(We will be looking to expand the FAQ as more questions that we may have missed are brought to our attention.)
What is the new race date?
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 and Full Marathon 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 it 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 the runner shirt and bib will be sent out in the second week of March. Finisher shirts and medals will be sent out in the first week of April. Challenge gear will also be sent out at this time.
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 September 10, 2020.
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. 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 September 10, 2020.
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.
What will the courses look like?
The courses for the May 2021 event are currently being designed and ceritified. 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. Water stops 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 and Gu will be available along the Half Marathon course. Water and Gatorade will be available on the 10K course and water 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.
Will there be an Expo?
A determination regarding an in-person expo will be made in early Spring, dependant on the Covid-19 situation. If there is no expo we will offer a drive-thru packet pickup process or registered runners may pay to have their packet mailed to them. More details to be announced in early spring.
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 May 8th. Age divisions for the 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.