Frequently Asked Questions
There are a total of 4 events:
- Girls’ Night Out – Women’s Expo & Packet Pickup Party – Friday, September 16 | 3-7pm | Riverside Place
- Happy Girls Half Marathon – Saturday, September 17 | 9am | Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute
- Happy Girls 5K Run – Saturday, September 17 | 9:30am | Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute
- Happy Girls 10K Run – Saturday, September 17 | 9:45am | Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute
The Centennial by Davenport Hotels will have a Happy Girls Run room rate — please contact them directly for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org we will be happy to help!
Yes, Happy Girls Spokane proudly donates a portion of proceeds to Create Your Statement, a local nonprofit organization. Create Your Statement will provide all aid station volunteers — so be sure to thank them as you pass by!
The Girls’ Night Out Expo & Packet Pickup Party will be held once again at the historic Riverside Place from 3pm-7pm on Friday, September 16.
Late Packet Pickup & Race Day Registration
Packet pickup and late registration will be at the parade grounds of Mukogawa Ft. Wright Institute under the blue Lay It Out Events tent near the red inflatable arch, starting at 7:30am until 15 minutes prior to race start.
If you absolutely cannot make the expo on Friday, we will have packets available early race morning, from 7:30am until 15 minutes prior to your race start.
If you have your email confirmation, that is helpful in case we have trouble locating your race packet.
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.
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/finish area ext to the merchandise tent. You can recover your bag after you have finished the race.
***Avoid leaving valuables in your bag. We are not responsible for lost or damaged items.
Parking is available at the SW area of the Mukogowa Ft. Wright Institute campus, off of Wright Avenue and Freemont Avenue. There is a large grass field that can be used for parking, there will be signs and parking attendants will direct you into the lot. Please do not park at the Randolph Farms Apartments or Westwood Apartments. Non-apartment resident vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
For ADA accommodations, contact Luke Larsen:
541-323-0964 | email@example.com
There will be portable toilets at the start/finish area and stationed restrooms are along the course. They are marked on the course maps.
The start/finish area at Mukogawa Ft. Wright Institute is the best place for spectators. Spectators can also access aid station 4 at mile 7 via vehicle.
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.
https://www.advmedics.com | 541-639-9993
There are seven aid stations on the half marathon course, not including the start and finish line. There is one aid station on the 5k course and two on the 10k course. All aid station volunteers are provided by Create Your Statement so please say thanks when you run by!
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!
Yes, there will be mile markers for each mile of the Half Marathon, 5k and 10k. You can view the course maps, here.
The terrain is a broad mix of challenging trails, paved asphalt roads and paved pathways. There are several rocky sections. Part of the trail is single track, where passing is not available. The course is mostly hard-packed dirt trails.
The race is professionally timed and results will be posted online no later than Sunday following the race. The results will also be available at the post-race celebration at the finish line!
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 miles) by the two-hour mark (11:00 am) in order to continue.
Absolutely! We encourage all women to participate. All we ask is that walkers start in the back to allow the runners to get through. The cutoff for official timing is 1 pm. The post-race event will complete at 2pm.
No, we ask that you leave pets at home. Service dogs are allowed, but we ask that you notify the race director prior to the event: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, there are varying terrains and with the number of runners on the course it is not conducive to running with a stroller.
We love to run with music, too! All we ask is that you’ll consider only having your headphones in one ear and/or keeping the volume at a reasonable level so you can hear and be aware of your surroundings and other people on the course.
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!
We’ve spoken to many coaches about age-appropriate race 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.
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, 10K and 5K runs. We will also have ribbons three-deep in each age category.
Yes! All finishers in every distance receive a custom-designed Happy Girls medal🏅
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.