SISTERS – FAQs2020-09-02T13:54:46-07:00

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?2020-10-15T16:13:08-07:00

Absolutely! We encourage all women to participate. All we ask is that walkers start in the last wave to allow the faster runners to get through. For the half marathon, cutoff for official timing is 1:45 pm. All runners still on course at 1:45pm will be shuttled back to the finish area. For the 5K, cutoff for official timing is 3pm.

Are there any age restrictions?2020-10-15T16:14:45-07:00

In general, we ask that girls are at least 12 years old to participate in the half marathon. There are no age restrictions for the 5K (use your best judgement regarding your children.)

Make sure you bring your ID if you plan on drinking at the event.

Can someone pick up my race packet for me?2019-08-12T11:18:24-07:00

Yes! Just make sure that you fill out your race waivers online BEFORE they drop by to pick up your packet.  All they need is your first and last name.

Where and when is packet pick-up?2020-11-22T20:22:01-08:00

The FivePine Lodge and Conference Center in Sisters, on October 29 from 4pm-7pm. Packet pick-up will also be available in Bend, on October 28 at FootZone from 2:30pm-6:30pm. Late packet pick-up is available starting at 8am at the start/finish area at FivePine Lodge.

Do I need to bring anything with me to packet pick-up?2018-10-24T12:40:23-07:00

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?2020-11-22T20:23:10-08:00

If you cannot make either of the Packet Pickups (Thursday at FootZone in Bend or Friday in Sisters), you may pick up your packet before the race in Sisters at the starting area.

What kind of awards will be presented?2021-08-19T16:30:19-07:00

Awards will be given out to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall winners, as well as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall Masters (40+) winners for both the half marathon and 5K runs.

Are there finisher’s medals?2020-10-15T16:24:09-07:00

Yes, all runners (half marathon and 5K) will receive a custom-made Happy Girls Sisters medal!

What is the race terrain like?2018-10-24T12:42:55-07:00

The terrain for the half marathon is 95% trail.  The course showcases the Peterson Ridge trail system and is almost entirely beautiful single track. There are a couple rocky sections, but most of the course is hard packed trail.  The 5K course is all pavement and winds through downtown Sisters.

Is there a time limit on the half marathon?2020-09-16T14:46:18-07:00

You must complete the course in four hours (by 1:45pm). The finish line will remain open until 2pm. We will have a course sweep and you must make the 2nd aid station (midway point, 6.7 miles) by the two-hour mark (11:45 am) in order to continue. All runners still on course at 1:45pm will be picked up and shuttled back to the finish area.

How many events are taking place?2020-11-22T20:27:20-08:00
  • Early Packet Pickup in Bend – Thursday, Oct. 28 | 2:30-6:30pm | FootZone Bend
  • Packet Pickup – Friday, Oct. 29 | 4-7pm | FivePine Lodge & Conference Center
  • Happy Girls Half Marathon – Saturday, Oct. 30 | check wave for start time
  • Happy Girls 5K Run – Saturday, Oct. 30 | check wave for start time
How is the race timed?2020-08-27T17:17:30-07:00

The race will be professionally timed, and results posted online no later than Sunday following the race. The results will also be available at the finish line!

Will there be mile markers on the course?2018-10-24T12:49:00-07:00

Yes, there will be mile markers for each mile of the Half Marathon & 5K.

How many aid stations are on the course?2018-10-24T12:49:19-07:00

There are three on the half marathon course, not including the start and finish line. There is one aid station on the 5K course. Aid stations will be fully supplied with water, GU Brew and GU gels.

Can I run with a stroller?2018-10-24T12:50:17-07:00

Not on the half marathon course, 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?2018-10-24T12:50:43-07:00

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 and other people on the course. The 5K 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?2018-10-24T12:51:13-07:00

No, we ask that you leave Fido at home. Service dogs are allowed, but we ask that you notify the race director prior to the event:

Are there porta potties on the course?2018-10-24T12:51:41-07:00

There will be porta potties at the start/finish area and at aid station 2 (mile 6.7) and aid station 3 (mile 10.3) on the half marathon course.  There are no porta potties on the 5K course.

