RunFit Kidz 5K FAQ’s and Tips/Tricks for a safe run.
The following is a compilation of questions and answers about the 5K Celebration Run. Although we hope to have answered all of your questions if we missed something please do not hesitate to check with your Coach or email email@example.com
1. My child has another engagement and will miss the 5K can he/she still get a medal? Absolutely! They have worked hard all season and deserve a medal. You can either tell your Coach prior to the last class so they can bring it to you OR you can pick up a medal at Metro Run & Walk at 7261 Commerce St, Springfield, VA AFTER the 5K.
2. Do I have to run with my child in the 5K? No, you do not. We understand that not every parent is a speedy as their enthusiastic runner. However, if your little one needs you then please do register as we must have all participants waivered and registered.
3. Where do parents or family members get their packets with shirt and bib number? If you registered prior to May 1st then your packet will be delivered to your child’s school. Anything after the cutoff date of May 1st, may be picked up at Metro Run & Walk OR on race morning – please see packet pick up details HERE.
4. What time do I need to arrive at the 5K? We HIGHLY recommend you arrive 30minutes prior to the start time. This allows your runner to warm-up, use the bathroom and not be stressed about getting to the starting line. No late starts will be allowed.
5. Can I register for the 5K on race morning? Yes. Please bring CASH OR CHECK ONLY. $40 is the cost of registration on race morning.
6. Are there bathrooms at the 5K? Yes – there are a few port-a-pots, however, like any well attended race there may be lines. Encourage your child to use the bathroom before leaving home.
7. Will there be a wave start? I know we have had it in the past? Depending on the location of the 5K will dictate if a wave start is necessary please check with your coach and watch for any 5K specific emails that will be sent prior to the 5K. And always follow us on social media for the latest news.
8. How will I find my coach? Always best to ask your Coach before the 5K. Coaches often hold up signs to make it easier for their team to find them or have other methods of gathering their team. Keep in mind our Coaches need to perform many tasks at the 5K, so don’t be bummed if they have to leave to go to an assigned location.
9. How will I know where to park? We have a parking map for your convenience. Pay close attention to how the parking areas are marked on the map. If you need to leave early, please park in the designated “Early Dismissal” lots. If you are not in one of these lots, you will not be able to leave until all runners are off the course. The “Early Dismissal” lots are farther away. Please allow time for walking to the race start. Click HEREfor the parking map.
10. How will I know where to run when the race starts? We will either have lead runners or cyclists for the first wave AND we have many volunteers along the course, called Course Marshals, to ensure you stay on track.
11. Will there be people on the course to guide me? Yes – we have many volunteers, called Course Marshals, who want to see you have the best 5K. Please listen and watch for directions from these wonderful volunteers.
12. What if I need medical attention? We will have medical tent at the start/finish area but if something happens on the course please find a volunteer and ask for help.
13. Is this a closed course? Yes and No. Parts of the course are closed to traffic, however, we do have to leave a lane available to cars. Please be mindful. Pay attention to signs, Course Marshals and stay on the correct side of the cones.
14. Are there awards for the fastest runners? No. We are a non-competitive program that celebrates the accomplishments of all our runners.
15. Is there water on the course? Yes. We have a water station available at the half-way point and we have water at the finish line.
16. I forgot my bib # can I get another one? No. Please do not forget your bib.
17. What do I do if I get separated from my child? Always best to make a plan with your child ahead of time. We recommend discussing ideas with your Coach as they are familiar with the course, have participated in many 5k’s and will have great ideas to keeping your family together and safe.
18. Can I run with a dog or stroller? Dogs are not allowed on the RunFit Kidz course. Strollers are fine, but runners pushing a stroller must start in the last wave and always watch their speed.
19. My child is not running can I transfer my bib to someone else? We do not allow bib transfers.
20. Can I run with earbuds? Music? We do not recommend it. It is always best to be aware of your surroundings so if you choose to listen to music keep the volume low. Note: RFK is not responsible for any injury incurred while listening to music.
21. Why do parents or other adults not receive chipped timing bibs? How are we supposed to know our time? The RunFit Kidz 5K is focused on celebrating the hard work of the kids and we do not want to take the spotlight away from them. Check the timing clock at the finish to know your time.
22. Where is the start line? Please review the course map for the start/finish line or ask a volunteer when you arrive at the race site. Click HEREfor the course map.
23. What will the weather be like? Norther Virginia weather can change quickly. Be sure to have a weather app on your phone and check the weather the night before.
24. What should I wear? It is always best to check the weather the night before. During both our spring and fall races the weather can vary therefore, it is best to be prepared with layers. Always wear your bib on the outermost layer.
25. What if the weather turns bad before or during the race? Please review our emergency and contingency plan HERE.
26. Is the 5K course certified? No the 5K is not a certified course. We run and bike the course several times to ensure the 5K distance, however, this is not a certified process which may leave an error of anywhere (typically) between .05 - .15 difference for each runner plus or minus the 5K distance.
Tips & Tricks for a fun and safe 5K
1. Always look straight ahead. When we turn around to find our friends this is usually when we trip and fall – so always look where you are going.
2. Tie your shoes. Tripping over shoelaces is avoidable. Be sure to check your shoes before you run.
3. Be courteous of other runners. For example, if someone needs to pass you move to the side to let them by. Slow down if you are coming up behind someone, to avoid clipping their heels. It is always best to be aware of others when running.
4. Move over at the water stop. If you need water move over towards the water table to get a cup. Those who do not need water will pass you on the left and this will help avoid any collisions.
5. Listen to the Course Marshals. These volunteers are on the course to provide direction and instruction. Always listen when they tell you to slow down on a tight turn or to stay to the left because there is 2-way traffic. This information will allow you to stay safe.
6. Always review the course map. It is available HERE.
7. Prepare for the weather. Check the weather the night before and have options at the ready. Layers are always a great idea.
8. Always remain on the course. Never take a detour or try to cut corners – going off the course can lead to injury – be smart and safe and remain on the 5K course.