Frequently Asked Questions
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, races can sometimes be a little bit more or (once in a rare while) a little bit less than the advertised distance.
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.
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?
It is possible that the race is 100% sold out before race day. Updates will be posted on this race website. If you do not see the race noted as sold out here or on the race home page, you will be okay to sign up on race morning, starting at 7:15 a.m. Race day registration is an additional $5 from the final online registration price.
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.
When/where do I pick up my bib/race packet?
We will have pre-race bib pick-up at Sports Basement-Sunnyvale on Saturday, March 30 (10am-4pm). As a last resort, race bibs and shirts can also be picked up on race morning, starting at 7:15am.
Is there a time limit?
The half marathon has a 4 hour time limit. Half runners must reach the 4th aid Station (mile 7.8) by 10:50am and the 5th aid Station (mile 10.35) by 11:40am.
For half marathon participants who wish to hike the course and take more than 3.5-4 hours, we will offer a "Hiker Start" at 7:30 am. Those starting at 7:30 should carry water as the first and second aid stations might not be 100% up and running, depending on the hikers speed. Hiker starts will not be eligible to win the race or for age group awards, but will be listed as official finishers in the Hikers Division and will still receive finisher medals.
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 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.
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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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