CDR FAQ Page
Because it's historic - the Charleston Distance Run
began as a 15-mile race in 1973, and it has followed essentially the
same course over the years. There weren't many marathons - and
only a few half marathons - in 1973.
Because it's unique - our 15-mile race is the only
one in America!
Because our runners love it - first-timers say that
our challenging course fills them "with a sense of accomplishment like
no other race," "touches their hearts," "is a real memory-maker," "Registration costs". . .
What are the 2015 Entry Fee and Deadlines
there events besides the 15-mile race?
Yes. There is a three-person 15-mile relay
(with legs of approximately 3, 5, and 7 miles), 5K run, and 5 and 10K
walks. All of these events are on Saturday, September 5th, at 7:30
a.m., on Kanawha Boulevard at the state Capitol building.
On Friday, September 4th, at 6:25 p.m., a Children's
Fun Run will be held at the Charleston Civic Center.
does the relay work?
The splits for the relay are 3, 5, and 7 miles, and the exchanges take place in the middle of the South Side Bridge. The 3 and 7
mile segments are virtually flat, and the 5-mile segment goes through
If you are entering the relay, please note the
relay team registration instructions on our online registration page or
on our printable registration form. A runner registered in the 15 mile race may also register for the relay and run the 1st leg wearing both bibs.
Please see "Will I receive a finisher's medal?" below.
are the sponsors?
Please see our sponsors' page.
do I register?
You can register one of three ways: 1)
register online at www.charlestondistancerun.com (there is no
additional charge for on-line registration); 2) mail an application,
which can be printed from our website; or 3) register in person at the
Frontier Communications pasta party and race packet pickup on Friday, September 4th, from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Registration cost rises
the longer you wait. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!
I'm in the active Military, do I get a special rate? Yes, the Charleston Distance Run Committee has granted all service men and women a special rate (Including active duty, reservists, and retirees) of $20 for 2015.
There is no online registration for the military discount. Link to the
info page can be found here, Military Discount!
Link to application here, Military Application!
IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!
do I know if I am registered?
Please check our website at www.charlestondistancerun.com, click Registration,
and click the 2015 Participant List. If you registered by mail,
please allow us approximately five to seven days to post your name on
the Participant List.
We will not send out confirmation cards by mail.
is the latest I can register?
Online registrations must be completed by Friday, September 4th at 12 noon EDT. Mailed applications must be received by Friday, September 4th. Registrations can be made in person on Friday, September 4th, from
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.
THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!
I cannot participate, can I get a refund, deferral, or transfer my
No. Entry fees are non-refundable, and
race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another year or
person. No exceptions. This means once we have received
your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate.
do I get for my entry fee?
Participants will receive a special goody bag with
goodies inside of it. You will also receive a B-Tech long-sleeve
performance T-shirt. Runners and walkers who finish the race will
receive a finisher's medal. We will have sports drinks and water,
and plenty of pizza at Laidley Field. Post-race massages will be
there a pre-race dinner?
Yes. The Frontier Communications Pasta Party
will be held at the Charleston Civic Center from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
on Friday, September 4th. Participants will receive a Pasta Dinner ticket in their goody bag, There is a $5 charge for guests (family and friends are welcome to attend with their runner(s)).
What is the Children's Fun Run?
The Children's Fun Run is free for children ages 4
through 12. There are three age divisions: ages 4 to 6, 7 to 9 (1 loop for 400 meters),
and 10 to 12 (2 loops for 800 meters). Children's Fun Run-held Clendenin
Street beside the Charleston Civic Center.
Registration for the Children's Fun Run will be
held in the Charleston Civic Center lobby beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4th, and the Fun Run begins at 6:25 p.m. There is no
online registration for the Children's Fun Run. Applications can
be mailed in advance; they can be printed from our website.
do I get my race packet?
Race packets may be picked up on Friday, September 4th,
from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. If
you are unable to pick up your packet, someone else can pick up your
packet for you - we may require identification.
