Frequently Asked Questions
Saturday, October 14, 2023
Half marathon and relay start at 7:30 am. 5k starts at 8:00 am.
Where is the starting line?
Half marathon and relay will start on Great River Road about 1 mile north of Harper's Ferry.
5k will start in Lansing at the event finish line (in front of the Lansing Fire/EMS Station).
Are there pacers?
We try to have pacers available and know as the race date approaches.
What is the weather like mid-October in Northeast Iowa?
Average high: 67 Average low: 43. Or not-It's Iowa.
What is the course like?
Pretty damn awesome. The first half mile is highway. Turning onto Red Oak Road, participants encounter a gravel road with views of the Mississippi River. Red Oak Road lasts roughly 4 to 5 miles before turning back onto the paved highway. Red Oak Road is GRAVEL! The first 7.5 miles of the half marathon course is gently rolling hills until you meet 'The Big One'. Then it's all down hill and flat to the finish. If you like to be challenged, we recommend this course.
Are there spectators? Cheer groups? People?
No to all the above. If you need a lot of support along the course, this isn't the race for you. Yes, there are spots along the course available that your support crew can be at to cheer you on. But! We have medical and police volunteers along the course that will always give a friendly smile and applaud as you run (or walk) past. Be sure to thank them for being out there.
What is the course time limit?
This course has a time limit of 4 hours. This allows participants to have an average pace of 18:19 per mile.
Where is packet pick up?
Packets may be picked up at the Lansing Fire/EMS Station at the following times:
Friday night 4:00-8:00 pm
- Choose this one. Race Morning is hectic and this would help eliminate some of the crazy.
Race morning 5:30-6:30 am
*Packet pickup will remain open until 7:45 am for 5k participants
Can someone else pick up my packet?
What is included in my registration?
Each participant will receive a high quality, long sleeve shirt. All finishers will receive some sort of finisher's award. 2023 - We hope to have medals returen. Runners will have access to water, sports drink, porta-potties, and mini first-aid kits along the course. At the finish line, participants will have access to water and good snacky foods.
Can I change my registration?
Absolutely! Runners can switch between the 5k, relay, or half marathon options. If increasing distance, runners will pay the difference. No refunds switching to 5k. Race registration changes must be submitted no later than September 20th.
Can I get a refund?
There are no refunds on registrations. Contact us to swap bibs with another runner. We understand life happens. We offer race deferrals to the next calendar year. Any 2022 deferrals must be used or forfeited in 2023. Deferral submissions or race changes will not be accepted after September 20th on any given year. Please read that again.
Where is bag drop?
There will be bag drop at the start for all half marathon distance runners. Use whatever bag that your belongings will be safe in and that you will be able to easily identify. Bags can be retrieved from the Lansing Fire/EMS Department. Please note, we are not responsible for damaged or misplaced items. Relay runners should keep bags with their teammate. We will not ship any belongings left behind. Make sure if you want your stuff, grab it. Anything left will be donated or thrown depending on the condition.
Are there awards?
Awards will be presented to the following:
Over-all first place male and female finishers for the 5k.
Over-all first place relay team.
First place male/female finishers for the following age brackets: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.
Where do I park?
Free parking is available in the city parking/bus garage lot (220 S 3rd Street, Lansing). Do NOT park in front of the Fire Department. Please use the lot at the address specified and walk the short distance to the bus loading zone in front of the Fire Department.
How do I get to the starting line?
Half marathoners and runners completing the first half of the relay option can hop on the bus in front of the Lansing Fire/EMS Station. There will also be a bus for the second leg runners. Buses will begin departing at 6:00 am with the final bus departing at 6:45 am. Do not miss the bus.
Where are aid stations? What is provided at each aid station?
Each aid station will have a combination of water, sports drink, porta-potties, and mini first-aid kits along the course. We will have 5 aid stations along the course. These are located at or near mile: 3.3, 5.5, 7.8, 10.0, and 11.8. The half marathon aid stations are self serve.
What if there is bad weather?
It can be cold in October in Iowa. This race will be held rain or shine or SNOW! We will run regardless of the weather except for lightening. In case of lightening, we will delay the start time until the storm passes. Dress appropriately.
Other important information:
Ear buds are allowed, but please use caution. Perhaps leave one bud out. This course is an active roadway.
Strollers are not allowed on the half marathon course. However, they are welcomed on the 5k course.
Pets are not allowed on the half marathon course or the 5k course.
***Red Oak Drive is GRAVEL, but worth the view!***