Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL INFORMATION

WHAT IS THE DATE/TIME OF THE EVENT?
Sarasota Music Half Marathon – Sunday, February 4th, 6:30 am; ready, set go!

WHERE CAN I FIND COURSE MAP?
Right Here: Half Marathon Course & 10k Course.

DO YOU LIMIT THE NUMBER OF RUNNERS?
The 2018 entry capacity for the Sarasota Music Half Marathon is 4,000 athletes. THIS RACE WILL SELLOUT! Tick, tock; tick, tock. Register now!

WILL YOU HAVE PACERS?
Yes!  Run or walk to the beat and you’ll have a PR (personal record) and RGT (really good time).

CAN I SWITCH DISTANCES? 
We do not allow transfers between the Half and the 10k for 2018. If you are registered for the half and run the 10k because you become injured or another reason, you will be downgraded and given the 10k medal. If you are registered for the 10k and proceed to run the Half, you will be disqualified.

CAN I HAVE CELL PHONES, FRIENDS, STROLLERS, OR DOGS ON THE COURSE?
You may run with your cell phone. Jog strollers are not allowed. Sorry, no dogs. Meet new friends in the race. Only registered runners/walkers will be allowed to compete.

WHERE DO I SEND MY SELFIES?
Send us your selfies and we’ll post them online! Email to photos@Sarasotahalf.com, or use the hashtag #MusicHalf when posting to social media.

CAN I WEAR HEADPHONES?
Why wear headphones when the entire course is full of music? We discourage headphones since you can’t hear other runners, directions or race commands. But if you’re scared of losing your awesome headphone tanline, then wear the headphones.

WHAT IF I LOSE SOMETHING THE DAY OF THE RACE?
This isn’t a school bake sale so we can’t guarantee that a lost item will be found. Tie your shoes. Try not to lose anything. The race will have a lost and found near the Start/Finish until noon race day.  After noon, the parking lot is a parking lot.

REGISTRATION

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION OPEN?
Registration is open – what are you waiting for? 

CAN I GET MY BIB/PACKET MAILED TO ME?
The race will mail your race number and t-shirt for a processing fee of $12. All mail packets will be sent USPS two weeks prior to the race so you’ll receive your packet no later than January 20, 2018. This allows you to skip packet pick-up, but you must still show photo ID race morning to get your beer wristband. The beer wristband allows you to enjoy the mile 12 beer stand and a brew at the Finish Festival. To take advantage of the mail option Click Here. This option is available for currently registered athletes and new athletes. MAIL OPTION EXPIRES JANUARY 4, 2018. Don’t snooze.

I AM INJURED, PREGNANT, HAVE A FAMILY EMERGENCY OR UNEXPECTEDLY OUT OF TOWN, CAN I GET A REFUND?
We do not offer refunds, but you can defer one time to the following year. Read our Deferral Policy.

CAN I GIVE / SELL MY NUMBER TO ANOTHER RUNNER?
No. You may not sell, give, transport, transpond or transfer your bib to another runner. Any runner who runs with another athlete’s bib will be automatically disqualified. Don’t try to beat the system. Play nice. This is Sarasota. If we catch you, we’ll put your picture in the paper like the girl from Four Square.

WHY HAVEN’T I RECEIVED AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION?
If you haven’t received your Eventbrite e-mail confirmation please call 201-888-8916.  If you’re lonely or sad you can call, too.

WHERE DOES MY REGISTRATION FEE GO?
The race benefits many Sarasota non-profits. But first we have to pay the bills. Porta-potties aren’t free.

PRIZES & AWARDS
Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers, and top three male and female finishers in each age group.

WILL AWARDS BE GIVEN OUT FOLLOWING THE RACE?
Awards will be given to overall top three men and women, masters, grand masters and senior grand masters race day.  All other awards will be available on site immediately after the awards ceremony.  If you were unable to make the pickup, please contact Ryan@SarasotaHalf.com to corrdinate a pickup or to have your medal mailed to you.

WILL I RECEIVE AN AWARD IF I PLACE IN MY AGE GROUP?
If you place in the top three of your age group you’ll receive a special award.  NOT ALL AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED RACE DAY.

WHY AREN’T YOU GIVING OUT ALL AGE GROUP AWARDS RACE DAY?

Because we have a very cool finish band and we thought you’d enjoy Aretha more than Bobbi Sue’s 15 minute acceptance speech.

DO I GET A FINISHER’S MEDAL?
Each finisher of the Sarasota Music Half Marathon receives a very cool finisher medal. It’s not clunky, doesn’t weigh five pounds and won’t break your bathroom doorknob.

PACKET PICK-UP

WHEN IS PACKET PICK-UP?
Packet pick-up is Friday, February 2 from 2-8pm and Saturday, February 3 from 10-2pm at New Balance Sarasota 1872 Stickney Point Road.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME TO PICK UP MY PACKET?
Bring your photo id and your posse.

CAN I AUTHORIZE ANOTHER PERSON TO PICK UP MY RACE PACKET?
A friend can pick-up your race bib and packet BUT ONLY if that person has your photo id or a copy of it. No ID, no bib, no run, no fun.

