FAQs

GENERAL INFO
  • Q#1: What is the date for the Orting Marathon and other events?
    • June 30, 2018
  • Q#2: What is the date for next year’s race?
    • The marathon will always be near the last Saturday in June, making it tentatively June 29th, 2019.
  • Q#3: How long is a marathon?
    • A marathon is 26.2 miles; a half marathon is 13.1 miles.
  • Q#4: What happens if I become injured after I enter and cannot participate?
    • There are no medical comps, rollovers or refunds, nor can you transfer your registration to another person.
REGISTRATION
  • Q#1: How do I check to see if I’m already registered?
  • Q#2: How do I get another registration confirmation emailed to me?
    • You can use the app or logon to www.runsignup.com to have a new email confirmation sent to you. Note the system can only send to the email address we have on file. If you need to change your email address, log into the site Orting Marathon or via email at jake@ortingmarathon.org.
  • Q#3: Can I make changes to my registration after I register?
    • Yes. To correct items such as your address, estimated time, birth date, etc. please log into the site Orting Marathon. You can change your event here through the close of late registration on June 15th at 11:59pm pacific. This change will cost a $10 administrative fee if made after the end of Early Bird registration on April 30 at 11:59pm pacific.After close of registration, you can make changes at the Registration booth at the event, with the $10 fee.
  • Q#4: Can I transfer my registration to another person or roll over my registration to the next year?
    • There are absolutely NO transfers, roll overs, or refunds given for any reason, including medical reasons. However, you can change your registration from one event to another. For example, if you registered for the marathon, you may change your registration to the half marathon. If you wish to change from the half marathon to the marathon, you would need to pay the difference between the price you paid for the half marathon and the current price for the marathon.
  • Q#5: Can I register Day-of-Race?
    • No, you cannot register on the day of the race. Registration closes June 29th with the exception of the Kid Color Run, which you can sign up for up until 11:00am on June 30th, race day, or until supplies run out for this event.
  • Q#6: Can I change my event?
    • Yes. To change events, [login to the registration]. After close of registration, you can change events at Sign In booth up to the start of the race on race day. If you wish to change from the half marathon to the marathon, you would need to pay the difference between the price you paid for the half marathon and the current price for the marathon.
  • Q#7: What happens if I am unable to participate in the event after I register?
    • There are no refunds.
  • Q#8: Is there a senior discount?
    • Yes, seniors (60+) receive $10 off their entry fee. Just check the senior discount box on the registration form to receive the senior discount.
BIB + CHIP PICKUP
  • Q#1: When can I pick up my Bib and Chip?
    • Bib and Chip Packet Pickup is at Sound Sound Running in Puyallup from June 25th – 29th during business hours.
  • Q#2: Can someone else pick up my packet?
    • Yes. They will need your confirmation number, and a note signed by you giving them permission to pick up your packet, which will be available for pickup anytime between June 25th and June 29th at South Sound Running in Puyallup, WA.
  • Q#3: What do I do if I don’t have a confirmation email?
    • All packets are organized by event and then alphabetically by last name. You will not need a confirmation number to pick up your packet. However, if you are picking up a packet for a friend, you will need his or her confirmation number and a note.
TIMING + RESULTS
  • Q#1: Will I get an email with my results?
    • Event results will be available under results, on www.buduracing.com and on www.runsignup.com
  • Q#2: How is this race being timed?
    • All events will be timed using the race chip technology. Each participant is given a special, unique transponder that will be used to record your start and finish time. A B-Tag timing device is incorporated into your race bib. All results are based on time you go through the start/finish line. In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm that throughout the race your bib is: • Clearly visible on the front of the torso • Unaltered and unmodified — Do not fold or wrinkle • Pinned in all four corners • Not covered by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc. The B-Tag is disposable — no need to return your tag after the race.
  • Q#3: May I use my Champion Chip?
    • No. This race is timed using the assigned method only. The timing tag is incorporated into your race bib. The two systems are not compatible.
BOSTON QUALIFIER
  • Q#1: Can the Orting Marathon 2018 be used as a Boston Qualifier?
    • Yes. The Boston Marathon accepts qualifying times from the Orting Marathon. For a list of qualifying times, see the Boston Athletic Association website. We will send a complete list of finishers to the BAA within a couple weeks after the race.
  • Q#2: Will the Boston Marathon check to confirm my time?
    • Yes. They will use the finisher list we provide them to check the time you put on your Boston Marathon registration form.
THE COURSE
  • Q#1: How hilly is the course?
    • The course is slightly hilly with long stretches of flat and casual uphill grades. There is a course map with an elevation chart included in the Orting Marathon 2018 Event Guide. You may also view a downloadable PDF of the elevation chart on the Events pages.
  • Q#2: How long is the course open?
    • This course allows for a 7-hour Marathon Walk finish and a 6-hour Marathon Run finish. There will be limited on-course aid stations, Course Marshals, and police support after the course closes. Participants may continue along the course after the official closure by obeying all standard traffic control devices. Finish line staff and essential services will remain until every athlete has completed the event.
  • Q#3: Are miles and kilometers marked on the course?
    • Yes. There is a mile marker for every two miles on the course, and there is a kilometer marker every 5 kilometers.
  • Q#4: Where are the best places to watch the runners during the race?
    • Along the Start/Finish line area there will be limited space. Just before this, there is a half mile of space to sit, bring lawn chairs and relax as runners run the course.
THE START
  • Q#1: What time does the race start?
