FAQ

Are there any course changes in 2014?
Do I get a free t-shirt?
When does registration close?
Where and when do I pick up my race number?
Will I receive any confirmation once I register?
What happens if for some reason I cannot run the race?
Will the race be cancelled for any reason?
What if I wish to change from the 5K to the 10K or the reverse?
What if I register for either the 5K or 10K and want to change to the 2K?
Can I run both the 5K and 10K?
During the 5K and 10K, will my family be able to see me out on the course?
My family will be with me. What events can my children participate in?
How many water stations will there be?
What if I can't finish the race?
What will the weather be like?
Can I wear headphones during the race?
Can I push a stroller or run with my dog during the race?
Can I set up an on-site booth for sales or promotions?

Are there any course changes in 2014?
A new 10K course debuted in 2006 to resounding praise from participants. The route this year will continue to use this same course.

Do I get a free t-shirt?
All runners (Tots, 2K, 5K, 10K) receive a free t-shirt if we receive your registration by Saturday, April 12, 2014. If your on-line or postmarked entry is after that date, you can get a shirt on a first come, first served basis AFTER the start of the 10k. Sizes are not guaranteed after Saturday, April 12, 2014. We urge you to register early to guarantee a shirt.

When does registration close?
On-line registration closes  4/25/2014 at 5:00 PM. You can register in person on Saturday, April 26 between 10 am and 1 pm and Sunday, April 27 starting at 9am at the Groton-Dunstable Middle School. Late fees will be charged for race weekend registration.

Where and when do I pick up my race number?
You have two options:

  • You can pick up your race number on  Saturday, April 26 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Groton-Dunstable Middle School.
  • You can pick up your race number prior to the race on Sunday, April 27 starting at 9 am.

Will I receive any confirmation once I register?
If you've registered online you will receive a confirmation email. Please print out your receipt and bring it when you pick up your race number. If you register by mail and provide your email address you will also receive a confirmation email. You can email us at registration@grotonroadrace.com to confirm your registration status.

What happens if for some reason I cannot run the race?
Groton Road Race does not offer refunds or permit name changes to an entry.

Will the race be cancelled for any reason?
In our history we've never cancelled the race. It will be run rain or shine, unless there is an event such as an Act of God or the Town of Groton deems it unsafe. The race committee will take under advisement rescheduling or offering refunds after that time.

What if I wish to change from the 5K to the 10K or the reverse?
You can run either race without penalty or additional entry fees. You do not need to notify race organizers that you're switching events.

What if I register for either the 5K or 10K and want to change to the 2K?
No problem, you don't need to change your number or registration fee. The 2K is a self-timed event.

Can I run both the 5K and 10K?
Yes, you can, but you'll need to register and pay an entry fee for each event. You will get two bibs/chips. Each timing chip is programmed for only one race and your results will not be captured if you wear it for a second race.

During the 5K and 10K, will my family be able to see me out on the course?
Both race-courses are closed to traffic. If your family wants to see you during the race, they should get into position before the race starts.

My family will be with me. What events can my children participate in?
There is a Tots' Trot and 2K for children. Children through 6 years old can run in the Tots' Trot and runners of all ages can run in the 2K. The Tots' Trot has a limit of 400 children and it fills to capacity each year.

How many water stations will there be?
In the 5K there will be a water stop at approximately the 2-mile mark. The 10K will have water at the 2- and 4-mile marks. Both races have water available at the starting corral. The 2K has water at the finish line.

What if I can't finish the race?
There will be support vehicles on the course for any medical emergencies.

What will the weather be like?
Temperatures are typically in the 40s to 50s in late April. However, New England weather is known for its unpredictability so be prepared for anything! We haven't had any snow in the race's 16-year history.

Can I wear headphones during the race?
For insurance and safety reasons, we ask that you leave your headphones, CD and MP3 players at home for use during your training runs.

Can I push a stroller or run with my dog during the race?
For insurance and safety reasons, both for yourself and other runners, please do not bring strollers or dogs onto the race course.

Can I set up an on-site booth for sales or promotions?
The Groton Road Race reserves the Groton Middle School campus, including the gymnasium, track, fields, access driveways and parking lots, for the weekend of the races. Space is quite limited and is planned to the square foot for the operations of the race. Space is reserved for our major cash sponsors and to groups who are directly assisting in the race. During race weekend the Race does not make space available to parties not directly involved in the race.