Frequently Asked Questions

We have organized the FAQ’S into three sections: Before Race Day,  Race Day and After The Race. We have attempted to address all possible inquiries - if we haven’t answered your question please contact us.

Before Race Day

Q: Do you have a waiting list for sold out races?
A: No, but you may post an ad looking for a spot on our Facebook page and privately arrange to purchase. Another option is to check on Kijiji.  At package pick up you need to let us know the name of the person you bought your registration from so we can change name and other info.

Q: When can we pick up our race packages? Where do we pick them up?
A: Race package pick up is at the Gateway Christian school, 4210 - 59 Street, Red Deer, AB.  

Package pickup is open Friday May 15th, 4pm to 8pm. Sat May 16 11am to 5pm.

Q: Can I change my T Shirt size?
A: No, this year we're ordering shirts at the early bird deadline (April 15) and will not be making additional orders.

Q: Can I change from one event to another?
A: Yes, event changes are allowed up to May 16th, 2020.  Provided there is space available in the race you're looking to switch into. 

Q: What are the age categories?
A: Categories are: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over.

Q: Is the race a Boston qualifier?
A: Yes, we are recognized by the BAA and your finish time at our race could qualify you for the Stanley Cup of running races. 

Q: Are their restrictions on how I can participate?
A: Yes, no running strollers, roller blades, support vehicles or cyclists are allowed.

 Q: Can my dog run the race with me?
A: No.  We're sorry but Fido will have to stay at home for this race.  Our race is limited to human participants only.   

Q: I’m injured - Can I get my money back?
A: No, sorry, there are no refunds.  But you can change events and bump down to a lower distance to reduce your chance of injury.   

Q: I'm coming from out of town, where should I book a room?
A: Visit the Tourism Red Deer website for a list of local hotels.

Q: Will runners receive confirmation they are entered?
A: Yes, upon registering for our race you'll receive an email that confirms your place in the race. 

Race Day

Q: What time do the races start?
A: The 10K will be starting at 7:45am. The half marathon and full marathon will be starting at 8:00am. The kids race will be starting at 10:30am. 

Q: Where is the start and finish line?
A: Start/Finish Line for both races is at the Ecole Camille J. Lerouge School, 5530 42A Avenue, Red Deer.

Q: Are there awards for the top 3 runners in each event?
A: Yes!  We will award the top 3 Male and Female runners in the Full, Half and 10k events with cash prizes.  The top 3 Male and Female runners in the Full and Half Marathon will win $300, $200 and $100 respectively.  The top 3 Male and Female runners in the 10k will win $300, $200, $100 respectively.

Additionally, the top female and male performers in each distance will win free entry into next year's race to defend their 'crown'.

Q: Do all participants receive a finishers medal?
A: Yes.  Marathon, Half, 10k, and kids race participants will wear a medal with pride. 

Q: What sport drink will you be supplying at the race?
A: GU20 Sports Drink.

Q: Are their water stations?
A: Several, water stations are set up roughly every 3km along each race distance. 

Q: Is there a gel station?
A: Several, GU Energy Gel supplied at the 15km, 23km, 30km and the 34 km and 38km mark.

Q: Is there a bag drop off?
A: Yes, at the start/finish area.

Q: Is there a cost for bag drop?
A: No.

Q: Do you have 'chip' timing?
A: Yes.  With the exception of the Kids race, all of our participants will receive a 'chip' in their race package. 

Q: Do I have to return my timing chip?
A: No, they can be recycled.

Q: Will there be porta potties to help relieve the pre race 'jitters'?
A: We're proud to say we have more porta potties per capita than any other race in Red Deer. 

Q: Are there kilometre markers on the course?
A: Yes, every kilometre is marked.

Q: Is there a change area?
A: Yes, tents will be available for changing.

Q: How far apart are the aid stations?
A: There is an aid station every 3 Km.

Q: Can I run with my child during the kids race?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I wear headphones during the race?
A: Runner safety is our #1 priority. If listening to music prevents, or jeopardizes any runner safety you may be disqualified from the race. We have found that earbuds, or headphones that completely cover the ear prevent runners from hearing course marshal instructions, and outside ambient sounds (e.g. vehicles/traffic). Our races take place on shared roadways with vehicles, and cyclists at times and Race Organizers are not able to obtain complete closures of all course roadways. When runners share roadways with traffic it can be very dangerous if they are unable to hear the surrounding traffic, signals from race officials, police, or instructions from course marshals.

Q: How difficult is the course?
A: Moderate. Mostly flat on asphalt trails with about 3 Km on packed dirt/gravel. Some undulations with 2 hills of about 20m elevation gain over 150 meter distance.

Q: Does my time stop if I use the bathroom during my race?
A: If you're wearing a watch you can stop time on your watch, but your chip time will continue to count. 

Q: Will I have an enjoyable experience?
A: On a course like this? By all means you will!

After the Race

Q: Will the results be posted on your web site?
A: Yes, baring technical glitches they should be posted same day.

Q: Are refreshments and snacks provided after the race?
A: Yes, we provide a number of tasty post run snacks for our participants along with beverages to quench your thirst.  Participants will receive the world famous 'Woody's Egger'.  

Q: Can I get a post race massage?
A: Yes, we offer onsite massage after the race.  You can pre-purchase your massage when you register online.  We also offer walk ups, cash only, located at the finish line.  

Q: Is there a “Beer Tent”?
A: No, city bylaws do not allow a beer tent in our location.