Frequently Asked Questions

"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."

Joan Benoit Samuelson
Olympic Marathon Winner

Do I have to be a fast runner to be a part of this race?

Absolutely not! Our races, including the Championship Race, are open to runners of all speed and abilities. Hikers are welcome, too!

Is there a championship race or championship series for the 5K or 10K distance?

No. We currently only have the championship race and Brazen Racing Ultra Half Series for the half marathon distance.

Do all finishers receive medals?

Yes. Runners for all distances receive a finisher medal.

If I am a series finisher, do I still get the Rocky Ridge finisher medal?


I have a question about the rules for the Ultra Half Series, prize money, etc.

Please see the Brazen Ultra Half Series page.

How long is a 5K? 10K? Half marathon?

5 kilometers = 3.1 miles

10 kilometers = 6.2 miles

half marathon = 13.1 miles (21.1 kilometers)

Note that for trail races, due to an inability to lengthen and shorten trails, what can be called a 5K, 10K or half marathon can sometimes be a little bit more or (once in a rare while) a little bit less in distance.

How long is a half marathon?

13.1 miles (21.1 kilometers). All "half marathon" races in the Brazen Racing Ultra Half Series are over 13.1 miles, thus making them "ultra-half-marathons".

How many miles is a 5k? 10k?

5 kilometers = 3.1 miles

10 kilometers = 6.2 miles

Can I wear headphones?

Yes, but we ask that you keep the volume down at a safe level so that you can hear other runners or instructions from event personnel. We also ask that you remove them, or, at the very least, remove one ear bud when you are coming to aid stations, in a large crowd or on more technical or difficult sections of the course. The important thing is paying attention to everyone's safety and maintaining basic race etiquette with other runners.

Can I register on the day of the race?

Yes, registration will open at 6:30 on race day.

Do you offer a group discount? Frequent runner discount? Family discount? Coupon? Special break for running more than one race?

We do not.

There are many different ways for pricing race entry fees. Although it can sometimes make runners feel like they are getting a special deal, we do not use the method of offering a price higher than necessary to support the race, then offering discounts to only those who are lucky enough to find a coupon. We believe that such a policy unfairly penalizes those who (for whatever reason) do not find out about and utilize the coupon or discount.

Our prices are arranged so that every runner automatically gets the group discount, because they are in fact part of the large group running that race. Almost all of our races are composed of several hundred runners (sometimes well over a thousand) and it is because of these numbers that we can offer a high quality experience while still charging an entry fee well below what you might expect or find at comparable events elsewhere.

We do offer a discount to those who sign up early, since early sign-ups allow us to plan better and lower the overall costs of the race. Similarly, we include an additional charge for those who sign up late, since the accommodation of race entries in the last two weeks before a race increases the per-runner cost.

The other exception for discounts is for those who volunteer at one race and then partipate at a later one. Those volunteers receive a discounted (and sometimes free) race entry.

When/where do I pick up my bib/race packet?

Bibs can be picked up at the race start on race day. We will also have pre-race bib pick-up at Forward Motion Sports on September 28th (10-7) and September 29th (10-3).

Will there be somewhere to leave my warm-up clothes?

Yes, there will be a sweat-check area and these will be checked in and watched over by a volunteer. Bags for storing your sweats will be available if you do not bring your own. Please do not leave valuables in your sweat bags -- we cannot be responsible for these items.

Is there a time limit?

The Half Marathon has a 4.5 hour time limit. Walkers/Hikers needing more time will have the option of starting 1 hour early but must be able to follow the course using only a map since course marshalls may not be on the course yet. Those starting early will also be ineligible for age-group or overall awards.

The half marathon runners must reach the 3rd aid station (mile 9.36) by 11:45 am.

Can my dog run with me during the race?

Unfortunately no. As much as we love dogs and running with our own, not everyone is comfortable being around dogs (even if leashed) and for reasons of safety (for those with two legs and four) we ask runners not to bring their dogs along for the race.

I went off course. What should I do?

If you find yourself off the official course, as published on the website and available in map form on race day, you should return to where you went off course and complete the course there. In order to be an official finisher, a runner must have completed the official course.

I skipped a part of the course/ran a slightly different route, but still ran the full distance and finished the race. What should I do?

If you were unable to return and complete the official course, you should let the timers know about this so that they may remove you from the results. It is never fun to not be an official finisher and have to disqualify yourself, but it is the right thing to do. Everybody has a tough day on trails sometimes!

Will the race be cancelled if it rains?

No. The race will be held, rain or shine. Courses may be modified to account for weather conditions.

Do you issue refunds?

No. Putting on a race can be a very expensive (and financially risky) endeavor. To a small extent, that risk gets shared by all who enter since injuries, emergencies and plain old "life happening" can potentially ruin plans for participation.

Because the majority of the funds collected have been spent long before the race occurs, we do not issue cash refunds. We will, however, credit you with 50% or 75% of your entry toward a future race if you let us know in advance (at least 2 weeks for 75% credit, at least 72 hours for 50%).

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