Answers to Common Questions

If you have additional questions that have not been addressed here, please contact Stephanie Whelan.

Do I need to pre-register?
Pre-registration is required for the 5K. It must be done by midnight on June 17, 2014. The 5K race is limited to 1,800 participants. If it fills up prior to June 17, registration will close. There will be limited race-day registration if we have not reached 1,800 participants, but do not count on it as we sell out every year. Your best bet is to register early. Register here.

Is there a limit to the number of participants?
The 5K is limited to 1,800 participants. We expect the race to sell out and encourage early registration.

I can’t remember if I registered. Can you check for me?  
Please take advantage of RaceWire’s services to view the current list of registered participants. If you spot an error in your entry, please contact us at run4als@gmail.com.

How do I get to the race?
The race is held at Hopkinton High School, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. From Rte. 495, take Exit 20 toward Hopkinton (Rte. 85 North). Proceed approximately 3 ¾ miles. Hopkinton High School is on the left. Race volunteers will direct you to parking areas.

Is parking available?
Yes. However, due to the size of the event, we expect parking to be limited. We encourage carpooling and advise you to arrive early. We have satellite parking lots, which could involve walking as much as ½ mile to the starting line. Make sure to allow enough time to park, register, and warm up, if you are planning to run the race. If you would like to ride your bike to the event, please note that we have a secure bicycle parking area available.

Will I get a t-shirt?
Technical t-shirts are guaranteed to all 5K runners who register by May 21 and will be provided to runners who register after that date only if available. All kids’ 1-mile runners receive technical t-shirts. Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate all participants, we cannot guarantee that you will get the size t-shirt you requested.

How do I pick up my race bib?
Race bibs can be picked up the Thursday and Friday before the race at PR Running, 18 Lyman Street in Westboro. Bibs may also be picked up on race day behind Hopkinton High School beginning at 7 a.m.

Can I pre-register my child for the Kids’ 1 Mile Run?
Yes, registration for the Kids’ 1 Mile race (for 7-10 year-old children) is available online or by mail. You may also register the day of the race until 9:30 a.m. However, the kids’ 1-mile race is limited to 200 participants, so race-day registration for this event will occur only if space is available. The Kids’ 1 Mile race begins at 10 a.m.

Can I attend the Family Fun Day if I’m not running in the race?
The Family Fun Day is open to all. While we do not charge a set fee to attend the Family Fun Day events, we encourage and appreciate donations to The Angel Fund.

Will the race provide me my net time?
Yes, we will be using a starting mat, which ensures net timing. In addition, we are using the B-Tag system to expedite the timing and results process. The B-Tag is affixed to your race bib and does not need to be returned.

Can I push a baby jogger in the race?
Our official answer is no. Because the race is a USATF-NE sanctioned event, baby joggers, bicycles, inline skates, etc. are not permitted. That said, we are a family-friendly event and want to be welcoming to participants pushing baby joggers. For safety reasons, we require people with baby joggers to start at the back of the pack and be extremely cautious throughout the race.

Are dogs allowed at the event?
While we love dogs, they are not permitted at our event. The Hopkinton Public Schools, like many school districts, do not allow dogs on school property for health reasons. In addition, due to the size of our race, dogs pose a potential safety hazard to runners and walkers on the course.

Can I walk in the race?
Yes, walkers are welcome to participate.

What happens if there is inclement weather?
The race is held rain or shine. The Family Fun Day, the awards ceremony, and all post race activities will be held indoors if necessary.

What if I register and cannot attend?
There are no refunds. In addition, t-shirts cannot be held for registered runners/walkers who are unable to participate.

Can I volunteer for the race?
Yes! Many hands are needed to pull off this event. Different volunteer opportunities are available starting days before the race or during the event. There are many opportunities to volunteer. Please visit our Volunteer page  and submit your information from the contact form there.

How can I donate or raise money?
We have created a fun and easy way to raise money or donate. All donations go to The Angel Fund, whose mission is to support research and scientific investigations at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research, internationally recognized for its ground-breaking work in the fight against this devastating illness.

How do I train for my first 5K?
Many 5K training plans for beginners can be found online. Hal Higdon, a respected running expert and coach, has a training plan on his website. Or visit Runner’s World or Running Times websites for their training plans.