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 at Garrison Running Co. in Chilliwack. Package pickup will also be available race morning for a donation to the Chilliwack Park Society.
Q. Where should I park?
Parking is labelled on the course map (link). There are various parking venues 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?
All race distances will start and finish at the head of the Rotary Vedder Loop Trail by the new Vedder Bridge, off of Vedder Road. On race morning the staging area for pre-race stretching, announcements, post-race results and awards will be in the field directly adjacent to Vedder Road. Click here to see course.
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 of the half marathon loop will end at 3 hours and 9 minutes, representing a runner pace of 9 minutes/km. Participants that are proceeding at a slower pace cannot be guaranteed they will receive an official finish time.
Q. Are walkers allowed to register in the event?
Yes, recognizing that anyone on the course longer than 3 hours and 9 minutes 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 around you in narrow trail conditions. 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, 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 of the half and 10k receives a medal. Participants in the kids race receive a finisher ribbon.
Q. If the race is cancelled due to weather or an Act of God, how will I be notified? Will I receive a refund?
This is a rain or shine event. If the event 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, severe weather or other reason, the event is cancelled, there will be no guaranteed reimbursement or deferral of registration fees. We will make every effort to come up with a fair course of action, in the unlikely event of an unforeseen cancellation.
Q. Where will the aid stations be located? Will there be anything on the course besides water?
There are six aid stations along the half route and 3 aid stations on the 10K. There will be water and Gatorade at all stations, with select stations also having nutrition options.
Q. Where are the bathrooms located? Are there any on the course?
There are washroom facilities located at the start/finish area. There are also port-a-loos located along the full course. For exact locations, please refer the course map. (Link to map)
Q. Will there be post-race massage?
Q. Do I need to be a registered runner to participate in the race?
Yes. We require all runners to be registered through Race Roster.com, and to have completed all waivers 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, finisher’s medal and food, and can identify you in case of an emergency.
Q. Is the course a closed course?
No, the Vedder Rotary Loop Trail is a public trail and as such will not be closed for the event. You may encounter other people on the course, however every effort will be made to advise of the event 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 event recognizing that given the time year, that the trail should not be overly busy.
Q. What’s the race etiquette?
1. If you are running in a group, please do not run more than two across.
2. Show appreciation to the volunteers. They are an integral part of the event and it wouldn’t happen without them!
3. If you need to stop for any reason, please watch for other runners and move to the side of the trail before stopping.
4. When finishing the race, be sure to keep moving through the finish chute. There will likely be other runners coming up behind you and we don’t want to block their way across the timing mat.