FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Download a registration form
Can we register the day of the race?
Yes. Runners may register at Matt’s Saloon, 112 S. Montezuma St. on historic “Whiskey Row” on race day, Saturday, May 6,
5:00am-7:30am. However, please note the race times below and allow yourself ample time to fill out your form and pay for your registration.
- Marathon 6:00am
Marathon Early Start 5:00am
- Half Marathon 7:00am
- 10K 7:20am
- 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk 7:15am
What are the race fees?
$85 Adult Early Registration
$100 Adult After 03/15/17
$50 Youth (15 & under) Early
$65 Youth After 03/15/17
$65 Adult Early Registration
$80 Adult After 03/15/17
$40 Youth (15 & under) Early
$55 Youth After 03/15/17
$45 Adult Early Registration
$60 Adult After 03/15/17
$25 Youth (15 & under) Early
$40 Youth After 03/15/17
2 Mile Fun Run/Walk
$20 Adult Early Registration
$25 Adult After 03/15/17
$15 Youth (15 & under) Early
$20 Youth After 03/15/17
Can marathoners start early?
There will be a 5:00am early start for marathoners who would struggle to finish the race in 6 hours. Early starters' results will appear in a separate results listing and be ineligible for awards. Bring water / energy gel with you as the water stations may not be manned when you pass them. They will be manned at the following times, so please plan accordingly: Gurley Street #1: 5:30, Hassayampa #2: 5:45, Angelita #3: 5:45, Mile 5-6 Water Station #4: 6:00am, Half Turnaround #5: 6:00am, Sierra Prieta #6: 6:30, Mile 11-12 Station #7: 6:30, Marathon Turnaround #8: 6:45.
Where do we pick up our race numbers and packets?
Friday, May 5, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the James Family Prescott YMCA (750 Whipple St., Prescott, AZ 86301 Map). You can also register at this time.
Saturday, May 6, 5:00am to 7:30am at Matt’s Saloon, 112 S Montezuma St., on historic “Whiskey Row”.
Will there be a Sports / Business Expo?
Yes, this is the 7th Annual Expo. Friday, May 5, 3:00-8:00pm at the YMCA and Saturday, May 6, 8:00am-noon at the Finish Line. Please visit and support our vendors.
What hotels are close to the start line?
Click for a link to hotels in Prescott.
Is the 10K route the same as last year?
Yes, Due to to safety and traffic concerns, the bypass portion of the route will no longer be off of Park and Coronado. It will now take place off Copper Basin and Linden. Download map.
The 10K is a loop course. Head South on Montezuma, West (right) on Goodwin, North (right) on Summit, West (left) on Gurley, South (left) on Hassayampa Village Ln, East (left) on Copper Basin, North (left) on Cypress, East (right) on Linden, North (left) on Cherry, East (right) on Middlebrook, South (right) on Birch, East (left) on Linden, East (left) on Copper Basin, North (left) on WhiteSpar to finish line.
Can we change the race we have registered for?
Yes. You may do so when you pick up your race packet. If the race you’ve registered for is more expensive, you will be responsible for the difference. No refunds will be available when changing to a lower-priced race.
If I can’t run, can I get a refund?
No. Refunds are not available.
If I can’t run, can someone else take my place?
No. We do not allow participant substitutions.
If I can't run, can I save my registration for the next year? No, we do not transfer registrations.
If I don’t run, can you mail me my t-shirt?
If there are t-shirts available after the race, our team will mail you a shirt. Please note: A $7 shipping/processing fee will apply. For t-shirt requests, please contact Race Director, Laura Winniford-Hodgins, at email@example.com, for details.
Can someone else pick up my race bib and packet?
Yes. Your friend/family will need to know your birthdate and correct spelling of your name.
Does the race still happen in snow or rain?
Yes. Even in inclement weather, we will still host the race.
Can I walk the marathon, half marathon or 10K?
Yes. Just keep in mind that the course officially closes at noon. As long as you can finish the race before noon, you will be fine. We encourage walkers, first-time racers, “woggers” and any combination thereof to participate, get outside and enjoy the fun!
Are there cash awards?
No. Overall male and female winners in the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, will win non-monetary awards.
Will I need to find a shuttle from the finish line to the start line?
No. All racers will start on one side of the downtown Courthouse Square (Montezuma St. “Whiskey Row”), and finish on the opposite side of the Courthouse on Cortez St. (only one block away).
Where does the race start?
In front of the Palace Bar and Restaurant on historic “Whiskey Row” (Montezuma St) in Prescott.
Will there be signs to direct the runners?
Yes, the course will be well marked and volunteers will be directing racers at intersections.
Marathon has 1-13 mile markers. First half - how many miles run. Second half - how many miles to go.
Will there be police at stoplights to direct traffic?
Yes, the City of Prescott Police Department will man the main intersections.
Can we push strollers on the course?
Yes. Start at the back of the pack and keep single file.
Can we wear iPods, MP3 players while running?
Can we bring dogs?
No. However, assistance animals are always permitted.
Are bicycles allowed on the course?
No. Bicycles, non-service animals, skateboards, roller blades, “heelies,” scooters, etc. are not permitted on the course.
Is there a course map?
Yes. Please find the map here.
What is the elevation change?
