Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Many of your questions will be answered by looking through our frequently asked questions list below. If you find that your question is not answered, by all means, send us an email!
Can I walk?
Absolutely! We encourage all women to participate. All we ask is that walkers start in the back to allow the runners to get through. The cutoff for official timing is 1 pm. The post-race event will complete at 2pm
Are there any age restrictions?
We’ve spoken to many coaches about age-appropriate distances. In general, we ask that girls are at least 10 years old to participate in the 5K run and 12 years old to participate in the 10k or half marathon.
Can someone pick up my race packet for me?
Yes. All they need is your first and last name and they can pick up your packet.
Where and when is packet pick-up?
The location is Hotel RL from 3pm-7pm on Friday, September 22, 2017.
Do I need to bring anything with me to packet pick-up?
If you have your email confirmation, that is helpful in case we have trouble locating your race packet.
Can I pick up my packet on race morning?
If you absolutely cannot make the expo on Friday, we will have packets available early race morning (7am).
Will childcare be provided?
Yes! As a complimentary service to you, Spokane Gymnastics would love to wear out your kiddos while you run! Ages 14-years-old and under (must be potty-trained) will enjoy a safe, fun and productive gymnastics experience at Spokane Gymnastics! Free drop-in play-care will be at Spokane Gymnastics from 7:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, September 23rd! Please pre-register by calling (509) 315-5433 or (509) 533-9646. For more into and to complete your child’s waiver form click here. (http://www.spokanegymnastics.com/happygirls)
What kind of awards will be presented?
Awards will be given out to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall winners as well as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall masters (40+) winners for both the half marathon, 10K and 5K runs. We will also have ribbons three-deep in each age category.
Are there finisher’s medals?
For the Happy Girls Half Marathon finishers, there is a beautiful Commemorative Happy Girls Spokane finishing prize that will be present to each woman as she crosses the finish line. There is not a finisher’s medal for 5K or 10K runners, but there is plenty of other swag. There will be some fantastic Happy Girls clothing for purchase as well!
Course and Race Details
Will there be pacers on the course?
Oh yes. We will have hand-selected pacers for the half marathon course for 9-minute through 13-minute/mile paces. (Know of an eligible pacer? Email us!)
What is the race terrain like?
The terrain is a broad mix of challenging trails, paved asphalt roads and paved pathways. There are several rocky sections. Part of the trail is single track, where passing is not available. The course is mostly hard-packed dirt trails.
Is there a time limit on the half marathon?
You must complete the course in 4 hours (finish line will remain open for four hours). We will have a course sweep and you must make the 3rd aid station (midway point, 6 miles) by the two-hour mark (11:00 am) in order to continue.
How many events are taking place?
There are a total of 4 events:
- Packet Pick-up / Girls Night Out – Friday, September 22nd
- Happy Girls Half Marathon – Saturday, September 23rd
- Happy Girls 10K Run – Saturday, September 23rd
- Happy Girls 5K Run – Saturday, September 23rd
How is the race timed?
The race will be professionally timed and results will be emailed and posted online no later than Monday, September 25th. The results will also be available at the post-race celebration.
Will there be mile markers on the course?
Yes, there will be mile markers for each mile of the Half Marathon, 5k and 10k.
How many aid stations are on the course?
There are seven aid stations on the half marathon course, not including the start and finish line. There is one aid station on the 5k course and two on the 10k course. All aid station volunteers are provided by Create Your Statement so please say thanks when you run by.
Will Medical and First Aid be provided?
Adventure Medics believes in providing medical services that go beyond the status quo. Whether covering an event, supporting wildland fire operations or providing training to the public or medical professionals they like to do things a little different.
Because they have a unique advantage of being on site as a pre-positioned resource, Adventure Medics can emphasize safety and institute preventative measures to stop injuries and medical emergencies before they occur.
Should an emergency happen the staff of EMTs, paramedics and doctors are properly equipped and possess the experience to deal with the unique challenges that come with remote medical operations. Adventure Medics believes in high quality equipment and continuous training to ensure that we can field one of the most prepared medical response teams you can find. https://www.advmedics.com | 541-639-9993
Can I run with a stroller?
No, there are varying terrains and with the number of women on the course it is not conducive to running with a stroller.
Can I wear an iPod or other headphones/MP3 player on the course?
We love to run with music too! All we ask is that you consider only having your headphones in one ear and/or keep the volume of your music reasonable so you can be aware of your surroundings and other people on the course.
Can I run with my dog?
No, we ask that you leave Fido at home. Service dogs are allowed, but we ask that you notify the race director prior to the event: email@example.com.
Are there porta potties on the course?
There will be porta potties at the start/finish area and stationed restrooms are along the course. They are marked on the course maps.
Travel and Parking
Where should I park?
Parking is available at Mukogowa Ft. Wright Institute. There is a large grass field that can be used for parking. Please do not park at the Randolph Farms or Westwood Apartments. Non-apartment resident vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. Click here for the parking map
Where should I stay if I am not from Spokane?
Hotel RL will have Happy Girls Run discounts for all runners and Friends and Family. Please feel free to contact the directly (509) 326-8000
Will I be able to see people along the course?
The start and finish area at Mukogawa Ft. Wright Institute is the best place for spectators. Spectators can also access aid station 4 at mile 7 via vehicle.
Is there a beneficiary for the Happy Girls? If so, what do they get?
Yes, Happy Girls Spokane proudly sponsors Create Your Statement, a local (Spokane) non profit organization. Statement will receive a portion of race proceeds. Statement will be providing all aid station volunteers. Be sure to thank them as you pass by, we could not do this without them!
For ADA accommodations, contact Luke Larsen:
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