Frequently Asked Questions

August 5th, 2017

San Leandro Marina Park

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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)

What are the start times for each race?

Start times will be: 8:00 a.m. for the half marathon, 8:15 a.m. for the 10K and 8:30 a.m. for the 5K. The half marathon "Hiker Division" start (for those walking and planning to take more than 3.5 hours) will be at 7:00 a.m.

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 6:45 a.m.

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 award page). If you do not receive your age group medal on race day, you can request it here.

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

Parking is close by, so we anticipate most runners will be able to leave their sweat pants and such in their cars.  If, however, you still need a place to store your items, "sweat check" will be available and bags will be watched over by a volunteer.  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 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 marshals may not be on the course. Those starting early will also be ineligible for age-group or overall awards.

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.

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 participate at a later one. Those volunteers receive a discounted (and sometimes free) race entry.

When/where do I pick up my race bib and shirt?

Please see bib pick-up info here.

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. Unless there is an Act of God that makes the event unsafe or impossible to take place 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 or offer roll-overs or deferrals. 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%).

CAN I ASK YOU ANOTHER QUESTION?

Please use the contact form here for any questions not answered on the website.

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