Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions our volunteers (and we're all volunteers!) receive before, during, and after the race. Please look below for some quick answers to the most typical questions.

What if My Question is Not Listed Below?

If you have questions not answered by the frequently asked questions below, please visit the "Trou-Boo" (Trouble) Table at the race expo. The volunteers there will gladly assist you! (Please be nice to them too - they're volunteering their time for our non-profit!)

Safety & Medical

Where will medical services be available?

Medical services (an ambulatory vehicle and EMTs) will be available at the north end of Welcome Stadium, just outside the wall. If a medical emergency occurs, they may depart to support that medical emergency somewhere on our course. In that case, flag any race official/volunteer and they will provide assistance/guidance.

What if there is an emergency on the course?

Please call 911 and provide them with your exact location (cross-streets, landmarks, etc.). We will have bicyclists on the course to help monitor for emergencies, but they may not observe the emergency as quickly as you do, so do not wait for others to make the call. If you do see a race volunteer/official, please notify them of the incident so we can best coordinate the response.

Medical Information on Participants

Please be advised that, if provided during registration, the participants bib tear-off will have information on their medical issues/concerns for any first responders. The information will be in gray to protect the participants privacy from folks milling-about seeing it, but will be large enough for a first responder to read.

What if there is severe weather or a major calamity?


BE CALM - BE COURTEOUS - BE CAUTIOUSLISTEN TO VOLUNTEERS AND GIANT-VOICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

In the event of:- Severe weather mid-race, seek shelter (in the case of a tornado, not under a bridge) immediately. If at Welcome Stadium, we recommend moving to your vehicle to alleviate congestion in the Expo, unless instructed otherwise over the loudspeaker.- In the event of a major catastrophe, listen to race officials for guidance/instruction and calmly follow them.
Refunds will not be issued, and we will do our best to safely conduct the race and/or safety measures optimize your ability to participate, balanced with the concern at hand (e.g. if there is a medical emergency, we will route runners around the scene, or if there is a storm approaching unexpectedly, we'll route you the fastest way back to shelter.)

Bibs & Shirts

Do I need photo-ID to pick up my bib/shirt?

While we do not require photo-ID to pick up your bib, our volunteers may request it as a condition of picking up your bib/shirt if they deem such actions warranted. Despite this being an unlikely circumstance, please be ready to produce identifying information if needed.

Can I pick up a bib & shirt for someone else?

Yes! Please just make sure you let them know you picked it up so they aren't confused when they arrive and their packet/shirt aren't there. The volunteers may ask for proof/confirmation of this arrangement (an e-mail will suffice).

Can I purchase a shirt after the race?

Shirts will be available for $10 after the race if desired, but only once participants have had an opportunity to make exchanges for their shirts.

Why is my medical info & emergency contact on my bib?

As our race directors observed a real-life medical crisis in another race, we learned that having medical information and emergency contact information on-hand immediately was exceptionally important to the survival of a member with a medical individual. We are committed to safety, and thus have elected to place this information on your bib. It is intentionally gray and small, making it hard for passers-by to read, but making it legible for a first responder.

Can I exchange my shirt for a different size?

At packet pick-up, if you get a shirt that doesn't fit well, bring it, unworn, to the late registration booth and we'll gladly exchange it if we have your desired size among those set aside for late registrants. Please know that we cannot exchange away a shirt-size promised to another early registrant, and even though we order extra, it's imperative for us to make sure everyone gets the size they ordered before we swap.
If your shirt does not fit and none are available at late-registration in your size, please stop into the Expo after the race and there may be some exchanged shirts available in your size.

How can I find shirt information to get the right fit?

Click here to see shirt sizing charts, images of the shirt, and for shirt-fitting events.

Day-Of Registration

May I register on the expo and/or day of the race?

Yes - you may! Please be advised that we will only take cash or check at the Expo. Please go to the table labeled "Registration" and fill out a paper form on the table, then proceed to the registration table. Please attempt to arrive early, or register on the first day of the Expo, as we typically have fewer people there and we can expedite your registration that way. Thanks!

When's the last time I can sign-up?

You may sign up until 6pm on race day, however, after online registration closes (usually three-five days before the race), you'll have to wait until the expo opens to sign-up.

How much does it cost to sign-up at the expo?

It will cost $30 to sign-up at the expo on the day before & day of the race.

What do I need to bring to sign-up at the expo?

Please bring cash or check (no credit cards) to the race, a list of medical conditions, and an emergency contact name/number. We will provide registration forms and pens.

Will my name be on my bib if I sign up at the expo?

No. Since our timing company prints the bibs before the race, your name will not show up if you sign-up at the expo.

Will my medical information/emergency contact be on my bib if I sign up at the expo?

Like your name, this information is printed before the event by the timing company. We kindly ask that you write this information on your bib though so that in the unfortunate event it is needed, it is available and accessible easily.

