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What is the date and time of the 2018 LewisGale Salem Half Marathon?

Race day is on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. 

The Half Marathon and 8K start at 8 a.m. The Kids run will start immediately after the Half Marathon and 8K runners have passed. 

How do I register?

You can only register online by clicking here.  The last day to sign up online for the race will be Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Registration will be available at Packet Pick-up and the day of the race. 

What are the entry fees for the Half Marathon, 8K and Kids Run?

To see the prices, please click here.

What is the cancellation/refund policy for the event?

Entry fees are non-refundable and they cannot be transferred or sold to another person. No exceptions. This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate.

We plan on running the race rain or shine. For the safety of our participants, we will only cancel the race due to natural causes, terrorist attacks, or other things that will would put the safety of the runners or spectators at risk. If we have to cancel an event, we would defer your entry for the next year.

Once I am registered, can I switch races?

If you are signed up for one race and want to switch to the other, please visit our deferral page or click here.  This will take you to the registration page, where you will need to log in.  Once you have logged in,  you can switch to either race.  

You will need to pay for any applicable increase in the entry fee when switching races.

How do I receive my Race Packet?

Packet pick-up will take place on Friday, October 12th from 3:00-7:00 PM at the Salem Farmer's Market behind Olde Salem Brewery as well as Saturday, October 13 from 5:30-7:30 AM.

A photo ID is required to pick up your race packet. You may pick up a race packet for ONE other pre-registered runner, provided you have a copy of their photo ID.

Are there any volunteer opportunities for the LewisGale Half Marathon, 8K, or Kids Fun Run?

Please visit our volunteers page.  We have several opportunities for volunteering. If you are interested in signing up,  please contact Brad Blankenship at 540-375-3054 or bblankenship@salemva.gov

Is there a charitable organization involved in the race?

The charity for this year's race is the Salem Food Pantry. The Salem Food Pantry provides food and financial assistance to those in need. They will be at the race collecting food and we encourage all runners and spectators to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated. Runners and supporters of the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon may also make a monetary donation to the Salem Food Pantry through our donation website.

Also, we have several water stations along the course that can be sponsored by local businesses. If a local business sponsors a water station, then part of the sponsorship goes back to a charity of their choice. In return, the charity must be able to work at a water station.

What drinks will be on the course?

All water stations will serve Gatorade at the first table(s) in WHITE cups, and water at the second table(s) in BLUE cups.

Can I wear my headphones on the course?

The use of headphones is strongly discouraged for your safety and the safety of other runners.  Many of the roads will still be open to limited traffic.  You should be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Are baby strollers allowed in the race?

For the safety of everyone, no baby strollers will be allowed in the race.

Are the courses USATF certified?

The Half Marathon and the 8K have been certified by USATF. Half Marathon certification: VA17026RT. 8K certification: VA17024RT. Note the 8K course is 82.6 feet long in order to coincide the start and finish with the Half Marathon course.  The kids race course was measured to USATF standards for 1.0 mile length, but not certified.