Race Day FAQs


I’ve already registered online. Where do I check in and pick up my packet?

You can pick up your race bib and t-shirt at the Registration tents north of the Start Line near the entrance of the park at Franklin and Mississippi. Registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The tents will be broken down shortly after the race starts at 9 a.m. and all remaining items will be moved to the Cancer League tent in the Expo area.

I haven’t registered yet. Where do I do that?

Walk-up race day registration is available at the Registration tents north of the Start Line from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The entry fee is $50 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. Children in strollers are free. T-shirts are included in the cost of the registration.

Can I pay with a credit card?

Yes. Payment can be made in cash, check or credit card at the Registration tent.

Where can I park?

Parking is available in the South High School parking lot located near the intersection of Louisiana and Franklin or along the side streets. No parking inside the park is allowed unless the participant has a pass provided by the Race for Research event planners. Parking restrictions are strictly enforced!

If I need handicapped parking, is it available?

Yes. Please try to make arrangements with the Race for Research event planners in advance, when possible. For the morning of the race, contact Julie Thomas at 720-315-5025 or Bill Lee at 720-412-6161.

Is there a place I can store my bags while I do the walk?

Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities available to offer bag storage during the race. Small items may be stored upon request at the Cancer League tent in the Expo area, but Cancer League of Colorado and the Race for Research cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen items that may be left at the tent.

What is the race length and route?

The race is 5 kilometers and loops all the way around the perimeter of Washington Park one and a half times. There will be course marshals on the route directing participants. There is no official shorter routes, but those who want to take a short-cut to the Finish Line can do so when approaching the west end of the diagonal road that cuts through the park.

Are maps of the route or Expo area available?

Yes, maps are posted near Registration.

I’m a booth exhibitor in the post-race Expo? Where do I go?

Exhibitors setting up booths in the Expo area need to drop off all booth supplies in the Expo area along the Diagonal Road between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. After the drop-off, exhibitors need to exit with their vehicles and park outside the park along the side streets or at South High School at Louisiana and Franklin. Contact Bill Lee at 720-412-6161 or Julie Thomas at 720-315-5025 for further instructions.

Is the race timed?

Yes, there is a timing chip embedded in your race bib. You can find safety pins at the Registration table to pin your bib onto your shirt. Results will be posted after the race at the Cancer League tent in the Expo area.

Do I have to run the race?

No. Many participants walk. For safety reasons, we do not allow bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards or scooters.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes. Well-behaved dogs on leashes may join you on the route.

Can I make a dedication sign to pin on my t-shirt?

Yes. There is a Dedication table located near the Registration tents. You can create and decorate your own dedication sign and safety pins are available at the table.

I’m a cancer survivor. How can I let people know?

There are survivor stickers located at the Dedication table near the Registration tents.

When does the race start?

Shotgun start for the timed race is 9 a.m. Listen for announcements from our emcee.

Is there a separate start time for walkers?

No. Everyone starts at 9 a.m., though runners generally line up near the front of the line.

When is the kids’ fun run?

The Kaylene’s Kids Fun Run sponsored by You Move Me starts at 8:45 a.m. Listen for announcements from the emcee. The kids’ run is named for Kaylene Weiser, a long-time support of the Race for Research who passed away from cancer.

Is there water out on the course?

Yes, there are water stations at START, on the course at the half-way point and water available at the Finish Line and near the breakfast line. There are also water bowls at the water stations for dogs, plus another dog water bowl in the Bristol Brewing Beer Garden.

What if I need medical help?

There is a mobile paramedic on a bicycle, Curt Krall, 720-810-3907.

Where do I find race results after I finish?

Race results will be posted at the Cancer League tent in the Expo area near the band. They will be updated periodically.

Do I need a ticket for the pancake breakfast?

No, your bib serves as your ticket for the breakfast.

Do I need a ticket to get into the beer garden?

No, your bib serves as your ticket for entry into the Bristol Brewing Beer Garden. You will need to be 21 or older with a valid ID to enter. There is no limit on the number of beers, but supplies are limited. The Race for Research and Bristol Brewing reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who has had one too many.

I’m a volunteer. Can I go through the breakfast line and into the beer garden?

Absolutely! We encourage all volunteers to enjoy the free pancake breakfast and Bristol Brewing Beer Garden when they have a break or have finished their duties.

Are there goodie bags?

No. Participants are encouraged to visit our sponsor and vendor booths in the Expo area to pick up goodies and swag.

Where is the Morton Publishing Miracle Mile?

The Miracle Mile is a series of posters set out on a portion of the 5K race route starting just past the Start Line. Miracle Mile posters honor loved ones touched by cancer and each poster is sponsored by a participant who has donated or raise at least $150 in donations. Participants will pass by the Miracle Mile while on the race route. Other visitors may visit the Miracle Mile after race participants have passed through.

If I sponsored a poster on the Miracle Mile, can I take it home with me?

Participants who have raised at least $150 in donations or through their fundraising campaigns can sponsor a poster on the Miracle Mile. The posters are the property of the Race for Research, and most participants choose to renew their posters in subsequent years. If you would like to take your poster home after the race, we ask that you give a $20 donation to help us defray the cost of designing and printing the poster. You may check in after the race at the Cancer League tent for more details. The posters are collected after the race and delivered to the tent after 11 a.m.

What organization is this benefiting?

The Race for Research is hosted by and benefits the Cancer League of Colorado, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for or containment of cancer.  Cancer League has no paid staff or administrative offices, so all donations go toward the mission of fighting cancer. Cancer League provides about $1 million each year to fund cancer research and clinical trials performed in Colorado and also to support other nonprofit organizations that provide services to cancer patients and their families.

Cancer League’s members pay annual dues of $55 each to defray administrative costs of the organization. If you would like to become a member, please stop by the Cancer League tent in the Expo area or go online to www.cancerleague.org.

Where can I make a donation?

There are donation jars located at the Dedication table near the Registration tents and at the Cancer League tent in the Expo area. You may make a donation by cash, check or credit card.

When is next year’s race?

The 24th Annual Race for Research will be held Sunday, August 16, 2020 in Washington Park, Denver.

Who can I contact for further questions?

Race co-directors are Holli Hartman, 303-912-1202 and Lin McHaley, 303-522-0341. The Race for Research website is www.race4research.com.