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Some of the most frequently asked race questions and answers are below.

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What is the typical temperature for the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon?

The average high for March 20, in Modesto, Calif., is 68 degrees and the average low is 47 degrees. The temperature for the inaugural 2010 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon was 71 degrees for the high and 47 degrees for the low.

Will there be chip timing?


Is the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon course certified as a Boston qualifier?

Certification confirmation has been received. USATF certification code is #CA11016RS full and #CA13006RS half & 5k. It may be used as a Boston qualifier.

Where is race-day registration for the 5K?

Race-day registration will be at the Pikes Building at 11th and M streets, beginning at 6 a.m.   Registration closes at 7a.m. sharp.  Don’t miss out. Save time and money, and avoid the crowds by pre-registering.

Where is race day packet pick-up for the marathon and half-marathon?

Race day packet pick up will be at the Pikes Building, 11th and M streets, beginning at 6 a.m. There is NO race day registration for the marathon or half marathon.

Will there be race day registration available for the marathon and/or half marathon?

No. There will be race day registration for the 5K, but we urge early sign-up to avoid long lines and possibly missing the start.

I am injured and can't run. Can I get a refund or postpone until next year?

No, we have a no-refund policy.  If you would like to give your entry to another runner you must notify race officials before race day.  We can send a receipt for your taxes as a donation to the Teens Run Modesto program.

I signed up and now I can’t make it. Can I give or sell my registration to another runner?

You may give or sell your entry to another walker/runner as long as you notify race officials before race day or at the expo packet pick up. No race day changes. Email changes to: info@modestomarathon.com.

What if I want to change from one event to another?

You must exchange your bib at the Expo and packet pick up, or notify race officials by emailing: info@modestomarathon.com.

Will there be an awards ceremony?

Yes, there will be ceremonies for each event for the overall winners only. If you believe you may have placed in the top 3 in your age group, check the posted results. Age group winners may pick up their awards at the Awards Booth as soon as times are posted.

What is the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon policy on wearing iPods on the course?

We certainly understand your desire to wear an ipod as many ShadowChasers enjoy the same. Choosing to use an audio device will NOT result in disqualification, but you may compromise your safety and that of others by wearing a headset. In accordance with the guidelines set by USATF and the Road Runner's Club of America, we recommend that you do not use ipods or other audio devices during the events. If wearing an ipod or other audio device results in you being unable to hear verbal instructions or commands, or approaching vehicles or course marshals on bicycles, you may be asked to relinquish the device.  We ask that you take responsibility and use good judgment if you opt to wear an audio device. Happy running!

I signed up to run. What do I get?

For the full and half marathons, you will get a Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon a commemorative jacket, a drawstring goody bag, a technical shirt, a finishers' medal, and memories to last a lifetime! 5K participants will receive a shirt and goody bag.

Is there going to be traffic control for the course?

Yes, we plan to have traffic control the whole distance for the entire 7 hours the course is open, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Are jogging strollers allowed during the run?

For the 5K, it would probably be OK if you lined up in the back with the jogging stroller. For the half and full marathons, it seems like a long time to have a baby in a stroller, not knowing the weather and such. However, you are the parent and know your child best. If you do choose to push your child in the longer races, we ask that you stay in the back of the pack at the start so you do not interfere with those who are trying to qualify for Boston or going for a personal record.

Do you have a Clydesdale/Athena category?

Yes, there will be Clydesdale and Athena divisions in both the full and half marathons. Top 3 male and female participants will be awarded. Sign up and weigh in at the Golden Valley Medical booth at the Expo. Clydesdale is for males weighing 200 pounds or more, and Athena for females 160 pounds or more.

Do you have to run the entire half marathon or can you walk parts?

The half marathon is completely “walker friendly,” meaning you may walk the entire course if you so choose, as long as you can complete the 13.1 miles in 7 hours or less. In fact, the ShadowChase Running Club sponsors a walking group. The 5K (3.1-mile) course is also walker friendly. We do not recommend walking the entire full marathon course as it may be difficult to complete in 7 hours. One would need to walk at a 16 minutes per mile pace to complete the course in the allotted time. Many runners, however, DO incorporate walking into their runs in both the full and half marathon races. Good luck!

What happens if I try to run/walk the full marathon course and cannot complete it in 7 hours?

Permits require that we reopen streets by stated times, which may make it unsafe for slow runners and walkers. Also, aid stations have been set up with 7-hour maximum staffing expectations, and volunteers may close up stations before stragglers reach them. With that in mind, we will have a “sag wagon” to safely transport those who are lagging behind the cutoff time to complete the generous 7-hour finish.

What will be the electrolyte drink served on the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon course?

Multiple GU Brew flavors will be on the course: Tri Berry, Vanilla Bean, Strawberry Banana & Mandarin Orange.

What else will be served on the course?

