You won't be out of place at all. Our races are planned for participants of all abilities -- including walkers/hikers. The Dirty Dozen is very walker friendly as there are no cut-offs or deadlines.
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.
Yes, race day registration will be available, starting at 6:15am.
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 accomodation 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.
Yes, we will have results and awards for age group finishers in 5 year divisions (see the shirts and awards page). If you do not receive your age group medal on race day, you can just send in a self-addressed envelope with $2.65 postage and we will mail it to you.
Bibs can be picked up at the race start on race day. Pre-race pick-up will also be available at Transports of Berkeley on Thursday, July 7th (2-6 pm) and Friday, July 8th (10-2 pm).
One person needs to be the designated runner, but if another runner from the team wants to go out with them, that's fine. It will only count as one loop on the team's total distance.
Yes, there will be plenty of room to set up if you'd like to take a break during the run. There are many picnic tables and we'll bring a lot of chairs, but you can also set up your own break area there as well!
There will be plenty of sweet and salty snacks, including fresh fruit, pretzels, candy, chips, bagels, etc. There will also be hot food at the start/finish area, including things like soup, chili, pizza, etc.
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.
Of course! As long as you complete at least one loop, you will be counted as a finisher!
Absolutely! We'll all be cheering on the 12 and 6 hour runners all day long!
If you want to run a second race while in the middle of your first race, we won't stop you!
No. The race will be held, rain or shine. The course may be modified to account for weather conditions, but rain is unlikely in July!
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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