What do I need to bring to Packet Pickup?
You will need to know your bib number.
Can a friend or family member pickup my packet for me?
Yes. Make sure you coordinate everything so that you can get your packet(s) from them before the race.
Can I transfer my entry to someone else?
Transfers must be completed by emailing no later than March 11, 2016, by Noon.
What if someone is caught wearing another person’s number?
If you’re caught racing in someone else’s number you will be blacklisted and not be able to race our races and possibly others for a lengthy period of time. DON’T RISK IT!
What about bad weather?
In the event of bad weather we will do everything in our power to still have the event. Remember that thunder and lightning delay the start by 20-30 min each time we see/hear it. We will delay as long as we can. Long delays may cause us to make the entire event a 5k. IF the bad weather persists we “may” have to cancel the entire event. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO HAVE THE EVENT NO MATTER WHAT. Please know that complete cancelation is very rare but DOES happen from time-to-time. In the thirteen years the Parks and Recreation Department has been producing races, we have never cancelled a race, but have had to modify the race in order to open the roads on time.
What about refunds and/or credits?
In the event you know ahead of time you cannot participate in the event but you are signed up, you may contact us and switch your entry to someone else. IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER AND/OR CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL WE CAN NOT ISSUE REFUNDS, CREDITS, OR TRANSFERS. Most of the race has been paid for ahead of time with the money we collect from entry fees. As much as we would like to offer refunds we just can’t since all/most of the money from entries is gone to pay for the event. It’s the nature of the sport and you take a certain risk, as do we, when you sign up. Typically cancelation of ANY event is not something to worry about and is quite rare.
What do I get in my packet?
Race (bib) number, with timing chip and race t-shirt.
Will this race be capped?
Yes. Race management feels it is important to gradually increase the race size to ensure the race is manageable and safe with the ultimate goal of the racers have a quality experience.
May I use my own timing chip instead of the provided disposable timing tag?
No. Please remove all existing chips, D-tags or bib tags from previous races.
What do I do with my Race Bib after the race?
Keep it, throw it out, do whatever with it. It’s disposable, we don’t need it back.
How early should I get there?
If you are doing packet pickup on race day, get there at least 60 min early to be safe. If you have everything you need just be sure you’re there early enough to warm up, stretch, and go to the restrooms, 45 minute is typically enough. Please see our Event Schedule for details.
Is there an additional fee for parking?
No. Parking is FREE.
What should I bring with me?
Everyone needs different things. As general rule you want to bring all your packet pickup items, especially your race number (bib). Aside from that we recommend bringing some water or pre-race drink. Something small to eat that won’t upset your stomach, a change of clothes for after and possibly some rain gear in case the weather gets bad. Also bring a recovery drink and some food. We will have food there but it’s safe to have something of your own to drink and eat just in case. We also suggest checking the weather ahead of time to know if you should dress up or down according to heat/cold. You may want to bring sunscreen, a hat/visor, sunglasses, cash for crawfish and concessions, and nutrition such as Gu Packets and Fuel Belts if needed.
Can I listen to a music device while I run?
Headphones are not prohibited, but are STRONGLY discouraged. Participants who wear headphones must remain aware of race officials, traffic and other runners.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are allowed at the post-race venue, but not on the course (unless running the 2K-9). Anyone caught with one will be disqualified and asked to leave. Please see our Rules & Restrictions Page. We love pets, just NOT at the race. It’s a HUGE liability. We know you have the nicest dog in the world BUT he/she is still not allowed. Sorry.
Are strollers allowed on the race course?
Per USATF sanction and insurance requirements, strollers are not permitted on the course. For the comfort and safety of all participants, baby strollers, baby-joggers, in-line skating and bicycles are all prohibited on the 5K and 10K courses. Dogs on leashes will only be permitted on the 2K-9 course.
Where are pre/post race restrooms?
There will be portable restrooms in the race site in the parking area and permanent restrooms located to the right of the stage, near the playground..
Where is the start line?
The start line is in the road, near the Lodge.
Where is the finish line?
The finish line is in the road, near the Bluebonnet Field.
Where should spectators go to watch?
Start and finish lines are always good, safe, and fun places to go to watch.
How many hydration stations will be on the course?
The 2015 race had one hydration station at the start/finish and four hydration stations throughout the route.
What will the hydration stations have?
Hydration stations will have water.
Will there be food afterwards?
Yes. The post race party will offer crawfish plates, an alternative food item, drink and Zydeco music. Additional concessions will be available for purchase.
Where will be Post-race Party be?
The post-race party will be held at Rob Fleming Park.
What do I need to get into the Post Race Party?
Just use your race bib number to get into the athletes food tent and beverage tent.
Will there be peace officers along the route to ensure cars stay out of the running area?
When and where will results be posted?
Results will be posted and re-posted (updated) as the race(s) go on.
Who gets awards?
The awards will be given out to male and female of the following categories: First place in overall, Master overall; 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each age group; age groups are: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.
My child is running the Little Muddy Kids Fun Run, what do I need to know?
Much of the information is the same as the Muddy Trails Racers, such as registration, packet pick up and post race party. What is different is the route, the time the race starts and it is a non-competitive run.
Parents, please join us for stretches with the race staff and then meet our volunteer runners, who will join your child/children on the course. Parents can run with their little racers too. Volunteers will also be placed at various locations throughout the course and can be easily identified by their pink volunteer shirts.
This is a Fun Run, so whether you choose to run with your child or watch from the side lines, make sure to end together at the finish line to receive your medal and make your way to the post race party!
Can I switch my shirt size?
Not during packet pick up. You can bring your shirt on race day and try to exchange sizes.