Race day: sep 28, 2019

the commons-columbus, indiana



1. Who benefits from the Mill Race Marathon?

The Mill Race Marathon benefits different organizations dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles in Columbus. In our first five years, we were able to donate over $375,000 to various charities. Our 2018 goal is to donate $84,000 to our chosen beneficiaries!

2. How many years has the Mill Race Marathon been around?

This is the event’s sixth year. 

3. How many runners can I expect to see on race day?

We hope to see 5,000 runners in this year’s race between the Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Run.

4. Is this marathon a Boston Qualifier?


5. Where can I get a parking pass?

Parking passes may be picked up during Friday Packet Pick-up at The Commons at the Health and Fitness Expo. These passes allow you to park in one of the available parking garages (all free with your pass) and include information on road closings throughout race day. 

6. Where is the Health and Fitness Expo?

The Health and Fitness Expo will take place at The Commons at 300 Washington Street. Learn more at the Expo page on this website.

7. I am not able to attend the event; how do I get a refund?

Refunds will only be given in the case of injury. Refunds will not be given for any other reasons. If unable to attend, a participant may transfer their entry to another person (see question #24) or they may have their event shirt mailed to them.

8. I am not able to attend the event; can I have a rollover for next year?

We do not have rollovers. If unable to attend, a participant may transfer their entry to another person (see question #24) or they may have their shirt mailed to them.

9. I live in Southern Indiana – what training is available to me?

The Columbus Running Club is hosting a 17-week training for all race lengths. Training will start on Saturday May 26, 2018. Learn more on the Training tab of our website.

10. What if I sign up for one event and decide to switch?

Switching is completely fine! However, if you switch to a more costly event, you will have to pay the difference. On the other hand, if you switch to a less expensive event, you will not be reimbursed.

Before September 1st: Send an email request to Info@MillRaceMarathon.com. If you are moving into a more expensive event (longer length), you will also need to mail a check made out to Mill Race Marathon for the difference between the events. Please send the check as well as a copy of the email to the following address:

Mill Race Marathon

PO Box 1317

Columbus, Indiana 47202

After September 1st: Switching events on or after September 1st will take place at the Friday Packet Pickup. Please first pick up your race packet and then go to the HELP TABLE at packet pickup to get the change taken care of. You will need to be ready to provide a check made out to Mill Race Marathon for the difference in the event price (if you are moving into a more expensive event). 

11. Can I push my child in a stroller while I run? Can my dog run with me?

Strollers are only allowed during the 5K. Participants with a stroller must start in the back for safety purposes. For safety and insurance purposes, animals are not permitted on the race courses. 

12. Where do the Half Marathon and Full Marathon courses split?

The Full and Half Marathon courses split just before mile 12. If participants of the Full Marathon do not reach this split by 10:45 a.m. (keeping a 15 minute/mile pace), they will be directed onto the Half Marathon course, and they will be official finishers of the Half Marathon being scored and timed accordingly.

13. What food and drinks will be at the Finish Line?

The following items will be available at the Finish Line:

  • Pretzels
  • Granola Bars
  • Bananas
  • Snack Packs
  • Water Bottles
  • Powerade (Mountain Berry Blast) 
14. What food and drinks will be at the water stops?

Most water stops will offer both water and Powerade. The water stop just before mile 10 will have a variety of GU Gel flavors.  The water stops near miles 15 and 22 will have Orange Slices as well as a variety of GU Gel flavors. The GU Gel flavors for 2018 are: Jet Blackberry, Strawberry Banana, Chocolate Outrage and Salted Carmel

Special thanks to White River Running Company – the official Gel sponsor of the Mill Race Marathon and Half Marathon.

15. Will there be restrooms along the courses?

Portable restrooms are available at every water station and medical tent along the course, as well as near the 5k and 10k points of the full and half marathons. 

16. Will finishers receive medals?

Yes, all finishers of the full marathon, half marathon and 5K will receive a finisher medal.

