact info@dmsesports.com to claim items. Clothing items left in the start areas and along the course are immediately donated to charity.


When does registration open?

Registration opens for the 2017 event on March 1st at 12:00pm EST.

I am injured, pregnant, have a family emergency or unexpectedly out of town. Can I get a refund?

Entry fees are non-refundable, entries are non-transferable, and we do not offer an option to defer to 2018. This means once you have registered, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number to anyone else. Being caught doing so can result in a ban from future events. Exceptions will be made if you are on active military duty and you get deployed. In that particular situation, you can send us a copy of your orders, and we will refund your entry fee.

Can I get a refund if my child is unable to or decides not to participate?

Entry fees are non-refundable and entries are non-transferable. This means once you have registered your child, you will not receive a refund if he or she is unable to participate, and you may not give or sell your child’s number to anyone else. Being caught doing so can result in a ban from future events.

Can I give/sell my number to another runner?

Entries are non-transferable. This is for the safety of the runner and necessary to satisfy insurance requirements for the event. If a runner collapses or is otherwise injured during the race and is running as someone else, we would not have emergency information available for them. This could result in further injury. In addition, this would be unfair to all of the people who tried to get in legitimately and could not.

Why haven’t I received an email confirmation?

Check your spam filter. That is usually the problem. Please make sure that the domains @dmseclassic.com and @active.com are on your “allowed senders” list so that your spam filter will not block your confirmation email or any other important notifications.

How can I see if I’m registered?

Registration confirmation is available online on Active.com for all races.

Where does my registration fee go?

Your registration fee helps to pay for the necessary permits, infrastructure, staffing, insurance, police, awards, SWAG, supplies, bibs, medals, shirts, and chip timing to produce all race-related events.

Will I receive a medal for finishing?

Athletes who complete the Kids’ Races, 5K, 10K, and half marathon receive a commemorative finisher’s medal.

Are there awards for finishing at the top of my age group?

Overall top male and female winners for all three races will be based on the actual order of finish (gun time). Age-group awards for all races will be based on 1 time. Runners are eligible for awards only in the specific race for which they are registered.

The top three male and female runners in the 5K, 10K, and half marathon in the age groups listed at the link below will receive awards.

Additionally, awards will be given to the top three overall male and female masters winners and the top Push Rim Wheelchair finisher in each race based on chip time.

Awards will also be given to top three male and female Hat Trick and Five & Dime finishers based on cumulative chip times from all the included races. Runners must be registered for the Hat Trick or Five & Dime to be eligible for these awards.

To see the list of age group categories in competition for top finisher awards, click here >>

Packet Pick-up

When is packet pick-up?

Packet pick-up will be at the Sakowitch Center on the campus of Merrimack College.

  • 4-7:00pm, Friday, July 21
  • 5:45am-1:00pm, Saturday, July 22
  • 5:45am-6:55am, Sunday, July 23

The more runners who pre-register and pick up their packets prior to race day, the better it is for all runners. The reasons may seem obvious, but let’s just say an ounce of planning leads to a pound of race day relaxation and pre-start joy for you, your fans, family, and other runners!

What do I need to bring with me to pick up my packet?

Every participant will receive a confirmation email the week of the race. Please bring either that email or your original confirmation email and your photo ID to packet pickup. Don’t forget to add @dmseclassic.com and @active.com to your approved senders so that you do not this important email in your spam filter.

Can I authorize another person to pick up my race packet?

If you are unable to get your packet, a friend can pick up your packet with a copy of your photo ID or a copy of your registration confirmation. Digital copies (your cell phone screen) are allowed. Your friend will sign a form stating your race packet was picked up and then be directed to the proper pickup area. Please remember they can only do this at packet pickup.

Where can I park at packet pick-up?

Yes, there is plenty of parking at the packet pickup location. Packet pickup will be at the Sakowich Center on the campus of Merrimack College. Lot H is adjacent to the building.

Chip Timing

Do I need to purchase a timing chip?

No, we will be using disposable chips that are part of your bib.

How do I make sure I have the right chip?

Your chip number will coincide with your bib number and will be attached to your bib.

Official time – gun time or chip time?

Per USA Track & Field rules, your official time is from the starting mats until you cross the finish timing mats. Chip time or net time is provided as a service to you, and is accepted by many races as a qualifying time. Only the top male/female finishers in each race will be judged on gun time to determine the winner.

Where do I send my chip if I still have it after the race?

This is a single-use chip and is good for this event only. The chip will NOT be collected in the finish area. You may keep the chip as a souvenir or deposit it in trash bins in the finish area.

Gear Check

Is there a place to drop bags at the start line?

Yes, Gear Check will be available for the half marathon.

What happens to my bag if I forget to claim it after the race?

