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FAQ

Q: When is the application deadline?
A: Registration for the 2015 Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K will close on August 20, 2015 or if the maximum combined field of 5,500 participants has been reached. Click here for a paper registration form. All paper registration forms must be post marked by August 16th, 2015.

Q: How do I confirm my entry to the Madison Mini-Marathon?
A: All on-line and mailed registrations will be confirmed via email. You can double check your confirmation via the Confirm Entry link on the top toolbar of the Madison Mini-Marathon homepage.

Q: How do I earn money from referrals?
A: When you register for our race you are given a unique link to our registration page. You are prompted from the confirmation page to share this link with their friends via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and email. When someone clicks on your link and registers for the event, the technology recognizes that you referred someone to sign up for the race and automatically credits your Race Roster account with $. Once your Race Roster account reaches $25 worth of referrals from our race or any other race on the Race Roster platform, Race Roster will send you a check. You can manage your referrals from your Race Roster dashboard.

Q: What time does the Half Marathon Start?
A: The Mini-Marathon starts at 7:00 am CST on August 22, 2015.

Q: Is there going to be gun time being used for winners?
A: Age group will be using chip time. Overall winners will be using gun time. 

Q: Where can I get my results for the Madison Mini-Marathon?
A: Results will be posted on the Madison Mini-Marathon website during the event.  A printout of your results can be obtained in the Results Tent which is located on the Theatre Deck at the 14th Mile Post-Race Party. Official and archived results will be available on the website following the race.   

Q: Where do I pick up my packet?
A: Union South
    1308 W. Dayton Street
     Madison, WI 53706

Packet pickup is by last name and you do not need your bib number. 

Q: Where do I order my In Training Shirts?
A: Click Here!

Q: Where are the Aid Stations?
A: The 10 Aid Stations are at the following locations: Mile 1.75, Mile 3.25, Mile 4.75, Mile 6.2, Mile 7.5, Mile 8.75, Mile 9.9, Mile 10.75, Mile 11.25, Mile 12.1 along with the start and finish lines.

Q: Are there Misting Stations?
A:
Yes, the Mini will have 5 Misting Stations to keep you cool on the route of the Mini. They are at the following locations: Mile 8.4, Mile 9.5, Mile 10.2, Mile 10.75, Mile 12.2 and the finish line. Misting Stations will only be available if the weather permits. 

Q: What if I can't finish the race?
A: There will be a bus following the last participants of the race. Anyone who cannot finish, or cannot keep up with the 16 minute/mile minimum pace can ride the bus to the Post-race Party Area.

Q: When does the race officially end?
A: Approximately 10:30 am CST.

Q: When I used a GPS to track my run, the distance was a little off. Why is this?
A: GPS devices work by receiving signals from satellites. The quality of different GPS units can vary, but all of them can be affected by conditions such as buildings in urban environments or heavy overhead tree cover that interfere with reception of the satellite signals and can cause them to be inaccurate.

Race courses Certified by USATF are measured by a proven method that incorporates the calibration of measuring devices against a steel tape and are verified by multiple measurements.

Race courses are measured along a well-defined path called the “SPR”—the Shortest Possible Route that a runner can possibly run. Most runners don’t actually run the SPR, so the distance recorded by their GPS device will usually be longer than the certified length of the course, even though the course was properly measured along the SPR according to USATF rules.

Q: Where can I check my gear during the race?
A:  Gear check is provided for all participants, and is located in the Memorial Union on the first floor.  

Q: How can I get seeded?
A: If you can run a half-marathon distance in 1:48:00 or faster, you can be seeded toward the front of the starting area. You may request seeding after registration with proper proof. You must provide proof in the form of results from a road race that has occurred between August 20, 2014 and July 27, 2015, that is at least a 5K distance. All submissions of seeding proof must be post-marked by July 31, 2015, no exceptions! To submit proof please either email a link to your results at info@MadisonMiniMarathon.com or mail in your results to:

Madison Mini-Marathon Processing Center
Attn: Proof
16851 Southpark Drive, Suite 100
Westfield, IN 46074

Q: Can I defer until next year?
A: Up until the date of the Half Marathon, you may request to defer your registration until 2016 with a doctor's note to prove medical need. There are no refunds for the Half Marathon or 5K events. 

Q: What are the different awards divisions?
A: Awards are ONLY for the half marathon. Multiple age group categories: 10-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+
In order to be eligible to win an overall award or an age group award, you must run the race your registered and paid for.  If you would like to drop down to a race that is of shorter distance, you must inform customer service and fill out the proper paper work.  You will then be assigned the proper race bib.  If you would like to move up to a longer distance race, you must inform customer service, pay the additional fee and fill out the proper paper work.  You will then be assigned the proper race bib.  You will be ineligible to win an award if you do not follow these procedures prior to the race. You will be mailed 4-6 weeks following the event.

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

A: Yes. If someone is picking up your packet, please have them provide your photo ID, photocopy of your ID, or confirmation email.   


Q: Can I run in the 5K instead of the Half Marathon?
A: Your Half Marathon bib number will work in the 5K starting corrals on August 22, 2015.  When you pick up your packet, you will be receiving a Half Marathon bib and t-shirt.  However, on race morning, simply place yourself in the 5K starting corrals. 

Q: I have a friend who cannot participate in the event, can I take his/her place?
A: Each participant must have his/her own registration. In the event of an emergency, race official must have emergency contact information on hand, therefore you are NOT allowed to participate using someone else's registration. There are NO exceptions to this policy.  

Q: Can I get a refund or transfer?
A: There are no refunds or transfers for the Half Marathon or 5K events.