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Q. Can I register on Race Day?
A. Yes! You may register at our packet pickup dates or on race day, April 26th, at Mahwah High School beginning at 7:15am and ending promptly at 8:15am. Please know that race entry fees will increase after online registration closes.
Q. What are the accepted methods of payment on race day?
A. On race day, we can accept CASH or CHECK (payable to the Mahwah Schools Foundation) as well as credit cards.
Q. Where and when can I pick up my race packet?
A. Race packets will contain everything you need including your bib with timing chip attached and event t-shirt. Packet pick-up information to be announced closer to race day.
Q. Can I have someone else pick up my race packet?
A. Yes. You may have someone pick up your packet. Please give them all the names of registrants from your family and make sure that all waivers have been signed.
Q. Am I guaranteed a race shirt?
A. All race registrations received by March 31st will be guaranteed a race shirt as well as designated size. After that date and on race day, shirts will be available to participants while supplies last.
Q. Where can I park?
A. The main parking lots at Joyce Kilmer will be first available with the Mahwah High School parking lot available after the 5K Run/Walk starts (for those arriving for Kids Run). We also suggest arriving early and parking at Ramapo Ridge Middle School or Lenape Meadows School, both on Ridge Road and a short walk to the High School. On race day, there will be volunteers from Mahwah's CERT directing participants to parking.
Q. Will roads be closed during the race?
A. Both lanes of Ridge Road from the High School to the turn around point just before Mark Twain Way will be closed for the duration of the 5K Run.
Q. Are there water stops?
A. Yes, for the 5K there will be a water stop at the 5K turnaround on Ridge Road at Mark Twain Way. For the 2Mi Walk there will be a water station at the turnaround, just after Erskine Court.
Q. Does the race start and finish at the same spot?
A. No, the 5K will start in front of the Thunderbird monument at Mahwah High School and will finish on the MHS track.
Q. What is your refund policy?
A. All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. You may still pick up your packet (or have someone else do so) before the race even if you cannot participate.
Q. What happens if it rains?
A. The Mahwah Thunderbird Run is a rain or shine event. No refunds will be given. Your donation is going to a great cause!
Q. Are there bathrooms available?
A. There will be portable toilets available at MHS. Unfortunately, indoor facilities will not be available to participants.
Q. I registered for the 5K Run, but I'd like to switch to the 2Mi Walk, will this be allowed?
A. Yes, however, if possible, please notify us prior to April 22 or see us on race day at the 'Runner Registration' table and we will switch your registration. Please note that the 2Mi walk participants will not have bibs that track time. If you are planning on run/walking the event and would like a timed result, we suggest signing up for the 5K.
Q. Will the 2Mi Walk be timed?
A. No, the Walk will not be timed.
Q. Can I leave my child(ren) at the starting line while I run the 5K or walk the 2M?
A. No. Please leave your children in the care of a responsible guardian of your choosing, if you cannot be with them.
Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. No. We know many dogs are friendly, but for the comfort of all participants many of whom will be children, please leave animals at home.
Q. Can I or my children participate on a bicycle, a scooter, wagon, skateboard, or rollerblades?
A. No. For the safety of all, none of the above will be permitted on the course.
Q. Can I run with a stroller?
A. Yes, however, we ask that you line up towards the back of all runner participants at the start line.
Q. I am unable to participate in the run. How may I make a donation to the Mahwah Schools Foundation?
A. Visit www.thunderbirdrunmahwah.com to make a donation. Thank You!
Q. I have a question that is not answered here.
A. Please contact us at thunderbirdrunmahwah@gmail. com with any questions or comments. Thank you!