06/24/17

FAQ

EVENT START TIMES
Lake Michigan Half Marathon 7:00 a.m.
Seaway Run 15k 7:15 a.m.
Seaway Run 5k 7:45 a.m.
Seaway Run Community Fun Walk 8:00 a.m. 

How can I volunteer?
The Mercy Health Seaway Run could not function without hundreds of volunteers.  Online volunteer registration is available; click here to learn more.

What training resources are available? 
Our Race Director has developed an at home training plan for all distances; the Muskegon Family YMCA provides a pre-race Training Class, race sponsor Gazelle Sports also offers a variety of training programs. Get details here.

What hotel accommodations are available? 
Click here for a complete listing of area lodging options.

Will there be an expo?
The free Mercy Health Healthy Lifestyle Expo features 40+ vendors and takes place during Late Registration/Packet Pick-up at LC Walker Arena on Friday, June 23, from 11 am to 7 pm.

What are the minimum age requirements for the different events? 
Lake Michigan Half Marathon - minimum 12 years of age by June 24, 2017.
Seaway Run 15K, 5K Run, and Community Walk - all ages welcome.

What are the costs to participate?
Click here for a pricing/deadline chart. Note that prices increase after 1/31/17 and 6/14/17, and on race day.

What are the registration deadlines?
Prices increase after 1/31/17 and 6/14/17, and on race day.
Online Registration is available until Wednesday, June 21, at 11:59 pm. 
Late/Walk-in Registration is available on Friday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 7  p.m. at LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth Street, Muskegon.
Click here for a pricing/deadline chart. 

What is included in my registration?
All event registrations will include either a Seaway Run design white cotton t-shirt (5k and Walk), a Seaway Run design wicking tech shirt (15k), or a Lake Michigan Half Marathon design wicking tech shirt.  Participants will have the option during registration for the 5k and Walk to upgrade to a Seaway Run design wicking tech shirt. Participants will also have the option during registration to opt out of receiving any shirt. Options are also available to purchase additional t-shirts or wicking shirts.

How do I know if I’m registered correctly?
If you register online, you'll receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration. Please check that the information (address, shirt size, age, etc.) on your is correct.  If not, please click here and type your name in the search field; click on your name and select the “More Details” tab, then use your password to access your account and make any changes.  The last day to make changes online is June 14, 2017.  After that date, please let us know at the Solutions Desk during Packet Pick-Up on Friday June 23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth Street, Muskegon; we will update the database so your results are posted correctly.

You may also verify your registration by clicking here and typing your name in the search field. 

In verifying my entry, I noticed a mistake in my registration information.
No problem!  Just click here and type your name in the search field; click on your name and select the “More Details” tab, then use your password to access your account and make any changes.  The last day to make changes online is June 14, 2017.  After that date, please let us know at the Solutions Desk during Packet Pick-Up on Friday June 23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth Street, Muskegon; we will update the database so your results are posted correctly.

Can I change events if I have already registered? 
Changes can be made through June 15 online at RunSignUp.com - click here and type your name in the search field; click on your name and select the “More Details” tab, then use your password to access your account and make the change. You may also switch events after you pick up your race packet at Packet Pick-up at LC Walker Arena on Friday June 23, 11 a.m. to 7  p.m.  Indicate that you wish to switch events and someone will direct you to the correct location.  A $10.00 processing fee will be charged for all event transfers. No new registrations will be accepted on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Results will not be posted for those participating in events for which they were not registered. All entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Can I get a refund or transfer my bib to a friend or family member if I registered but can’t participate? 
There are no refunds or transfers of bibs to another person. However, if you'd like to move to another event (i.e. currently registered for the 15K but would like to run the 5K), you can make the change online through June 14 at RunSignUp.com - click here and type your name in the search field; click on your name and select the “More Details” tab, then use your password to access your account and make the change.  You may also switch events after you pick up your race packet at Packet Pick-up at LC Walker Arena on Friday June 23, 11 a.m. to 7  p.m.  Indicate that you wish to switch events and someone will direct you to the correct location.  A $10.00 processing fee will be charged for all event transfers. 

