F.A.Q.

Q: I saw they were taking pictures on the course.  How can I view them?

A:   The pictures were taken by the JogSquad.  www.jogsquad.com  There are a couple things you can do to find your pictures:  1. Do the bib search – type in your bib number and your group of pictures
will be shown.  If for some reason your bib was covered or you didn’t wear it – search for “nobib” you may find your photos there.

We aren’t wanting you to waste your money, but know that you would like some proof. If there are issues – please email Chuck at shurlow@gmail.com

Q: Tell me about the course.

A: The start line is at the corner of W. Dixon and Michigan Ave.  Head north and run along the scenic streets of Charlevoix.  At mile marker (approximately) 3.5 you will run on the wooden bridge for the next four miles.  This course is paved, wood and some cement.  No trails (unless you get lost).  Beautiful scenery.  Lots of trees and sunshine along the way.   A complete map of all four categories can be found on the Race Info page.

Q: Where should I park?

A: There’s ample parking around the city.  On race day, the City of Charlevoix will not ticket you if you’re parked in a metered spot from 5 am to 1 pm.  This map will provide you with all of the locations – CHARLEVOIXPARKINGDOWNTOWN

Q: Where should my family and or friends be to see me on the course?

A: There are several great locations for your family to see you while on the course.  Unfortunately the course streets in town are all blocked to traffic. There’s great parks along Rt. 31 where you can park and walk closer to the course.   Check out the spots on the course maps.

Q: Are there awards and when do you have that ceremony?

A: There are awards for the top three overall men and women in each category – Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.  Age groups awards will be presented for the Marathon and Half Marathon runners and walkers. Awards ceremony will be at 9:30 AM for the 5K and 10K athletes and  11:30 AM for the Half and Full Marathon in Bridge Park.    We do not mail awards.

Q: Are there medals?

A: Yes, we have custom medals for the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon finishers.

Q: Will the race fill up?

A:  New for 2014 we do have a field cap.   250 athletes for the 5K,  250 for the 10K,  900 for the Half and 650 for the Full.

Q: Where to stay?

A: A list of hotels, motels and B&B’s are listed on the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce Website. www.charlevoix.org   However, there are other places available in Petoskey, Boyne City, East Jordan, Harbor Springs and along the way to Traverse City. Book early. .

Q: Where are the showers?

A:SHOWERS AFTER THE RACE. Two options for showing after the race: 
i. Runners can go to the Marina (one block from Bridge Park) and take a shower for $2. You will need to bring your own towels or purchase one at the Marina (The have large beach towels for sale). The address is the Harbormaster building; 100 E Clinton
. The runners can also use the locker rooms at the Charlevoix Pool from 12-4PM at no charge. (Located on U.S. 31 North near the Charlevoix Country Club). You will need your own towel.

Q: What am I getting at packet pick up?

A:PACKET PICK UP GEAR. 5K and 10K athletes will receive a unisex shirt, race bib and goodies.  Marathon and Half Marathon athletes will receive a custom shirt, race bib and goodies.   Your timing chip will be on the bib.  Bib belts are available in our merchandise store.

Q: When do I get my race packet?

A:Race packets will be ready for you to pick up on the following days. We do not mail packets.

Friday – June 20           Noon to 6 PM

Saturday – June 21      5:00 AM to 6:00 AM – Marathon ONLY

Saturday – June 21 5:00 AM to 6:30 AM – Half Marathon ONLY

Saturday – June 21 5:00 AM to 5:30 AM – Marathon and Half Marathon WALKERS ONLY

Saturday – June 21      6:30 AM to 7:00 AM – 10K and 5K

Q: Can I change my registration on line?

A: Yes, for 2014 you can change your category on line.  All changes must be completed by June 15  if there’s room. Contact info:  Sharon@goodboyevents.com.

Q: Do I get a refund if I drop, transfer a category or defer?

A: We have a no refund policy for any reason.  Sorry but we do not offer any deferral to another year.  All changes must be completed by June 19  if there’s room. Contact info:  Sharon@goodboyevents.com.  After June 19, changes may be made on site if there’s room

Q: Can I register on site?

A: Yes, as long as there’s slots available. Late registration will be open on the following days:

Friday – June 20           Noon to 6 PM

Saturday- June 21       5:00 AM to 5:30 AM – Marathon and Half Marathon Walkers ONLY.  No exceptions.

Saturday – June 21      5:00 AM to 6:00 AM – Marathon  ONLY- No exceptions.

Saturday – June 21      5:30 AM to 6:30 AM – Half Marathon ONLY – No exceptions.

Saturday – June 21      6:30 AM to 7:00 AM – 10K and 5K

We need to hold to the registration times so that our timing company can get you into the system.  Please do not wait until the last minute to register.  You may not get in.  Each events starts promptly at the posted times.  We won’t wait for you.

Q: Can I have an early start if I’m a slow runner?

A:Unfortunately NO! The only athletes that can start at 6:00 AM are the Marathon and Half Marathon walkers. Disabled Half Marathon athletes start at 6:00 AM. If you are a run/walker you MUST start at  6:30 am for the Marathon and 7:00 am for the Half Marathon. Any athlete who is registered as a walker and is found running will be disqualified.

We’ll wait for you to finish. Our timing company will wait for you to cross the finish line.  We are required to move the mats onto the sidewalk around 1PM.  However, you will be timed no matter when you cross. We want you to enjoy this event.

Q: Tell me more about the pasta dinner?

A: The Charlevoix First United Methodist Church will be hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7:00 PM on Friday, June 20. The dinner is a not a part of your registration fee.  The women of the church would appreciate you donating a large sum of money for your meal (just kidding). It is a donation only meal and from our experiences over the past years, it is worth every dollar you give.  Plenty of spaghetti, rolls, salad and desert.  Don’t miss this great dinner. Location: 104 S State Street, Charlevoix. One block west of Bridge St.  No reservations needed.  They’ll have plenty of food and open arms to welcome you.