Race Info – Frequently Asked Questions

St. Croix Crossing Half Marathon:

Here is everything you need to know. If it’s not here, just ask us. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. Contact us at info@runstillwater.com.

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What are the entry fees for the races?

See the Race Pricing Schedule for current race pricing information.

Can I register for all this season's races at the same time?

Registration Details:

Interested in registering for more than one Run Stillwater event at the same time? The registration system lets you do just that. Watch for that option within the registration process.

Can I register more than one person in the same registration?

Only one person may register at a time because we need to ensure we have all the correct safety information and a separate waiver for each race participant.

Why does my order say "Processing"?

“Processing” means your order is set and you’re ready for the event in the future. No worries; we’ve got you.

When will I get my bib number?

All registered participants will be sent an email Thursday before the race with your bib number and details about logistics, directions, etc. Watch for it and save info@runstillwater.com to help ensure it doesn’t end up in spam. If you do not receive it, you can look up your bib number at packet pickup. In the meantime, you can find all the information you may need on the race’s webpage HERE.

How can I change my race distance?

Changing Your Distance

Injured or feeling so fit you want to run further? You may change your distance at packet pickup. For guests moving to a longer distance, you’ll just pay the difference to move up to the longer distance. There’s no charge for moving to a shorter distance. Just pick up your packet as usual and bring it to the In-Person/Changes table to make the switch.

What if I'm a slow runner? May I walk the course?

Slow runners and walkers are welcome provided you maintain progress on the course and do not deviate from the course. The Half Marathon course has a 4 hour time limit. Stopping is not allowed for any other reason except a medical condition, hydration and/or to use the restroom, and will mean disqualification from the race and the possibility that race support will no longer be available.

What do runners receive?

Runners Receive:

  • Gender-specific shirt NOTE: Will Call and In-person registrants receive their race shirts after the event at packet pick-up (if your size is available) or in the mail following the event.
  • Medals for all finishers
  • Personalized race bib up to 10 characters (deadline applies)
  • Pacers provided for the Half Marathon course
  • Staffed bag drop
  • Timing by Mtec Results
  • A Buy-One/Get-One at Lift Bridge Brewing for a beer or beverage! Redeemable at Lift Bridge Brewing Company tap rooms in Stillwater and New Richmond
  • Awards for top three finishers in each age group based on 10-year increments (mailed to winners after the event)
  • Staffed water stations to serve and cheer you on with water and Gatorade available
  • Finish line food and beverage
  • … and more

How does bag drop work?

We will have Bag Drop at each start. Details are…

  • All Bag Drop items must be in a bag
  • Bags provided at each start are clear and 15″ x 18″
  • Race bibs will have a tear-off tag with your bib number to be used for Bag Drop
  • Your race bib and Bag Drop tag must match to pick up your items
  • Bag Drop pick-up will be staffed at the finish area until 10:30 a.m.
  • Run Stillwater, Inc. is not responsible for lost or damaged items left in Bag Drop

Will there be pacers at the event?

Pacers for the Half Marathon:

The St. Croix Crossing race will have pacers, provided by Midwest Pacers, for all half marathon participants to help runners reach their race day goals.

When and where is packet pick-up?

Packet Pick-up:

Packet pick-up July 28, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Race day (July 29), 5:30 a.m.

Location: Water Street Inn; 101 Water Street, Stillwater MN 55082

NOTE: Runner-guests will receive an email Thursday, July 27 with their bib number information. Remember this number. You will need it to pick up your packet.

Can I pick up someone else's packet?

Picking Up Someone Else’s Packet

You may pick up another runner’s packet. Pleases confirm that you have agreed to do this in advance so there is no confusion with volunteers at packet pick-up.

I paid to have my packet mailed. When can I expect it?

If you paid for the Mail-My-Packet option, you can expect your packet to arrive within two weeks of race day. See the Race Pricing Schedule for specific mailing date information.

I have a conflict. How do I get my money back, or give someone my bib number?

Registration for all Run Stillwater races is nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Where can I find course maps?

Course Information:

Course maps are available on the Course Maps page.

What surfaces do the courses run on?

