Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this race a Boston qualifier?
Yes. We are USATF certified and you will be Boston eligible if you meet the time criteria for age.
Q: Where are the aid stations?
Aid stations are located every 1.5 miles beginning at mile 2, offering water and Powerade at each aid station. GU, typically Vanilla Bean, is offered just after mile 17.
Q: Is there a time limit to complete the race?
Yes, the half marathon has a limit of 3 hours and the marathon has a limit of 6 hours (13:45/mile pace). Much of the course is open to traffic and course support will only be available during those times.
Q: Can I use my iPod during the race?
Portable music devices are allowed but keep safety in mind. The race course is open to traffic in many areas. Runners must remain aware of their surroundings at all times.
Q: Are rollerblades, bikes, strollers, or pets permitted on the course?
None of these are permitted on the race course for marathon, half marathon, or relay.
Q: Can I pick up my packet on race day?
Race day registration is NOT allowed but there will be a one hour window from 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM to pick up your packet at Pioneer Park. This will be a very busy time. Therefore, we strongly recommend that runners pick up their packet the night before.
Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?
Yes. We ask that you complete the permission statement on your confirmation page (printed from the AllSportCentral website) and send that with your designee. This will ensure that you have given your permission and that all of your info is correct.
Q: Do you have a pasta dinner?
We team with two or three local restaurants to offer pasta meals at a discount to runners. Check the website and your runner emails closer to race day for more information.
Q: How old do I have to be to run your event?
The half marathon lower age limit is 12 years, the full marathon is 16 years.
Q: Is there parking near the race start?
Yes, Pioneer Park has plenty of parking. The main entrance will be closed on race morning. You can access parking via the back entrance off Western Avenue. If you prefer, shuttle service is available to and from the hotels on race day beginning at 5:30 AM.
Q: Can I leave my warm up clothing at the start?
You can drop off a bag with your clothing at the bandshell in Pioneer Park or leave it at the start area. Your packet pickup bag will have your race number attached, so use this for your items. We will keep your bag at the bandshell until after the race. Lost and found items can be retrieved there as well.
Q: Where are the best locations to watch the race?
There are many places to cheer along the route. That's one of the great things about a small town marathon. We do ask that you avoid driving along the race route for safety reasons. Check out the website closer to race day for a detailed list of great viewing locations.
Q: Why is there a limit on registrations, can I still get in?
Due to logistic and safety concerns, the following participant limits have been set: half marathon 400 runners, marathon 300 runners, marathon relay 50 teams. Register early, as we do not plan to open the event beyond these numbers. Historically, all races except the marathon close by the first week in April. Registration for all races will close one week before race day regardless of entry numbers so that the race committee can make the necessary preparations. Sorry, no exceptions.
Q: I won't be able to run this year, can I get a refund?
Sorry, there are no refunds or registration transfers.
Q: Can I switch to a different race?
Yes, just send an email to the director at least one week before race day. A switch to a longer race will require the runner to pay the difference in entry fees. There is no refund for a switch to a shorter distance.
Q: How can I volunteer for the Brookings Marathon?
Just send an email to email@example.com and our volunteer coordinator will be touch.
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