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. This year we have partnered with RaceJoy to connect runners and spectators for real time phone tracking.
Q: How do I get to Navoti Drive for the Sedona Marathon and where do I park?
A: In 2018, 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)
About the Sedona Marathon Event
Q: How do I pick up my packet?
A: The Sedona Marathon Event has a fantastic Expo and Packet Pick-Up at the ball field at Posse Grounds Park.
Q: Where can I get my results?
A: Go to SMEresults.com 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: No, the Sedona Marathon Event is not a Boston Marathon qualifier, however it is a sanctioned by USA Track & Field (USATF)
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 four races?
A: You must be 18 or older on race day to participate in the Full Marathon distance.
Q: Are port-a-johns available along the Sedona Marathon 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 Sedona Marathon 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, percentage paved/gravel/dirt 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 Sedona Marathon course?
A: Both walkers and runners are invited to participate in the Sedona Marathon Events; however, only officially registered participants are allowed on the course. The course and finish area facilities close at 4:00 p.m. The Sedona Marathon Event 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 Sedona Marathon 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 the Sedona Marathon Event, 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 all of our roads are open to traffic – vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians – during the race.
Q: How many aid stations are on the course?
A: There are 10 aid stations. Aid stations are located approximately every two miles on the Sedona Marathon Event Course. Aid Stations include Water, Gatorade (variety of flavors), Clif Shots (flavor TBA), Bananas, and First Aid supplies.
Q: Where can I find clothes that I dropped on the course during my race?
A: Items will be delivered on Sunday, February 4 to Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in uptown Sedona (331 Forest Road, Sedona, AZ 86336) for pick up on Sunday, February 4 and throughout the week following the race. Unclaimed items will be washed and donated to a local charity.
Q: How is the Sedona Marathon Event 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 Expo with each runner packet.
Q: What is the difference between Gun Time vs. Chip Time
The 2017 Sedona Marathon Events will be timed using chip timing technology and award all Overall prizes (top three) based on gun time as opposed to chip time. Gun time is the time from when the start gun sounds to 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. In addition, we will publish results in finish order based upon chip time. Chip time is the time from when you cross the start line to when you cross the finish line, and 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 number must be worn on the front of your body at chest height – outside of your additional layers – visible from the front please – in order to be read by the timing systems. 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 Sedona Marathon Event course. Please note that the Sedona Marathon Event 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: Is there a facility to shower post-race?
A: Snap Fitness in West Sedona has offered registrants a day pass for only $10. Showers are available. Registrants must show bib to receive this rate.
Q: Where do I pick up my Age Group medal?
A: Top three male and female overall distance winners will receive a custom plaque and Age Group Awards to the top three in each category also receive a commemorative certificate and discount offer to the 2018 event. Note: Age Division Placers: Certificates for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each race’s age divisions will be mailed to the address on your registration.
Q: I haven’t registered yet and am thinking about waiting until January. Will the Sedona Marathon Event sell out?
A: The Sedona Marathon, 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: Our policy does not allow refunds. Registration roll-over’s to the next year is not allowed either.
Q: Can I switch race distances?
A: All registrants who register before Saturday, February 3, 2018 will be timed in the event in which they registered. See these instructions on how to switch event distance click here or email Gail.
After February 1, changes can be made in person at Packet Pick-Up for a $15 change fee. Unintended Race Day switches to a shorter distance must reported to Timing/Scoring immediately upon finishing and can result in runner disqualification.
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.