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!
6:00 am Late Half Marathon Packet Pickup at Sisters Elementary. Half Marathon Shuttle Service Pick-Up at Sisters Elementary (check your registration confirmation for your shuttle time.)
*HALF MARATHON ONLY – You will receive your shuttle ticket at packet pickup. They will be assigned based on what was chosen during your registration process.
7:15 am First shuttles leave for race start from Sisters Elementary Parking Lot
7:45 am Second shuttles leave for race start from Sisters Elementary Parking Lot
8:00 am Late 5k Packet Pickup & Last Chance Registration at the start/finish area (FivePine Lodge and Conference Center Campus – click here to see parking map)
8:15 am Last shuttles leaves from Sisters Elementary Parking lot
Half marathon runners: All runners must take the shuttle from Sisters Elementary School (FivePine Lodge guests will have a private shuttle that will leave from Shibui Spa ). There is absolutely no parking at the top of Peterson Ridge, doing so may lead to disqualification.
Bag Drop Info
Weather this time of year is unpredictable and can be very cold. The first shuttle bus will arrive at the start area an hour before the start of the race. Please dress warm and utilize the bag drop for your clothes and gear. Be sure to attach the provided bag drop tag and include: NAME, PHONE NUMBER and BIB NUMBER.
Bag drop location will be at the start area for the half marathon and bags will be shuttled to the finish. 5K runners can leave their bag at the bag drop tent at the start/finish area. You can recover your bag after you have finished the race. There will be patio heaters at the half marathon start area to keep you warm and toasty.
***Avoid leaving valuables in your bag. We are not responsible for lost or damaged items.
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. All runners still on course at 1pm will be shuttled back to the finish area.
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 half marathon.
Make sure you bring your ID if you plan on drinking at the Post race celebrations, we will not serve minors.
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.
The FivePine Lodge and Conference Center in Sisters, on November1st from 4pm-7pm. Packet pick-up will also be available in Bend, on October 30th at FootZone from 6pm-6:30pm.
If you have your email confirmation, that is helpful in case we have trouble locating your race packet.
If you absolutely cannot make the Packet Pickup on Thursday at Foot Zone in Bend, or Friday in Sisters, we will have packets available pre-race.
Half Marathon can pick up their packets at Sisters Elementary parking lot starting at 6:00am.
5k runners can pick up their packets at race start/finish at 8am.
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. We will also have ribbons three-deep in each age group.
Yes, all runners (half marathon and 5K) will receive a custom-made Happy Girls Sisters commemorative belt buckle/medal!
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.
You must complete the course in four hours (1pm). The finish line festivities 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 (11:00 am) in order to continue. All runners still on course at 1pm will be picked up and shuttled back to the finish area.
There is a total of 4 events:
- Earl Packet Pickup in Bend – Thursday, Nov. 5 | 4-6:30pm | FootZone Bend
- Girls’ Night Out – Expo & Packet Pickup Party – Friday, Nov. 6 | 4-7pm | FivePine Lodge & Conference Center
- Happy Girls Half Marathon – Saturday, Nov. 7 | 9am
- Happy Girls 5K Run – Saturday, Nov. 7 | 9:30am
The race will be professionally timed and results will be emailed and posted online no later than Monday following the race. The results will also be available at the post-race celebration at the finish line!
Yes, there will be mile markers for each mile of the Half Marathon & 5K.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Parking is available at Sisters Elementary (where the shuttle for the half marathon leaves). Please see map for additional parking.
Where should I stay if I am from out-of-town?
FivePine Lodge & Conference Center is not only where the festivities are held but also has special Happy Girls Discounts that include the cost of the half marathon AND it is one of the most beautiful resorts in Central Oregon!
The start and finish area at FivePine Lodge and Conference Center is the best place for spectators. Spectators can also access aid station 2 and 3 via vehicle.
FivePine Lodge and Conference Center is located in the heart of Central Oregon, only 25 minutes from Bend and Redmond and 45 minutes from Sunriver. Call (541) 549-5900 to make a reservation.
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