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

I am a very slow runner. Am I going to be out of place?

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.

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, race day registration will be available, starting at 6:15am.

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 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.

Will there be age group awards?

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 request it here.

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

If you are registered by midnight on Tuesday, July 4th, your bib, etc. can be picked up at the race start on race day. Pre-race pick-up will also be available at Road Runner Sports Berkeley on Thursday, July 6th (3-7 pm) and Friday, July 7th (10-3 pm).

Can more than one person on a team run at the same time?

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.

Can I set up my own rest area near the start/finish?

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!

What kind of food can I expect?

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.

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.

Can I drop out any time I want?

Of course! As long as you complete at least one loop, you will be counted as a finisher!

I'm doing both the morning and evening runs. Can I stay in-between races?

Absolutely! We'll all be cheering on the 12 and 6 hour runners all day long!

Can I run the Dirty 5K or 10K in the middle of running the Dirty Dozen or Half Dozen races?

If you want to run a second race while in the middle of your first race, we won't stop you!

Will the race be cancelled if it rains?

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!

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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