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Frequently Asked Questions


What precautions are you taking in regards to COVID-19?

We are evaluating all aspects of the race and implementing several new measures to help keep our participants, partners, volunteers and staff safe. We ask that everyone follow the protocols we implement, such as: social distancing, frequently washing and sanitizing your hands, wearing a face mask in required areas, staying home if you have any possible COVID symptoms (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, recent loss of taste or smell, body aches, headache, sore throat or fever).

Packet pickup and race day will look very different from previous years. However, safety is our top priority. Newly added measures are being made to help keep everyone safe and healthy while still allowing us to do what we love… run/walk, celebrate our accomplishments and support Beacon Children’s Hospital.

Please note: In areas that face masks are required – – Refusal to wear a mask (or wear it properly) will forfeit the opportunity to participate. It is your responsibility to provide your own face mask.        

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Do I get a t-shirt?

As long as you are registered on or before July 15th, you are guaranteed a shirt. If you miss the deadline you are welcome to stop by the T-Shirt Table at packet pickup where extra shirts will be available on a first come/first serve basis.

Are kids able to participate? 

Yes – if they meet age requirements. To participate in the 5K or 10K, they must be at least 6 years of age on race morning. To participate in the half marathon, they must be at least 10 years of age on race morning.

Are strollers allowed?

No – due to safety concerns, no wheels of any type are allowed in any event. In addition, items like baby wraps, slings – any type of carrier – are also not allowed as all participants need to be a minimum of 6 years of age on race morning.

Are pets allowed?

No – although we love dogs, due to safety concerns, they are not allowed in any event.

Can I run with headphones?

Yes – but please be careful doing so. Be sure that you are able to hear your surroundings and you are able to listen for instructions from police and other race personnel.

Instead of running, can I walk the half marathon, 10K run, or 5K run?

The course closes on an 18 minute mile. If you were to walk any of these events slower than an 18 minute mile all course support would stop and roads would reopen to traffic. If you plan to walk, we recommend you register for the 5K walk.

What kinds of fluids are on the course?

Due to COVID-19, our water stops will not have any open cups. Instead, you’ll find small bottles of water that you will need to open yourself. There will be one stop (#3) on the half marathon course that also has small bottles of Gatorade. To see the location of all water stops – see map for more information.

Both bottled water and Gatorade will be available for all participants at the finish.

Where can I find bathrooms?

Port-a-Potties will be available in the South Bend Cubs Performance Center parking lot and near various water stops – see map for more information.

Where can I wash or sanitize my hands?

Handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available throughout the start/finish area and at each water stop along the course. Please use them frequently!

Where should the bib be placed?

On your front side, on the torso area.

Do I need to wear my Sunburst race shirt?

No – you certainly can and many do, but you are free to run in whatever you feel most comfortable in.

Will there be photography on the course?

Yes – be prepared to smile for the GameFace Media photographers! There will be several of them along the course. You will receive an email a few days after the race with a link to your free photos. 

Will you have gear check available? 

No – due to both declining interest and COVID-19 we will not offer gear check this year.

Where can I find medical and first aid?

Michiana Bike Patrol will be on the course with first-aid needs (look for individuals on bikes wearing red vests). A full medical tent will be also be available at the start/finish. Additionally, we will also have a small, secondary medial tent on the 10K and half marathon courses.

Can I register on race day?

As long as we have not hit our participant cap in the event you’d like to run, yes you can.  Give yourself extra time to complete this process and please be aware that there will not be a race shirt available for you. We do recommend that participants register prior to race day.

What happens if I’m on the course and the race is cancelled due to severe weather?

If the race is cancelled (“black flagged”) report to the nearest water stop. Shuttles will head to each water stop to pick up runners and take them back to Four Winds Field. All shuttles will be stocked with disposable face masks and all participants will be required to wear a mask – – either their own or one that is provided to them. Refusal to wear a mask (or wear it properly) will forfeit the opportunity to ride on the shuttle.

I need to a book hotel, can you recommend one?

We can, please visit hotel options here.

Where can I find course maps?

Course maps are available online and will be posted on large easels at Packet Pickup and the start.

Corporate Teams

Why create a Corporate Team?

Because running or walking the same race as your co-workers and friends is a blast! While you won’t be able to offer hugs and high-fives of congratulations, still nothing beats that festive feeling of comradery, community, accomplishment, and support – – even while social distancing.

Do all members of our team have to run the same race?

No – your team members can run whatever events they want.

What if we don’t have at least 10 team members?

You can still create a team. A total of 10 members are needed for the customized race shirts (logo printed on the sleeve).

What benefits do Corporate Teams receive?

Due to COVID-19 we’ve had to adjust the benefits we are able to offer to Corporate Teams. Perks include the following:

  • Cross Country Style Scoring for the 5K and 10K (must have at least 5 participants in these events)
  • Customized race shirts with logo printed on the sleeve (must have at least 10 total team members)
  • Expedited Packet Up for Team Captains (must communicate this option prior to Packet Pickup)
  • Access to the Corporate Tent sponsored by Jimmy John’s. While maintaining social distance, you’ll be able to pop in the tent, grab a sandwich and chips and then head back out. Due to COVID-19, we are not able to offer the typical seating inside the tent.