17. Is there a way to track runners as they make their way along the course?

Yes! Anyone interested in tracking a runner(s) should register for the text tracking feature on our runner tracking page. 

18. Can I pick up someone else’s race packet?

Yes, that is allowed.  You will need to bring a copy of their photo ID and a note from them (i.e. an email) that states that you have permission to pick up their packet.  At Packet Pickup, you will also need to sign a form stating that you picked up their race packet.

19. Can someone else pick up my race packet?

Yes, that is allowed.  They will need to bring a copy of your photo ID and a note from you (i.e. an email) that states that they have your permission to pick up your packet.  At Packet Pickup, they will also need to sign a form stating that they picked up your race packet.

20. I am unable to participate. Can I get a refund?

All entry fees are non-refundable.

21. Can I change my shirt size?

You may exchange your shirt after the race at the Finish on Fourth Merchandise booth. Note – shirt exchanges after the race will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 

22. Are there age requirements in this race?

No, there are no age restrictions, but parents must sign a waiver for any participant under the age of 18. 

23. Will there be a place to leave extra clothing?

Complimentary gear check will be available inside the Commons on the main floor starting at 6:45 am. Please do not leave any valuables. 

24. Can I transfer my entry to another person?

Yes, you may transfer your entry to another person by following these processes:

Before September 1st

  1. Write a note (or send an email) giving another person permission to take your entry.
  2. New person prints out an entry form from our website at www.MillRaceMarathon.com
  3. New person fills out paper form, signs waiver, and mails it  in with your note and a $5 check.
  4. The check is to be made out to “Mill Race Marathon”, and mail all items to: Mill Race Marathon, PO Box 1317, Columbus, IN 47202. Please Note: This is not the address on the paper entry form! Use this address when transferring your entry.

​The $5 is the only cost for the transfer of registration. The transfer note along with the completed entry form will signal us to replace your entry with their new entry in our database.

After September 1st

This can be handled at the Packet Pickup Help Table on Friday, September 21st. Please send an email to the person receiving your entry stating that you indeed want to transfer your entry to them. This email must be brought to Packet Pickup as proof of the transfer.

The person receiving the entry will need to go to the Help Table and (1) fill our an entry form, (2) sign the waiver, (3) pay the $5 transfer fee, and (4) show your email giving them the entry. 

25. Can I still register (after GetMeRegistered.com closes)?

Yes!  You can register at Packet Pickup on Friday and Saturday at The Commons in downtown Columbus.  Please go to the HELP TABLE to register.

26. What is the cost to sign up on race weekend?

Late fees apply to race weekend registration.  Register prior to race weekend and save!  (See registration prices at this link.)  Registration at packet pickup will cost $110 for the full marathon, $95 for the half-marathon and $35 for the 5k. Participation in the Kids Fun Run is free. 

27. Can you confirm that I have entered the race? Can you check if I have entered the race?

You can confirm your entry on our website at www.MillRaceMarathon.com.

28. Are Ipods/Earphones Allowed?

While discouraged for safety and awareness reasons, they are allowed.  Please do not put them on until mile 1, and please take them off the last mile of your race so you can hear instruction and encouragement on the course.  Since it will be impossible for us to enforce these guidelines, we ask that participants self-police this … especially at the starting line, for the sake of the safety and courtesy of all participants.

29. Does the Mill Race Marathon use pacers?

Yes! We will have pacers this year in the full and half marathon races. The pace times are as follows: 

Full – 3:35, 3:40, 3:55, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, 5:00, Sweeper (6:48)

Half – 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, Sweeper (3:57)

30. Do you have a Lost and Found.

Yes – lost and found is located at Gear Check inside The Commons.

31. Do you have a wheelchair division?

We do not have a specific wheelchair division. If a wheelchair athlete participates, they would not be eligible for any of the runner awards, but they would be eligible for the truck drawing if they finish the full or half marathon.

32. Does Mill Race Marathon offer complimentary entries for elite athletes?

No, we do not provide complimentary entries.

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