What shirts are available this year?
If you register for the Seaway Run 5k or Community Fun Walk, you will receive a Seaway Run design cotton t-shirt with your registration fee. You also have the option to upgrade or add a Seaway Run design wicking tech shirt for additional cost. 
If you register for the Seaway Run 15k you will receive a Seaway Run design wicking tech shirt with your registration fee. You also have the option to add a Seaway Run design Cotton t-shirt for an additional cost.
If you register for the Lake Michigan Half Marathon, you will receive a Lake Michigan Half Marathon design wicking tech shirt with your registration fee. You also have the option to add a Seaway Run design Cotton t-shirt and/or wicking tech shirt for additional cost.

What are the awards for the races?
SEAWAY RUN 15K - awards given to the top 3 finishers in each age group.
SEAWAY RUN 5K - awards given to the top 5 finishers in each age group.
LAKE MICHIGAN HALF MARATHON - Each finisher receives a unique finisher medal; additional awards are given to the top 3 finishers in each age group.

Can someone ride beside me on a bike?
No. For the safety of all participants, personal bicycles are not allowed on the race courses.  Only official pace bike riders from Breakaway Bicycles are allowed on the course.

Can I buy last year’s shirts?
Yes, you can purchase last year's shirts at the Expo or the Information Tent. Limited sizes are available.  

Where do I park on Friday and Saturday? 
FRIDAY JUNE 23 – Healthy Lifestyles Expo/Packet Pickup  – parking is available near LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth Street, Muskegon.
SATURDAY JUNE 24 - RACE DAY MORNING: There is plenty of public parking in the downtown area.  Additional parking is on Shoreline Drive at Heritage Landing and the Mart Dock. Click here for a parking map.

Is handicapped parking available?
Parking for participants and spectators with a valid disability license plate or parking placard may park in the MCC Lakeshore Fitness Facility lot at 900 West Western.
Click here for a map.

Where and when do I check in for my event? 
Event Check-in/Packet Pick-up will be on Friday June 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth Street, Muskegon. You may also check-in on Saturday, June 24, 2017 starting at 6 am at LC Walker Arena.

Can someone else pick up my bib number and race packet?
Yes.

Can I check my gear while I participate in the event? 
Complimentary gear check will be available near the Information Tent. No personal bags will be accepted at Bag Check. You will be asked to remove things from any bag you may have brought and place them in the plastic, drawstring bag provided by the Mercy Health.  Claim your gear after your event no later than 12:00 noon on June 24, 2017. Mercy Health Seaway Run cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items. Participants are responsible for any clothing articles they choose to discard at the start and/or along the course. Security will be sweeping both areas and will dispose of items found unattended. Event officials do not collect clothing articles discarded at the start or along the course.

What are the typical weather conditions? 
Average temps range from the low 60's to 80's at 7:00 am and climb throughout the morning. Visit WZZM 13 Weather during event week for weather updates and information.

Are the courses certified? 
The Lake Michigan Half Marathon and the Seaway Run 15K courses are USATF-certified. 

Is there a time limit?
Yes. The finish line will close at 11 a.m. Participants finishing after 11 a.m. will not be included in the official results posted at this website. Runners on the race courses after 10:30 a.m. are participating at their own risk without race services

Can I push my baby in a stroller?
NO baby joggers, strollers, pets, roller blades or bicycles will be allowed on the course during any timed event for the safety of all participants.  All are welcomed in the Community Fun Walk.

Is pace information available at the start?  Will pacers be offered? 
There will be pace per minute signs at the starting line for each event. Please line up in the appropriate area according to your pace. 
GAZELLE Pacers, sponsored by Gazelle Sports, will be available for the Lake Michigan Half Marathon to pace at 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11 and 12 minutes per mile. If you'd like to run the Lake Michigan Half Marathon with a pacer, look for them on race day in the start area near the pace per minute signs, wearing brightly colored GAZELLE Pacer shirts.  Start with your Official Pacer and keep them in sight to throughout the race to hit your desired finish time.

How will my race time be recorded?
A disposable bib chip timing system is used for all timed events. Your bib chip will be attached to the participant bib you receive at Late Registration/Packet Pick-Up. Please keep your Bib Chip attached to your participant bib on the front of your shirt on event day to ensure your results are recorded properly.

