Frequently Asked Questions

How do the heats work for the start of Friday's 5K?

The 2018 St. Cloud Subaru 5K has a brand-new course this year and we will run the race in 5 separate heats. For this year, YOU WILL NOT BE PLACED IN HEATS AHEAD OF TIME!

Instead, when you arrive to the start line, you will self-select the heat that you feel fits you the best, and line up accordingly. You will base your heat selection on your predicted time (this does not have to be exact). Heats are 1-5 and will be based off fastest time to slowest time. Heat recommendations are as follows:

Heat 1: under 8:50/mile pace or 28 minute expected finish time (6:30pm)
  Heat 2: under 10:00/mile pace or 31 minute expected finish time (6:32pm)
Heat 3: under 11:30/mile pace or 35 minute expected finish time (6:34pm)
    Heat 4: under 13:30/mile pace or 41 minute expected finish time (6:36pm)
Heat 5: over 13:30/mile pace or over 41 minute 5K expected finish time and all walkers (6:38pm)

Heats will go off every 2 minutes, starting at 6:30pm on Friday. Times noted above. Your chip time WILL NOT start until you cross the start line timing mats, therefore your true 5K time will be recorded correctly on the results, presented by Granite Equity.

The heats are simply to give you more space to run during the 5K and eliminate congestion during the start. Also note, if you want to run as a group, you still may choose to start together (even if everyone is not in the recommended heat, again, these heats are designed to give you space, and therefore will not affect your overall time). Start location will be along Herb Brooks Lane, just outside the SCSU dome.

How can I download the Earth Day App?

Through our friends at Marco, you can now download the official Earth Day app.

The app is great way to view the weekend schedule, race information and course maps. You can also use it to track your favorite runners in the SCHEELS Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay.

To download the app now, select one of the following options:



Are there refunds?

We do not allow entries to be refunded or transferred. Changing races is allowed until April 6 with a $15 service charge.

Can I pick up my packet on race day morning?

The St. Cloud Tech High School Track and Cross Country Team will provide proxy pickup at Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse on Saturday morning starting at 6 a.m. Cost is $5. All proceeds go to the St. Cloud State University track and field and cross country teams. You do not need to register for proxy pickup. The team will pick up all remaining packets on Friday night and have them available to runners on Saturday morning.

If you cannot pick up your packet on Friday, a friend can pick up your packet with his or her I.D.

Can I register the day of?

Earth Day Run registration will close on April 16 at 11 p.m. We reserve the right to close the race early due to limits on our capacity. Register early to reserve a spot.

Can I wear headphones and an iPod?

Yes, you may wear them for all events. Please be courteous and aware of other runners on the course if you choose to do so.

Are walkers allowed in the Half Marathon?

Yes, walkers are allowed to participate. Traffic control, health and safety volunteers and race officials will vacate the course 3 hours after the start (11:30am). Anyone who continues to run or walk on the course after 11:30am will be doing so at his/her own risk.

Are strollers allowed in the races?

No. To protect the safety of runners we do not allow strollers on the course.

Do I receive a medal?

Participants in the Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K will receive finisher medals. The top three placers of each age group will receive awards for the Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay. The 5K top three placers will receive an award for each age group.

Age groups are as follows: 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69.

Is there a bag drop for the Half Marathon Relay?

(Saturday Only) – The St. Cloud Tech High School Track Team will provide a bag drop on Saturday morning. Please indicate if you are a relay team member. Runners completing the first leg of the relay will find their items at the relay point along with bottles of water for them to have as they finish the first part of the course.

How many aid stations and what is offered?

We have one aid station for Friday’s 5K and six aid stations for Saturday’s half marathon.

Water is at every Aid Station. Powerade is at every Aid Station except the first one. Port-a-potties are at every aid station, except for the one at Mile 8. GU is available at the aid station at Mile 6.5.


Where can I stay?

Check out the St. Cloud Convention and Visitors Bureau for a list of area lodging options.

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