Dalmatian Run Fest & Dizzy Dalmatian 101

Friday, April 2 - Sunday, April 4 2021 (Easter weekend)
* FAQs*

Is there an official Race Hotel? The LaQuinta - Lake Worth is offering us a special rate if you call the hotel directly and tell them you're with Dalmatian Run Fest.  (5800 Quebec St, Fort Worth, TX 76135  817.900.3814)
Where is the best place to look for a hotel?
The race is on the far west side of Fort Worth, off of I-820. The town of Lake Worth is 1 exit South, the town of Saginaw is just to the North. 
Is there camping?
There is no camping at Marine Creek Lake

Do you have medals? You'll get a medal for each race they finish. We have different medal colors each day, and different satin ribbons for each distance
I'm doing the Double Dog Dare. Do I get anything extra? Yes! You'll get an extra swag item!

I'm doing the Three Dog Night. Do I get anything extra? Yes! You get two extra swag items, plus a Finisher's Gift: This year it's a Custom 3-Medal Hanger!
I'm fast, what can I win? We'll award trophies to the first overall Male and Female in each race.. We'll also award trophies to the Male and Female with the fastest combined chip time for the 3 days - the Big Dog Award! (You need to do the same distance for all three races in order to be eligible.)
Are there Masters or Age Group awards? No. We hope to someday grow large enough to be able to give out Masters awards, but right now we don't yet have enough runners to justify it. But if registration ends up being high enough, we may surprise you!

Is the Dalmatian Run Fest a Boston qualifier? Yes. We have professional timing and the course is USATF Certified for distance (#TX21021LAB) Here's what makes a race a Boston qualifier:  https://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/enter/qualify/top-qualifying-races 
Is the race record-eligible? Yes. The race is USATF Sanctioned for 2021 (Sanction # 21-26-007)
What is the course like? It's a Q-shaped loop that meanders around the lake. The tail of the Q is an out-n-back that's done every lap. There are a few bridges, none of them steep. And right next to the start/finish, we run across a tall earthen dam. See the map and course description on the Race Info page.
What's the surface like? The start/finish is a bit chunky (used to be paved but now it's mostly grass) and the path over the dam is crushed gravel, but the rest of it is smooth, well-maintained concrete.
How is the course marked? The course is marked with signs, chalk, cones & flags. It would take an effort to get lost, but we put out confidence markings anyway :)
Do we change directions? Friday and Sunday races will run clockwise; the Saturday race will run counter-clockwise for variety.
Where can I see a map of the course? There is a map of the course on the Race Info page.
Is the course walker-friendly? It can be walked in the 9-hour time limit if you put a little hound-dog hustle into it!
What are the course records? None - which means YOU can set one! This is a new course for Dalmatian Run Fest, and as far as we are aware, no other Marathon or Half has ever been held on this course!
What are the GPS coordinates for the Start/Finish? 32.826246, -97.389079

What's the weather like? The average High temperature for this weekend is 62*, and the average Low temperature is 40*, but the weather in February in Texas can be unpredictable: hot, cold, sunny, overcast, still, windy, and sometimes all of those within 24 hours. We recommend that you pack for all possibilities, and look for weather updates in the final pre-race email.
Is the course protected from weather? Most of the course has great tree-cover, which nicely blocks the wind, but maybe not the rain. The sections through the college and across the dam are open to all elements and could be windy. There are a few spots on the course that could get icy (which would be unusual) but we'll make sure they are marked.

7AM: Ultra and Early Start
Marathon and Early Start
Half Marathon and Late Start 
Is there an early start?
Marathoners can take an Early Start at 7AM with the Ultra. Due to COVID-congestion concerns, we will allow any distance to start at 7AM, 8AM or 9AM. however, to be eligible for awards, you must start at your designated race start time.

Can I start late? Yes. We understand that Life and Traffic happens. Your Gun time will start at your race's official start time, but your chip time will reflect your actual time. See also the Cutoff question and Drop-down option questions below.
Is there a drop-down option for the Marathon? Yes, as long as you complete at least 2 laps, you'll be listed in the Half Marathon results. BUT if you drop down in distance, you won't be eligible for any awards.
Is there a drop-down option for the Ultra? Yes, as long as you complete at least 2 laps, you'll be listed in the Half Marathon results. If you complete at least 4 laps, you'll be listed in the Marathon results. BUT if you drop down in distance, you won't be eligible for any awards.
How strict is the cutoff?
The course closes at 5PM each day, so our volunteers can make plans. As long as you start your last lap before 5PM, someone on the RD team will wait for you and give you your medal and an official finish time. BUT there may no longer be any support at the Aid Stations or Water Stops, and you may be asked to sign a waiver and take a light with you.

What are your COVID-19 precautions? In order to be USATF-Sanctioned, we have to create an extensive safety plan for their review. The relevant sections are posted on the "COVID-19 Precautions" page.
Under what circumstances might the race be cancelled? The race could be cancelled due to a severe weather event that causes dangerous conditions, or at the request of local authorities.
Can I get a refund if I won't be racing for some reason? No, we don't offer full or partial refunds, unless it falls under our COVID policy.
Can I transfer my registration to someone else? Yes, prior to March 21.
What are your COVID-19 Cancellation and Refund policies? Please see the Cancellation Policies on the side-menu.

Are there any discounts? Yes, there is a Marathon Maniac discount on the MM Calendar page and a Half Fanatic discount on the HF Calendar page.
Does this race benefit a charity? Yes! The Dalmatian Run Fest benefits the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (aka TCAP.) Click on their icon anywhere on this site to learn more about them.
Why is the race on Sunday called Mia's Marathon? Our rescued Black Lab, Mia, enjoys her walks on the prior course, so we decided to name one of the races after her.
What is the connection to Dalmatians? If you sign up for the longest distance on each day, you'll run roughly 101 miles! We call that package the 'Dizzy Dalmatian' and give a cool buckle to finishers. In 2020, the format was a Marathon on Saturday and Monday with a 50-miler on Sunday, but the Marine Creek Lake course closes earlier, so we switched to 3 Ultras.

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