General Questions

1. What do I get for my entry fee?
All 5K participants will receive a tank top and 1K participants will receive a short sleeve cotton shirt. All finishers will receive a unique finisher’s medal and a finisher’s gift. All participants are invited to the post race festivities!  Be sure to bring your race number to the post-race party as it is your ticket for beer (21+) and food.

2. How can I sign up for the events?
Click Here to register online!

3. What are the age limits for the races?
There are no age limits. We encourage participants of all ages to join us!

4. Are the races walker friendly?
Yes, we will have plenty of participants who will walk.

5. Where can I find a course map?
Click Here for course maps and information.

6. What will the weather be like in Norfolk during April?
The average high is 80 degrees and the average low is 50 degrees during April.

7. Will I receive a refund if I cannot attend?  Can someone else run with my number?

If you purchased the Registration Fee Reimbursement Plan with Allianz Global Assistance during registration, you may be eligible for a refund through that service. Click Here for a list of what they cover. Click here to file your claim or call  1-866-884-3556

J & A Racing Inc. has a no transfer or refund policy.  It is imperative that the registration data associated with your race number does in fact belong to you, the participant.  If race organizers become aware that a runner has participated in one of our events with a bib that is not registered to that runner, both the runner and the person for whom the bib is registered will be prohibited from participating in subsequent J & A Racing events for a minimum of two years.

Minimum Two-Year Event Ban for Unauthorized Runners

Our past races have been marred by numerous participants running under the guise of someone else’s race number.  While this may seem harmless to the parties perpetrating the unauthorized bib transfer, it does convey serious consequences to the organizers and participant field alike.

From race results to finishers’ awards being impacted, as well as medical staff being able to correctly identify participants in need of treatment, it is imperative that the registration data associated with your race number does in fact belong to you, the participant.

Thus, if race organizers become aware that a runner has participated in one of our events with a bib that is not registered to that runner, both the runner and the person to whom the bib is registered will be prohibited from participating in subsequent J & A Racing events for a minimum of two years.

9.  Can I defer my entry to next year?
No, we do not allow deferrals for this J&A event.

10.  Can I switch races?
No, you may not switch your 5K Race entry to any other J&A Racing events.

11. I’m registered to run and I’ll be pushing a Rider on the race course.  How do I sign up my Rider to get a Rider Bib?
Only people with a bib will be permitted on the race course.  Riders will need to register for a Rider Bib through their pushers registration, at no charge, at packet pick -up.

12. Are baby joggers, strollers or pets allowed during the race?
If you choose to run with a baby jogger, you must seed yourself in the last corral–behind all other runners and you must register your child at packet pick-up, at no charge, for a Rider Bib. It is your responsibility to make sure your baby jogger does not impede other runners, and you must take extra precaution to ensure your safety, your child’s safety, and the safety of the runners around you. We reserve the right to pull any participant from the race who is endangering other runners or themselves. Pets are not permitted.

13. Why do I need to register for a Rider Bib and what do I get with my Rider Bib?
For your continued safety, it’s important that race officials are aware of each person on the race course.  In a medical situation, your emergency contact information will be obtained from your rider bib.  Rider bibs give you access to the race course only.  Riders do not receive any race swag, including but not limited to; race shirt, medal, finisher item, finisher food, etc.  A rider is permitted to register, at the current registration rate, as a race participant instead of as a Rider if he/she wishes to enjoy all of the race benefits.

14. If I have a child participating in the 1K, will I be able to run with them?

Yes, adults accompanying a child during the 1K will need to sign up for a Guardian bib during their child’s registration in order to be allowed out on the course. Guardian bibs can be secured during the online registration for the 1K and will be picked up at the packet pick-up at the same time the 1K bib is to be picked up.  If you plan to run with multiple children, only one guardian bib is necessary. Each child is limited to one guardian on the course. This bib must be visible and placed on your front, not on your side or on your back, and not obstructed by a jacket. Accompanying adults who are not wearing a guardian bib will be restricted from entering the course. Parents who are already signed up for the 5K can wear that bib on the 1K course.Race shirts and finisher medals are for children with 1K race bibs only. This is a closed-in 1k course and guardians are not needed or required for the children to run.  There will be a secure corral at the finish line where you will meet up with your child after their race.

15. Are pets allowed during the race?
No, pets are not allowed. This is to ensure runner safety and comply with liability insurance policies.

16. Are headphones (iPods, mp3 players, etc) allowed during the race?
Headphones are allowed for any runner who is not competing for a cash prize.  However, we do request that runners abstain from using headphones during the race.

Packet Pick Up:

17. How will I receive my race packet?
You must pick up your race packet prior to the race start. If you are 16 or older, you must have your ID to pick up your race number – NO EXCEPTIONS. We will not mail your race packet before the race. You may pick up your packet during the following time:

4:00PM-7:00PM:  Packet Pick-Up at Bud Metheny Baseball Complex Right Field Picnic Area

9:00 – 10:00 am – Race Day Packet Pick-Up under the East Side visitor team bleachers at S.B Ballard Stadium

18. Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes. If you are unable to pick up your own race packet, you may authorize another person to pick up your packet/bib number. The authorized individual MUST have their own photo ID, a signed and printed authorization form, and a copy of the participant’s photo ID.  The signed authorization form MUST be printed, we will NOT accept any authorization via phone, text message, or any other electronic device.  The copy of the photo ID may be via text, email, or photo copy. NO EXCEPTIONS!  If the authorized individual is missing any of these items, we will not release the packet/bib number.

Click here for the authorization form.
19. Can I register on race day?
Yes, if the race is not sold out, we will allow you to register on race day.

20. Will there be water stops?
Yes, there will be water stops.

21. Where can we park for the races?
We encourage you to arrive early! Free parking is available in the Ted Constant Convocation Center Garages C & D located on Hampton Boulevard. Parking anywhere else may result in your car being towed.

22. Do I need my ID for the finish line party?
You will need a wrist bracelet provided by the Bon Secours In Motion ODU Big Blue in order to drink beer at the finish line festival. You can get this bracelet by showing us your ID at the Friday packet pick-up (special ID Check booth) or at the tailgate.
23. Will there be a dry bag check?
We will have a dry bag check under the visiting team bleachers right near race day packet pick-up. As a safety requirement, every runner will receive a clear plastic bag at packet pick up that MUST be used for your gear check bag. We WILL NOT accept any other bags. All bibs will include a Dry Bag Gear Check tag. Tear the “gear check” tab off your race bib and attach it to your dry bag. Tie your dry bag closed with all clothes you’d like to check inside before lining up to drop your dry bag off . Do not put any items of value in your dry bag, as J&A Racing is not responsible for any items lost. Do not leave any bags unattended.

24. Will there be an awards ceremony?
There will not be an awards ceremony for the race.