Gear Check closes at 2:30pm on race day and all bags must be picked up before that time. DMSE Sports is not responsible for gear bags not picked up by 2:30pm, however, remaining bags will brought to the DMSE Sports office. Please contact info@dmsesports.com to claim your bag. After one week, anything remaining will be discarded or donated to charity.


Where should I park on race day?

Parking is available on the streets and in public parking lots. Normal parking rules and fees will apply. Be aware of NO PARKING SIGNS for race day that will be posted.

Start & Finish

Where does the race start and finish?

The race starts and finishes on the campus of Merrimack College, on Walsh Way. The start and finish will be clearly marked.

Can I run with my child during the kids’ fun run?

Yup, if you can keep up!

What if it rains?

Races will take place rain or shine. Races will be canceled only if the safety of participants, volunteers, and staff is threatened. In the event of this, there will be no refunds of race entry fees. We encourage you to check our website and our Facebook page throughout the weekend for the latest information.

Will there be corrals?

There will not be official corrals for the races. Runners are encouraged to seed themselves at the start line according to their expected pace and finish time.

How do I get my finisher items after the race?

Finisher medals will be given out at the finish line, shortly after official finishers cross.

Where can I meet my family and friends after the race?

The easiest way to find your family and friends after the race is to have a plan beforehand. The area past the finish line is the best location to meet up with a friend or family member after the race.

Will medical services be available during the event?

Yes. There will be a clearly marked medical tent on-site during the races.

Will there be food and beverages available at the finish?

A great selection of free food and beverage sampling will be provided by our sponsors all weekend. And be sure to hang after the half marathon on Sunday to enjoy an ice cold beer and some live music in our beer garden.

Course & Rules of the Road

Are there course time limits for the 5K, 10K, and half marathon?

Yes. City permits limit the race times to the following:

  • 5K: 1 hour (20-minute miles)
  • 10K: 1 hour, 35 minutes (15-minute miles)
  • Half marathon: 3 hours, 30 minutes (16-minute miles)

No race services including medical, aid stations, or traffic control are available beyond this pace.

For the half marathon, the finish line remains open until 11:00am (assuming an 7:00am start). Participants must cross the finish line by 11:00am to be considered “official finishers”. After 11:00am, the course and finish line are closed. Late finishers may cross the finish line, but are not guaranteed an official time or a finishers medal.

Finishing the half marathon by 11:00am means maintaining an average pace of 16 minutes/mile. The race course is opened to traffic on a rolling schedule as participants make their way to the finish. In order to ensure safety, a sweep vehicle and bus follows the race route to pick-up participants who are unable to maintain this pace on a consistent basis. Participants are required to board the sweep bus when so instructed by race officials. Course marshals are instructed to retrieve bibs of all participants who refuse to board the bus when instructed to do so.

Why is there a time limit?

In order to comply with city permits, streets crossing the route must be reopened to vehicular traffic on a set schedule.

What happens if my pace is slower than the allotted time?

If you are caught by the sweep vehicle traveling at the 16:00 minute/mile pace, you MUST board the sweep bus accompanying this vehicle for transport to the finish area. For your safety, the local police department does not allow runners to continue once the course has been re-opened to traffic. Keep in mind that race services, including water stations and medical aid, will be discontinued once the sweep vehicle comes through. The finish line closes at 11:00am. Finisher medals are only guaranteed to those finishing within the allotted time limit.

What is not allowed on the course?

For the safety of our runners, the following is not allowed: going backward, runners not wearing a race number, animals, bicycles, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates, roller blades, hand-crank chairs, wheeled vehicles, and push-rim wheelchairs.

Receiving outside assistance of any kind is not allowed. Outside assistance consists of, but is not limited to: receiving fluids, gels, food or any personal items from someone not serving in an official race capacity; receiving pacing assistance from any person who is not a registered participant of the race.

Abusive behavior or language directed toward any other participant, volunteer, police officer, or staff member is also not allowed.

Any of these rules infractions can result in a time penalty or race disqualification. The discretion and final ruling resides with the race director. If you have a question about what is or is not allowed, email us at info@dmsesports.com.

What sports beverage will be on the course?

Gatorade® will be available along the course.


How can I find out if a runner has finished?

Friends and family can track your progress in the marathon throughout the course through our timing company. Links will be available at www.dmseclassic.com. Results for all events will be published on our website and social media during and immediately following the race.

How can I find out if someone has dropped out of the race or is in the Medical Area?

Check at the Family Medical Information Tent which will be located near the Finish Line, this is a secure runners-only area, but can be accessed from outside the finish chute.

 Will my road be closed during the half marathon?

Road closure information will be disclosed when final course approval has been given. This information will be updated as marathon weekend approaches.

Keep In Touch

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