Where should I park?2021-09-20T16:51:50-07:00

We have ample parking in the field adjacent to the race venue! Upon entering the FivePine campus, continue driving along E. Desperado Trail in front of the lodge, following signs to parking. Parking attendants will be there to help!

Are spectators allowed in the start/finish areas?2021-09-20T16:53:59-07:00

Yes – friends and family are welcome to come down and cheer you on!

Where should I stay if I’m not from Sisters?2020-08-27T17:29:50-07:00

FivePine Lodge and Conference Center in Sisters should be your first choice, since this is where the race takes place. Go to or call (541) 549-5900 to make a reservation. Another option is to stay in Bend which is about 15 miles from Sisters.

How does the virtual run work?2021-10-12T15:07:37-07:00

Virtual runners will receive an official race bib, finisher’s medal and race t-shirt. Local runners can retrieve their virtual packet at packet pick up or choose to have it mailed to their doorstep for an extra fee. All out of area runners will have their packet mailed the week before the in-person event.

Feel free to rock the official race bib when running virtually – but the race bib is not needed to complete the virtual race. Runners can complete their run any time before the race, using GPS or a running app to track their time and distance. A link to upload results will be available one week before the race and will remain open until midnight the day after the in-person event.

To have their time count, runners will need their Registration ID number, their final time and a screenshot of their GPS tracked run. The Registration ID can be found on theoriginal registration confirmation email.

If you are having trouble uploading your results or cannot find your Registration ID please reach out to us at and we will be happy to help!

Can I switch my race distance?2021-10-11T14:59:21-07:00

If you registered for the half marathon but would like to participate in a shorter distance event instead (e.g., 1/2 to 5K), you must contact the race director 1 week prior and we will initiate the transfer process for you. Less than 1 week notice may result in an additional fee. We can transfer your entry to the shorter distance but you will not receive a refund for the difference in price. If you are transferring to a more expensive event (e.g., 5K to 1/2) you will need to pay the difference in price.

I injured myself before race day. What are my options?2021-10-11T15:00:33-07:00

Athletes who cannot participate in the event due to an injury or medical issue only may defer an entry to the following year if the race director is notified 1 week prior AND a note from a physician is received.

Note that if there is a difference in race entry fees, or extra costs (t-shirts, etc.) the athlete will pay the difference. In the event of a deferral to the following year, it is the responsibility of the athlete to contact the race director once online registration opens for the following year.

If you cannot participate, you are welcome to come to packet pick-up to receive your bib number, swag bag and items you purchased in advance. We are unable to store race materials, therefore, all unclaimed race swag, materials and merchandise become the property of Lay It Out Events after the close of race day. You must pick up your swag bag before the race!

Do I have to wear a mask at the event?2021-10-06T16:12:51-07:00

We recommend face coverings at the start/finish area. (Due to frequently changing state regulations, please continue to check back for updates regarding this question).

Is there a beneficiary for the Happy Girls? If so, what do they get?2019-08-12T17:11:25-07:00

Yes, a portion of proceeds from Happy Girls Sisters benefits Sisters Parks & Recreation, a local nonprofit organization.

Will Medical & First Aid be provided?2019-08-12T16:22:41-07:00

Adventure Medics believes in providing medical services that go beyond the status quo. Whether covering an event, supporting wildland fire operations or providing training to the public or medical professionals they like to do things a little different.

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.

Should an emergency happen the staff of EMTs, paramedics and doctors are properly equipped and possess the experience to deal with the unique challenges that come with remote medical operations. Adventure Medics believes in high quality equipment and continuous training to ensure that we can field one of the most prepared medical response teams you can find. | 541-639-9993

Can men run the race?2019-08-12T16:42:39-07:00

Yes, this is a women’s race. Can men participate? Sure! However, men will not be included in the timed results or be eligible for awards. Sorry, guys!

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!

2021 Title Sponsor

FivePine Lodge

2021 Presenting Sponsor

Metabolic Maintenance
101.7 FM
Bliss Physical Therapy
FootZone Bend
Homelight – Oregon
Metabolic Maintenance
Rise Brewing Co.
Sisters Chamber
Sisters Coffee
Source Weekly
The Nugget Newspaper
Three Creeks Brewing
Top Shelf Medicine
Trailhead Liquor
Willamette Valley Vineyards

Many thanks to the businesses that make the Happy Girls races possible!

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