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 2021 Cowtown?

The last day to register for the IN-PERSON Cowtown is May 1st. There will not be any in-person registration or onsite registration past this date.

The Last day to register for the VIRTUAL Cowtown is June 30th.

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 43-year policy of not offering refunds or deferments. However, due to having to move the race and cancel the Full and Ultra, runners are able to defer their registration to the 2022 or 2023 race years, switch to a virtual run, or if you feel like you can complete a shorter distance, drop to the Half. Registered runners who become injured or are unable to make the event can also transfer their entry to someone else for a fee of $25.

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?

Login into Race Roster. There are transfer instructions on the main page under the pricing table. You can transfer your entry up until April 8th for a $25 fee.

What if I want to change my race?

Before February 28th, you can change your race online for no fee. From March 1st until April 8th, you can change your race online with a $25 change fee. To do this, login into RaceRoster and click “Transfer.”


  • February 28th: Final day to change your race online at no charge
  • March 1st – April 8th: You may change your race online ($25 fees apply).
  • After April 8th: 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 Marathon is normally a qualifier for The Boston Marathon. However, due to the COVID outbreak, we are not going to be a Boston qualifier for 2021.

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 their Driver’s License. Bib assignments will be sent out prior to race week.

How long is the course open?

Once the last of the runners have started, the 5K will be open for 1 1/2 hours, the 10K will be open for 2 1/2 hours and the half presented by Miller Lite and Healthy Hig Relay courses will be open for 4 1/2 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 1/2 hours after the last of the 5k runners begin,  2 1/2 hours after the last of the 10k runners begin and 4 1/2 hours after the Half Marathon runners begin.  The course will remain open and completely supported for 4 1/2 hours AFTER the last of the runners have started.

Will there be gear check available?

Due to Covid precautions, there will not be a Gear Check on race day. You will need to make your own arrangements for any items that you would normally place into our Gear Check.

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?

No. Corrals are assigned based on your listed predicted pace per mile on your registration. You must start at your assigned time, there is no flexibility with this due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The start line for 2021 will be a rolling start. Runners will be assigned a start time based on the predicted pace. Additional information regarding runners’ individual start times will be sent out prior to race day. The start line will be open from 6:30 am until 8:30 am.

Runners must start at their assigned start time. Times will be sent out the week prior to race day.

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 Run Presented by Academy Sports. 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 by doing so in one of two ways. Either running the 2 different distances virtually or run one distance virtually while running the other distance on Saturday, May 8th, 2021.

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.

What is the new race date?

Saturday, May 8th, 2021 – We will offer a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 4-person Half Marathon Relay, 2-Person Half Marathon Relay. The Kids 5K will take place virtually. Ultra, Full Marathon, Half Marathon Healthy Hig Relay runners will have the option to run virtually, defer to 2022 or 2023 or transfer to the Half Marathon distance.

Can I run the race virtually?

Yes, you can run any distance virtually. Runners must log in to their Race Roster account and mark that they are choosing to run virtually or you may email [email protected] and we will assist you with updating your registration. All virtual runs must be completed by June 30, 2021.

What if I registered for multiple events? (Cowtown Challenge)

Runners registered for the challenge will have 2 options. They can either run both their events virtually or run one in-person and one virtually. With the 2021 event moving to one day it will not be possible to run both events in-person.

When will runner swag be sent out to virtual runners?

Runner packets that include ALL of the runner’s shirts, finisher shirts, bib, and other swag will be sent out starting the first week of March. Challenge swag will be sent out at the end of May.

Can I defer to 2022 or 2023?

Yes, we are allowing our runners to defer to the 2022 or 2023 race in case they are unable to make it to this year’s event. All runners that registered prior to August 27th will receive an email with instructions on how to choose their running options – in person, virtual, defer to 2022, or defer to 2023. These choices must be completed by April 8th, 2021, unless you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after April 8th. If that is the case, please contact us at [email protected] in order for us to assist you.

Will there be a Full and Ultra Marathon?

No, we are eliminating the Full and Ultra Marathons for the 2021 year due to the extended time the start line will be open and the smaller pool of volunteers available, due to COVID-19. Runners that have already registered for the Ultra or the Full Marathon will have the option to run virtually, transfer to the Half Marathon distance, or defer to the 2022 or 2023 years. Full and Ultra runners will receive email instructions if you have additional questions please email [email protected]

If I registered for the Marathon or Ultra what happens now?

Runners that registered for the Marathon or the Ultra will receive an email with instructions on how to change to the Half Marathon, defer to 2022 or 2023 or switch to virtual. Runners must make the choice no later than April 8th, 2021.

Where will the start line be?

We are moving the start line onto Lancaster Ave. in front of the Will Rogers Memorial Center Coliseum for the 2021 Cowtown. Due to multiple events taking place at Will Rogers Memorial Center our traditional start/finish lines are not available for the May date.

Will there be spectators allowed at the Start or Finish lines?

Due to ongoing social distancing practices, no spectators will be allowed at the Start or Finish line. Spectators may follow their runners’ progress through The Cowtown app, more info regarding the app and signing up to follow runners will be sent out in April 2021.

What is the start line procedure? (How will the start of the race look like?)

The start line for 2021 will be a rolling start. Runners will be assigned a start time based on the predicted pace. Additional information regarding runners’ individual start times will be sent out prior to race day. The start line will be open from 6:30 am until 8:30 am.

Runners must start at their assigned start time.  Times will be sent out the week prior to race day and will be printed on runners bibs.

What will the courses look like?

The courses for the Saturday, May 8th, 2021 event are currently being designed and certified. Once the certification is complete the courses will be posted on The Cowtown website at https://cowtownmarathon.org/the-cowtown-marathon-the-races/ 

Will there be water stops?

Runners are asked to carry their own water. Refill stations will be available to refill runners’ water bottles- there will be no cups at stops. 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 along the Half Marathon course. Gu will be provided to Half Marathon runners in their runner packets. Please carry it on Race Day and use as needed as you complete your Half Marathon distance. There will be no Gu available on the race course. A Water and Gatorade refill station will be available on the 10K course and a water refill will be available on the 5K course. All runners are asked to carry their own hydration and use the water stops to refill your 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?

There will be no in-person Expo for the Saturday, May 8th event. We will offer a virtual expo to our runners. 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. We will offer a drive-thru packer pick-up process for our registered runners or runners may pay to have their packet mailed to them.

Will there be a hotel shuttle?

We will not be providing hotel shuttles for the May 2021 event due to social distancing guidelines. All runners will need to find their own transportation to the race venue.

Will there be a Kids 5K Run?

No, not in person. All school teams will be able to run virtually and earn their shirt and medal. School coaches have been contacted with details. If a child wants to run in-person they must register as an individual in the 5K that will take place on Saturday, May 8th. Age divisions for the In-Person 5K will be available for all ages.

Do you have a paper form for registration?

No, all registration must be done electronically, even school teams. If schools 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, we will have age division awards for every in-person distance. Please go to cowtownmarathon.org and click on the distance you are interested in to review the age divisions.

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