Race Info – Frequently Asked Questions

Stillwater 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. It will be sent from Mtec Results, our timing company. Watch for it and also save info@runstillwater.com to help ensure you receive important race information. 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

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, premium quality cotton blend 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 to all finishers
  • Personalized race bib up to 10 characters (Deadlines apply. See Race Pricing Schedule for details)
  • Timing by Mtec Results (Half, 10K, 5K) – a leader in race timing technologies and based in the Twin Cities
  • Bag drop at each start location with bags provided at the starts (clear, 15″ x 18″ with drawstring)
  • Pacers for half marathon runners
  • Staffed water stations to serve and cheer you on with water and Gatorade available (Most race-day support staff is provided as part of Run Stillwater’s Volunteer for Donation program. Learn more HERE.)
  • Restroom facilities at each start and at approximately two-mile intervals along the courses
  • Finish line recovery food and beverages – fruit, protein bars, salty snacks, Gatorade and bottled water
  • Selfie clock at the finish showing your name and time
  • Video finish accessible along with results at mtecresults.com
  • Free photos available to download on Mtec Results and the Run Stillwater Facebook page
  • Keepsake age group awards – personalized with name, date, time, distance and division – for top three finishers in each age group (based on 10-year increments) are mailed to winners after the event
  • A Buy-One/Get-One at Lift Bridge Brewing for a cold beer or beverage! Redeemable at Lift Bridge Brewing Company tap rooms in Stillwater and New Richmond

… and more

How does bag drop work?

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

  • All items must be in a bag
  • Bags provided at each start are 15″ x 18″ and clear with a drawstring
  • You may use your own bag of similar size to those provided if you prefer
  • All Bag Drop items must be in a bag, including the bib number tag visible from the outside
  • Race bibs 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 is at the finish line and will be staffed until 11:00 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 Stillwater Half Marathon 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 2023:

Packet pick-up Friday, May 24, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Race day (May 25), 6 a.m.

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

NOTE: Runners will be sent an email Thursday, May 23 with your 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. Please 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.

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 stay in Stillwater?

We recommend our headquarters hotel: The Water Street Inn. Contact the Water Street Inn directly to book accommodations. You may also try the Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau, Discover Stillwater, for more options in the area.

Where can I park?

The city of Stillwater is now using 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.

How will shuttles work?

  • All runners will be shuttled to the start areas from downtown Stillwater
  • Buses are marked with each start area they serve. Check before you board to be sure you are on the correct bus
  • First shuttle leaves at 6:15 a.m.
  • Last shuttle leaves at 7:30 a.m. SHARP
  • Shuttles typically line up on Mulberry St. two blocks north of the Water Street Inn, but is subject to change. Watch for the specific location on the website and in email communications to runners as race day approaches

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


All runners are bussed to the start lines for all distances from downtown Stillwater. Buses are marked with each start area they serve. Check before you board to be sure you are on the correct bus.

We strongly encourage using the bus system. Drop off areas are congested and no parking is available for personal vehicles. There are no shuttles back to the start areas after the race. Buses will load on Water Street between Myrtle St. and Mulberry St. (subject to change) directly north of the Water Street Inn.

Bussing to start lines will begin at 6:15 a.m. and continue until 30 minutes before start time of your race. The last buses to the start areas leave will be at 7:30 a.m. SHARP.

When are the start times?

Start Time:

8:00 a.m.:  All races start at the same time.

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 will be posted and updated close to real-time by Mtec Results. Go to www.mtecresults.com after the race.

Celebrate your victory with breakfast at the Water Street Inn. Come to relax and refuel with friends and family after a great race!

We will not hold an awards ceremony after the race. Keepsake age group awards – personalized with name, time, distance and division – for the top three finishers in each age group (based on 10-year increments) are mailed to winners after the event

How do runners get to their vehicles after the race?

The finish area is in Pioneer Park on the bluff overlooking downtown Stillwater. Runners typically park in the north parking lots and walk back to their vehicles. No shuttles are provided after the race.

There is a stairway from Pioneer Park down to Main Street (Laurel St. Stairs) for easy access to parking in the downtown area. See the parking information provided prior to the race and for more details.

Where can I find course maps?

Course Information:

Course maps are available on the  Course Maps page.

Are the courses certified?

USA Track & Field (USATF) Course Certification numbers:

Half – MN14016RR

10K – MN17007RR

5K – MN14015RR

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 using the Contact Us page

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, assistants or pacers); bicycles; in-line skates; pets
  • The following are allowed with prior approval from race staff: registered runner escorts for parasports athletes, adapted wheel chairs, jogging strollers, certified service animals. Contact Us prior to race day for more information
  • Headphones and earbuds are permitted, but runners are strongly encouraged to keep the volume down and NOT to use noise canceling features 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.