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.

What COVID rules are in place?

We expect ALL runners to follow state/local protocols even if you don’t agree with them.  WE all want racing back so we can’t ruin it by not following the rules.

-Social Distanced Start Line:  This will all be explained in an email to you with a specific start time in mid-May.

-MASKS will be worn until you start the race and after you are done running.

MASKS will be worn when picking up your bob.  Yes, it’s a drive thru pick up this year, but we want to keep you and our volunteers safe.  We will also be on the campus of a medical facility and they expect us to comply.  

Please plan to carry a water bottle.  More info coming on this as we work with local officials.

-If you arrive early to warm up. please use the many streets surrounding our start line.  

-Upon finishing the race, we need you to make your way out of the finish line area when you are feeling well enough to do so.

 

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 3 pm-7:30 pm.  Friends and family may pick up your bib for you!  Contact us with unique circumstances.

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

Race day is Saturday, May 29, 2021

The half will begin at 6:30 am.  Runners should (this includes the relay and competitive walk)

The 5k will begin at 7:00 am.  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.  This is because we cover a variety of surfaces.

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: 100% of the funds we generate from the event goes back to LOCAL charitable organizations.  As of 2020, we have given over $140,000!

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 Medina Medical Center.

Address: 3780 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256

Time:  3pm-7:30 pm

Learn more at 

http://www.runmedina.org/expo/

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 the first 2 miles. We will display the clothing for pick up, but we can’t be held responsible for the clothing. All leftover items will be donated to local charities.

 

Our race is in May and parking is very close to our start so we don’t anticipate anyone needing to wear throw-away clothing.

Q: Do you offer bib transfers or refunds?

We try and be flexible with bib transfers.  Due to Covid limits this year, we can’t promise anything.

We do NOT handle these transfers over social media.

You will need to email us at medinaHalfMarathon@gmail.com

We will do our very best to accommodate you. 

We have limited bibs and a specific number of medals.  

Please do not switch races on your own. This is an issue with the timing system.  Communicate with the RD on race morning if you are having an issue, we are here to help.

Music and running?

A:  Listening to music is NOT encouraged for your safety.  If you choose to do so, 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 2022 race at the expo?

A:  Yes!

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

Due to Covid, early bird registration will be online only and links will be sent to all registered runners on Friday, May 28th.  You can also access the updated registration over the weekend on our website.

Race Day 2020:  Saturday, May 28, 2022 

Do you have a 5K Medal?

Yes.

This will now place a limit of 500 total runners in the 5K race as we experiment with the purchase of these medals.  We anticipate a sell-out, register early.