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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.
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.
There are bathrooms with running water. There are also port-a-potties near the start/finish and at several points along the course.
This race typically sells out a few weeks ahead of time, so it is very unlikely that race day registration will be available.
We do not.
There are many different ways that other race organizations price their race entries, but it has always been our policy that we would never promote an even slightly bloated price, then offer "discounts" that would end up being used by only some of our runners. We believe that such a policy unfairly penalizes those who (for whatever reason) do not find out about and utilize the "special" coupon or discount.
Every runner who signs up for our races is "special" and gets the "group discount" from the start, because they are 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 very high level of quality in every aspect of the race 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 disounted (and sometimes free) race entry.
Yes, we will have results and awards for age group finishers in 5 year divisions. Those who do not pick up their age group medals on race day can mail in a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a note requesting theirs. Details will be included in the pre-race and post-race e-mails.
Bibs can be picked up at Road Runner Sports in Berkeley on Tuesday, December 22nd (3pm-7pm) and on Wednesday, December 23rd (11am-3pm). Those unable to attend bib pick-up on those days can still get their bibs on race morning, but should allow for a little extra time for lines at pick-up.
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.
You won't be out of place at all. Our races are planned for participants of all abilities -- including walkers/hikers. Also see next question regarding the early start for hikers.
The Half Marathon has a 4.5 hour time limit. Half runners must reach the Goldenrod aid station (mile 9.16) by 11:15 am.
For half marathon participants who wish to hike the course and take more than 4.5 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.
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.
No. The race will be held, rain or shine. Courses may be modified to account for weather conditions.
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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