Rules & Awards

Entry fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable under all circumstances, including, but not limited to, cancellation of the event or of your participation, or change in the date, nature, or format of the event. An event may be canceled or changed due to severe weather or other factors that threaten the safety of participants, staff, or volunteers. Race bibs can be transferred to another participant within the Active platform (an additional fee applies). 2019 race entries may not be deferred to a similar race for our 2020 race event.

Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate and you may not sell your race number to anyone else. If you attempt to give or sell your race number, you may be banned from future Runner’s World events.

Runners are eligible for awards only in the specific race for which they are registered. Runners can officially switch races but must be registered in the race in which they win or place.

Runners who participate in races they are not registered for will be disqualified.

No-shows will not be mailed their race shirts, bibs, finisher medals, or any other race swag.

The trail run course will be open for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Runners who are traveling with a clock time of 1 hour and 30 minutes or longer (23–minute miles) will be asked to take the fastest route to the finish area.

The half marathon course will be open for 3 hours and 30 minutes. Runners who are traveling with a clock time of 3 hours and 30 minutes or longer (16-minute miles) may be asked to move to the sidewalk.

The 5K course will be open for 1 hour (20-minute miles). Runners who are traveling with a clock time of 1 hour or longer will be asked to move to the sidewalk.

The 10K course will be open for 1 hour and 35 minutes. Runners traveling with a clock time longer than 1 hour and 35 minutes (15-minute miles) will be asked to move to the sidewalk.

No hand cycles (hand bikes, hand crank devices or other mechanically gear driven devices) are permitted on the courses. Athletes planning to complete in the wheelchair division must use push-rim wheelchairs on the courses. Athletes planning to compete in the wheelchair division should notify the race by sending an email to rwhalf@hearst.com.

Duo wheelchairs (such as the Team Hoyt Blade) designed to push those who are mobility-impaired are allowed in RW Half and Festival races with prior approval. Please email us at rwhalf@hearst.com before you register.

The following items are not permitted on the courses: strollers, jogging strollers, bikes, skateboards, roller skates, or inline skates.

All trail run and 5K runners must be at least 8 years old and we ask that trail run and 5K runners between the ages of 8 and 13 years old be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You must be at least 13 years old to participate in the 10K or Five and Dime, and at least 16 years old to participate in the half marathon, Hat Trick, or Grand Slam.

You must be in good health and physically prepared to run a half marathon, 5K, or 10K.

We strongly encourage all participants to pick up their own race bib during the Health & Fitness Expo. Runners must show ID to pick up their race bibs. Note: To pick up a friend or family member’s race bib, a photocopy of the runner’s ID and a signed letter from the runner granting permission for pick-up must be presented by their representative at the expo. The letter must also be accompanied by the confirmation email sent by Active.com that includes the runner’s name and QR code.

Race numbers are required in order to participate and must be worn on race day. The race bib must be visible and worn on the front of your body outside of all clothing during the entire race.

Do not forget your bib on race day; without a bib, you will not receive a time!

Unregistered runners, unauthorized vehicles, bicycles, roller skates, inline skates, skateboards, strollers, jogging strollers, and runners with pets are strictly prohibited from the courses to assure runner safety and to comply with liability insurance requirements.

We highly recommend that you do not run our races with headphones so that you are better able to hear runners approaching to pass, as well as hear safety announcements or emergency vehicles on the course.

In order to participate in any race, you must first review and execute the Waiver and Release specified by Runner’s World.

Every athlete who completes the trail run, 5K, 10K, and half marathon will receive a commemorative medal when they cross the finish line.

Overall top male and female winners for all four races (trail, 5K, 10K, and half marathon) will be based on the actual order of finish (gun time).

The awards listed below will be given to the top three male and top three female runners in the 5K, 10K and half marathon.

Additionally, awards will be given to the top overall (one) male and (one) female masters winners and the top Push Rim Wheelchair finisher in each race based on chip time.

Awards will also be given to top three male and female Grand Slam, Hat Trick, and Five & Dime finishers based on cumulative chip times from all the included races. Runners must be registered for the Hat Trick, Five & Dime, or Grand Slam to be eligible for these awards. A runner registered for the 5K and 10K separately is not eligible for Five and Dime awards, for example, because they are not registered for the Five & Dime.

Age-group awards for 5K, 10K, and half marathon will be based on chip time. Runners are eligible for awards only in the specific race for which they are registered.

Awards will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in the 5K, 10K, and half marathon in the age groups listed below:

  • 8-11 (5K only)
  • 12-15 (5K only)
  • 13-15 (10K only)
  • 16-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75+

The winners (male and female) in each race will be based on actual order of finish (gun time).

Finishers must be present to accept their award or awards will be considered forfeited. We do not ship awards, you must pick them up at the event.

The top three overall winners and masters winners in any award eligible races listed above will receive their overall place award and will forfeit any age-group award. Top three overall winners are not eligible for masters awards and the masters awards will go to the next eligible finisher.

All decisions of the race committee are final.

RW Half and Festival awards are subject to change at anytime without notice.