Frequently Asked Questions
How can I download the Earth Day App?
For Earth Day Run 2020, we are partnering with the Sportshive Live app. You can view the weekend schedule, race information and course maps. You can also use it to track your favorite runners in the Cetera Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay.
Please note! If you downloaded the Earth Day App in previous years, you will need to upload the Sportshive Live app to view the latest information for this year’s event.
The Earth Day Run app is sponsored by our friends at Marco. To download the Sportshive Live app now, select one of the following options.
Where should I park?
Where can I stay?
Kick-off your running season in style! Make this a complete destination race by staying in the heart of St. Cloud and enjoying the full CentraCare Earth Day Run weekend, presented by Bernicks!
Review each of these hotels for runner-friendly breakfast specials, late checkout options, parking details and INCREDIBLE rates:
- Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, 100 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud. Book by April 12 for a discounted rate of $104. With this rate, you will have access to complimentary parking and late checkout! If you are registered under the Earth Day Run block, you can stay in your room until 1 p.m. You’ll have plenty of time to attend the after-party and come back and shower before you go. Call today at 320-253-0606.
- Courtyard by Marriott, 404 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud
- Homewood Suites, 115 37th Ave. North, St. Cloud
- Hampton Inn & Suites, 145 37th Ave. North, St. Cloud
Check out the St. Cloud Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information.
Where and when is packet pickup on Friday?
For the Cetera Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, St. Cloud Subaru 5K and Kids Adventure 1K, packet pickup will take place on Friday, September 4, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at River’s Edge Convention Center in Downtown St. Cloud.
Please have one form of identification with you when you pick up your race packet.
You may have your packet picked up by another individual, if you wish. That person will need to present his or her own ID to claim your registration.
For only those competing in the 5K Corporate Challenge on Friday night, team captains for the 5K Corporate Challenge will pick up a packet with all team member materials. Team captains must present photo ID for recording purposes. If you are not a team captain, please find your team captain to collect your race day bib and clothing. Packets are sorted by team name.
Can I pick up my Half Marathon packet on Saturday morning?
We will automatically transfer any Cetera Half Marathon and Cetera Half Marathon Relay packets not picked up on Friday night to our proxy pickup service on Saturday morning. You do not need to register for proxy pickup.
The St. Cloud Tech High School Cross Country Team will provide race packets on Saturday morning starting at 6 a.m. Cost is $5.
- If you cannot pick up your packet on Friday, a friend can pick up your packet with his or her I.D.
- There is no race day registration for the Cetera Half Marathon and Cetera Half Marathon Relay.
Where is the starting line for all races?
All races will start on the St. Germain Street Bridge, located just north of River’s Edge Convention Center in Downtown St. Cloud.
See the following race pages for more details on when each race begins, courses and where each race ends.
How do the heats work for the start of Friday night's 5K?
Important! The 2020 St. Cloud Subaru 5K and GSCDC 5K Corporate Challenge will run the race in 5 separate heats. 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 numbered 1 to 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 — starts race at 6:30 p.m.
- Heat 2: under 10:00/mile pace or 31 minute expected finish time — starts race at 6:32 p.m.
- Heat 3: under 11:30/mile pace or 35 minute expected finish time — starts race at 6:34 p.m.
- Heat 4: under 13:30/mile pace or 41 minute expected finish time — starts race at 6:36 p.m.
- Heat 5: over 13:30/mile pace or over 41 minute 5K expected finish time and all walkers — starts race at 6:38 p.m.
Heats will go off every 2 minutes, starting at 6:30 p.m. 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 on the E St. Germain Bridge, just steps north of the Rivers Edge Convention Center and SCHEELS Health & Fitness Expo.
If I am competing in the Half Marathon Relay, how and where do I meet my partner?
Trobec’s buses will be running three relay shuttles the morning of the half marathon. They will pick up at the Metro Bus Station in Downtown St. Cloud (510 Street South), just 1 block south of our finishline/Stearns Bank Stage/Scheels Expo area. Downtown pick up map is shown below. Buses will begin departing at the start of the half marathon, staggering 5-10 minutes. They will run an out-and-back route to pick people up and drop them off.
If you are running the second leg of the relay, you are encouraged to take these relay shuttle buses to the Half Marathon Relay Exchange Zone.
