Running in the Parks | Half Marathons | General Questions

Why can’t we run in the park?

The National Park Service states its mission as:

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

The preservation of the parks are their first and foremost concern. While there are some instances where the parks have opened themselves up to a race within the actual park, it can be unpredictable. We will continue to work with the park system and when they do open up the parks, we will be the first in line to launch a running event.

Why Half Marathons?

Two reasons

1. Half marathons have experienced a surge in popularity over the past decade. It is currently the second most popular running distance in America.

2. Running then hiking. Our races take place near national parks. It is challenging to tackle a half marathon with little or no training, where many people can run a 5k or a 10k with minimal training. However, the shorter distance(compared to a full marathon) means you can recover quickly. You can run Saturday morning and by Sunday morning many runners are up for a hike. We want to encourage our runners to make a vacation out of this event and enjoy the park.

As we continue with our race series we will explore additional distances in order to serve our runners. If we find there in interest in a marathon, we may consider adding one in addition to the half.

What time does the race start?

The race start time is TBD.

Will there be shuttles to the starting line? Back from the finish line?

The race starts and finishes at the same place. There is no plan to offer shuttles at this time, as we should have enough parking for our runners at the start/finish. We’ll update this page and our race day page once plans are finalized.

How long do I have to finish the race? Can I walk?

Runners will have 4 hours to finish. Walkers are welcome as long as they can complete the course within the 4 hour limit.

Are strollers allowed on the course?

Unfortunately, no.

Are dogs allowed on the course?

Unfortunately, no. They are a liability that our insurance does not cover. However they are welcome to greet you at the finish line with the rest of your loved ones!

Where should I stay during my visit?

The start, finish, and race expo all start at the same location. There is no physical address, but you can find directions here. You can find recommendations and more info on our “Travel Info” page.

Can we register as a team?

Absolutely you can! For details visit our “Team Registration” page.

How do I get a refund?

We have an excellent refund policy with additional options for transfer and deferment. Visit our “Refund Policies” page for details.

Who gets a medal?

Place medals will be given to the top 5 male and female runners overall as well as the Masters 40+ group. Additionally, the top 5 in each of the following age groups will also receive a place medal.

11 and younger
75 and older

There will be finisher medals for everyone who finishes the race.

What do the medals look like?

Making beautiful and high-quality medals is one of our priorities. As soon as we have everything finalized we’ll update our blog and let runners know via email.