FAQS: LOOP THE VEDDER HALF MARATHON & 10K
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If your question is not listed below, please reach out to us with an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. When is Registration Package Pickup?
Registration package pickup will take place the day before the race in a location to be determined in Chilliwack close to the race site. Package pickup will be hosted as a drive-thru. There will be NO package pick on race day.
Q. Where should I park?
There are various parking venues located around the course for family, friends and spectators to cheer on their runners along the route.
Parking at the start/finish line is available at Vedder Park, but is limited, so plan accordingly.
Q. Where does the race start and finish?
There will be a separate start and finish line for each of the race distances. Both areas will start and finish at the head of the Rotary Vedder Loop Trail. The 21km will start in the upper field North West of the Vedder Bridge front Petawawa Street and Vedder Road. The 10km will start from the lower field in between the Vedder Park Parking area to the west and the Vedder Bridge to the East. A detailed map of the staging areas will be provided via email to all registered participants the week prior to the race.
Q. Is there a maximum time to finish the course?
As the race course is entirely off-road on public trails, there is no maximum time to finish, however the official timing will end at 4.30pm. Participants must ensure that they register for an appropriate starting window to ensure they will receive an official time.
Q. Are walkers allowed to register in the event?
Yes, recognizing that anyone on the course past 4.30pm will not be guaranteed an official finish time.
Q. Are runners allowed to take strollers and/or dogs on the course?
No. Given the terrain is narrow on some parts of the course, strollers and dogs are not permitted to be on course with runners.
Q. Are wheelchair-competitors allowed to compete?
Given the terrain of the race is completely off-road, it would be difficult for a wheel chair to traverse the entire course, with mostly gravel terrain, and some single track and steep sections.
Q. Is the Half Marathon a road race?
It’s a fast, relatively flat, but entirely off-road course. The majority of the course is on groomed gravel/dirt trails, with some single track and a short, but steep climb near the end. These areas may present challenges such as mud, rocks, uneven surfaces and holes. Please remain alert for these types of obstacles, as well as for other runners and trail users. The course is a public multi-use trail and will remain open to the general public during the run. Less than 5% of the course is across paved sections.
Q. Can runners wear headphones?
Runners are strongly advised not to wear headphones while racing. With unpredictable trail conditions and the importance of remaining alert for other runners and trail traffic and ensure appropriate physical distancing, it is important for runners to hear all activity around them. If headphones are worn, one bud must be left out and volume must be low enough to hear approaching runners.
Q. Will every runner receive a medal?
Yes, every finisher receives a medal.
Q. If the race is cancelled for any reason, including those related to COVID-19, how will I be notified? Will I receive a refund?
This is a rain or shine race. If the race is cancelled for any reason, we will make every effort to notify all registered runners via the email address provided during registration. If, for reasons beyond the control of the organizers, including but not limited to unforeseen circumstances, COVID-19, severe weather or other reason, the event is cancelled, there will be no guaranteed reimbursement of registration fees, but rather an automatic deferral of your race entry to the 2021 Loop the Vedder. We will make every effort to come up with a fair course of action, in the event of any cancellation.
Q. Where will the aid stations be located? Will there be anything on the course besides water?
There will be a minimum of one aid station along each of the the 21K and 10K routes. There will be water and emergency first aid supplies at all stations. The stations will be manned by volunteers with appropriate PPE equipment and protocols in place. To minimize contact, it is encouraged that the route be treated as self-supported and that you carry your own water and supplies.
Q. Where are the bathrooms located? Are there any on the course?
There are washroom facilities located within close proximity to the start/finish area (Vedder Park). There are also port-a-loos located along the full course. For exact locations, please refer the course map. These are public facilities that will be cleaned prior to and throughout race day, but it is encouraged that you carry hand-sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipes with you as we cannot guarantee the supply of these items at these locations through out the day.
Q. Will there be post-race massage?
Unfortunately, this year due to health and safety guidelines and to reduce physical contact there will be no post-race massage options.
Q. Do I need to be a registered runner to participate in the race?
Yes. We require all runners to be registered with a designated starting window through Race Roster.com, and to have completed all waivers, including additional COVID-19 health screening, prior to participation. Registered runners are required to wear the race bibs in the interest of safety. You must wear your bib throughout the race. The bib is a confirmation of race registration and gives you access to the entry chute and can identify you in case of an emergency on the trail.
Q. Is the course a closed course?
No, the Vedder Rotary Loop Trail is a public multi-use trail and as such will not be closed for to the public. You may encounter other people on the course, however every effort will be made to advise of the race ahead of time and minimize the users on the trail for the duration of the event. We have purposefully selected a shoulder season for the race recognizing that given the time year, that the trail is less busy.
Q. What’s the race etiquette?
1. Keep a physical distance of at least 2 meters between yourself and other runners and trail users.
2. Stay alert to others, ensuring appropriate physical distancing when passing. There should be no reason for physical contact of any kind.
3. Show appreciation to the volunteers. They are an integral part of the event and it wouldn’t happen without them!
4. If you need to stop for any reason, please watch for other runners and move to the side of the trail before stopping.
5. When finishing the race, be sure to keep moving through the finish chute. There may be other runners coming up behind you and we don’t want to block their way across the timing mat. There will be no gathering allowed at the start / finish area. The area will be sectioned off with directional corrals to assist with the flow of traffic. Volunteers will be on site to direct participants accordingly.