Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:

How can I tell if I already registered for this race?

If you are an RAS Member and always use your membership email and password to check out, you can go here: https://www.runningalliancesport.org/runners/index.php?main_page=login and use the login for Returning Members. Once you have logged in, you will find a link at the top of the page that says My Account. There you can view your orders. NOTE: You will not be able to change any of the runner information, for that you will need to contact us using the Contact form on any of our websites.

Do you have any discount for active military or first responders?

If you are an active member of the US Armed Forces we would like to honor your service by giving you Double Perk Points on any race registration with RAS. This gives you a discount on any future race registration of 14% of the value of your current registration. Please contact us and provide proof of service and we will award your extra Perk Points. To use RAS Perk Points you must be an RAS member, which is free, you only have to register as a member and use your log in when paying for races online.

Where does the race start?

Check the Information page for course details.

Is there packet pick-up on Race Day?

Check the Packet Pick-Up page for packet pick-up scheduled days and times. We highly recommend packet pickup be completed on one of the designated days. However, we realized it may be impossible for a few people to pickup their packet at the official times. We will have limited packet pickup the morning of the race.

Do I need to notify the race director to pickup my packet on Race Day?

No.

Can I pick up my friend’s packet?

Yes, you can pick up the whole running group.

What do I need to pick up my friends packet?

THE EXACT NAME EACH PERSON REGISTERED UNDER, not their bib name, nickname, maiden or married name if it was not used to register. Also be sure that EVERY PERSON YOU WANT TO PICK UP A PACKET FOR IS REGISTERED. Yes, it has happened, we have been asked for packets when a runner never actually registered.

Do you accept credit cards at Packet Pick-up and Race Day registration?

We sure do! And there’s another reason to bring your credit card – we will sell any left over shirts after the conclusion of the race!

What is the minimum age requirement and do you need a parents or guardian’s consent to participate?

The minimum age for the half marathon or marathon is 8 years, for the 5K or quarter marathon it’s 6 years, and we do need the signature of a consenting parent or guardian. There is no minimum for the Kids 1K, but still need parent’s consent.

Are the events chip timed?

Yes. Timing tags will be attached to your bib – no bib, no time. If you lose or forget your bib on race day there is a $10 replacement fee.

What if I forget my bib at home?

If you lose or forget your bib on race day there is a $10 replacement fee. DO NOT run without your bib (timing tag attached) – your official time will not be recorded. Non-registered runners and/or bandit runners will be removed from the course. No one will be allowed to finish the race without a bib #.

The shirt in my packet doesn’t fit, can I exchange it for a different size?

We post deadlines for both bib name and shirt size selection, and order shirts in advance according to what you selected if you register by those deadlines. We estimate the remainder. If we have any extras after the race you are welcome to exchange, but if the race fills, extras for exchange are unlikely.

Are jogging strollers allowed?

Due to the nature of the course, and the congestion, we will not be able to allow any strollers on the course.

Is your race a Boston qualifier?

Yes it is, however, our course is slow, due to it being on narrow trails, and congestion.

If I wanted to run the marathon on Saturday and do the 1/2 marathon relay on Sunday, what registration steps do I need to take?

You will need to register separately for each race.

Can I change races or days?

An Individual (NOT RELAY) can switch races and days with no fees up to February 11, 2018 unless the race is full. After February 11, 2018, there is a $15 charge and loss of personalized bib.

Should you decide to drop from marathon to half, after the race starts, you will receive an official time, however, you will not be eligible for any awards. You will also receive the medal you registered for.

SWITCHING RACES FOR RELAY:

You CANNOT switch from relay to an individual run, or vice versa.

Is there any minimum time if I start early?

Marathoners utilizing the early start will have a minimum official finishing time of 6 hours.

What if I change my mind after I’ve started the race – if I don’t think I can do the full marathon, can I do the half instead?

Should you decide to drop from marathon to half, after the race starts, you will receive an official time, however, you will not be eligible for any awards. You will receive the medal you registered for.

Will there be a place to leave a drop bag for the race?

Yes. You can leave a drop bag before the race and pick it up after the race.

I registered and can’t run, can I get a refund?

Our policy is no refunds. You have a couple of other options, though.

Donate your entry to charity, you will get a cash donation receipt. Just let us know!

If you want to give your slot to someone else you must contact us with their full runner information. $10 fee while online registration is open, $15 at packet pick-up, $25 on race day; after bib deadline no personalized bib and no change of shirt size. Shirts may be exchanged after the race.

For the Seabrook event, there is a $15 raincheck option when you register. If you did not purchase this option when you registered, you may request permission to purchase the raincheck after the fact but before the event, but we can’t promise to give this in all cases.

I paid my registration fee but couldn’t attend the race. Can you mail my race packet to me or can I pickup my packet after the race?

No. All unclaimed race packets will be given to late registrants at the race.

I left early, but it looks like I won an award. Can you mail it to me?

No, we do not mail out awards after the race. You may be able to pick up your award at a designated location, usually one of the packet pick-up spots. Check with us via the Contact form.

Is there a host hotel?

You can visit the Hotels page for host hotel, rates, contact info and details.

Where else can I stay in Seabrook?

Lodging in Seabrook can be found by visiting the Seabrook TX Official Website.

How long is each “loop” of the Seabrook Trails?

1/4 marathon.

