The 28th Annual Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5 Mile Run

July 4th, 2017

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Where can I register?
A. Our Registration page has a link to register online, as well as a mail-in regsitration form for those who prefer.

Q. What is the cost to register, and does it change depending on when I do it?
A. The schedule for prices will be posted on our Registration page. Earlier is always cheaper!

Q. Where do I look for the race details?
A. Our Info page covers all the basics.

Q. I'm from out of town, can you recommend any hotels for overnight?
A. Here's a good selection of local places to stay: Baytown Hotel Guide

Q. When/where is packet pick-up?
A, Check out the Info page for details of where and when.

Q: What type of race shirt will I receive in my packet?
A: A Singlet. Click link for Singlet Size Chart (PDF)

Q. Can I register at packet pick up? What about on race day? Do you accept credit cards at packet pick up and/or on race day?
A. Yes, yes and yes, but we can't guarantee shirt/goodies bag.

Q. Can I pick up my friend's packet?
A. Yes you can. You only need their name to do so.

Q. Is there race day packet pick-up?
A. Official packet pickup schedule when announced is on the Info page . We highly recommend packet pickup be completed on one of the designated days. However, we realize it may be impossible for a few people to pickup their packet at the official times. We will have limited packet pickup the morning of the race. You do not need to notify the Race Director if you need to pick up your packet on race day.

Q. What if I forget my chip or bib at home?
A. If you loose your bib, chip or you forget them at home there will be a $10 charge to reissue you a new bib or chip.

Q. The shirt in my packet doesn't fit, can I exchange it for a different size?
A. We post deadlines for both bib name and shirt size selection, and order shirts in advance according to what you selected if you register by those deadlines. We estimate the remainder. If we have any extras after the race you are welcome to exchange, but if the race fills, extras for exchange are unlikely.

Q. Where does the race start?
A. Check out the Info page for those details.

Q. When does the race start?
A. Check out the Info page for those details.

Q. Where do I park?
A. There is ample parking at the starting point. Click here for the Parking Directions section of our Info page.

Q. Will there be some type of shuttle back to the park after the finish for those of us that participate alone and will need a ride back to their vehicle?
A. Start and finish are about 1/2 a mile apart. No shuttle, you can park close to the finish and walk to the start, or the other way around.

Q. Can I park at the finish, and walk to the start?
A. Parking is very limited at the finish, however, we think you can park on Main St. and other side streets as well - at your own risk! Make sure you don't park in a Tow Away Zone.

Q. Will there be a place to leave a drop bag for the race?
A. Yes. You can leave a drop bag before the race and pick it up after the race.

Q. I registered but now I can't make it, can I get a refund or defer my registration to next year?
A. There is NO RAINCHECK for this event. Your entry fee for this year's event CANNOT be transferred to next year's event, and there are NO REFUNDS, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, pregnancy, etc. There are NO exceptions. Seriously.

You CAN donate your entry to charity, you will get a cash donation receipt. Just let us know!
You can transfer your entry to another person for a $10 administrative fee, contact us to do so.
PLEASE NOTE that there is an immediate disqualification for anyone who runs under another person's bib other than the person of record.

Q. Okay, but can you mail my race packet to me or can I pickup my packet after the race, even though I'm not going to run?
A. No. All unclaimed race packets will be given to late registrants at the race.

Q. I left early, but it looks like I won an award. Can you mail it to me?
A. No, we do not mail out awards after the race. You may be able to pick up your award at a designated location, usually one of the packet pick-up spots. Check with us via the Contact form.

Q. My mom would like to participate but would like to know if walkers are allowed?
A. Due to the distance of the course and the heat, we discourage all those that are slower and are not trained to be in the heat for extended periods of time. That said, I have seen walkers that can out perform runners all the time. So the answer is (it all depends on your mom's pace) if she is at a 13-15 min pace, I would say she will be fine, however, if she is at a 20 min pace, I would say maybe a shorter distance race for her would be better.

Q. Are baby joggers/strollers allowed?
A. Yes, please be aware and stay clear of other runners.

Q. Will there be Port-a-potties on the course?
A. Yes, every Aid Station will have Port-a-potties.

Q: Can I have my favorite pet/dog run with me?
A: No. The only exception is for service dogs for those who need them.

Q. Can I wear my headphones?
A. The RRCA (our insurance provider) has a written guideline against the use of personal music devices in running events, as such we strongly discourage the use of headphones in our races.

Q. I'm running, can my spouse/family volunteer?
A. Yes, we can use all the help we can get. They can sign up for the volunteer schedule here.

Q. Will there be showers at the finish?
A. Yes, just as in the past.

Q. Will there be an after party, with food and drinks?
A. Definitely!

Q. Do I need to pay extra if my family/supporters attend the after party?
A. Definitely not!

Q. What beer will be served?
A. All depends on our sponsor! We think this year it will be Budweiser and Michelob Ultra.

Q. Will you run out of food?
A. No way!

Q. When will the race results be posted?
A. Usually the same day on our website, barring unforeseen acts of providence.

Q. What are your contigency plans for bad weather?
A. See below:

Rain- The event will NOT be cancelled due to rain alone unless the downpour is such that athletes, police, and volunteers lose visibility making situations unsafe. If this occurs we will wait until the rain subsides and follow the same procedure listed for lightning conditions (minus the 30 minute rule). Athletes will be informed of such a change via announcements on race morning.

Lightning - In the event of lightning the race will be postponed by 30 minutes every time lightning is spotted and thunder is heard within 6 miles of the event. Please note that every time lightning strikes and thunder is heard within 6 miles of the race site we must delay the start by 30 minutes.

Tornado Warning - If at anytime before (race morning close to start time) or during the event, a tornado warning is issued, the race will be cancelled.

On Course Cancellation - If the race is canceled due to storms (lightning and/or excessive rain) or tornado warnings while it is in progress we will do everything in our power to alert everyone on the course. All police, SAG, and medical personnel will be made aware and do all they can to warn and SAG in all participants. We will also do everything in our power to assist those that are still on course. Those that are on course without means of rescue should seek immediate shelter via open stores, buildings, garages, homes and/or any other means of protection from the dangerous conditions. If it gets bad and we are not there to help you off the course please do everything you can to keep yourself safe and take shelter.

Because of agreements with the Texas Department of Transportation and various municipalities regarding a fixed amount of time to have roads closed or in use or the time of public safety or law enforcement officials, Running Alliance Sport, at any time, reserves the right to shorten the distance of any of its races to comply, especially in dealing with inclement weather conditions that may make any course unavailable or unsuitable for runner participation.

Q. Why does all this seem strangely familiar?
A. We are Running Alliance Sport, visit our site to see the list of our races! Our motto is, For Runners, by Runners!

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