Why run an organized race?
Some run races because they love to run in new places. An organized event offers the benefit of a measured, well-marked course with plenty of support from aid stations and course volunteers. Some do it for the camaraderie of being with other runners (quality time with people who don’t think you’re strange). Others sign up so that they have a specific event to train for and then test themselves on the course to see how they are progressing in their training. Lots of people run for the shirt, sport towel, medal or just the bragging rights!
I am a very slow runner. Am I going to be out of place?
You won't be out of place at all! The Bayshore Race welcomes participants of all abilities - including walkers.
Can I wear earbuds?
Yes, but please keep the volume at a safe level so that you can hear other runners and instructions from event personnel. We also ask that you remove at least one earbud when coming to aid stations, in a large crowd or on more technical or difficult sections of the course. The important thing is paying attention to everyone's safety and maintaining basic race etiquette with other runners.
Can my dog run with me?
For the safety of your pet and other runners, dogs are not allowed on course during the race. Your dog cannot let you know if it is hot or thirsty and while running in close proximity to others, the leash will be a trip hazzard. By all means, bring your dog along and it can cheer you on from the Bayshore Community Centre with your family and friends!
If I am not a runner can I still participate?
We encourage runners, joggers and walkers of all shapes, sizes and abilities to come out and join us.
How far is a half marathon?
A half marathon is 21.1k or 13.1 miles. 10k equals 6.2 miles. 5k is 3.1 miles.
Who does the race benefit?
The 2013 Bayshore Race will benefit the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation. For additional information, please visit: oshfoundation.ca.
Where and when can I pick up my race packet?
Advance packet pickup is available at Runners’ Den, 715 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound - Thursday, August 22 - Saturday, August 24 from 9:00am and 6:00pm. You can also register for the race at Runners’ Den those days.
Are there any practice runs planned?
Because of insurance/liability issues, no formal practice runs are planned. Runners are welcome to download and print the course map and run the course independently.
Can I push a stroller?
Runners and walkers may push strollers but must start at the back of the pack.
What is the weather cancellation policy?
Races will proceed unless there is active lightning in the area or the course is closed by the City of Owen Sound or Country of Grey. In the event of a cancellation, entry fees will be considered a donation to the Hospital Foundation.
How many people will take part in the Bayshore Race?
We expect 600+ participants and 70+ volunteers.
When will race results be available?
Early race results will be available approximately ½ hour after the first runner has crossed the finish line. Complete results will be posted here and at chiptimeresults.com on August 26th.
What is a ChampionChip?
A ChampionChip is an identification device used to time athletes. The technology consists of a miniature transponder with a unique identification number packaged in a specially designed capsule. The transponder contains a silicon chip and an energizing coil. The ChampionChip can be used under all weather conditions. There are no batteries in the ChampionChip. The transponder is inactive until moved into a magnetic field, generated by a send antenna in a start/finish mat. When the ChampionChip enters the magnetic field, the energizing coil produces an electric current to momentarily power the chip. The transponder then transmits its unique identification number to a receive antenna. The entire process takes approximately 60 milliseconds.