Q. This sounds interesting. What does the race benefit?
A. This race began in 2010 to help raise funds to implement a trail system into the park. We envision a trail that is open to all ages and abilities and facilitates a learning environment as well. The funds go toward trail implementation and maintenance as well as toward healthy family activities within the park. We are excited to partner with STIC (Stockton Trails Initiative Coalition) to make this happen!
Q. I am not very fast, but I want to participate! Do I have to run?
A. You can run/walk/jog! We welcome all abilities to our event. Walking, running, or whatever you can do is perfect! The park is beautiful in the spring and we hope you take the time to come enjoy it!
Q. I would like to volunteer or become a co-sponsor. How can I help?
A. We appreciate all volunteers and sponsors! Please call Joy Weis at 417-664-3355 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will find the perfect place for you and your business.
Q. I am not from the area and need a place to stay for the night. Any suggestions?
A. Of course! Stockton State Park Marina and Mt. Carmel Inn offer a variety of lodging. Visit our lodging page for more details. Call 417-276-5329 for more information and for reservations to either place.
Q. My dog is my running buddy. Can I bring him/her with me to the race?
A. We love pets, and know how important they are. We welcome dogs at the park, and we do ask that your dog is on a leash at all times. However, due to park and insurance restrictions, we can not allow your 4 legged pal to participate in any race except for canicross. Not everyone is comfortable around animals, and we want all participants to be as comfortable as possible at our event. We have many small children who attend with their families, and we ask that you take this into consideration when deciding whether to bring your dog along. Additionally, we ask that you please pick up after your pet if he/she is accompanying you on race day.
Q. What is the race course like?
A. The 5k course begins and ends at the South Shelter near Stockton State Park Marina. The shelter area offers parking, a gazebo and a beautiful view of the lake. Participants will travel from the south shelter into the main park area, where they will then loop the campground area and then loop the sailboat area. Participants will then head back to the south shelter for the finish. The entire course provides a beautiful view of the lake as well as the spring blossoms. The course provides a good mix of hills and flats. It is a good training course for sure. The race directors are both long-time runners and tried to make the course enjoyable for everyone. Just remember - an uphill means a downhill!
The trail races will take place on the beautiful Lakeview Trail. The trail is perfect for beginners and seasoned trail runners alike. Trail races will begin and end near the North Shelter within Stockton State Park. A note for canicross runners - this is a single track trail and can be a bit technical in places if you are running with a dog.
Q. Is your race chip-timed?
A. Yes. All races including canicross are chip timed. This technology allows each runner to have an accurate time for their race (5k or mile). The chip is worn on either the shoe or the bib (race number) and is recorded as the participant crosses a mat or a finish line. We use ActNow Racing as our timing service. www.actnowracing.com Results will be posted online after the race.
Q. Is this race family-friendly?
A. Yes! We try to make sure all of our park events are family friendly. We encourage you to bring your kids (or your parents). This is a great family event. You'll have a blast enjoying the park together. We will have beer available for purchase at the party on Saturday evening.
Q. Do you offer post-race refreshments?
A. Yes we do. In the past we have offered drinks (water, powerade, etc.) as well as fruit, crackers, and other treats such as granola bars.
Q. Do you offer race shirts?
A. Yes we do. Participants who register by the pre-registration date listed on the entry form will receive a race shirt. Those who register after that date may not receive a race shirt. We will order a few extra shirts to distribute to late registrants and race-day registrants, but those shirts are first come first serve. We advise early registration so you can get a shirt, and because the price is cheaper.
Q. I have been training hard for the race, but I do not think I can make it due to an injury or an unusual circumstance. Is my race fee refundable?
A. We do not refund race fees except in extenuating circumstances. We simply consider the race fee a donation. Thank you for your understanding.