FAQs

Age Requirements
  • Marathon participants must be at least 16 years old on race day.
  • Half Marathon participants must be at least 12 years old on race day.
  • Relay participants must be at least 12 years old on race day. See additional race policies for minors participating in relay HERE.
  • There are no age restrictions for the 5K race.
  • Kids Fun Run participants must be 10 years old or younger on race day.
Refunds/deferrals/transfers

Need to make a change to your registration?  Please read through our policies so you know what your options are. The deadlines and requirements are outlined below. Please understand that we cannot make exceptions to these policies.

REFUND POLICY

We are not able to issue refunds under any circumstance, however, you do do have the option of deferring or transferring your marathon or half marathon registration, as explained below.

REGISTRATION TRANSFERS

Transfer request deadline: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Please email your registration transfer request no later than one week prior to race day.  This email must include the name, address, email, date of birth, and gender of BOTH the original and new registrants. 

If you are transferring to a race that is MORE expensive, this difference must be paid BEFORE the transfer is made.  If you are transferring to a race that is LESS expensive, please be aware that you will forfeit this difference.

REGISTRATION DEFERRAL

Deferral request deadline: Sunday, September 29, 2019

You may defer your registration (full and half marathon ONLY) to the following year only and must email us no later than one week prior to the event.  NO EXCEPTIONS. 

You will receive a coupon code to use for next year’s registration, which will take 50% off of next year’s fee. 

Packet Pickup

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be hosting packet pickup on Friday from 12-8PM and again on Saturday from 12-7PM

Parking
SATURDAY 5K

Parking at Forest Park will be extremely limited. We will provide shuttle service from downtown. Specific details including times and location will be updated soon.

SUNDAY RACES

There are a number of parking facilities to choose from in downtown Springfield. Please visit the Springfield Parking Authority website for more information.

Race Start
SATURDAY 5K

The 5K will begin promptly at 8:00 am by the Walker Grandstand in Forest Park. 

SUNDAY RACES

All Sunday races, including the full marathon, half marathon, and relay, will begin at 7:30 am at Court Square in Springfield.  Runners will be asked to line up for a waved start, according to pace.

The Kids Fun Run will begin at approximately 8:00 AM, after the other racers have left the area.

Timing

Please stay tuned!

Pacers

Please come back soon for more information about our pacer teams.

Bag Drop

We will be offering a bag drop.  Stay tuned for more information!

Swag
5K

All 5K registrants will receive a short sleeved t-shirt (size not guaranteed).  All 5k finishers will receive a custom finishers medal (distributed at the finish line).

Relay

All relay registrants will receive a long sleeved t-shirt (size not guaranteed).  All relay finishers will receive a custom finishers medal (distributed at the 3 exchange points and the final finish line).

Half & Full Marathons

All half and full marathon registrants will receive a long sleeved t-shirt (size not guaranteed).  All half and full marathon finishers will receive a custom finishers medal (distributed at the finish line).

Kids Fun Run

All kids fun run registrants will receive a short sleeved t-shirt (size not guaranteed).  All kids fun run finishers will receive a custom finishers medal (distributed at the finish line).

THE CHALLENGE

All participants who COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE will also receive a custom challengers medal!

Time limits

Half marathon participants should plan to finish in 3 hours, 30 minutes or sooner.

Marathon participants should plan to finish in 6 hours, 30 minutes or sooner.

Aid Stations
Saturday 5K

There will be one water stop on the 5K route, at approximately the half way point.

Sunday Races

13 aid stations will be provided along the course placed approximately 1.5 – 2 miles apart.  All aid stations will be staffed and will have water and an electrolyte beverage (brand TBA).  Each aid station will be equipped with a first aid kit. 

Stay tuned for more information on specific locations of these aid stations, as well as brands served.

Medical Services & Toilets

Medical stations and portable toilets will be located at several points on the half/full/relay courses.  Please stay tuned for more specific location information.

Strollers/Dogs/Headphones

Strollers will be allowed in the 5K race on Saturday only and should line up toward the back of the race field.  No strollers will be permitted on the relay/half marathon/marathon course on Sunday.

For the safety of our participants, we will not be allowing dogs on the race course.

For your safety, please wear headphones in one ear only or consider bone conduction headphones so you can hear people and cars around you.

Military discount

Please contact us to request a military discount.  Proper identification will be required.

Extreme Weather

In the case that extreme weather poses a risk for our race participants, we will first attempt to delay the start of the races.  If this is not sufficient to keep our participants safe, we may be forced to cancel the race.  Please be aware that no refunds or postponed race date will be available in the case of extreme weather.

Runner Tracking
Free Live Tracking and Progress Alerts by RaceJoy! (Sunday events ONLY)

Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at the Hoop City Marathon.  Participants MUST CARRY THEIR PHONE to use this service.

Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:

GPS Progress Alerts
  • Receive GPS-based progress alerts at mile points on the course for current pace and estimated finish time.
  • Post to your Facebook and Twitter walls.
  • Have friends and family track your performance.
Live GPS Tracking
  • Supporting spectators can track your blue dot moving along the course from home or at the race site.
  • NearMe proximity alerts notify spectators when you are drawing near.
  • Find each other using RaceJoy’s MeetUp tool.
Send-a-Cheer
  • Receive fun, motivational audio cheers from your supporting fans.
  • Start sending cheers to others doing the race at any time.
Results

On race day, you will be able to view and sort results HERE.

Food Services

Please check back for more information about the delicious food and drink options that will be available to runners and spectators. 

Photography

More information coming soon!

 

Still have a question? 
Please contact us and we’ll do our best to help!

STARTING POINT

1300 Main St., Springfield, MA

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