Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a field limit for the event? A. Yes – Field limits are 1,500 for the half marathon, 3,000 for the 5K/10K (combined), and 300 for the kids 1/2 mile.
Q: Can I run with my child in the Kids Half Mile, and if so, do I need to register? A: A parent may run with a child in the kids fun run, and there is no fee to do so.
Q: How do I modify my entry? A: You can “upgrade” from the 5K/10K to the Half, add on a tech shirt, and add on a finisher medal via our upgrade page here: https://acop.webconnex.com/Moon2015-upgrades If you need to drop down from the Half to the 5K/10K or switch from 5K to 10K or reverse, you may request that change by sending us an e-mail at email@example.com.
Q: I am registered but will be unable to attend because I have a wedding / am going out of town / got injured / have to work / thought this was the Illinois Moonlight Run. Can I get a refund? A: We do not offer refunds under any circumstances as is stated in our refund policy that you agreed to when you registered. We will, however, unlike most events, allow you to transfer your entry, at no cost to you, to a friend/family member if the request is made on or before 5:00 PM on Tuesday, JULY 7. You may do so by e-mailing us the request along with the information for the recipient athlete (please include email address and DOB) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I was unable to attend. Can I still get my tshirt and half marathon finisher medal? A: Please e-mail us to make arrangements to receive your t-shirt (Note: shirts not held for no shows, and we cannot guarantee size). Finisher medals for the half marathon / 10 Mile are awarded to finishers only.
Q: Is the half marathon part of the California Half Marathon Series for 2015? A: It is not, however, it is Stage 5 (the conclusion of Part One) of the NorCal Tour de FIT Series.
Q: Do you permit Baby Joggers and Strollers? A: We do, but we ask that you start in the back of the pack for you and your child’s safety and the safety of those around you. We do not suggest the use of baby joggers in the half marathon but do leave that at the discretion of the parent.
Q: Does this event have Chip Timing? A: Yes, the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon will be timed using our disposable RFID Chip timing. The timing chips will be affixed directly to the back of your race bib – there is nothing to put on your shoe.
Q: Do you have finishers medals? A: Finishers in the Half Marathon and Ten Mile will receive a finisher’s medal. Finisher’s in the Kid’s 1/2 Mile run will receive a ribbon. You can order an optional “Participation Medal” for $5.00. This is a great option for those in the 5K, 10K or Kids race who would like a medal.
Q: What is the Half Marathon course like in terms of elevation? A: The course is mostly flat (it’s Davis, after all!) although there are a few inclines/declines as you cross the footbridges over I-80. Q: Are there training groups for this event? A: Yes, Fleet Feet-Davis will have a training group. Visit http://www.fleetfeetdavis.com/summer-half-marathon-training.
Q: Do you accept race night registration? A: Yes, we do, provided there is still space available. We accept credit/debit, cash and check as forms of payment when registering on race day.
Q: Why is there a “Transaction fee” to register online? A: This fee exists to cover the credit card processing fees that we are charged to process the transaction. We aim to find online providers and banks with the lowest fees in order to keep that cost as low as possible.
Q: Can I run with my dog or other four-legged friend? A: We love dogs and know many runners and walkers out there enjoy exercising with them by their side. However, we must limit canine participation in all our events to those which are seeing eye dogs for those who are sight-impaired. Otherwise, dogs (and any other pets) pose a risk on the race course to others, which can range from dog bites, disagreements from one dog to another, leash tripping hazards, stepping in dog poop and the like. Dogs can also suffer from dehydration when running a distance or pace of which they are not accustomed, and we will not have sufficient dog-friendly hydration options (dog bowls) on the race course. Finally, dogs are not permitted under our race insurance. We kindly ask that you leave your pets at home during the event.
Q: Can I run with an ipod? A: We strongly discourage running/walking with an ipod/music device because it impairs your ability to use one of your most important senses when running: your hearing. You are less likely to hear key sounds around you such as: direction of course marshalls/police; oncoming vehicles; emergency vehicles; bicycles; other athletes on the course. Your hearing becomes even more crucial when running in the dark. If you decide to run with an ipod, we suggest putting a bud in only one ear and keeping the volume at a low enough level that you can remain aware of your surroundings.
Q: Do you have pacers for the half marathon? A: Yes, we have experienced pace group teams for goal finish times from 1:30 to 2:30 in five minute increments. There is no sign up; simply find them at the start line or anywhere on the course and join in. Pace Group leaders will be wearing the yellow GVH singlet and carrying the pace sign.
Q: Are hydration packs allowed? A: Yes
Q: Am I allowed to start late? Say, at 8:30 PM? A: No. This would create safety issues.
Q: Am I allowed to start early? Say, at 5:30 PM? A: Unfortunately no, our permits do not allow for early starts.
Q: What will each fluid station offer on the course? A: All fluid stations will have water and Gatorade.
Q: Do you have a tracking app? A: We have tracking for all divisions, but there is no app to buy and/or download. You can use our website results page (http://changeofpace.com/davis-moonlight-race/results/) to track athletes and/or review results. The link will be up approximately 2 weeks before the race.
Q: I ordered a participation medal. Where do I pick that up? Packet Pick Up? The finish line? A: Optional participation medals may be picked up after you run/walk your race in the post-race area at the “Medal Pick Up” booth. Your name will be on a list and there will also be an indication on the label on your bib number.
Q: What is the cut off time for the Half Marathon? Is it walker friendly? A: The course amenities (water stations, volunteers, etc) will remain in effect for those on pace for a finish time of 3 hours from the first wave start. Athletes on the course with a predicted finish time after 3:00 will be asked to follow the rules of the road. The finish line (timing) will remain open until 3 hours and 30 minutes. We encourage walkers, runners, joggers and everything in-between. However, due to the evening nature of this race and with consideration to our permits and volunteers on the course, we have established these timelines. This year we have added a ten mile race with a three hour cut off for runners and walkers whose pace may not meet the 3 hour cut off for the half marathon.
Q: Where should we park? A: Parking is available at the DMG Mori campus as well as at the adjacent business parks along Second Street. See below map.
Do you have a question not answered here? Please feel free to e-mail us.