What about spectators, can they watch and cheer, even though it’s a trail run?

Yes, there are few excellent spots where spectators could watch and cheer.

What will the weather be like on race day?

The weather can vary that time of year. The first year of the race it was a little warm the day of the race and a week later we had very cold weather again. Keep posted to your favorite weather source for the latest information.

What are your contingency plans for bad weather?

Rain– The event will NOT be cancelled due to rain alone unless the downpour is such that athletes, police, and volunteers lose visibility making situations unsafe. If this occurs we will wait until the rain subsides and follow the same procedure listed for lightning conditions (minus the 30 minute rule). Athletes will be informed of such a change via announcements on race morning.

Lightning – In the event of lightning the race will be postponed by 30 minutes every time lightning is spotted and thunder is heard within 6 miles of the event. Please note that every time lightning strikes and thunder is heard within 6 miles of the race site we must delay the start by 30 minutes.

Tornado Warning – If at anytime before (race morning close to start time) or during the event, a tornado warning is issued, the race will be cancelled.

On Course Cancellation – If the race is canceled due to storms (lightning and/or excessive rain) or tornado warnings while it is in progress we will do everything in our power to alert everyone on the course. All police, SAG, and medical personnel will be made aware and do all they can to warn and SAG in all participants. We will also do everything in our power to assist those that are still on course. Those that are on course without means of rescue should seek immediate shelter via open stores, buildings, garages, homes and/or any other means of protection from the dangerous conditions. If it gets bad and we are not there to help you off the course please do everything you can to keep yourself safe and take shelter.

Because of agreements with the Texas Department of Transportation and various municipalities regarding a fixed amount of time to have roads closed or in use or the time of public safety or law enforcement officials, Running Alliance Sport, at any time, reserves the right to shorten the distance of any of its races to comply, especially in dealing with inclement weather conditions that may make any course unavailable or unsuitable for runner participation.

Are there any special challenges or deals?

Challenges – run the following combination of two races:
Pelican Challenge A 2018 (Half Saturday + Half Sunday)
Pelican Challenge B 2018 (3/4 Saturday + 1/4 Sunday)
Trail Challenge 2018 (Saturday Marathon, Sunday Half)
Make Any Challenge ULTRA – Add Friday 5K, (+$15.00 to price)

♣ Complete either challenge and get a one of a kind third medal as well as a great break on the registration price. 

Note: Challenge participants will only receive ONE goody bag and shirt

 

How many aid stations will you have?

We will have aid stations approximately 1.5 to 2 miles apart.

What kind of sports drink will you have.

Aid stations will have Lemon Lime Flavored Gatorade.

Where are the restrooms on the course?

Port-A-Potties will be available. They will be near our aid stations.

What if I don’t finish in the required time?

We will not leave anyone behind.

I might not be able to finish within the time limit. Can I start early?

An early marathon start is available on Saturday. It is available for participants entered in the marathon only. No Half Marathon. You must register for it either when you signed up or during packet pick up. No early start participant will have an official finishing time of less than 6 hours.

I’m running, can my spouse/family volunteer?

Yes we can use all the help we can get. They can sign up for the volunteer schedule here

Will you run out of food?

No way!

Will there be prize money?

All our proceeds will go to charity, no prize money is available at this time.

I couldn’t make it to the race, Can I still pick up my Packet?

No. All unclaimed race packets will be given to late registrants at the race.

Can I get a refund?

No, remember this is going to charity, we hope you can use it as a donation to a good cause.

Can I wear my headphones?

The RRCA (our insurance provider) has a written guideline against the use of personal music devices in running events, as such we strongly discourage the use of headphones in our races.

Can I participate with my wheelchair?

We’re sorry, at this time the race is not insured for wheelchair racing.

Relay Questions:

Some relay questions: is there a minimum number of people on a relay team?

Saturday – foue people; Sunday – two people.

Do relay team members register separately?

Registration is for the whole team, the team captain will register the entire team.
If a team loses a member, contact us with the new member so we can change the names of the innocent.

And yes, one person can run two separate legs of the relay on Sunday, if they choose to do so, due to loss of a member, you just have to notify us.

I am registered to run a relay – will I get a shirt?

Every registered team member will each get a packet, that include all the goodies. including a shirt.

I am registered to run the relay – can I run with my friend who is registered to run the relay as well?

Each participant on a relay leg can only start after the preceeding relay leg has completed his leg. Otherwise, the team will be disqualified (no time recorded).

We lost a member of the relay team, can we substitute another member?

Yes, let us know ASAP, race day is too late. The substitute will keep the same bib.
Send us the name of the team, and the name of the member being replaced, and for the new team member, send us their Full Name, Date of Birth, Email address, Shirt Size (and gender), Emergency Contact name and phone number – in short, all runner info.

Can we change our team name?

Yes if it is before bibs are printed, normally a month before the race.

Do I get a medal for running the relay?

Yes each team member will receive a medal.

Pelican/Trail Challenge Questions:

Can I start with the early marathon starters at 6:00 AM?

Trail challenge will be allowed early start, Pelican challenge will start when the half marathon starts.

At packet pickup, do I pickup two packets and two shirts?

No. One packet and shirt per person. Remember if you registered before Feb 16, you do get a lower registration price. If you successfully finish the challenge, you will earn a third medal.