If you are unable to pick up your packet on Friday,
runners' packets will be made available on Saturday, September 5th, from
6:30 a.m. until 7:15 a.m. The packets will be distributed from a
yellow Sport Mart truck, which will be parked on California Avenue near
Kanawha Boulevard and adjacent to the state Capitol. There is no
baggage check on race day.
We do not mail race packets.
I am registered, can I switch races?
Yes. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and let us know what changes to make to your registration. If
switching from the 5K to the 15 mile, you must pay the difference in
registration fees. Changes may also be made at the packet pick-up at the Charleston Civic Center Friday night, September 4th at the registration table.
do the races start and finish?
All races start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 5th, in
front of the West Virginia State Capitol Building on Kanawha Boulevard.
All races finish at Laidley Field.
can I park for the races?
Free parking is available at the State Capitol in
the parking lot and building behind the Capitol for Saturday's
events. Parking also is available on various lots located on
Washington Street East, near the intersection with Greenbrier Street,
and also at Laidley Field. There is no baggage check on race day.
is the average weather on race morning?
The weather can vary on race day. The average
temperature at the start at 7:30 a.m. is approximately 60 degrees.
It has only rained twice during our 40-year history - but we will still
run or walk if it rains.
are the races timed?
events on Saturday will be timed by TriStateRacer.com,
which uses a MyLaps BibTag located on the
reverse side of each runner's bib. These are one-time use tags and
do not have to be returned. Both "chip" times and "gun" times
will be provided. Please
be sure your race bib is clearly visible on the front of
your shirt or shorts. Do not fold, wrinkle, or tear your race bib.
are the aid and water stations?
There are stations with water and Gatorade
approximately one to two miles apart on the 15-mile, 5K race, and 10K
and 5K walk courses. There are 12 stations total on
the 15-mile course, plus stations at the start and finish.
I wear headphones during the race?
The use of personal listening devices (e.g. iPods)
with headphones or ear buds is strongly discouraged, for safety
reasons. We ask that you please remember that you are sharing the
roads with other participants and, in some cases, vehicular
traffic. Always be aware of your surroundings.
there time limits for the 15-mile race?
Yes. There is a four-hour time limit for the
happens after the races?
Water, refreshments and pizza will be available to
all participants at Laidley Field. The awards presentation will
take place at Laidley Field, beginning at 8:45 for the 5K runners and at
10:30 a.m. for the 15-mile runners. Showers will be available at
Laidley Field until 11:00 a.m. Post-race massages will be
available at Laidley Field.
I receive a finisher's medal?
Yes. All finishers of the 15-mile, the
15-mile relay, and 5K races and the 10K and 5K walks will receive a
Relay participants: The relay finisher will
receive three medals at the finish, with the hope that the finisher will
share them with the other two members.
cash awards be given?
there finish line and race photographs?
Studio, LLC from Winchester, VA will be taking photographs during
the race events.
there nearby hotels?
Some suggested hotels in Charleston include:
Holiday Inn Express Civic Center
100 Civic Center Drive
Charleston, WV 25301
Group Code "CD2" $96 Rate
This rate is good until August 21st
Click Here for the Holiday Inn Express Discount
1 Virginia Street West
Charleston, WV 25302
Charleston Marriott Town Center
200 Lee Street East
Charleston, WV 25301
These hotels are located
near the Civic Center, the site of the Friday packet pick-up and the
pasta dinner and also some good restaurants. Unfortunately, there
aren't any hotels/motels located near the State Capitol or Laidley
Field, but there is ample parking available close to the State Capitol
and within two blocks of our starting line.
there other weekend activities in Charleston?
Yes. On Friday, September 4th, Live on the Levee
will feature a free concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront
Interested in restaurants, or in shopping?
Please check Charleston's restaurants and shops on whycharlestonwv.com.
For the more adventurous, how about white water
rafting, rock climbing, or fly fishing? Check these out at rivermen.com.
For more information about where to stay, what to do, where to eat and what to see in Charleston, please look at Charlestonwv.com