Does the Cowtown Marathon donate to a charity?
The Cowtown® Marathon is a nonprofit organization promoting health and fitness in the community. By running the Cowtown, runners are supporting C.A.L.F.® (Children's Activities for Life & Fitness) Program, which provides training and education to students regarding health and nutrition. A grant program is offered for children in need of funding their entries into the Cook Children's 5K. In addition these children are provided with training tools and quality running shoes to help them achieve their goals.
The Cowtown® Marathon has partnerships with several local charities where runners raise funds for various causes such as: Alzheimer's Association, Team RWB, and Team in Training.
What about if I have a schedule conflict and can't make it, or I injure myself? Can I get a refund?
The Cowtown® Marathon has a 38-year policy of not offering refunds or deferments. As we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, you may use your race registration as a charitable donation for your tax purposes. (Our tax ID is 75-2198418)
Is the Cowtown® Marathon a Boston Marathon qualifier?
Yes, the Cowtown® Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying event.
Also, the Cowtown® Ultra Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying event as well. We will have a timing mat to capture your marathon time at Mile 26.2 along the Ultra Marathon course.
Are strollers allowed?
No, due to the number of runners & walkers, strollers & baby joggers are not permitted. We hope that you can find family or friends to watch your little one in our Cowtown® Kids Area while you run.
Race Change Policy
You may change your race online through December 31st at no charge. After December 31 you may change your race online through January 22nd. After January 22nd you will have to make any changes at the Health & Fitness Expo during race weekend. You will need to pick up your runner bib first and then head to the Solutions Desk to change your race, AS SPACE ALLOWS. (Expo Hours-Friday, Feb. 26th 11:30am - 7:00pm or Saturday, Feb. 27th 6:00am - 5:00pm)
Please keep in mind we have capacity limits on all races and changing races will only be possible if we have not reached capacity in that distance. No race changes for either 5K race or 10K at the expo is possible.
There will be a $20 RACE CHANGE FEE with any applicable upgrade fee AFTER December 31st
What is the Cowtown® Challenge?
The Cowtown® Challenge is for anyone registered and completes two races; one on Saturday, and one on Sunday. If you register for your Sunday race first you may then add on your Saturday race from the same registration form. Doing it separately? No worries, as long as you are registered by the same name and birth date our system will automatically recognize you as a Cowtown® Challenge Runner. As a Challenge runner you will also receive a challenge bag and challenge finisher's medal after your Sunday race!
I may not be able to make it to the Health & Fitness Expo. Can I have a friend pick up my packet for me?
Yes, just make sure they know your full name, which race you are running, and your bib number.
How long is the course open?
The Full Marathon and Ultra Marathon courses are open for 7.5 hours
The Half Marathon course is open 4.5 hours
The 10K course is open 2.5 hours
The Adults 5K and Cook Children's 5K is open 1.5 hours
Will there be bag check available?
Bag check will be available prior to the race. Bags will be provided at packet pick up. Personal belongings will only be accepted in the clear bag check bags provided at packet pickup. No exceptions.
What is the deadline to register and still be able to have my name printed on my bib?
The last day possible to register and still have your name printed on your bib will be by midnight on January 22, 2016.
Will there be pace leaders for the Ultra, Marathon or Half Marathon?
Yes. We have pace leaders for all marathon events, they will have a booth set up at the Health & Fitness Expo.
Where are your fluid stations along the courses?
The Fluid Stations are located approximately every 1.5 miles along the courses. Each Fluid Station will have water & an electrolyte replacement. There will be Medical support at each station and portalets.
May I wear my iPod?
Yes, you may wear your earphones along our courses. However, we ask that you keep one ear free to listen to instructions from the Police & Course Officials along the courses. Please be safe!
What if I register for my two races at separate times, will I still be in the Cowtown® Challenge?
Yes! As long as you are registered under the same name and date of birth for both races, our system will automatically recognize you as a challenge runner no matter when you registered for your races.
Do you allow pets to run?
No, due to the large number of runners on Saturday and Sunday we do not allow pets on the course for their safety and for the safety of all our runners.
Each team member will be timed individually and run the entire distance of the race. The advantage of the team registration is the camaraderie, chance to win plaques based on your team's performance and team discounts. For the Half Marathon, Full Marathon and Ultra Marathon you will need at least 5 people to form a team PER DISTANCE, and for the 10K or 5K's you will need at least 10 people to form a team PER DISTANCE.
ABOUT THE 3-YEAR COWTOWN FINISHER'S MEDAL SERIES:
Earn your Spurs!! 2014 started a new 3-year medal series featuring spinning spurs (as seen on the right). The Bronze, silver and gold spurs hang from a leather strap, or can be counted on a decorative wooden plaque to show off your accomplishment in style.