Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Many of your questions will be answered by looking through our frequently asked questions list below. If you find that your question is not answered, by all means, send us an email!
Can I walk?
Absolutely! We encourage all women to participate. All we ask is that walkers start in the back to allow the faster runners to get through. The cutoff for official timing is 1 pm. The post-race celebrations will conclude at 2pm.
Will there be a Bag Drop?
We will have a secure area for you to leave your warm-up gear and anything you’d like to keep safe until after the race. Bring a bag for your gear, we’ll have labels to write your bib number on.
Are there any age restrictions?
We’ve spoken to many coaches about age-appropriate distances. In general, we ask that girls are at least 10 years old to participate in the 5K run and 12 years old to participate in the 10k or half marathon.
Can someone pick up my race packet for me?
Yes. All they need is your first and last name and they can pick up your packet.
When is packet pick-up?
Friday, May 25th: 3-7 pm at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes
Do I need to bring anything with me to packet pick-up?
If you have your email confirmation, that is helpful in case we have trouble locating your race packet.
Can I pick up my packet on race morning?
If you absolutely cannot make the packet pickup on Friday, we will have packets available early race morning (7am).
Can Men run the race?
Yes, this is a women’s race. Can men participate? Sure. However, men will not be included in the results for awards. Sorry guys!
What kind of awards will be presented?
Awards will be given out to the overall winner as well as the overall masters (40+) winner for the half marathon, 10K and 5K runs. We will also have ribbons three-deep in each age group in 5-year increments: 10-11 (5K only) ,12-14, 15-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39….70+
Are there finisher’s medals?
For the Happy Girls Half Marathon finishers, there is a custom jewelry we will present to each woman as she crosses the finish line. There is NOT a finisher’s medal for 5K or 10K runners but there is plenty of other swag. And there will be some fantastic clothing for purchase as well!
Course and Race Details
Will there be pacers on the course?
Oh yes. We will have Happy Pacers for the half marathon course for 8-minute through 12-minute/mile paces. (Know of an eligible pacer? Email us!)
What is the race terrain like?
The terrain is a broad mix of trails, paved pathways, and sidewalks. The trail component is not what we in Bend would call “hard core” trails. Mostly wide, hard-packed dirt and paved trails.
Is there a time limit on the half marathon?
You must complete the course in 4 hours (finish line will remain open for four hours). We will have a course sweep and you must make the 3rd aid station (midway point, 6.5 miles) by the two-hour mark (11:00 am) in order to continue.
How many events are taking place?
There are a total of 5 events:
- Women’s Expo & Packet Pick-up – Friday, May 25th
- Happy Little Kids Run – Saturday, May 26th
- Happy Girls Half Marathon – Saturday, May 26th
- Happy Girls 10K Run – Saturday, May 26th
- Happy Girls 5K Run – Saturday, May 26th
How is the race timed?
The race will be professionally timed and results will be emailed and posted online no later than Monday, May 29th. The results will also be available at the post-race celebration.
Will there be mile markers on the course?
Yes, there will be mile markers for each mile of the Half Marathon, 5k & 10k.
How many aid stations are on the course?
There are several across the course, not including the start and finish line. Please check the course maps page for an accurate number and location for each distance.
Will Medical and First Aid be provided?
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Because they have a unique advantage of being on site as a pre-positioned resource, Adventure Medics can emphasize safety and institute preventative measures to stop injuries and medical emergencies before they occur.
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Can I run with a stroller?
Not in the half marathon or 10k. There are varying terrains and with the number of women on the course it is not conducive to running with a stroller. You may choose to run the 5K with a stroller, however we ask that strollers start in the back so as not to impede faster runners.
Can I wear an iPod or other headphones/MP3 player on the course?
We love to run with music too! All we ask is that you consider only having your headphones in one ear and/or keep the volume of your music reasonable so you can be aware of your surroundings, course marshals and other people on the course. The course is NOT closed to cars and when you are on the road, you wear headphones at your own risk!
Can I run with my dog?
No, we ask that you leave Fido at home. Per City of Bend rules your pet is also not permitted at special events in the park. Service dogs are allowed, but we ask that you notify the race director prior to the event: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there porta potties on the course?
There will be porta potties at the start/finish area and at several points on the course. They are marked on the course maps.
Travel and Parking
Where should I park?
Parking is available at Riverbend Park, across the street in the gravel lot, and at the dog park. For directions view the map to Riverbend Park on this page’s sidebar.
Will I be able to see people along the course?
The start and finish area at Riverbend Park is the best place for spectators. Spectators can easily walk along the course surrounding the Old Mill area, but we ask that you do not ride bicycles along the course, drive and park on the shoulders or in the neighborhoods or otherwise interfere with runners on the course.
Is there a beneficiary for the Happy Girls? If so, what do they get?
Yes, all of our Happy Girls Events have a beneficiary. This year our beneficiary for Happy Girls Bend is the Boys and Girls Club of Central Oregon.
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