Is a shirt guaranteed if I sign up at the expo? What sizes will be available?

No, a shirt cannot be guaranteed if you sign up at the expo. We have ordered extra shirts to cover folks registering at the expo, but they are first-come, first-serve. Additionally, we use the "expo registration reserves" to swap shirts for pre-registered participants, so we cannot guarantee any sizes will be available.

Driving & Parking

Why do I need to arrive no later than 6pm for a 6:30pm race?

While our race starts at 6:30pm, and our parking lots are expansive, there are some bottlenecks on I-75 and as you enter the parking lots. The roads close around 6:15pm, so if you are not at the race-site early, you may not be able to access the race. We are not responsible, nor will we issue a refund, if you do not arrive at the race on-time.

What is the race course, and what roads will be closed?

The Ghost 'n Goblin™ 5k route begins on South Edwin C. Moses Blvd around Arena Park Drive. The race heads north on Edwin C. Moses Blvd, turning right onto West Stewart St and going over the bridge headed east. It next turns left (north) onto the Veteran’s Parkway headed north. Stay on Veteran’s Parkway until Washington St, then turn left (west). Cross the bridge and turn left (south) down Edwin C. Moses Blvd following the road until you return to Welcome Stadium. Turn right (west) into Welcome Stadium and then enter the stadium from the north end, running a lap on the track to complete your journey!

Why can't I park in the shaded area on the map?

This is the area where our course comes in to the finish. If you park in this area, you will inhibit the flow of participants and we will be forced to tow your vehicle so that participants do not get hurt.

Will I be able to exit the race before the race finishes?

Yes, however, you will only be able to exit to the west via I-75 or heading west on Edwin C. Moses Blvd toward Nicholas Rd. You will not be able to use Stewart Street, Edwin C. Moses (east of Arena Park Drive), nor Washington Street. Part of S. Patterson Blvd near Steward Street will also be closed.

How much parking is available on-site?

We have over 2,000 parking spaces available at the race site, so you should have no issues finding a space. There are a few bottlenecks into the parking lot, however, so please arrive early as the roads will back up close to race-time.

Spectator Information

By when must spectators arrive?

Spectators must arrive before the roads close, so we recommend arriving by 6pm.

May spectators take part in the food, water, & festivities?

The food, water/beverages, and other race components and accessories are reserved for participants with a bib only. We apologize for not being able to accommodate everyone in attendance, but as a non-profit trying to maximize our proceeds to our cause, we don't have the extra resources to provide.

Where is the best location to cheer from?

We recommend cheering:- along the sides of Edwin C. Moses from Stewart St to the northern entrance of Welcome Stadium. This will permit you to see your friends/family twice: once in the beginning and once as they come in to the stadium to finish. Please do not stand in the road - use the sidewalks.- along the coned path in the parking lot into the stadium: it'll be your last chance to cheer them on before they enter the stadium, plus, if the weather is nice, we'll have luminaries there to set the mood!- from the stands within Welcome Stadium. You'll be able to see them finish in style!

Post-Race Festivities

What food/drinks will be available?

Pizza from Domino's, water (bottled and fresh from a water-buffalo), soda, bananas, and cookies will likely be available at the post-race party.

What toppings will be available on the pizzas?

This year we have attempted to expand our options out to serve more participants. Therefore, we will have plain/cheese, pepperoni, and very limited amounts of mushroom.

What amenities will be provided after the race?

We will have a variety of sponsors providing services and interactive activities after the race. Sports massage, raffle prizes (during the awards), and food/beverages are among the amenities provided.

Will there be gluten-free options?

While one of our race directors has Celiac disease and understands the concerns/challenges with not having gluten-free pizza available, we cannot guarantee the prevention of cross-contamination, nor can we cover the extended logistics of having Celiac options available. We apologize for this, but will strive to have GF options readily available.

Timing, Awards, & Race Results

Where will the race results be posted?

Will be posted online at www.onlineraceresults.com shortly after the race! There will be a link from www.daytongng.org as well.

Where and when can I pick up my award?

You must be present to pick up your award. If you have special circumstances, please let the race directors know after the race and they will attempt to make arrangements for pick-up (though this cannot be guaranteed).

What if my results aren't correct?

If your results are incorrect, please contact the race directors and let them know. We'll work with our timing company to correct errors for you as rapidly as we can.

Why is there a sticker/foam on the back of my bib?

The sticker/foam are the timing chip for your bib, which work via "Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)". Please do not remove it from the back of your bib or you may not receive a time.

How long will it take for results to be posted?

Results should be posted fairly rapidly after the race. The timing company must process the results, we must certify that we agree with them, and then they'll be uploaded.

When is the awards ceremony? Will you wait for all finishers?

The awards ceremony will occur at 7:45pm promptly. We will do our best to wait for all finishers, but to be courteous to our volunteers and other participants, we will start promptly at 7:45pm so that they may get home (it's a school night!!).