June 5, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for Steamboat Marathon frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IS THE STEAMBOAT MARATHON A BOSTON MARATHON QUALIFYING RACE?
Yes, because our course is USATF (USA Track and Field) certified, our race is a Boston qualifier.
HOW DO I GET TO STEAMBOAT BY AIR?
Yampa Valley Regional Airport is 30 minutes from Steamboat Springs. You can fly into YVRA from Denver with connections across the country and around the world. You can also fly direct into Denver International Airport and rent a car or hire a shuttle service to Steamboat Springs.Transportation Information
IS MY REGISTRATION FEE REFUNDABLE?
No. Entry fees are not refundable. As a not-for-profit organization, we make every effort to work with local partners, vendors, and staff to produce the best race possible. We have a no-refund policy to preserve our ability to pay and support these organizations and people for the year-round work that goes into planning and producing the race.
IF I FIND THAT I CAN’T RUN FOR WHATEVER REASON, MAY I TRANSFER MY BIB NUMBER TO MY FRIEND?
Yes. You are able to transfer your registration via Events.com. Click here to download instructions. There will be a $20 transfer fee. Transfers can be made through May 27, 2022.
CAN I SWITCH BETWEEN RACES?
You are welcome to transfer races if space is available by following these instructions. There will be a $10 transfer fee (plus the difference between races if transferring up) for changing races. Please note that we will not refund the difference in price if you choose to move down. Attendees can switch races online through May 27, 2022.
I JUST FOUND OUT I’M PREGNANT/INJURED AND CAN’T RUN, HOW DO I DEFER MY REGISTRATION?
If you are injured and unable to run you may defer your race registration. There will be a $25 deferral fee until May 1. After May 1 the fee is $30. You can defer from the race by following these instructions. After May 27, no deferrals will be accepted.
It is the runner’s responsibility to defer and re-register. We will not automatically register you for the next year’s race. You will be contacted via email with a code to register when the 2023 race registration opens.
Virtual Challenge FAQ
I AM REGISTERED FOR THE VIRTUAL CHALLENGE. WHAT IS NEXT?
You will receive an email from our virtual challenge event within 48 hours of your registration with instructions on how to claim your challenge entry. Simply log in following the instructions in the email and you will be included in the Virtual Challenge!
What is included with my virtual challenge registration?
Participants will receive a finisher medal, t-shirt, towel, Honey Stinger, and access to all the challenge features including a race bib and online tracking.
WHEN IS THE VIRTUAL CHALLENGE?
The Virtual Challenge will begin on May 29 at 5 a.m. and you have until June 5 at midnight to complete the challenge.
HOW DO I LOG MY ACTIVITY?
Once you are connected with your event you can open the Connections section in your profile to connect your EveryChallenge account with popular GPS devices and apps. Doing this has the benefit of automatically syncing your activities straight from the watch/app into your virtual event with no manual steps in between.
You can also do a manual entry of your activities if you don't have, or don't want to use a GPS watch or app.
NOTE: To earn a Virtual Challenge Award such as Top Male or Female in each distance, activity must be logged and connected with a GPS device.
WHERE CAN I COMPLETE MY RACE?
The Virtual Challenge can be completed on any road, trail, or even treadmill. Please follow all rules and regulations for the route you chose and practice safe social distancing.
Race Weekend FAQ
WHAT DO I NEED TO CARRY ON RACE DAY?
Our course is on a country road that is open to traffic. We place aid stations where we safely can, but you may find that you need water between stations. We strongly encourage runners to carry water.
We're working hard to make our race as sustainable as possible. Bring your own drop bag and we'll have it for your at the finish.Aid Station Information
How long is the race course open?
The marathon and half marathon course will close at 1:00 p.m., 5 ½ hours from the start time, a marathon pace of about 12:30 minutes per mile. We strictly enforce this policy. Race services, aid stations and traffic control will not be provided on the course after 5 ½ hours. An early start is not available. If you’re unable to run the full Marathon in less than 5 ½ hours, please register for the half marathon.
CAN I BRING MY BABY STROLLER OR DOG TO ANY OF THE RACE COURSES?
No. Due to other runners and the county roads being open to local traffic we do not allow strollers or dogs on the courses.
CAN I DRIVE TO THE START OF MY RACE INSTEAD OF TAKING THE BUS?
No. Due to safety concerns and no parking available, we strongly advise against driving yourself to the full start.
WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT TO PACKET PICK-UP?
A friend or relative can pick up your packet, but they must have your e-mail confirmation. There will be no race day packet pick-up. No exceptions.
IS IT OKAY FOR MY FRIEND, PARENT OR SPOUSE TO RIDE THEIR BIKE ALONGSIDE ME WHILE I RUN?
We strongly advise against it. The roads are technically open to traffic, but we prefer there to be no bikes on the course. For safety considerations, we ask that everyone leave their bikes at home.
WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE FOR MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO WATCH ME RUN?
For the best view of the Marathon, Half or 10K races, Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs is the best bet. This stretch serves as the finish for all three races, and your friends and family will be close enough to cheer for you and then cheers to you at the finish festival at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Spectating from the course earlier than downtown is difficult and discouraged.
The course looks mostly downhill. Is this race considered easy?
The course does decrease in overall elevation from start to finish, but it isn't all downhill! The half and full course is challenging with many rolling hills, and the altitude does increase difficulty if you aren't used to it. Be sure to check out the course maps and elevation profiles for more info.