All pre-registered participants signed up by 10/4/2021 are guaranteed the race shirt size they requested during the registration process. Late sign-ups are not guaranteed the shirt size of their choice, shirts will be given on a first come first serve basis. We will do our best to get everyone the shirt size they want.
Will I be able to change my shirt size?
You will not be able to exchange your shirt until after the race. You will be given the shirt size you ordered during registration, sorry but no exceptions. Please be aware that the women's t-shirts run small and order accordingly.
How can I get a race shirt if I do not want to participate?
You may register as a 5K participant to receive a race shirt. You do not have to compete if you do not wish to do so. You may pick up your shirt at any of the packet pick up locations.
What will we receive at packet pick up?
You will receive your race shirt, race number, and timing tag.
What type of timing is being used?
Start2Finish Event Timing will be timing the event. We will use our new, state-of-the-art MyLaps Electronic Timing System. Your timing chip will be on the back of your racing number bib. Participants must wear their number on the FRONT of their outermost garment.
RACE DAY QUESTIONS
Where is the race located?
McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
What time does the race start?
5K runners will start in waves of 50 beginning at 8:30 AM, with a new wave running every 15 minutes until all runners have started. Runners will select their Start Wave when they register, so you will know your exact start time upon registering.
Please plan to head to the start line no more than 15 minutes before your designated Start Wave. Runners are welcome to arrive earlier and use the large grassy field near the parking lot for pre-race warmups or stretching.
How long will it take to find a place to park?
Around 5-10 minutes. To avoid long lines please arrive early.
Where do I park?
All participants will park onsite at McAlpine Creek Park.
Are baby joggers/baby strollers allowed in the race?
No, baby joggers nor baby strollers will be allowed as the course is not paved.
Are walkers allowed to participate?
Yes, please start towards the end of the pack.
Are runners allowed to run with dogs?
Dogs are not allowed at the Strides for Shelter 5K.
Can we participate as a relay team?
No, there are no relays for this race.
When are the awards?
Award winners will be notified after the race, as well as given information on where to pick up their award.