FAQ

Be sure to read the entire Race Details page in addition to this FAQ to make sure you have all the necessary info about The Big Lake Half!

Packet pickup/registration is from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., so we suggest arriving no later than 6:30 a.m. to ensure you have time to park, pick up your bib, and get to the starting line before 8 a.m.
No, we love dogs but they’re not allowed on the course during the race.
For safety reasons, we discourage the use of headphones on the course. Truthfully, this is one of the prettiest routes you’ll find, both visually and aurally. Why not take a day off from the buds and enjoy the sounds of Spring and a “running conversation” with some new friends?
No, for safety reasons strollers are not allowed on the course during this race.
No, we allow anyone to run this race. With that said, you should be prepared and cleared to run this distance. Minors will be required to have a parent/ guardian signature to participate in this race.
Yes, to be fair to our race marshals and water stop volunteers, the official end time is 3:30 hours for the half marathon. However, we keep race signs and water stops up until the final person finishes. The later water stops may be self-serve after 10:45 a.m.
The course is closed for the first 2.5 miles and then transitions to traffic-controlled roads. From the first 2.5 miles to mile 6.5, you’ll be directed to run in a coned lane on the right side of the road. Please stay in the coned lane for your safety. After mile 6 you are on very rural roads until mile 11. Cars are allowed on the course, but safety signs are posted. The final 2 miles are again in a coned lane to the finish.
Aid Stations
#1 Mile 2.2 = Water
#2 Mile 4.8 = Water + Gatorade
#3 Mile 6.7 = Gu
#4 Mile 6.9 = Water
#5 Mile 8.4 = Water + Gatorade
#6 Mile 11 = Water
We put portapotties at the Start and at two locations on the course. The Finish area bathrooms are located across the street in a public bathhouse.
Prizes are awarded to the top 3 men and women finishers overall, and to the top 3 men and women in the following categories: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Awards must be picked up at the red tent at the Finish. They will not be mailed.
Shirts are available in men’s and women’s sizes (S-XXL). You select a unisex size during online registration but we allow you to choose a different size at packet pick-up because we know that sometimes shirts fit a little differently than you expected. However, because people can change their minds at the last minute, we don’t actually know how many of each size to order. We do our best to estimate (and we even order extras), but sometimes we run out of a particular size. So, if it’s really important that you get a specific size, be sure to arrive at packet pick-up as early as possible.
We’re sorry, but there are no refunds, transfers or deferrals.
There are a number of good places to watch this race. The best place is at the Finish in front of ‘Shibley’s at the Pier.’ This vantage point allows for viewing as the runners pass mile 1.5 and then again at the Finish.
The course is certified and accurate according to USATF standards. However your GPS measurement of the course is bound to be different and will most likely show the distance covered to be “long.” This is normal, and here’s a very technical explanation why: In GPS We Trust.

Still Have Questions?

The answers to 99.9% of the questions we get asked every day are already on this awesome website, which means you’ll find an answer much quicker here than by emailing us and waiting a few days for a response! Of course, if you’ve read every word on this site and still can’t find the answer, shoot us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can!

Race Questions: mike@locorunning.com
Online Registration: linda@locorunning.com
Sponsors: arlon@locorunning.com