Electrolyte drink and water will be served approximately every 2 miles.  Pretzels at every aid station.  GU will be at 7.6, 12.1, 16.2, 23.8 for the full marathon. GU will be at 7.6, 10.7 for the half marathon. There will also be bananas and oranges at mile 10 & 17.5 and chips at mile 23.5 for the full, and chips at 10.5 for the half.

Where will the aid stations be located?

Aid stations will be located at the following points along the course. The numbers identify the miles from the start of the race.

Full Marathon
1.55, 3.8, 5.5, 7.6, 9.8, 12.1, 14.1, 16.2, 18.4, 20.7, 21.9, 23.8, 25.2

Half Marathon
1.55, 3.8, 5.5, 7.6, 8.8, 10.7, 12.1


Will there be port-a-potties on the course?

Yes!  Every water station will have port-a-potties.

Where do I put my race bib?

Make sure your race bib is safety-pinned to the FRONT of your shirt or shorts and visible! Do not tear off the bottom portion of your bib. We will collect the bottom portion at the finish line so please do not pin it down.

Will there be a place for drop bags?

Yes, we will have a drop bag area near the starting line.

Is there RV parking available?

Yes, at the Modesto Center Plaza parking lot on the corner of 11th and L, entrance on L Street. Parking is $20 per day for RVs and $30 per day for buses.

Where do I park?

Parking is $1 per hour between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., $5 per vehicle between 6 p.m. & 6 a.m.  Modesto Center Plaza Parking: Corner of 11th & L, entrance on L Street.  City of Modesto parking: Corner of 11th and K, entrance on K. Another garage is located on Ninth Street, entrance on Ninth. So if you park at 5:50 a.m. you will be charged $5 dollars for your first hour night parking fee and $1 per hour thereafter.

Will there be childcare available?

Child care will NOT be available. Please do not leave child unattended! There will be a family play area for children hosted by CrossPoint Church with a bounce house, climbing wall, slide, obstacle course and an art center to make signs for friends and family running the marathon.

Will there be entertainment on the course?

Yes. If you would like to volunteer to provide entertainment, please contact Trieste Jakubieck, entertainment coordinator, at triestejakubicek@yahoo.com .

Are you still seeking sponsors for your event?

Yes! Please contact us at info@modestomarathon.com if you would like to sponsor us in any way, from cash to see your business name/logo on advertising and race shirts, to sponsoring a teen runner in the Teens Run Modesto program. We are also seeking items for our runners’ race goody bags. We are also in need of drawing/raffle items/baskets for fund-raising events. Help us put Modesto on the map in a positive manner!

Where is a good place for spectators?

Besides the finish, of course, there are many other good places for cheering on runners. Spectator map is posted on the Course Info page.

Are dogs allowed on the course?

Sorry, no, due to liability and runner safety concerns.

Will there be a photographer on the course?

Yes! There will be professional photographers on the course snapping memories for our runners. Be sure to pick up your FREE photos at the finish line booth or download later online.

Do you have a cut-off for the number of participants?

We are planning for 700 in the full and 1,500 in the half. In the 5K, we do not anticipate turning anyone away, however only those pre-registered are guaranteed a shirt and goody bag.

Do you have a military discount for the marathon?

No, we do not offer a military discount.  We try to keep our prices reasonable so everyone can afford to run.

Is there a minimum age requirement for the half marathon?

Anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Do you have hotel discounts?

Yes, we have arranged discounted room rates at multiple Modesto area hotels. Please see this blog post for details on booking your hotel room.

Will there be a packet pickup for the marathon before race day?

Yes, we encourage all runners to come to the EXPO to pick up their packet. The EXPO takes place the day before the race.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me if I can't make it to the expo?

Yes, you can have someone else pick up your bid and packet at the EXPO. Please send them with a copy of your photo ID and a note signed by you authorizing that person pick up your packet.

Do you offer an option to have my bib mailed to me?

Offering a bib mailing service requires quite a lot of man hours. Because of this, we hadn't implemented any mailing option. Bibs can be picked up at the EXPO or before the start of the race. You can also have someone else pick your bib up for you.

Can I pick up my race packet and bib on the day of the race?

Packet pick up on race day will be available at 6a.m. on 11th & M St at the Pike Bldg. Arrive early enough to get your packet and take it to your car. 7a.m. start time sharp for full and half marathon. 7:20 for the 5k.

Will wheelchair athletes and assisted teams be allowed to compete?

Yes, we will have divisions for wheelchair athletes and assisted teams. They will be starting at 7 a.m., followed by runners and walkers shortly thereafter.

If I didn't pick up my age division finish medal at the race, can I pick it up or have it mailed to me?

If you placed in your age group and didn't pick up your medal, you can have it mailed to you. Please email info@modestomarathon.com to request to have it mailed or to make arrangements to pick it up. Pease provide your name, address, and the place you finished in which age division. There is a $10 charge to mail the medals.