Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get to Sedona?
A: From Phoenix: Total Distance 119 miles/Estimated Time 2 hours: Option A: Take I-17 north towards Flagstaff (98 miles), Exit at State Route 179* (exit 298), Turn left (west) onto State Route 179, Proceed on State Route 179 to Sedona (14 miles). *State Route 179 is designated as an “All American Road” by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) based on its natural, recreational and scenic qualities. The National Scenic Byways Program recognizes, preserves and enhances selected roads throughout the United States. Click here for more information
Q: Can I bring family and friends?
A: Of course! There is always sightseeing and general activities that appeal to all travelers. Encourage them to stop at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in Uptown Sedona for ideas of things to do or visit VisitSedona.com.
Q: Can I switch race distances?
A: Up through February 5, registered runners can go in to their profile and make a race distance switch. There is no cost for down-switches, up-switches will require paying the incremental cost difference. After February 5, email Gail for direction on making that change onsite at the packet pickup.
Q: How do I get to Navoti Drive for RunSedona and where do I park?
A: In 2021, the parking will be at the Sedona Cultural Park and Sedona High School. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible. Check the website frequently for updated parking, and directions. (Start/Finish line: NEAR 3700 West State Route 89A; Sedona, AZ 86336) We also offer a FREE SHUTTLE between uptown and the race.
Q: Where can I get my results?
A: Go to Race Results after the end of your race. Final official time may take up to 3 days to appear.
Q: Is the Sedona Marathon Event a Boston Marathon qualifier?
A: Yes, the Sedona Marathon Event is a Boston Marathon qualifier. ALL USATF sanctioned events are able to be Boston Qualified, it is your finish time that lets you apply for a Boston spot.
Q: May I bring a stroller on the course?
A: Strollers are allowed only on the 5K course. All people (big & small) on the course must be registered.
Q: Are there any age restrictions to register for any of the three races?
Q: Are port-a-johns available along the RunSedona courses?
A: Port-a-johns will be located at each fluid and each first aid station. Stations are approximately every two miles beginning at mile two. We’ve also added many port-a-johns near the start/finish line at Navoti Drive.
Q: Is medical support available along the RunSedona course and finish area?
A: Yes, Aid Stations providing first aid/medical support are located approximately every two miles along the race course, including one at the start/finish area on Navoti Drive – start/finish line.
Q: Are the Sedona courses hilly or flat?
A: The course is not flat. Sedona is approximately 4,500 feet in elevation and all the courses follow a hilly route. Please click here for maps, profile and other information.
Q: Where is the ADA parking?
A: Please email race management in advance of race day to get your ADA parking permit and a map for the locations.
Q: Are walkers allowed on the RunSedona course?
A: Both walkers and runners are invited to participate in RunSedona; however, only officially registered participants are allowed on the course. The course and finish area facilities close at 2:00 p.m. RunSedona does not have a race walk division. If you choose to walk, please be attentive to running competitors.
Q: Are bikes/strollers/skates/baby joggers/dogs allowed on the RunSedona courses?
A: No. For safety reasons, strollers (except on the 5K route), in-line skates, skateboards, and vehicles of any kind are not permitted. Dogs are NOT permitted (only allowed if they are special needs or service dogs).
Q: At RunSedona, are earphones allowed?
A: USA Track and Field has removed its prohibition on earphones as a sanction requirement – so that’s a guideline for us. But please remember that is it absolutely critical that you be able to hear all motor vehicle and voice sounds above your music since our roads are open to traffic – vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians – during the race.
Q: How many aid stations are on the course?
A: There are 5 aid stations. Aid stations are located approximately every two miles on the RunSedona Course. Aid Stations include Water, Gatorade (variety of flavors), Bananas, and First Aid supplies. Final aid station locations, and type of hydration that may be available will be announced on or before January 1, 2021. Current COVID related restrictions impact what can be offered on-course. Be prepared – BRING YOUR OWN HYDRATION for RACE DAY.
Q: Where can I find clothes that I dropped on the course during my race?
A: Items will be delivered on Sunday, February 7 to Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in uptown Sedona (331 Forest Road, Sedona, AZ 86336) for pick up on Sunday, February 7 and throughout the week following the race. Unclaimed items will be washed and donated to a local charity.
Q: How is RunSedona timed and what is a timing-tag?
A: An electronic device embedded in a small sticker, a timing tag is unique to each bib number and will record a runner’s official time, beginning when a participant crosses the start line and concluding as he or she crosses the finish. Timing tags are affixed to the back of the actual race bib and will be distributed at the Pre-RaceExpo with each runner packet.
Q: What is the difference between Gun Time vs. Chip Time
RunSedona will be timed using chip timing technology.
Awards will be set based on Gun Time — the time from when the start gun sounds until when you cross the finish line, and is deemed by USATF (USA Track and Field) to be the fair measure of a race awards/prizes finish order. Overall results will also be published in finish order based upon Gun Time as well. Chip Times will be listed online, under individual results. To view your Chip Time, simply click on your name in the results. You will find the additional data there. It is considered official for recording your personal best, specific course records, and qualifications for meeting entry standards in other events. Click here for complete competition rules as determined by USA Track and Field.
Remember: NO BIB TAG, NO FINISHING TIME! Your bib has an RFID timing device affixed to the back. You cannot alter the bib number in any way (except by removing the Gear Bag Tag). The bib MUST be worn on the outer-most garment FACING FORWARD and is best attached at waist-to-chest level with only two upper safety pins for effective timing. YOUR BIB MUST BE VISIBLE AT ALL TIMES IN ORDER TO BE TIMED. Safety pins will be provided to you. Please do not hide your bib on your back, on your side hips, under a jacket or we may not be able to provide you with a finish time. Do not bend/fold/cut/alter the bib number and timing tag in any way. NO need to return the bib/tag post-race, it’s yours to keep!
Q: Are service dogs allowed on the course?
A: Yes, a service animal is permitted to accompany the individual with a disability on the RunSedona course. Please note that the RunSedona courses are considered to be fairly challenging and may be difficult for people with a disability. If you are in need of a service animal, you must utilize a harness (held close to the body). An individual who plans to participate with a service animal is asked to notify race management prior to the event.
Q: Where do I pick up my Age Group medal?
A: Based upon current COVID restrictions, there are no Awards Ceremonies scheduled on race day, and due to the pending Permit any Age Group awards are TBA, and will be mailed in early March 2021.
Q: I haven’t registered yet and am thinking about waiting until January. Will RunSedona sell out?
A: RunSedona Half Marathon and 10K distances do have a maximum cap for participants. Last year, we nearly met capacity of the races. We anticipate another great year and encourage all participants to register early. By registering early, you help us better determine nutrition, safety and merchandising needs for our runners. The 5K distance does not have a participant limit.
Q: Are refunds allowed?
A: All EVENT Permits are pending, and there are NO registration refunds being offered. In consideration of the ongoing COVID-related uncertainties, registrations will be transferred to the 2022 event. NO exceptions.
Other terms and conditions:
Once you have entered a race, your entry fees are non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable, under any and all circumstances, including, but not limited to, cancellation of the event or of your participation, or change in the date, nature, or format of the event. An event may be cancelled or changed due to severe weather or other factors that threaten the safety of participants, staff, or volunteers.