Does it cost extra?

Yes – because of the extra benefits Corporate Team members receive, pricing is slightly higher than individual pricing. Any discounts offered do not apply to Corporate Teams. The events are priced as follows:

  • Half Marathon – $85
  • 10K Run – $45
  • 5K Run – $40
  • 5K Fitness Walk – $32.50


What if I’m already registered and not on a Corporate Team?

You can still join. Whether you want to create your own team or join an existing team (make sure you have the captain’s permission), just email us: and we’ll get you taken care of.

Is there a deadline to register?

Yes – Corporate Team registration closes on June 30th at 11:59pm. No team members can be added after the deadline – no exceptions.

How do we pay?

Each Corporate Team will need a captain (someone to rally the troops and keep things organized). The captain will determine whether the team or the individual will pay (and if family members can join the team, etc.). If the team pays, we will send an invoice after the June 30th registration deadline. If the individual is responsible for payment, it will be due upon registering.

Packet Pickup

When and where is packet pickup?

Packet pickup takes place on Friday, August 7th from 12pm-8pm in the Discovery Ballroom at the Century Center located (120 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601). Please note there is a $5.00 parking fee. To avoid that fee, most downtown garages offer free 2-hour parking.

While you’re there to pick up your packet, check out the items available in the Fleet Feet retail space. Please note that social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols will be in place. In addition, we will not be offering our typical Expo with vendors.

Can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes – just be sure to share your bib number with the person picking up your packet.


Where is the start line?

All events begin and end at Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs, near the Performance Center, located at: 525 S. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN  46601

What time do the races begin? 

Due to COVID-19 and the necessity to practice social distancing, we will be utilizing an open or rolling start.  With this type of start, participants are able to begin their race when they feel comfortable doing so – – there will be not be a chute of runners lined up or an official signaled/gun start. Instead, participants will enter the start area when they *desire (see note below) and will have the opportunity to start their race when the area is clear of other runners and walkers. Please follow the announcements that are made and the instruction of race officials regarding the start – NO GROUPS MAY BEGIN TOGETHER. For the safety and well-being of all involved, the only individuals that should consider starting/running together are those that live together in the same household.

Timing will begin and end when a participant crosses the start and finish timing mats.

*In order to finish within the 18 minute mile pace, all participants will need to start their race within the timeframes listed below:

  • Half Marathon 6:30am-7:45am (700 participant limit)
  • 10K Run 6:30am-9:00am (700 participant limit)
  • 5K Run 6:30am-10:00am (1,950 participant limit)
  • 5K Fitness Walk 6:30am-10:00am (950 participant limit)

The start line opens at 6:30am and closes at 10:00am. The finish line will remain open until 11:30am.

In thinking about your plan for arrival and starting your race, please allow ample extra time for parking, entrance into runner only areas, use of restrooms, etc.

Where should I park on race morning?

Parking will be available in the Four Winds lots, excluding the Performance Center lot. Should parking be full, open downtown garages and spaces may be utilized at the appropriate fees.

How early should I arrive?

We recommend arriving a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the closing of your start time window if you have picked up your packet/bib prior to race morning. Should you need to pick up your packet, use the restroom, switch to a different event, etc. – definitely allow extra time.

Are you having pacers again this year?

No – while pacers are very helpful, due to COVID-19, the open/rolling start and the inability to appropriately social distance while running with a pacer, we are unable to provide that service this year.


Will the race finish inside Notre Dame Stadium again? 

No – This year because of COVID-19, Sunburst Races will not finish at Notre Dame Stadium. The races will be starting and ending at Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs.

Do I get a finisher medal?

All half marathon and 10K finishers will receive a medal. We also offer top medals for our timed events: 5K run, 10K run, and half marathon.

Is there a certain pace I need to maintain?

Yes – the course closes to runners and reopens to vehicle traffic according to the slowest allowable pace of an 18 minute mile. Water stops will also close according to that pace. The finish line is the last section of the course to close at 11:30am. Please understand: the course and all runner support close on a rolling basis. If you fall behind the 18 minute mile, proceed at your own risk. 

What if I can’t finish?

Head to the nearest water station and inform the R.A.C.E.S volunteer that you’d like to drop out.

How will you handle awards?

With our open/rolling start all awards will be based off chip timing. Because of this type of start, placing will change throughout the morning. All placements and award winners should be finalized by 2pm on race day. There will be no awards distributed onsite, but rather winners will be contacted via email the week following the race.

Where is the best place to find additional race related information?

The two best places to find information is right here as well as the emails that come from As we get closer to race day more and more emails will be sent. While we know it can be tempting to unsubscribe from the mailing list, we would encourage you not to do that so you don’t miss important information and updates.