FAQ

Q. Do you have race day registration?

A. Yes. Race day registration will be available for all five events. It will be located at Central Park, the start/finish area for the event. It opens at 6:45 a.m. We recommend arriving one hour prior to the start time of your race in order to allow sufficient time to park, register, use porta-potties, etc.

Q. I can’t make it to Davis for your packet pick up on Saturday. What should I do?

A. Packet pick up on Saturday is not required. However, picking up your bib in advance will make your race morning much easier. You may, however, pick up your packet on race morning (Sunday) at Central Park starting at 6:30 a.m. If you need to pick up or register on race morning, we suggest arriving and being in line to pick up BY 6:45 AM to avoid any last minute rush.

Q. What is “Packet Pick Up”? What is a packet?

A. Packet pick up is the time at which you can come and pick up your race bib and t-shirt. Your “packet” is just that.

Q. Can I have a friend or family member pick up my bib / shirt for me at Packet Pick Up?

A. Yes. They will just need to tell your name to the volunteer.

Q. What can I expect the weather to be like for this event?

A. We have had all sorts of weather for this event over the past 25 years, including beautiful sunny days, fog, wind, rain, etc. We can say that it has never snowed. Following are the average temperatures and record high and lows for early February in Davis:

Average High: 58 degrees F
Average Low: 39 degrees F
Record High: 69 degrees F
Record Low: 25 degrees F

Q. What happens if it’s raining?

A. The race happens rain or shine. Dress appropriately, but not so warmly so that you’ll overheat, and have fun!

Q. Will you have a sweat check for this event?

A. Yes. There will be a tent set up near to the finish line/registration area where you can “check” your sweats. You will be provided with a plastic bag on which you will write your bib number. After finishing the race, please come back to the sweat check tent in a timely manner to claim your bag. While the area will be secure, we will not be held responsible for any lost items, so please do not leave valuables. The sweat check tent will remain open until 12:15 PM.

Q. Can I run/walk with my dog for this race?

A. Sorry, but pets are not allowed, except for service dogs. While we realize it is fun for both you and your pet to run/walk together, this policy has been established by both our insurance company and us for safety reasons.

Q. Can I run/walk with my child in a baby/jogging stroller for this race?

A. We do permit baby joggers/strollers for this event, but we ask that you start in the back of the back, whether you are running or walking. This is for your safety and for the safety of those around you. This will mean that you are behind a majority of the field and so if you wish to run faster than a 10:00 mile, we discourage use of a jogging stroller. Strollers are strongly discouraged for the half marathon due to the portion of the course that is on decomposed granite/dirt.

Q. Do I need to register my child who will be sitting in the baby jogger?

A. No, you do not. However, note that they will not be receiving a t-shirt.

Q. Do you offer complimentary entries for elite athletes for this race?

A. Sorry, but we do not.

Q. Is there a relay or team division?

A. This year there will not be a relay division.

Q. What is the terrain like on the course?

A. The 5K is paved and almost entirely asphalt. The 10K is paved and a mixture of asphalt and cement; roughly about 35% cement. The Half Marathon has about 1.85-ish miles of hard packed dirt between miles 6.25 and 7.75 (approx), along the Wildhorse Perimeter trail. The remainder is asphalt and cement.

Q. Do you have porta-potties on the Half Marathon course?

A. Yes; they will be located around miles 3, 3.75, 6.25 (by aid station), 9.5, 11.75. Please see the course map.

Q. What will be served at the fluid stations along the course?

A. On the 5K and 10K, water and Gatorade will be available. On the half marathon course, water, Gatorade and oranges will be available.

Q. I am traveling to this event from out-of-town. Could you recommend a place to stay in Davis?

A. Check out the list of hotels on the Yolo County Visitor’s Bureau Website at: http://www.yolocvb.net/hotels-and-inns-davis.html/.  Here you will find a comprehensive listing of hotels in Davis.

Q. Do you accept credit or debit cards for payment for race day registration?

A. We do, as well as cash, check and money order.

Q. My group is interested in volunteering for this race. Who do we contact?

A. Wonderful! We are always looking for volunteers to assist with race duties. Please contact our volunteer coordinator at acopvolunteer@gmail.com.

