Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about Run The Farm:
Q: When is Run The Farm?
A: Next race will be October 27, 2013.
Q: How do I register online?
A: Registration will open for the October 2013 race in mid-July 2013.
Q: Do you have a course map?
Q: What is the kids course?
A: See the kids race description for details.
Q: Where is Muscoot Farm?
A: It is on Route 100 in Somers, NY. Check Directions page for map and directions.
Q: What is the registration cost?
A: 5 mile trail run is $30. Kids trail run is $15.
Q: What happens if it is raining/threatening rain? Is there a rain date?
A: No rain date… All races are run rain or shine. The Muscoot farmer’s market is only open through October and there is already another event scheduled for the final October weekend. Weather is a fact of life and is always a factor with any outdoor event. It makes for an interesting and unique experience if it is pouring rain so please dress (you and your kids) appropriately — and have a change of clothes handy. If it is raining the farmers will appreciate your patronage even more than usual since rain really puts a damper on farmer’s market traffic!
Q: How do I confirm a registration?
A: You should get an email confirmation right away from RaceIt.com when you register. If you do not, it could be that you typed your email address incorrectly or the message was trapped in a spam filter (check your spam folder if you have one).
You can also check the registration list page by clicking here (will update link for 2013 when we open 2013 registraion). You can also use this form to re-send your confirmation email. Please contact us if you had any problems or if you have questions.
Q: Do I have to register if I want to run with my young child in the kids race?
A: No need to register to accompany your child during the kids run (note: they should be registered and pick up their race bib for the kids race!). We encourage the younger kids to run with a parent or older sibling as an ‘escort’ to help them out. The course is long enough (0.6m or 1k) that the younger kids may get winded and have to take a break. In case they want to go solo we will have course marshalls to keep them on the right track.
Note: the older heat for 7-12 year olds shouldn’t need escorts — but if you are more comfortable accompanying them then please start towards the back of the group. The course is well marked with course marshalls at each turn so the kids won’t get lost.
Q: Will there be same day registration?
A: Last year we closed online registration a week before the event and encourage you to register early. We did accept a limited number of walk in registrations in 2011 very early in the day but we may not be able to accommodate walk ins this year. Kids medals nearly ran out last year and we don’t want any kids to go home empty handed! Your best bet is to register online in advance.
Q: How much are T-shirts for the event?
A: Adult Cotton T-shirt is $20. Kids cotton T-shirt is $15.
Q: Why are t-shirts extra?
A: Run The Farm, like the Leatherman’s Loop, is completely runner supported with no sponsors. The t-shirts are one of a kind and have no ads on them at all. We will have a limited quantity of shirts available for purchase at the event if you would like to wait to decide to purchase the shirt.
Q: I am entered in the race but did not purchase a t-shirt and I would like to order one before the event, how can I do this?
A: It is much better to pre-order with your registration which guarantees that your shirt and size will be there waiting when you pick up your bib. However, if you forget to order — or change your mind — contact us and let us know your size preference before we place the shirt order (around October 10th). We can put a note on your bib and “reserve” a shirt that you can pay for when you get to bib pickup. We will be ordering a few extra shirts so if you did not place an order with your registration, come early to pick up your bib and we will hopefully have a shirt in your desired size that you can purchase. No guarantees however. It is best to pre-order with registration.
Q: I am entered in the race but can’t attend. Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my entry to a friend? Can I defer my entry until next year?
A: No, registration is non-refundable and non-transferable. We do not carry over registrations from year to year.
Unfortunately we do not offer refunds or deferments for the race. We get a number of no-shows and do not have staff to handle all of the potential requests — everyone involved with the race is a volunteer. Our policy is a no refund no exchange one so we don’t have to hire staff to process refund requests which would cause us to raise the entry fees across the board. Nobody wants that.
See this page for some other reasons why (excerpt below):
In essence, we hope you understand our simple approach meets our desire to do four simultaneous things:
• Put on a top quality event;
• Keep the registration fees modest;
• Maximize the efforts of our volunteers toward race-related duties; and
• Raise money to improve [the trails and farm]
Proceeds after expenses are donated to Friends of Muscoot, Art in the Parks, the Trailside Museum at Pound Ridge Reservation, and other charities.
Q: Why do you list Muscoot Farm as being in Somers and Katonah? Which one is it?
A: It is located in Somers but has a Katonah mailing address. It is in the Somers Fire District and we are pleased to welcome the Somers Fire Department EMS crew to the event!
Q: Can I bring a dog with me to the farm and run the course with him/her?
A: No – DOGS are NEVER allowed at Muscoot Farm. Muscoot is a working farm and the animals there are spooked by unknown dogs. Also, dogs not familiar with the farm animals may become excitable and unpredictable with all of the sights, sounds, and smells that are new to them. Please understand that the purpose of the farm is not compatible with your dog. Please please please leave your dog at home for this event!
Q: How is the race timing done?
A: We use bibs and tear tags along with a computer timing system. Runners are timed when they cross the finish line and their tear tags are collected at the end of the finish chute. See this detailed explanation if you have more questions.