If you prefer to drive your vehicle over to the Half Marathon Relay Exchange Zone, Life Assembly of God Church has allowed us to use their lots for parking. Please note: Make sure your first leg relay partner can drive the vehicle back to the finish area. Remember, downtown street closures will make it difficult/slower to access downtown and the parking after the race has started.
If you ran the first leg of the race, hop the bus back to downtown and meet your partner at the corner of 10th Avenue and St. Germain Street (right across the street from the Paramount Theatre). You can keep track of where your partner is at through live tracking on our Earth Day Run app. Once you see your partner, feel free to jump in and run with them through the finish!
For more information and to view detailed maps of the Half Marathon Relay Exchange Zone, visit our Cetera Half Marathon Relay race page.
Are there pacers for Saturday's Half Marathon
Thanks to our friends at Midwest Pacers, pacers will be available to assist Cetera Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay participants. Look for them on the course starting with those aiming to finish around 1:30:00 and in five minutes increments — ending with the 2:30:00 pacer.
Are there refunds?
Entry fees are non-refundable. If September 4-5 doesn’t work for you, we are offering free transfers through August. Our new transfer policy allows you to switch races (for example, from a 5K to a half marathon) or to find someone to take your place for the race. We will take care of those requests at no charge.
No changing of races allowed after August 31.
When does registration close?
Earth Day Run registration will close on September 2, 2020 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 (11:15 a.m.). Anyone who continues to run or walk on the course after 11:15 a.m. 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 Cetera Half Marathon and St. Cloud Subaru 5K.
Age groups are as follows: 14 and younger, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 and older.
For the Cetera Half Marathon Relay, the top three teams in the Male, Female and Mixed categories will receive awards.
Are lockers and showers available after races?
St. Cloud Tech High School is on the other side of Lake George, near downtown at 233 12th Ave. South.
They have graciously offered us use of their locker rooms for anyone hoping to change/shower after this weekend’s races. We will have a Trobec’s bus Shower Shuttle (sounds fun doesn’t it?) That will leave the METRO BUS station – at the intersection of 5th Ave. and 1st. Street S. – every 20 minutes, heading back and forth from the locker rooms. You also can walk there if you prefer.
On Friday, after the St. Cloud Subaru 5K – these shuttles will run from 6:45 to 8:30 pm.
On Saturday, after the Cetera Half Marathon – these shuttles will run from 9:45 am to 12:30 pm.
At Tech High School, enter on Door 6 – off of 12th Avenue South, St. Cloud.
You also may use the River’s Edge Convention Center restrooms to change if you prefer to stay on site. Or just stay sweaty and enjoy the great beer and live music! There will be a key drop/bag drop by the packet pick up area.
What are the bag drop details for Friday and Saturday's races?
There will be a bag drop available at River’s Edge Convention Center for the Friday night races. It will be available starting at 4 p.m. Runners should pick up their items by 8:30 p.m.
For Cetera Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay participants, the bag drop service will be available at River’s Edge Convention Center on Saturday morning, opening at 6:30 a.m. Runners should pick up their items by 12:30 p.m.
How many aid stations and what is offered?
We have one aid station for Friday’s St. Cloud Subaru 5K and six aid stations for Saturday’s Cetera Half Marathon.
Gatorade and water will be at every aid station.
Porta potties will be at the aid stations at miles 6, 8 and 10. Honey Stinger is available at the mile 6 aid station.
What tips do you have for spectators?
For Friday night’s St. Cloud Subaru 5K, the race begins and ends near the St. Germain Street Bridge — just north of the River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud. To view the entire race route, download the St. Cloud Subaru 5K Course Map (PDF).
For Saturday’s Cetera Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay, you can catch the beginning at the St. Germain Street Bridge and the finish not far away along West St. Germain Street. See the Cetera Half Marathon Course Map (PDF) and the Downtown St. Cloud guide on our Weekend Maps page.
If trying to watch friends and family at various points during the Cetera Half Marathon, please keep in mind the Weekend Road Closures that will take place due to the race.
You can also track how your favorite Half Marathon participant is doing during the race using the Earth Day Run app. See the first question at the top of this page for details on how to download and view the app for the 2020 Earth Day Run.