Frequently Asked Questions
As answered by the Race Director and if you have a question send it his way here.
Will we be finishing in Notre Dame Stadium this year?
Not this year. Work on Notre Dame's Campus Crossroads Project continues. A $400 million construction project, that includes more than 750,000 square feet of classroom, research, student facility, digital media, performance, meeting, event, and hospitality space which will be housed in three buildings attached to the west, east, and south sides of the University of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium, will prevent us from finishing in the stadium this year.
Can I walk the marathon?
This is a running race, with volunteers, police, water stops and medical staff all available to help runners. If you walk slower than a 14-minute mile, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN and must use the sidewalks. Because we cannot tie up traffic and people forever, water stops close and streets re-open according to a 14-minute mile. The finish line is taken down at 12:30 p.m. Volunteers disappear and the race director collapses. If you are not sure that you can finish on time, we recommend that you do the half marathon (13.1 miles). It's an equally admirable, worthy and challenging distance.
Can I start early?
No. There are many moving parts to an event this size and by allowing runners out on the course early, those moving parts can be affected.
What time zone are you on?
Eastern Time Zone.
Is the Sunburst Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes! We have our course certified by a United States Track and Field (USATF) measurer so you can hit your Boston Qualifying time.
Can you serve beer at the finish?
It may be the home of the Irish, but this isn’t Ireland. University policy prohibits alcohol at the finish line.
Can I run with my baby jogger?
No wheels of any kind are permitted in any Saturday Run or Walk events. That includes bikes, blades, strollers, joggers, etc. If you are interested in a wheelchair entry, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I run with my dog?
This is a people only event. We will not allow dogs to run.
What is the minimum age to participate?
You must be at least 6 years old to participate in the 5K Fitness Walk, 5K Run, or 10K Run. To participate in the half marathon, you must be at least 12 years of age and at least 16 years of age to participate in the full marathon. Please use good judgement when entering these races and lining up at the start.
If I want to run with my child do I have to pay?
Everyone in the race must be registered.
My cousin's getting married – can I get a refund since I already registered?
Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds for any reason.
Can I switch events?
Yes, all event changes must be made at Packet Pickup or prior. We cannot make changes on race day. There will not be a refund if switching down, and if you are switching up, you will need to pay the difference.
Can I register on race day?
No. We do not offer race day registration. You can register online until 7:00 pm EST, Friday, June 2. Please note, that race day fees are at a higher rate. The earlier you register, the better the savings!
So when is packet pickup?
Friday, June 2, 2017 from noon – 8 p.m. and again starting at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3rd. Location is TBD.
I can't find my confirmation. Can I get a copy?
Sure. Click on this link to get a copy.
Do you have an Expo?
Do we ever! Come check out all kinds of cool stuff during our Fleet Feet Sports Expo and Packet Pickup, noon – 8 p.m. Get yourself some new stuff!
Can my friend pick up my packet?
Yes. Have them bring along a printout of your confirmation email to pick it up.
Do I get a t-shirt?
Don't you have enough already? But yes, of course! However, you'll want to register by April 30th to be guaranteed one.
Do I get a finisher medal?
If you finish the marathon or half marathon, you will receive a finisher medal. Medals are also available to top ten finishers, male and female, open and masters in all timed events.
How about a finisher certificate?
You did it!!! And now you can prove it too by printing your own finisher certificate. Visit this site after the race for details. This service is provided for all timed events.
Do I get a poster?
If you run the marathon or half marathon, yes. All others can buy one at Packet Pickup on Friday or Saturday morning at the Hall of Fame or at the finish. Quantities limited; first come, first served.
Do I get food at the finish?
We got plenty of food! Meijer does a fabulous job – the best you'll find at any race.
What kind of fluid replacement will you have?
Lemon lime Gatorade and water.
Is there a bus back from the finish to the start?
You'll be too tired to walk it, so catch the free shuttle outside the Compton Family Ice Arena for a quick trip back to downtown.
Where can I see results?
All race results will be online by 3 p.m. EDT the day of the race. In an effort to save trees, Sunburst will only publish full results online.
I clicked the wrong t-shirt size? Can you fix that?
With our new registration vendor, RunSignUp, you are able to do this yourself! But if you need help, reach out to us at email@example.com.
Can I use an iPod or similar headset?
Sure, but please be careful. Make sure that you can hear all course and safety instructions from volunteers and police officers.
What if none of these questions are my question?
If you have any questions, use our Contact Us page and we'll answer you. Promise.
I'm injured/scared/can't run, can I transfer my registration to someone else?
No, for all sorts of safety and legal reasons. However, you may defer your registration to the next year. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on deferrals.
What can I do to make the race director happy?
So glad you asked! Pray for nice weather. Thank our sponsors from the bottom of your heart. Thank our great volunteers. And simply remember, it's going to be a great race.