WHERE CAN I PARK AT PACKET PICK-UP?
In the parking lot.

CHIP TIMING

DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE MY OWN TIMING CHIP?
No.  The chip is part of your bib and available at packet pick-up. Technology is a beautiful thing.

HOW DO I MAKE SURE I HAVE THE RIGHT CHIP?
You’ll know if you have the right chip if you’re wearing your bib we gave you. If your buddy gives you a bib you’re wearing the wrong bib.  It’s not that hard.

OFFICIAL TIME – GUN TIME OR CHIP TIME?
Gun time determines top three overall male and female awards. Chip time determines individual athlete time and age group awards.

GEAR CHECK

IS THERE A PLACE TO DROP SWEAT BAGS AT THE START LINE?
The race will offer a bag drop at race start. The race is not responsible for left items.

WHAT SHOULD I PUT IN MY CHECKED BAG?
Good things for you gear bag: Favorite drink and fresh clothes. Bad things for your gear bag: wallet, only set of car keys and bearer bonds.

WHERE DO I PICK UP THE BAG I CHECKED?
Same place.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY BAG IF I FORGET TO CLAIM IT AFTER THE RACE?
All left items will be brought to the Fleet Feet on Osprey Ave. in Sarasota. All unclaimed items will be donated to Mothers Helping Mothers after Monday, February 13. You snooze, you lose. Please don’t leave a tuna sandwich.

PARKING

WHERE SHOULD I PARK ON RACE DAY?
Limited parking is available on site at the Van Wezel parking lot, nearby lots and on local streets. A list of other local parking options is available here.

START & FINISH

WHERE IS THE RACE START AND FINISH?
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center — follow the signs, not that hard.

WILL THERE BE CORRALS?
Athletes start by expected finishing time in large corrals. Corrals will be marked according to anticipated pace/mile. Plenty of room, this is not a sardine start.

HOW DO I GET MY FINISHER MEDAL?
We’ll put your medal on you when you cross the finish line. You’re a hero! Make mom proud.

WHERE CAN I MEET MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS AFTER THE RACE?
You can meet your friends, family and posse in the Bay Front lawn adjacent to the finish.  This is the site of the post race party.  Follow the music.

COURSE

WHAT IS THE TIME LIMIT FOR THE RACE?
The time limit for the Sarasota Music Half Marathon is 4 hours. Anyone whose pace falls below 20 minute/mile will be invited to spend the rest of the day in an official race sag wagon. 17 minutes/mile is a street walk if you’re late for a meeting.

WHY IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?
We can’t close the course all day or our neighbors won’t have fun. You can easily walk the 13.1 mile course in four hours, very walker friendly. If you break one hour you’ll receive an all-expense paid trip to the Kenyan Olympic Marathon Trials.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY PACE IS SLOWER THAN THE ALLOTTED TIME?
If your pace falls below 20 minutes/mile you will be picked up in a race sag wagon. But if you’re past the ten mile mark you may continue but you will have to rock and roll on the sidewalk and obey traffic rules. This means you may have to stop at red lights.

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?
No grumpy people, no frowns. No dogs and no unregistered runners.

IS THERE ENERGY GEL AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE?
Yes.

WILL SPORTS BEVERAGE BE ON THE COURSE?
Yes, sports drink will be available at select aid stations.

SPECTATORS

HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF SOMEONE HAS DROPPED OUT OF THE RACE, OR IS IN THE MEDICAL AREA?
Find one of the race staff who will be wearing matching brightly colored orange shirts.

WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO WATCH THE RACE?
Go to any band location along the 13.1 mile course, sit on the grass, pop open a frosty and whoop it up. #1 viewing location –  join the band at the Cheer Zone at the Kissing Statue.  Party on!  To view band locations click here.

HOW DO I KNOW WHERE MY FAVORITE BAND IS PLAYING?
Click here to find your band.  Go to the Garden to see Bon Jovi.

CAN I JUST WATCH MY FAVORITE BAND?
Absolutely! Find your band here.  Meet the bands here. Great way to have fun, bring your pals, bring your kids, free entertainment.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO LISTEN TO THE MUSIC?
Free. How about that!

WHAT TIME WILL THE FIRST RUNNER BE COMING THROUGH MY AREA?
Okay, math whiz.  Take a look at the course map.  Figure the lead runner runs a 5 minute mile.  If you live with the begonias in Selby Gardens at mile 10 the led runner comes through in about 50 minutes.

WILL MY ROAD BE CLOSED DURING THE RACE?
Road closures, spectator party and entertainment zones, aid stations and medical stations will be posted after February 1, 2018.  Only significant road closure impacts people who live on Orange Ave. or west of Orange.  Residents in these areas can party until 10:00 am when the roads open.

HOW CAN I BECOME A SPECTATOR?
Call eight friends. Tell one guy to bring burgers. Tell another guy to bring beers. Tell your hung over friend to bring Bloody Marys and sun glasses. Set-up your cheesy Wal-Mart lawn chairs, have a seat and start eatin’ and cheerin’. Note to hung over friend: No bueno.