Country Run 5k FAQ
DO I NEED TO WEAR COWBOY BOOTS?
Wearing boots is up to you, though we recommend everyone wears comfortable running shoes. But there are fun cowboy boot socks, booties that cover shoes and other options that go along great with the theme.
DO I HAVE TO DRESS UP IN COUNTRY STYLE?
No, but it’s recommended.
WHO DO I CONTACT WITH REGISTRATION QUESTIONS?
If you have a question concerning:
• Difficulties registering
• Need to change or confirm your registration
• Verifying your user account
• Experiencing login issues
• Registration credit card charges
Contact us by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
The race will be between 8am-10am. You will be emailed approximately 14 days before the event with more specific details.
IS THERE SPECTATOR VIEWING?
You must purchase a ticket to the Fair for spectator viewing.
WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
There are no refunds for this race.
HOW DO I REDEEM THE $10 OFF DISCOUNT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL?
There will be a tear off tab good for $10 off entrance to the San Diego International Beer Festival attached to your bib.
CAN WALKERS PARTICIPATE IN THE RACE?
Yes, but all courses will be cleared by 9:45am.
CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY PACKET?
Yes, if you are unable to make it to packet pickup or one person is picking up for your team, that person will need to show us a copy of your photo ID (phone picture will work) in order for us to release your packet to them.
WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE ON RACE DAY?
Please plan on arriving at the fairgrounds at least 1 hour prior to the race starting to park and get your bag checked in. Traffic will be heavy that day so please leave extra early and carpool if possible.
WHERE DO WE PARK?
Parking directors will direct you when you enter the gates. Please follow their directions and keep the flow of traffic moving. This is a very large event with a lot of vehicles entering and exiting the event site. We encourage carpooling to this event!
IS PARKING INCLUDED IN THE PARTICIPANT FEE?
Just like when you attend the San Diego County Fair or the races, there’s a separate fee for parking. The parking lot is managed separately and there is a $10 cost per car CASH ONLY to park at the Del Mar Fairgrounds/Race Track complex. WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE CARPOOLING to reduce your per-person cost (plus it’s good for the environment!)
SHOULD I CARPOOL?
YES! For many reasons: 1) it’s cost effective, 2) it’s environmentally friendly, and 3) this is a very large event with a lot of vehicles entering and exiting the event site. Parking staff will direct you when you enter the gates. Please follow their directions and keep the flow of traffic moving.
CAN I DRIVE MY RV INTO THE EVENT?
RV’s must arrive on Friday if they want to park in our RV lot. RV spaces are $32 per space/night & spaces are 1st come 1st serve. If the fairgrounds get an RV on Saturday they have an alternate location to park, however it is not in the start line area & may not be as much fun. Due to other shows taking place at the event space, we expect the RV spaces to be very full. Please plan accordingly.
WILL THERE BE FOOD AND BEVERAGE AFTER THE COUNTRY RUN 5K?
Yes – plenty, at the after party and San Diego County Fair! Please bring cash and your ID to enjoy the day’s numerous amounts of treats.
WHAT SHOULD AND SHOULDN’T I BRING TO THE EVENT?
Bring: your ID, cash for yummy things, and a great attitude for tons of fun! Dress in costume! DON’T bring: Pets are not allowed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. BBQs, coolers, glass containers, skateboards and bikes are not allowed at the event (there are places to lock up bikes at the Main Gate to the Fairgrounds). There is no tailgating or overnight camping at the venue.
WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE OF THIS EVENT?
The Country Run 5k is for all ages. Kids under 5 are free!
CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION: WHAT TO BRING?
You must bring a photo identification to pick up your race materials.
WHEN CAN I PICK UP MY RACE NUMBER AND COWBOY HAT?
Race numbers and Cowboy Hats will be given out at Packet Pickup, which will be held on the Friday before the race. We suggest you get there early to avoid any lines.
HOW SOON DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT?
Space is limited, so we recommend signing up ASAP to guarantee your spot.
HOW DO I KNOW YOU RECEIVED MY ENTRY?
We will send you an e-mail confirming your registration. As the race date approaches, we will contact you with more information.
WILL THERE BE A BAG CHECK?
IS THIS A TIMED RACE?
There is no professional timing but there will be clocks at the starting line, finish line and there will also be pace runners
CAN I RUN/WALK WITH A STROLLER?
Yes. But you will be at the back of the pack and let onto the course last.
HOW DO I INQUIRE ABOUT SPONSORING COUNTRY RUN 5K?
Please email email@example.com
HOW MANY MILES IS 5K?
A 5K race is 3.1 miles. The race takes an average person approximately 30 minutes to complete.
IS A CHARITY OR NON-PROFIT BENEFITING FROM THE COUNTRY RUN 5K?
This event is proudly benefitting CAF, Challenged Athletes Foundation’s® Operation Rebound® program. This is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue active, athletic lifestyles by offering access to funding for equipment, training, competition expenses, Military Medical Center Physical Training (MMCPT) and sports clinics. Check out more on the program here!
How do I volunteer?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will follow up with you