2021 Postponement FAQ

(We will be looking to expand the FAQ as more questions that we may have missed are brought to our attention.)

When is the last day to register for the 2022 Cowtown?

The last day to register for the IN-PERSON Cowtown is February 25th. There will not be any in-person registration or onsite registration past this date.

The Last day to register for the VIRTUAL Cowtown is February 26th.

What if I have a schedule Conflict and can’t make it, or I injure myself? Can I get a refund?

The Cowtown has a 44-year policy of not offering refunds or deferments. However, runners are able to switch their race to a virtual run, or if you feel like you can complete a shorter distance, drop to a shorter distance. Registered runners who become injured or are unable to make the event can also transfer their entry to someone else for free until January 16th. After the 16th, it there will be a $25 transfer fee.

Since we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, you may use your race registration as a charitable donation for your tax purposes. (Our tax ID is 75-2198418).

How do I transfer my race to another runner?

To begin your transfer, login into Race Roster via this link:


On the right side of the page, there is a transfer button. Follow the instructions to transfer your race. You can transfer your entry for free until January 16th for free. After the 16th, all transfers will be $25.

What if I want to change my race?

Before January 16th, you can change your race online for no fee. From January 17th to February 25th, you can change your race online with a $25 change fee. To do this, login into RaceRoster and click “Transfer.”

If dropping down to a shorter distance, registration fees will not be refunded.


  • January 16th: Final day to change your race online at no charge
  • January 17th – February 25th: You may change your race online ($25 fees apply).
  • After February 25th: There will be no more changes to races after this date.

Do you allow strollers?

Strollers are allowed for your children, provided you indicate this during your registration. Strollers are defined as something pushed, not pulled.
In addition to indicating on your registration that you plan to push your child in a stroller, we require you to start in the last corral, regardless of your pace. In the interest of safety for you, your child(ren), and all participants. You must use caution and yield the right of way to other runners.

Is the Cowtown Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

The Cowtown Full Marathon and Ultra Marathon presented by Miller Lite are qualifiers for the Boston Marathon.

I cannot make it to packet pick-up. Can I have a family member or friend pick up my packet for me?

Yes. To do so, they will need your full name, DOB, which race you’re registered for, Bib number, and confirmation number. Bib assignments will be sent out prior to race week.

How long is the course open?

Once the last corral of runners has started, the 5K will be open for 1.5 hours, the 10K will be open for 2.5 hours, the Half Marathon and Healthy Hig Relay courses will be open for 4.5 hours, and the Full Marathon and Ultra Marathon presented by Miller Lite will be open 7.5 hours.


Do you allow walkers at the Cowtown?


Yes, walkers are welcome as long as they are able to complete the course within the cutoff time. 1.5 hours after the last of the 5K corrals start,  2.5 hours after the last of the 10K corral starts, 4.5 hours after the last Half Marathon corral starts, and 7.5 hours after the last Full and Ultra Marathon corrals start. The course will remain open and completely supported for 7.5 hours AFTER the last corral has started.

Will there be gear check available?

We will have a gear check area for our 2022 Cowtown event.

Will there be pace leaders for the Half Marathon?

No. Due to the way we have to start runners, there will not be pace leaders.

Can I change which corral I start in?

We have not decided whether we are hosting corrals or having another rolling start. Either way, you cannot change which corral you start in or your start time.

However, if you want to run with your friend/family, you can move back into a later corral or start at a later time to be able to run with them.


Does The Cowtown donate to a charity?

The Cowtown Marathon is a nonprofit organization promoting health and fitness in the community. By running Cowtown races, runners are supporting The C.A.L.F. (Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness) Program, which provides training to help children develop a lifelong love of fitness. A grant program is offered for students in need of funding their entries into the Kid’s 5K presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. In addition, these children are provided with training tools, instruction on nutrition and running tips, and quality running shoes to help them achieve their goals.

The Cowtown has partnerships with several local charities where runners raise funds for various causes, such as Alzheimer’s Association and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Where are your fluid stations along the courses?

Due to Covid-19, all runners must carry their own hydration source such as hydration pack, collapsible cup or water bottle as well as any electrolyte replacement. There will be fluid refill stations with water and electrolyte replacement along the 10K and half marathon course, but no hand offs from volunteers will be given.  There will be medical support and portalets at each station.

Do you allow pets on the course?

No. Due to the large number of runners, we do not allow pets on the course, for their safety and for the safety of all our runners.

What is the Cowtown Challenge?

The Cowtown Challenge is for anyone registered to complete two races either virtually or in-person. You can be in the challenge by doing both races virtually, on virtually and one in-person, or both events in-person.

What if I register for my two races at separate times, will I still be in The Cowtown Challenge?

You will receive an email from a member of either the Cowtown team or the RaceRoster support team for the $20 challenge upgrade, and once paid you’ll be registered for the additional challenge swag.

If you do not choose to upgrade to the challenge, you will not receive the swag that is provided for challenge participants.

Can I run the race virtually?

Yes, you can run any distance virtually. if you have not selected the virtual option on the registration path, you may transfer your registration into a virtual by visiting this link (https://raceroster.com/events/2022/47591/the-2022-cowtown-race-weekend)  and selecting ‘Transfer’ on the right-hand side. All virtual runs must be completed by February 27th, 2022.

When will runner swag be sent out to virtual runners?

Virtual packet ship dates are TBD.

Can I defer to 2023?

If you had already deferred from the 2021 race, you may still choose to defer into 2023. However, we are not allowing refunds or deferments from the 2022 event into 2023.

Where will the start line be?

We are moving the start line back onto Gendy St. next to Will Rogers Memorial Center Coliseum for the 2022 Cowtown Marathon.

Will there be water stops?

Runners are asked to carry their own water. Refill stations will be available to refill runners’ water bottles. Volunteers will be at water stops and available to assist in refilling runners’ bottles with water and Gatorade. It is recommended that runners utilize a hydration vest or belt, if possible.

Will food and electrolytes be available on the course?

Gatorade will be available on all courses. Gu will be provided to Half, Full, and Ultra Marathon runners. All runners are asked to carry their own hydration and use the water stops to refill their bottles. It is recommended that runners utilize a hydration vest or belt if possible. You can visit the online Cowtown store to shop for these items.

Will there be an Expo?

The in-person Cowtown Health and Fitness Expo will return on Friday, February 25th, and Saturday, February 26th. We will also be offering a virtual expo to our virtual runners or ones that cannot make it to the Expo. A link to the virtual expo will be sent out race week. Please check it out and help support all of the merchants that are participating.

Will there be hotel shuttles?

We are planning on providing hotel shuttles for The 2022 Cowtown event that comply with social distancing guidelines. More details are will be announced in Dec. – Jan.

Do you have a paper form for registration?

No, all registration must be done electronically. If you are with a school and need assistance, please email [email protected] and we will be able to help.

Will the Healthy Hig Relay take place at the May event?

Yes, runners will have the choice to run a 2-person or 4-person Healthy Hig Relay on the Half Marathon course.

Will there be shuttles for the Relay Exchange Points?

There will be NO RELAY SHUTTLES going to the Relay exchange points. All relay participants are responsible to get to their exchange points on their own. Driving directions will be provided prior to race day to assist runners.

Will there still be age division awards?

Yes, there will be age division awards 3 deep for each of the Adults 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, and Ultra Marathon presented by Miller Lite. As well as 5 deep in the Kids 5K presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. Please go to www.cowtownmarathon.org and click on the distance you are interested in to review the age divisions.

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