Q. Is there a Kid’s Fun Run associated with this race?

A. We are hosting Kid’s 1/4 and 1/2 mile fun runs, for kids ages 12 and under. The kids races will start at 11:00 am.

Q. I’m new to racing. What do I do with my bib number?

A. Using safety pins, affix the bib to the front of your body on your outermost layer of clothing. Safety pins will be available at Packet Pick Up and at Registration on race day. Be sure that your bib is not obscured by clothing or hydration belts.

Q. I picked up my bib but didn’t receive a timing chip for my shoe! What do I do?

A. For this event, we use thin, adhesive timing chips that will be located on the back of your race bib. Please do not remove them. There is no timing chip to put on your shoe or your ankle.

Q. Are there finisher’s medals for the Half Marathon?

A. Yes! You’ll receive your medal after you cross the finish line.

Q. Where do I receive my “optional participation medal?” Packet pick up? Finish Line?

A. Optional medals, which are to be pre-ordered by Jan. 20 for $5.00, can be picked up at the medal tent in the post-race area. If we have extras, they’ll be on sale race morning for $5.00.

Q. Are there ribbons for the kids fun runs?

A. Yes – and they will be passed out to kids as they finish their race.

Q. What is the exact address of the start line?

A. 3rd Street at C Street, Davis, CA 95616.

Q. Am I allowed to run this race in a costume?

A. Sure! Dress up if you wish and have fun.

Q. May I wear an ipod during the race?

A. We discourage the use of ipods during the race, but they are not prohibited. The reason for this is because the headphones impair your ability to hear the directions of volunteers and Police on the course, emergency vehicles, and the runners around you. That said, if you wear one, please keep the volume at a level such that you will still be able to hear volunteers, police, vehicles and participants around you.

Q. I need to change the division for which I am registered. What should I do?

A. Log in to your account and make the change. If you did not make an account when you registered, or if you signed up prior to January 1, go to this page http://changeofpace.com/davis-stampede/registered-participant-lookup/ type in your first and last name, click claim your entry, and follow the steps to claim your account (entry) and make necessary adjustments.

Q. I couldn’t find the section to personalize my bib during the registration process. 

A. We are not offering personalized bibs this year; our apologies.

Q. Could you email me the coupon code?

A. We are asked this every so often on facebook and by e-mail. There are no coupon codes floating around out there in cyberspace for athletes to use to save a few bucks on their entry. We believe it is important to be upfront about our pricing, and we don’t want you to have to search the internet for a code when you register for one of our races. The prices are wholly determined by the distance you wish to run/walk and the date you register. If we ever offer a promotion, it’s at the same time registration opens for a race, so that there is never a “penalty” for registering early (and then finding out that there is a deal or coupon offered later on). There are no groupons, coupons, or discounts. The only reason the coupon code line appears on the online registration form is for use in the unique situation of a sponsor entry.

Q. Do you have pace groups for the half marathon?

A. Yes, courtesy of the Golden Valley Harriers. They’ll be holding signs at the start line. We will have pacers for goal finish times of 1:35 to 2:30, in five minute increments. There is no sign up; simply find the pacer at the start or along the route and run with them!

Q. Do I have to wear the race t-shirt that I received at Packet Pick Up during the run/walk?

A. No, you are free to wear whatever clothing you prefer. Some people wear the race shirt on race day, some do not.http://changeofpace.com/wp-admin/plugins.php

Q. Is there a minimum or maximum age to participate?
A. For the Half Marathon the minimum age is 14 years old unless specific petition is made to participate by the child’s parent/guardian.  If you have a child under the age of 14 who wishes to run the half, please e-mail us.

Q. I’ve registered for this race and now I cannot make it. What are my options? Can I get a refund? Transfer to another one of your events? Transfer to a friend? Or am I just out of luck?

A. All entries are non-refundable and may not be transferred to another event. We will transfer, with no fee, your entry to a friend for this event. Comparing to other events, we think you’ll find this is a generous policy. Below is the fine print regarding transfer requests:

All entries are non-refundable and are not transferable to another event. No refunds under any circumstances. No refunds of the “difference” if you drop down from Half Marathon to 5K/10K. If you wish to transfer your entry to a friend or family member in the case that you become injured or cannot otherwise attend, you may do so on or before 2/17/16. There is no fee to transfer to a friend/family member but your request must be made in writing via email to info@changeofpace.com. No phone, fax or  in person requests for entry transfers. No transfers requests accepted after 11:59 PM after February 17 2016.  All race communication is done via e-mail so please include an email that you check on your entry. Emails are not sold or traded.