Valley of Fire FAQs
Q: Why do you require a valid email address?
A: Because we will communicate with you through email. You could potentially miss out on important information if you don’t provide a valid/active email address.
Q: Where do I pick up my shirt (or other schwag) and bib?
A: Shirts and runner bibs/timing chips will be distributed at packet pickup race morning.
Q: Do you have a place we can leave warm ups and such at the start and on the course?
A: You can leave your stuff in the start/finish area, but it’s your responsibility to mark it and claim it. If you need to remove clothing or other stuff during the race, please do so at an aid station. All articles left at aid stations will be returned to the finish area when the aid station is closed. After the race anything not claimed will be donated to charity. No items will be mailed. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Q: What happens if I become injured and am unable to race?
A: You may transfer your entry to a someone else, but the new runner must fill out a transfer form and pay a $20 cash only transfer fee. Transfer forms will be available at packet pickup on Saturday only or requested in advance via email. Upon payment the new runner will either be assigned a new bib # or take over the bib # from the person giving up their spot. The new runner must bring written authorization, a copy of the original registration confirmation or a copy of the other person’s ID. If you cancel more than a week pre-race you may also request a voucher towards another Planet Ultra single day event or next year’s race.
Q: Is there a time limit for any of the races?
A: Yes, all runners must be off the course within 4 hours.
Q: Is the race chip timed?
Yes, State-of-the-art chip timing will be provided by Race Day Timing. Your race bib will have a disposable timing chip attached to it. Please leave the chip on the bib, and wear your bib pinned to the front of your shirt so it’s visible. Results will be available online within 24 hours of the race. We cannot post in real-time as there is no internet access in the Valley of Fire.
Q: If I can’t run can someone else use my registration?
A: As mentioned above, you may transfer your registration to another person who must fill out a transfer form and pay the transfer fee. We’ll accept transfers at packet pickup on Saturday only (or well in advance via email or snail mail). Any person caught running with another person’s bib who hasn’t made an official registration transfer will be DQ’d.
Q: Can I get a refund because I can’t run?
A: No. All registrations are treated as donations to our official charity.
Q: What services will be available during the race?
A. Beginning at about mile 2, aid stations will be located every 2-3 miles (contingent on road logistics including a safe and large enough pullout). Water and snacks will be available at every aid station. GU or Hammer Gel, and additional surprise snacks and goodies will be available at every other aid station. Chocolate milk and other snacks and drinks will be available at the finish line.
Q: What is a typical weather and temperature in November?
A: We run rain or shine. Temperatures are usually in the high 60′s to mid 70’s during the day, mid 40′s at night. Race day history; 2001: Partly cloudy, on the cooler side. 2003: high winds, long running clothes, gloves, and hats needed. 2004: Sunny and nice. 2005 sunny and warm. 2006 overcast with a light breeze, 2008 partly cloudy and cool, perfect running weather. 2009 brought beautiful temps maxing out at 64 around 4pm with a very light breeze and overcast sky’s. 2010 saw high winds. 2012 was absolutely perfect with temps ranging from 55-70 degrees.
Q: Where do I park my car?
A: Parking is available at the south side of the intersection Hwy 169 and the turn towards the visitors center. Watch for “parking signs” and/or volunteers directing you where to go. To drive into the park you must pay the $10 park entrance fee. Please bring $10 in exact change to help move things along at the gate.
Q: Is this a closed course?
A: YES!!! The entire 5k, 10k and half marathon courses are on a completely closed road. NO CARS! If you have family who want to see you on the course they can either be on the race route before the race begins (they will have to stay until we have opened the course again) or wait for you at the finish line.
Q: Do you allow strollers in the race?
A: No. (And trust us, you wouldn’t want to push it up the hills, or worry about it getting away from you on the descents.)
Q: Can someone ride their bike or roller blades with me while I run?
Q. What is the running surface?
A. The 5K and 10K race route is 100% paved. The half marathon route is 95% paved with a short section on hard-packed dirt.
Q: When are awards presented?
A. Awards for the 5K will be given out between 8 and 8:15, or sooner, as results come in. We’ll shoot for 8:45 for the 10K. Half Marathon awards will be at around 9:15am. We try to keep the awards ceremony fairly casual, and flexible, so folks aren’t waiting around too much; but we want to wait until all potential age group winners are in. If you leave without receiving your award, it will NOT be mailed to you. Please make sure you check the awards table before leaving.
Q: Will I receive a shirt if I register at the last minute?
A. Maybe, but we can’t promise. We have to order our shirts about 4 weeks before the race; and we’re not going to order many more than what we actually need based on current registrations on the order day. So – if it’s important to you to get your shirt at the race, sign up early! Because this is a charity fundraiser, we won’t order too many extra shirts. We don’t want to have any left over because that means we spent money that could have been donated.
Q: Will I receive a finisher medal if I register at the last minute?
A. Please see answer about about shirts. We’ll be handing out medals first signed up, first served.
Keep the questions coming, they help my other runners!!