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Here are the most common questions asked by our Pirate and Princess Runners!
What is the Pirate & Princess 5K?
The Pirate and Princess 5k is one of the few costumed races in our area! Originally founded in 2014 by Sophie & Madigan’s Playground as an exciting fundraising event that benefits the kids and families through the PLAY LEARN CREATE programs and towards the cost of building the memorial park. The Pirate & Princess race directors volunteer their nights and weekends to ensure you have a great race!
When is the Pirate & Princess race and what time does it start?
The Pirate & Princess race starts Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:00am. Following the 5K race is the Halloween Fun Run (at approx. 11:00am).
Can I wear a costume?
ABSOLUTELY! We have awards for costumes in various categories, including Male, Female, Team, Couple and Creative. Just make sure it’s safe for you and those around you and that you can run/walk in it!
Will you have a bag check?
Sorry we aren’t able to watch your stuff please consider not bringing a bag. The parking is nearby so you will be able to leave your bag in the car.
When / where can I register?
You can register here. Registration is open online and online registration closes at 7:00pm on Sept. 29, 2017.
Is there Race Day registration?
Same day registration will be available from 8:00am – 9:40am
What is the refund policy? (What if I am sick, injured, etc.)
Race fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to next year’s race or another event. Sorry, no exceptions.
What happens if there is bad weather?
The Pirate & Princess race is rain or shine! Rain, wind and even snow won’t stop the Pirate & Princess Race! But, if we feel there is a dangerous situation and the race needs to be cancelled, we will immediately send an email and post an update to our Facebook page.
What is the course?
The Pirate & Princess 5K course is a rolling course through neighborhoods. You can see the course map here
How far is the race?
The Pirate & Princess 5K is a 5K Race and is 3.1 miles. The Halloween Fun Run is approximately 1k.
Where is the race?
The race is being held at Monocacy Village Park
When / where can I pick up my packet?
Packet pickup will be at Dublin Roasters on Friday 10/28 between 4pm-9pm. You can also pick them up on race day ; please give yourself plenty of extra time and expect long lines, arrive no later than 9:20am.
Will team packets be grouped together?
All race packets will be in alphabetical order. If you’d like your team grouped together please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I pick up my friend’s packet?
You can pick up a packet for your friend.
Will you provide parking?
You are responsible for your parking. The race is not responsible if you incur a parking ticket. Arrive early if you plan to find a spot, and please obey all Frederick Parking regulations! There is plenty of parking available in the neighborhoods surrounding Monocacy Village Park.
What is the Race Day schedule?
8:00am – 9:40am Packet Pickup and Early Registration
9:45am Warm Up
9:55am Race Announcements
10:00am Pirate & Princess 5K Race
11:00am Halloween Fun Run
11:30am Costume & Race Awards
Will there be someone to watch my kids while I run the 5K?
As much as we love hanging out with cute kids, we will not be able to watch your littles while you are running. We encourage you to make this a family event and bring someone along to help the kids visit our Trick or Treat area. Also parents must be present during the Halloween Fun Run.
Do I need to be a runner to complete the Pirate & Princess race?
NO. The Pirate & Princess race is a charity event for the seasoned vet newbie runners and walkers alike. In the spirit of the Sophie & Madigan’s Playground, we want our race to be welcoming to kids and their families. To accommodate those who would like to test their speed we ask that you please line up according to your estimated per-mile pace. If you’re a walker, please stand towards the back of the lineup.
How does a Fundraising “Team” work compared with a solo runner?
When you register as a team fundraiser (versus an individual), you get perks like choosing a groovy custom team name and team costume (always encouraged!). Team members can run/walk together (optional). There is no “relay” component to this race, so team members can finish together as a unit or separately.
What is included with my Pirate & Princess registration?
Each registered runner will receive a custom race t-shirt and swag bag with some goodies from our sponsors! You must register by September 1st to be recieve a custom T-shirt.
For our Virtual Charity runners, each registered runner will receive a custom race t-shirt, custom race bag, and goodies from our sponsors. You also receive a special charity bib. Charity bibs are $100 and a portion of the funds directly benefit the Sophie & Madigan’s Playground.
Is there an age limit for younger runners?
If they can cover (running, jogging, or walking) the 3.1 miles of the Pirate & Princess 5K race course, then they can absolutely participate! Make sure your young runner is registered! If they cannot cover the course, consider enrolling them in the Halloween Fun Run.
Can I run with a jogging stroller?
Can I run with my dog/cat/turtle?
For the safety of our runners and animal friends, we do not allow animals to run at our race unless they are service pets — but you can come dressed in costume as a dog/cat/turtle/Scooby Doo!
Where can I find Pirate & Princess 5k results?
Results will be available on the Facebook Page and the website about a day after the race.
Can spectators attend?
Absolutely!! Invite your grandma, dad, mom, aunt, uncle, kids, and your bff to see you finish!
What if I have a super-sweet question that isn’t answered here?
You can reach out to us at email@example.com and we will do our best to answer all your questions!