Starts at 5,280 and increases to 7,000 over the first 7 miles, then down to 5,600 at the 13-mile turnaround
Is the course paved or dirt?
The course is paved the first and last 5 miles. The rest is run on Forest Service dirt roads.
Can half marathoners start early?
If I am not a runner, can I volunteer?
Yes. Positions are listed at the Prescott YMCA Membership Desk. Please call 928.445.7221 for details.
Is there medical support on the course?
Emergency vehicles will be roaming the course throughout the race.
Lifeline Ambulance Services will be at the start/finish line and on the course.
Where can I park?
Vehicles will not be allowed to park at the Courthouse Plaza on the morning of the race. The adjacent streets will be closed to traffic after 5 a.m. Please use parking spaces on South Granite, North Montezuma, and West Goodwin Streets, any other streets farther out, or the parking garage on South Granite (parking fees may be charged in the garage for Special Events).
Can I check my belongings?
You may leave valuables at our “Gear Check” area near the start line and pick them up at the refreshment garden. You may also leave clothing at any of the nine water/aide stations along the course. These items will be returned to the James Family Prescott YMCA and may be picked up on Sunday, May 7th at noon. (Complimentary service.)
Race Number Requirements
Your race number has your ChronoTrack Timing Chip built in. Securely fasten your race number to the front of your running shirt. Your race number is non-transferrable and may only be worn by you. Do NOT alter your race number in any way.
Can we drop out of the race?
If you need to drop out of the race, please give your name and race number to a volunteer at one of the water stations. Yavapai Amateur Radio Club volunteers will be available to communicate any needs to event staff.
Are there water stations?
There will be nine staffed and equipped water stations positioned along the course. They will provide runners with with water, Gatorade, fruit and first-aid supplies, as well as a range of other items, such as Vaseline, shoelaces, safety pins, toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Marathon has 8 water stations
Half Marathon has 5 water stations.
10K has 3 water stations.
2 Mile has 1 water station.
Are there restrooms along on the course?
Yes, we will have “porta potties” at most water stations.
Are there refreshments after the race?
Yes there are plenty of goodies to eat for the racers only. Racers will need to show their race bib.
What kind of t-shirts will runners receive?
Full Marathoners who pre-register for the event will receive a long-sleeved “technical” running shirt. Half marathoners will receive a short-sleeved "technical" running shirt. 10K and 2 Mile run/walkers will receive a short-sleeved t-shirt featuring a commemorative design.
Can we buy extra t-shirts/change long-sleeved t-shirts for short-sleeved tees, or vice versa?
Dated race shirts may be purchased at the Refreshment Garden. You may not change long sleeve for short sleeve or vice versa. Other Whiskey Row Marathon merchandise for purchase will be available at packet pick-up and after the race near the refreshment garden. Items such as hats, socks, beanies, t-shirts and technical shirts will retail for $7-$50 approximately.
Do you have a race photographer?
Finish-line photography will be provided by Action Media. The link will be listed on the home page so that event participants can easily locate their picture using their race number or last name. Runners will then purchase photos directly from them. Please make sure your race number is visible at all times to assist with photo identification and your search capabilities.
How soon can I find race results?
Race results will be available at www.raceplaceevents.com within 24 hours of the event.
Are there finisher medals?
Yes, for the first 2005 marathoners, the first 600 half marathoners, the first 800 10Kers and the first 400 Two Milers who cross the finish line. (If we have an unpredicted spike in participation, those who finish later in the pack may not have the opportunity to receive a medal.)
Will you have a recycle bin for the plastic water bottles at the finish line?
Yes. We are making efforts to make this year’s event more eco-friendly than ever before. Recycle bins are just one of the ways we’re working to make the YMCA Whiskey Row Marathon a cleaner, “greener” event.
Do you use paper or plastic cups at the water stations?
When will awards happen?
This year all awards will take place during these approximate award ceremony times – 10K: 9:15am, Half Marathon: 10:00am, Marathon: 10:30am at the Courthouse Square.
If I don’t stay for the awards, can you mail my award to me?
Yes, with a $7.00 shipping/processing fee. Please e-mail the Laura Winniford-Hodgins, Race Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
When will the Al Clark Memorial Award recipient be announced?
The winner will be honored on Friday, May 5th, 6:30 p.m. at the Prescott YMCA. In addition, the Al Clark award winner will be introduced at each of the award ceremonies.
How do you handle timing/chips?
Timing is done by Raceplace Event Systems via the “Chrono Track Chip.” Chips are built in to your race numbers. 2-mile participants are not timed and therefore will not require a timing chip.
Is there anywhere to take showers after the race?
The Prescott YMCA is open Saturday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. for post-race showers, swimming or fitness workouts at no charge to race participants. Bring your race number and show it to Membership Staff for free entry.
A Special thanks go to our committee who volunteers countless hours leading up to and on race day.
2018 Race Date - 40th Annual
May 5, 2018
Where does the money go?
Proceeds from this race will go directly into the scholarship fund at the James Family Prescott YMCA. This fund provides families in financial need to participate in childcare, swimming lessons, youth sports and gymnastics classes. Your participation in this race not only promotes your personal health, but also promotes the overall health of the Prescott Community.
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Thank you! The James Family Prescott YMCA appreciates your participation in the Whiskey Row Marathon.
We look forward to seeing you at the race – and for years to come.