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What's the time limit on the race? All races will be closed at 2:00 pm. If you are still running after this time, we ask that you get onto the sidewalk since there will be no more course support. You may continue at your own risk.
What is the official race t-shirt? T-shirt is a short-sleeve, technical fabric. They come in Men's and Women's sizes. Order your true size for a training shirt.
Are wheelchairs permitted? No, at this time there is not a division for wheelchairs.
Will the miles be marked on the course? Yes, the miles will be marked on the road or the path at every mile the 8k, half marathon and full marathon distances.
Will there be aid stations on the course?
There are Aid Stations located every 2 miles along all race courses.
All Aid Stations have water.
For the Full and Half Marathons
Every 4 miles Aid Stations have Gatorade.
Blueberries are at mile 20-full and mile 7-half
Bacon is at mile 24-full and mile 11-half
Porto-Johns are at miles 0,2,4,6,13,16,18,20,26 for the Full
Porto-Johns are at miles 0,3,5,7,13 for the Half Marathon.
For the 8K Race
There are Aid Stations located at miles 1, 2.5, and 4 on the course.
All Aid Stations have water.
Aid Station 2.5 also has Gatorade and bacon.
Will there be portable bathrooms on the course? Yes, there will be bathrooms at the start and finish as well as on the course at approximately 4-5 mile increments.
Can someone else pick-up my packet? Yes, the party will be required to provide photo ID and the street address for the participant.
Are roller skates, inline skates, bikes, strollers or pets allowed to participate in the events? No. If you are caught on the course with any of these, you will be directed off the course.
Are headphones of any kind allowed in the events? The Holland Haven Marathon strongly discourages the use of headphones. We ask that you not listen to music so that you may safely hear instructions from directors, volunteers, and police; you are able to enjoy the sounds of the events and the runners around you.
I'm interested in volunteering, how can I sign up? For information on volunteering for you or your organization, please visit our Volunteering Page
What is the course? The full and half marathons both run along the lakeshore of Lake Michigan. The 8K Race is an out-and-back from Holland Civic Center. Please see the course maps on the Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Race pages for details.
Do you have a training guide I can use on my own? Not at this time.
Where and when is packet pick-up?
Runners can pick up their race packets Saturday September 12th from 3-8pm. Packet pick up is located inside the Holland Civic Center at 150 W 8th St. See Packet-pickup for more details
Race registration for all events is also available at Saturday packet pick up. NO registrations are available on race day.
Additionally, runners may pick up their packets at their respective starting areas on race day.
- Full Marathon Packet Pick Up at Rosy Mound School
- Half Marathon Packet Pick Up at Camp Geneva
- 8K Packet Pick Up at Holland Civic Center
What is the refund policy?
Refunds are not available. See Registration for details
Can I change races?
Yes. You may transfer your Holland Haven race entry to a different distance through 9/7/20 See Event Transfer for details.
Can I transfer my bib?
Yes. You may transfer your Holland Haven race entry to another runner for $25. Last day to transfer your bib to another runner is 9/1/20. See Bib Exchange for details.
Can I defer to next year?
Yes. Race entries can be deferred from 2020 to 2021 up until 9/7/20. See Race Deferral for details.
Can I get my race entry fee back through referrals?
YES! Runners, earn back your race entry fee by referring your friends. You could end up running for FREE! See Referrals Discounts for details
Where should I park?
FREE Parking is available at both starting locations and the finish.
Is Holland Haven Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes. The marathon course is USATF and Boston certified.
How is the race timed?
The race is electronically timed using a timing chip system.
Will roads be closed during the race?
Will there be pacers?
There are not pacers at this time.
My GPS says I ran longer than 13.1/26.2. Are you sure the course is accurate?
Yes. The course was certified by a USATF official. GPS devices are not as accurate as many runners believe. Even if you had a perfectly accurate GPS device, you should expect it to record a distance slightly longer than the official length. When you factor in the crowds and the water stops, it is nearly impossible to run the shortest possible path that the course certifier takes when measuring. In fact, if your GPS ever gives you the precise official length of the race, it is most likely that either your device is off or the course is short.
Will an official race photographer be on the course?
What will the temperature be on race day?
Average temperatures on September 13th range from 59F to 75F.
What will I receive when I cross the finish line?
Everyone who completes the marathon, half marathon or 8K will receive a finishing medal.
Where should my family and friends watch me on the course?
Spectators will be able to watch along most of the race course. We suggest driving to a main intersection of the race course along a side road and parking for spectating. Check out our spectators page for more info
Will there be buses to transport runners?
Yes, see the bussing-information page.
Is gear check available and how does it work?
Gear/bag check will be available at all starting locations. A bus will be stationed at each start to collect gear and transport it to the finish at the Holland Civic Center. More details will be included in pre-race communications to registered participants.
Will there be beer at the after party?
Yes, for 2020 the Holland Haven Marathon there will be free beer and cider available at the finish line.
What if I miss the shuttle to the start line?
Unfortunately, we cannot delay the race start for late participants. All shuttles will run on time.
Where can I meet my family after the race?
Family members can meet up with runners in the finishers area at Holland Civic Center
What are the age group awards divisions?
The full marathon, half marathon and 8K all have an overall male and female winner along with a masters (40+) male and female winner. Age group divisions for full marathon, half marathon and 8K are 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ (Additionally there is a 17 and under division for 8K) The top 3 finishers in each male and female division receive awards.
Can I walk the race?
The Holland Haven Marathon welcomes walkers in both the 8K and half marathon races.