    • Marathon starts at 7:00am, Half Marathon run starts at 7:30am, 5K Run starts at 10:00am and the Kid Color Run starts at 12:00pm, all on June 30th, 2018.
  • Q#2: Where is the Start Line?
    • The start and finish line are immediately south of the Orting Park, across the street from the south side of the park, at the Orting Eagles building.
  • Q#3: What about parking?
    • There are many parking lots throughout Orting Park and along the streets surrounding it, and handicapped parking spots are spread out as well. Street parking (completely FREE) is also available near the park. When these spots fill, there is parking available at the large Safeway Parking Lot and across the street at Orting High School. Plan to arrive early to allow time for parking and walking to the start line as spaces close by will fill up fast.
  • Q#4: Are there buses/shuttles?
    • At the present time, there is limited city bus service in Pierce county. Check out www.piercetransit.org for times and routes in the area.
MEDALS + AWARDS
    • Q#1: What awards will be given out?
      • All finishers will receive a finisher award. Non-cash awards will be given to the top three age division runners in each events. Age divisions are as follows: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89 and 90+ and Wheelchair/Hand Crank. Award Presentation: Awards will be presented to winners at the finish line. Please note that the Marathon Walk and Half Marathon Walk will be timed but are not intended to be race walking competitions as set forth by the USATF. No awards will be presented for these events.
    • Q#2: Do you offer prize money?
      • No. The Orting Marathon is a family-oriented event designed to appeal to all categories of runners and walkers and, as such, does not offer monetary awards.
    • Q#3: Do you give awards to walkers?
      • No. The walking events are non-competitive and have no awards. However, walkers will be timed and do receive the same finisher medal and amenities as the runners. And, there will be several hundreds of dollars of prize drawing for race finishers!
    • Q#4: When will I get my age division award?
      • At the event, or mailed after the event, time pending.
    • Q#5: Is the finisher medal the same for walkers and runners?
      • Yes. The medal is the same.
PARTICIPANT + FINISHER SHIRTS
  • Q#1: Do I get a shirt with my entry or do I have to pay extra for it?
    • You get one free event shirt per registrant. A short-sleeved technical fabric shirt will be available at registration and at the event. Pick up your participant shirt at the Merchandise Booth after you pick up your race packet. Additional souvenir-type Finisher shirts may be purchased, as well as other merchandise, at the event booth on event day.
  • Q#2: How do I get a Finisher Shirt?
    • You may pre-order finisher shirts when you register for the event. Finisher Shirts will be available for purchase at the merchandise booth. However you are not guaranteed a shirt unless you pre-order. Limited sizes and quantities are available on event weekend. After the event when all pre-ordered shirts have been picked up, all remaining shirts will be available for purchase at the event booth.
  • Q#3: Where do I pick up my Finisher Shirt?
    • Finisher Shirts will be available for pickup at South Sound Running along with your bib and other event goodies. Please pick up your packet first then your finisher shirt.
Can I Bring My?
  • Q#1: Can I bring my MP3 player?
    • The answer is a qualified yes. The use of headsets is allowed during the race. For safety reasons, it may be necessary for a course official to ask you to remove your headset/earphones during the race. You are required to comply or face disqualification and removal from the course.
  • Q#2: Can I bring my Nordic Walking Stick?
    • Yes. Participants of the Marathon Walk and Half Marathon Walk are welcome to use walking sticks; however, please be courteous and mindful of participants around you.
  • Q#3: Can I bring my dog?
    • Yes. Dogs are allowed for those NOT running the course, but they must be on a leash. Dogs and other animals are not allowed for Runners, except qualified guide service dogs.
  • Q#4: Can I bring my baby in a stroller/jogger?
    • Yes. Strollers and baby joggers are allowed on the course.
  • Q#5: Can I bring my bike/skates/skateboard?
    • No. No wheels are allowed on the course except for registered wheelchairs and official course vehicles.
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Q#1: Where can I sign up to volunteer?
    • Sign up online, or call the Orting Marathon Association office to sign up as a volunteer. You may also sign up at the Sign Up Booth on June 30th.
  • Q#2: What energy drink will be provided at the Orting Marathon 2018?
    • Lemon – Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula and others provided by Water Stations.
  • Q#3: What should I wear during the Run/Walk?
    • Breathable clothing such as Polypropylene and Coolmax are materials that wick away moisture and keep you at a comfortable temperature. Avoid cotton. Be aware that long runs may cause chafing. Wear appropriate clothing.
  • Q#4: Where can I put clothing for after the race?
    • There will be an area for checking clothing at the Sign In booth. A bag for clothing check is available in the Registration Room when you pick up your bib and chip.
  • Q#5: Will there be live tracking?
    • By downloading the app available through www.runsignup.com, you can get real time results on the race.
  • Q#6: Are there shower facilities?
    • There will be access to cleaning stations for cleaning up, and bathrooms for changing, but no shower facilities at this point.
  • Q#7: What is the weather going to be like?
    • Historically, summer weather in the pacific northwest is cloudy but calm with temperatures in the mid 60s. Always expect rain.
  • Q#8: What is the Charity Partner Program? How can I make a donation to a Charity Partner?
    • The race registration fees first cover the administrative and operational expenses of the event, and proceeds then go to the Charitable Organizations outlined on our home page.
CAN'T FIND THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION HERE?
Email us at jake@ortingmarathon.org and we will do our best to promptly answer your questions or concerns