All three distances run on fully-paved courses, including the Loop Trail, which is paved in asphalt and concrete.  Just after HM Mile 9/10K Mile 2, runners utilize a short distance of about 400 feet of gravel shoulder at Hilltop Dr. and Main St. as they transition to the Loop Trail, where the course continues on pavement to the finish.

Are the courses certified?

USA Track & Field (USATF) Course certifications:

Half Marathon: MN19037RR
10K: WI22001JHP
5K: MN19036RR

Where can I stay in Stillwater?

We recommend our headquarters hotel: The Water Street Inn. Contact the Water Street Inn directly to book accommodations. See the Discover Stillwater website for additional recommendations.

Where can I park?

Parking Information:

The city of Stillwater uses Passport Parking technology in most downtown parking areas. Kiosks are available to pay for parking or use the Passport Parking mobile app to make parking fast and easy. See the map for locations and check the city’s parking information for details about days and hours when fees are required.

Directions, recommended parking information and shuttle locations will be available closer to race day.

Where and when do I catch the shuttle bus?

Shuttles to the Starts:

All runners will be shuttled to the start areas. Shuttles run from 5:30 a.m. continuously to 6:40 a.m. The loading area is in Parking Lot #1 on the south end of downtown Stillwater. Walk a block south from the Water Street Inn on the Loop Trail sidewalk to reach the bus loading area. Buses are clearly marked for each distance. The last bus leaves at 6:40 a.m. SHARP.

May I drive myself or get dropped off at the start?


All runners will be bussed to the start lines for all distances from downtown Stillwater. We strongly encourage using the bus system. Drop off areas are congested and no parking is available for personal vehicles. Buses will load on Water Street between Myrtle St. and Mulberry St. directly north of the Water Street Inn. Bussing to start lines begins at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 6:35 a.m. SHARP.

When are the start times?

Start Time:

7:00 a.m.  All races start at the same time.

Last bus to start areas leaves at 6:30 SHARP

All start areas have portable restrooms, water and bag drop available.

What if there is bad weather?

Weather Considerations:

We have direct contact with the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities and rely on their forecasts in making weather decisions regarding the race.

Runner safety is our number one priority. The race will occur rain or shine.

In the event that there is lightning in the race area, we will delay the race until no lightning strikes have occurred in the race area for 30 minutes and until there is no lightning forecast to be in the race area during the time period the race would occur.

If the National Weather Service forecasts that there will be a lightning risk in the race area during the scheduled race period the race will be canceled in the interest of runner safety.

There will be over 65 course marshals and public safety officers stationed around the course to guide runners in good weather and bad.

What happens after the race? Is there an award ceremony?

Post Race Information:

Race results are available in near real-time at www.mtecresults.com after the race.

Celebrate your victory with breakfast – available for purchase at the Water Street Inn. Come to relax and refuel after a great race!

We will not hold an awards ceremony after the race. Top three finishers in each age category will receive awards in the mail after the event.

How does Run Stillwater provide for adaptive athletes?

We welcome adaptive athletes at our events. All athletes, including escorts, must be registered in advance and where a bib number. The following are allowed with prior approval from race staff: runner escorts for parasports athletes, adapted wheel chairs with runner escorts, jogging strollers, certified service animals. Please contact us if you need more information.

Can I run with my music, a stroller, my dog?

Safety and Rules of the Road:

  • For the safety of all runners and walkers, the following are NOT allowed on the course: Unregistered participants (including family, friends, or pacers); bicycles; in-line skates; or pets.
  • The following are allowed with prior approval from race staff: runner escorts for parasports athletes, adapted wheel chairs, jogging strollers, certified service animals.
  • Headphones and earbuds are permitted, but runners are strongly encouraged to use only one ear bud and turn the volume down so you are alert to traffic and able to follow instructions from race officials.
  • The race courses are not 100 percent closed to traffic so we ask that you be aware of your surroundings at all times.

What is the Run Stillwater, Inc. return and privacy policy?

Return/Refund and Privacy Policy

All Run Stillwater, Inc. races occur rain or shine. Fees are not refundable and race numbers and timing chips are not transferable to a different person than the individual to whom the bib number is assigned. Participants must agree to the terms and conditions of participation prior to entering payment information during the registration process. For details regarding the Run Stillwater, Inc. privacy policy, click HERE.