Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the minimum age requirement and do you need a parents or guardian’s consent to participate?
A. The minimum age for the 5K is 6 years, and we do need the signature of a consenting parent or guardian. No runner under the age of 12 may participate in the 5K or 5 Mile Run unless accompanied by an adult. There is no age limit for the Kids 1K.

Q: How can I tell if I already registered for this race?
A: If you are an RAS Member and always use your membership email and password to check out, you can go here: https://www.runningalliancesport.org/runners/index.php?main_page=login and use the login for Returning Members. Once you have logged in, you will find a link at the top of the page that says My Account. There you can view your orders. NOTE: You will not be able to change any of the runner information, for that you will need to contact us using the Contact form on any of our websites.

Q. Can I register at packet pick up? What about on race day? Do you accept credit cards at packet pick up and/or on race day?
A. Yes, if there are slots available, but we can’t guarantee shirt/goodies bag.

Q. Can I pick up my friend’s packet?
A. Yes you can. You only need the name they registered under to do so. Be sure to coordinate, we have had situations where someone picked up a packet for another and the original runner also showed up asking for their packet.

Q. Is there race day packet pick-up?
A. Official packet pickup schedule when announced is on the Packet Pick-Up page . We highly recommend packet pickup be completed on one of the designated days. However, we realize it may be impossible for a few people to pickup their packet at the official times. We will have limited packet pickup the morning of the race. You do not need to notify the Race Director if you need to pick up your packet on race day.

Q. What if I forget my bib at home?
A. If you lose your bib or you forget it at home there will be a $10 charge to reissue you a new bib.

Q. The shirt in my packet doesn’t fit, can I exchange it for a different size?
A. We post deadlines for both bib name and shirt size selection, and order shirts in advance according to what you selected if you register by those deadlines. We estimate the remainder. If we have any extras after the race you are welcome to exchange, but if the race fills, extras for exchange are unlikely.

Q. Will there be a place to leave a drop bag for the race?
A. No.

Q. I registered but now I can’t make it, can I get a refund or defer my registration to next year?
A. There is NO RAINCHECK for this event. Your entry fee for this year’s event CANNOT be transferred to next year’s event, and there are NO REFUNDS, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, pregnancy, etc. There are NO exceptions. Seriously.

You CAN donate your entry to charity, you will get a cash donation receipt. Just let us know!

You can transfer your entry to another person for free before the bib name deadline, for $10 while online registration is open and at Packet Pick-Up,  and $15 on race day. Please contact us to do so.

PLEASE NOTE that there is an immediate disqualification for anyone who runs under another person’s bib other than the person of record.

Q. Okay, but can you mail my race packet to me or can I pickup my packet after the race, even though I’m not going to run?
A. No. All unclaimed race packets will be given to late registrants at the race.

Q. I left early, but it looks like I won an award. Can you mail it to me?
A. No, we do not mail out awards after the race. You may be able to pick up your award at a designated location, usually one of the packet pick-up spots. Check with us via the Contact form.

Q. Are baby joggers/strollers allowed?
A. Yes, please be aware and stay clear of other runners.

Q. Will there be Port-a-potties on the course?
A. Yes, every Aid Station will have Port-a-potties.

Q: Can I have my favorite pet/dog run with me?
A: No. The only exception is for service dogs for those who need them.

Q. Can I wear my headphones?
A. The RRCA (our insurance provider) has a written guideline against the use of personal music devices in running events, as such we strongly discourage the use of headphones in our races. If you do use headphones, please keep one ear free and listen for instructions from the race monitors.

Q. I’m running, can my spouse/family volunteer?
A. Yes, we can use all the help we can get. They can sign up for the volunteer schedule here.

Q. Will there be an after party, with food and drinks?
A. Definitely!

Q. When will the race results be posted?
A. Usually the same day on our website, barring unforeseen acts of providence.

Q. What are your contingency plans for bad weather?
A. See below:

Rain– The event will NOT be cancelled due to rain alone unless the downpour is such that athletes, police, and volunteers lose visibility making situations unsafe. If this occurs we will wait until the rain subsides and follow the same procedure listed for lightning conditions (minus the 30 minute rule). Athletes will be informed of such a change via announcements on race morning.

Lightning – In the event of lightning the race will be postponed by 30 minutes every time lightning is spotted and thunder is heard within 6 miles of the event. Please note that every time lightning strikes and thunder is heard within 6 miles of the race site we must delay the start by 30 minutes.

Tornado Warning – If at anytime before (race morning close to start time) or during the event, a tornado warning is issued, the race will be cancelled.

On Course Cancellation – If the race is canceled due to storms (lightning and/or excessive rain) or tornado warnings while it is in progress we will do everything in our power to alert everyone on the course. All police, SAG, and medical personnel will be made aware and do all they can to warn and SAG in all participants. We will also do everything in our power to assist those that are still on course. Those that are on course without means of rescue should seek immediate shelter via open stores, buildings, garages, homes and/or any other means of protection from the dangerous conditions. If it gets bad and we are not there to help you off the course please do everything you can to keep yourself safe and take shelter.

Because of agreements with the Texas Department of Transportation and various municipalities regarding a fixed amount of time to have roads closed or in use or the time of public safety or law enforcement officials, Running Alliance Sport, at any time, reserves the right to shorten the distance of any of its races to comply, especially in dealing with inclement weather conditions that may make any course unavailable or unsuitable for runner participation.

Q. Why does all this seem strangely familiar?
A. We are Running Alliance Sport, visit our site to see the list of our races! Our motto is, For Runners, by Runners!