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FAQs - Registration & Pre-Race

Do I get a shirt?
As long as you are registered on or before May 10, you are guaranteed a shirt in the size you request. If you miss the May 10 deadline you are welcome to stop by the t-shirt table at Packet Pickup where extra shirts are available on a first-come/first-served basis. We do not hold or reserve extra shirts - you must be present and please understand the size you want might not be available.
If you are not satisfied with the size/fit of the shirt you requested when you registered, you can try to exchange it at the t-shirt table. 
When and where is Packet Pickup?
Packet Pickup is Friday, May 31 from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Century Center in the Discovery Ballroom (first floor). Once bib numbers are assigned, you can find your bib number here. We do allow friends and family members to pick up packets for others (note: it is helpful to know the bib numbers for everyone you are picking up).  
***THERE IS NO PARKING AT THE CENTURY CENTER FOR PACKET PICKUP OR ON RACE DAY – this is due to the setup of race operations. For parking, please utilize downtown parking – on the street and in the garages. We also have permission from the South Bend Cubs to park in the lot off Western Ave., but it is a small hike to the Century Center (about .5 miles).
What if I can't attend Packet Pickup on Friday, May 31? Can I get my packet on race morning?
Bibs will be available on race morning at the orange and purple Sunburst information tent (located near the start/finish). Give yourself plenty of extra time if you need to get your bib race morning as lines can be long. We strongly recommend getting your packet on Friday (to make your race morning a little less complicated). We do NOT guarantee shirts on race morning - only bibs. 
Participants also have the option of requesting the mailing option for their packets. This is available until May 10. 
Can I transfer events?
Yes, transfers can be made at Packet Pickup. First, pick up the packet for your original event and then take it to Late Registration. It is best to transfer at Packet Pickup vs. race morning - simply because race morning is quite busy. 
Are kids able to participate as runners or walkers?
Yes – if they meet age requirements. To participate in the 5K (the run or the walk) or the 10K, they must be at least 6 years of age on race morning. To participate in the half marathon, kids must be at least 10 years of age on race morning.
Young kids (5 and under) who just want to ride along in strollers or wagons in the 5K Fitness Walk do not need to be registered. 
Are strollers allowed?
Yes, strollers, joggers, wagons and baby carriers are allowed in the 5K Fitness Walk ONLY. No bikes, scooters, skates, rollerblades, etc. are permitted in the walk or any of the other events. 
Participants using strollers must line up at the back of the pack and be mindful of others and the potential trip hazard that strollers can create.
Young kids (5 and under) do not need to be registered for the 5K Fitness Walk; they can simply join the fun. 
Can I register on race day?
Yes - as long as we have not exceeded our participant cap in the event you’d like to run or walk. Give yourself plenty of extra time to complete this process and please be aware there will not be a race shirt available for you (the shirt deadline is May 10). We strongly recommend that participants register prior to race day - Packet Pickup is a good time to do so. For race day registration, we only accept debit/credit cards or Apple pay - no cash, checks or payment via apps such as Venmo. 
Is there a certain pace I need to maintain? 
Yes – the course closes to runners and reopens to vehicle traffic according to the slowest allowable pace of a 16-minute mile. Aid stations will also close according to that pace. The finish line is the last section of the course to close at 10:45 am. Please understand - the course and all runner support close on a rolling basis. If you fall behind the 16-minute pace, you may proceed on the sidewalks at your own risk (course support will not be available) or you may catch a ride to the finish in the Sunburst SAG van. 

Participants of the 5K Fitness Walk do have more time to complete each mile but must finish their walk prior to the finish line closing at 10:45 am.  
Are pets allowed? 
No - although we love dogs, they are not allowed in any event due to safety concerns. 
I need to book a hotel, can you recommend one?
Our hotel reservation link closes on May 17. If you need accommodations after 5/17, please contact our provider directly at
Where is the best place to find additional race-related information?
The best places to find information are right here on RunSignUp and the emails from Sunburst Races. Our Facebook and Instagram pages are also packed with information. As we get closer to race day more emails will be sent. While we know it can be tempting to unsubscribe from the mailing list, we encourage you not to do that so you don’t miss important information and updates.

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