Bib instructions: 
Attach the bib Horizontally on your torso – NOT on your back, NOT on your hat or in your pocket.
Use a safety pin at all four corners.
Do Not Fold or Mutilate the chip. 
Do Not Remove the chip.  
Do Not Cover bib with anything (including arm when stopping your watch.)  
The mats need to "see" the bib on your torso.

Do I have to wear my participant bib?
All registered participants will receive a bib number that must be worn on race day. The bib must be visible and worn on the front outside of your shirt during the entire event for viewing by race officials and for readability of photography proofs. Please do not alter the bib in any way or wear it on your shorts/pants.

I won’t be able to participate.  Can I still pick up my shirt? 
Yes, absolutely! Please stop by and pick up your shirt and participant bib during Late Registration/Packet Pick-up Friday June 23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth Street, Muskegon or at Packet Pick-up on Saturday, June 24, 2017 beginning at 6 am. at the Event Information Tent. 

Can I listen to an iPOD or portable MP3 player while participating? 
Safety is our number one concern. While you are welcome to wear an iPod or MP3 player, we recommend that you only use one earbud and be alert to your surroundings, most roads on the race courses are shared by motor vehicle traffic (race lanes are marked.)  

Where is the starting line?
The starting line is at 4th and Western in downtown Muskegon; the finish line is on Clay Ave near Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon.  
Participants will line up in order of event start times and their personal pace per mile.

What will be available at the aid (spirit) stations? 
Kohley Superior Water and ice will be available at the pre-event station in Hackley Park. 

Spirit Stations on all courses offer Kohley Superior Water at each location, at approximately every 1.25 miles.  

Lake Michigan Half Marathon course:   NuuN Energy Drink is available at the 3.5 mile, the 5.5 mile, the 8.5 mile, the 10.5 mile, and the 11 mile Spirit Stations  and Gu Energy Gel is available at the 7 mile and 9.5 mile Spirit Stations. 

Seaway Run 15K course: NuuN Energy drink is available at the 3.5 mile, 5 mile, 6.5 mile, and 7.5 mile Spirit Station  and Gu Energy Gel is available at the 5.5 mile Spirit Station. 

Seaway Run 5k course: Three Spirit Stations offer Kohley Superior Water at the .75 mile, 1.25 mile and 2 mile Spirit Stations 

Why do you call them “Spirit Stations” instead of just “Aid” or “Water” stations?
Because we encourage the volunteers at each location to cheer you on and boost your spirits as they hand you things to rehydrate and energize your body!

Will there be portable restrooms available?  Where will they be located? 
Regular and handicap portable restrooms will be located near the start/finish line area.   Portable restrooms will also be available approximately every 2 miles along the race courses.

Are there hills on the course?
The Seaway Run 15K and the Lake Michigan Half Marathon have one significant hill. Just after the one mile mark is "Cole's Hill", a gradual 15% uphill grade for about 1/8 mile.   

Where is the finish line?
The finish line is at Hackley Park. Post-event refreshments will be available as soon as you cross the finish line. 

What post-event refreshments will be available? 
Post-event refreshments will be available for all participants after crossing the finish line. This includes, but is not limited to, water, oranges, bagels, bananas, yogurt, and popsicles.

When/where will I find race results? 
Within minutes of your finish you can see your results!   Printed on your bib is a Unique QR code. Scan this code with your smart phone to see your results.   QR code readers will also be available in the finish area.  Individual results will posted here after 4 pm on race day. Printed results will also be posted near the awards ceremony area.

Can my friends and family follow my progress? 
Printed on your bib is a Unique QR code. Scan this code with your smartphone to see your results within minutes of your finish! You can upload your results to your social media platforms to share with friends and family. This means you can track your friends and family member's progress and see their event results as soon as they upload them. No need to register, this is a free service.

Will my results be posted if I finish after 11:00 am? 
No. Participants who finish the Lake Michigan Half Marathon or any other race event after the finish line closes at 11 a.m. will be considered unofficial finishers and will not be included in the Official Results that are posted to the website.  In addition, Lake Michigan Half Marathon runners not maintaining a 3.75 hours finish pace are participating at their own risk without race services.

Will there be showers available after the event? 
Enjoy complimentary showers and lockers (please provide your own lock) at the MCC Lakeshore Fitness Facility, 900 West Western, from  6 am - 2 pm. Simply show your Mercy Health Seaway Run participant bib at the desk for access to the facility on June 24, 2017.