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Q: What’s the difference between the competitive and recreational waves?
A: It’s the same route and same obstacles. All runners are timed, but only those in the competitive wave are eligible for prizes. The top 3 in the competitive individual wave and female, male & co-ed competitive wave teams runners will win an award, along with some great prizes.
Q: Will I get wet?
A: YES! This year we’re bringing back a popular obstacle from last year's Hill of a Race event- a SLIP and SLIDE! As long as there is any rain before or during the event, there’s also BIG chance you shoes will be soggy! Plan accordingly.
Q: Is there a place to change?
A: YES! A roomy single bathroom is available at the shelter near the registration table and there are also porta-potties near by.
Q: Can my child run this event?
A: YES! Children ages 14 and older are welcome to participate independently in either a recreational or competitive wave. However, kids ages 13 and under MUST participate in the same wave alongside an adult.
Q: What’s the distance of the race?
A: The total distance is approximately 3 miles. The route includes over 25 obstacles across 3 parks and various types of terrain.
Q: Is there a bag check?
A: YES! A bag check station will be available near the registration/check in tables. There is no fee for this service.
Q: What’s included with my event registration?
A: Over 25 obstacles, 3 miles of running on various terrain in 3 beautiful parks in Bloomington AND a slip n' slide! Plus, free parking, free bag check, event t-shirt and a neck medal. Look for bottled water and a healthy snack at the finish line too! What a deal!
Q: Can I volunteer for this event?
A: YES! Volunteer registration is available online. Check the top bar for the volunteer link and sign up for which timeslot works best for you.
Q: What if it rains?
A: This event will go rain or shine. No refunds.
In the case of severe weather, the event may be delayed or the course may be cleared in order to maintain safe conditions. We will do our best to continue the event, if weather conditions allow. If you hear 3 airhorns, volunteers will quickly instruct you to clear the course and find shelter. We will then delay the run until conditions are safe to proceed. Runners will return to their stopped location and the clock will continue to run. Times will be adjusted for any delays.
Q: Can I register on-site?
A: Not this year. We're taking extra precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and want to be sure to keep gathering and group sizes to a minimum. That said, online registration closes at Midnight on Wednesday before the race. You can pick up your t-shirt, bib and race materials on Friday night at Dust2Glory Fitness, 716 E Empire St, Suite G, Bloomington, IL 61701, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. If you cannot make it to the gym for pick up, you're welcome to pick up at the bag check table.
Q: Are spectators allowed?
A: YES! Spectator areas are marked on the course map. Spectators are not allowed onto the course. There is stadium seating alongside the football field and space in between zones for spectator viewing. Some spectator areas do not have seating, but give a great view of the runners in areas that feature several sections of the course at once. Please note that spectator areas are not covered.
Q: Do proceeds from the race benefit a local charity?
A: This event is hosted by the City of Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department, in partnership with Dust 2 Glory Fitness. As a department within the City of Bloomington, we aim to make programs and events affordable for residents to participate and desire to be fiscally responsible. Therefore, we do not intend to make a profit from the event, but rather cover the cost of supplies, labor and materials with registration fees. If there was any additional revenue from this event, we’ll deposit it into our scholarship fund which is utilized by many families in our community to help reduced the cost of summer day camp, after school sports or programs of their choice. Scholarships are granted to families in need for these types of programs, which helps provide a safe, fun environment for school aged children. Our department also utilizes grants to help reduce the cost of community events just like this one and provides lots of free events and activities in the community to families.