Medina Half Marathon & 5K > Race Info > FAQ

Please see the  answers to the questions we most frequently receive from runners below.  If you have a specific question, please fill out the form below with your question and we will respond to it as quickly as we can.

Q: Do I have to pick up my packet the day before the race at expo?

A:  YES!  We are asking all runners and walkers to pick up their bib at our expo on Friday (Day before the race) at the Summa Health Lake Medina from 2pm-8pm.  Friends and family may pick up your bib for you!  Contact us with unique circumstances.

Q: What is the day and time of the 2018 Medina Half Marathon and 5K?

Race day is Saturday, May 26, 2018

The half will begin at 6:45am.  Runners should be on the line by 6:35am.

The 5k will begin at 7:00am.  Runners should be on the line as the half marathon runners exit the start line.




Q: Do you allow strollers in the half marathon?

A: For the safety of our runners, we can’t allow strollers in the half. Also, we do cover a variety of surfaces.

Q: Is there a wait list when your run sells out?

A:  No. We do not have a wait list.  All runners MUST display a bib on the front of their shirts.  We anticipate the relay selling out for 2018, we can’t predict the half marathon race, but we think it will be close to a sell out by mid-May.

Q: What is the cut off time for the race?

Runners running a pace of longer than 3 hours and 20 minutes pace will likely be asked to move towards the sidewalk after mile 6. Our course is mostly residential and safe!  However, once the course closes, please carefully adhere to normal traffic conditions. The race directors will wait at the finish line for EVERY runner to cross the finish line and you will receive a medal. We will also have bike officials on the course communicating with the finish line.  We also have GPS on our bike riders so we know where the beginning, middle and end of the pack is located at all times.

Q: Does your race benefit a local charity or is your race for profit?

A: Our race is benefiting at least 3 organizations:

  1. Medina County Road Runners Scholarship Fund
  2. Mary Grace Memorial Foundation
  3. Stand Up For Downs.

New in 2016, all water stops will be run by charitable groups which will each receive a donation.

100% of our profit is returned to our local community!

Q: Do you have pace teams?

Each of the pace group will be made up of two pacers wearing bright colored PACER shirts will be in the following goal times:

1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00, 3:10.

Our 3:20 pace group will sweep the course.Pace team 1

Q: Where is the expo located?

Our expo is located at the Summa Health Lake Medina.  Signs will lead you the back parking lot to the doors of the field house.

Address: 3780 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256

Time:  2pm-8pm

Learn more at http://www.runmedina.org/expo/

PLEASE NOTE:  There is NO day of race pick up!  Friends and family may pick up your bib for you.


Q: If the race has a cool start, will you donate our throw away clothing?

A: YES! We will have volunteers gather all clothing from the start line and first 2 miles. We will display the clothing for pick up, but we can’t be held responsible for the clothing. All left over items will be donated to local charities.

Q: Do you offer bib transfers or refunds?

We only allow transfers if the event sells out.  We do not offer deferrals or refunds.

Switching between the 5K & Half?  If it is after May 15th…please just let us know at the expo.

PLEASE DO NOT SELF-SWITCH!  Ask at the expo and it’s an easy switch!  This causes a huge issue with timing if not switched in the computer BEFORE the race starts.


Q: Can I wear an ipod?

A:  iPods are NOT encouraged for your safety.  If you choose to still wear one, please know you do so at your own risk. There are spots on the course will you will need to listen to the directions of volunteers!

Q. Can I register for the 2018 race at the expo?

A:  Yes!

Registration will open and a deep discounted rate at our expo and throughout race weekend!  Registration will remain open through the expo or upon event selling out.

Do you have a 5K Medal?

We are sorry, but we do NOT offer a 5K Medal.  We offer overall and age group awards to all those placing.  We like to keep our costs low and a medal, worthy of purchasing, would far exceed our race costs.

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