Are there awards/medals for the races?
Yes! All finishers for both the Half Marathon and 5K will receive a race shirt and wooden finisher medallion.
In-Person racing will offer awards for the top 3 overall male and female and top 3 in age groups.
<19, 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70–79, 80+
The first place finisher team in each category will receive an award (male, female, co-ed)
I am injured, pregnant, or no longer able to attend the race, can I get a refund?
Entry fees are non-refundable. The only exception that will be made to our “no refund policy” is for those who are on active military duty and are deployed for service (a copy of deployment orders is required).
When does registration close?
Runners can register right up until the race begins. No runner may start the race more than 15 minutes after the starting gun has fired. The fee increases throughout registration season, so runners will save money the sooner they sign up!
In an effort to keep our race green and reduce waste, we have created registrations to allow registrants to opt out of receiving a finisher's race shirt. Cut off date to register for a race with a finisher race shirt included is July 19, 2023. If a participant registers after this date, race shirts may be available for purchase for $10 at the finish line area as product is available. All race shirts not picked up on race day become property of Urban Wildland Half Marathon and 5K.
What/who does this race benefit?
The Urban Wildland Half Marathon and 5K races started in 2003 to save Wood Lake Nature Center's environmental education partnership with the Richfield Public Schools, which was in jeopardy due to cuts in local government aid. Since Wood Lake Nature Center's opening in 1971, Richfield's K-6 students had visited Wood Lake multiple times a year as part of their science curriculum. 100% of the proceeds benefit Wood Lake Nature Center and supports their environmental education programs in the community.
Is the course certified?
The Half Marathon course is certified by the US Track and Field Association and can be used for qualifying times in other races, official results postings, etc.
On average, how many runners participate in the Urban Wildland Half Marathon and 5K races?
The numbers vary from year-to-year, but the average is about 1,000 participants between the two races (roughly 600 for the HM, 400 for the 5K).
I registered for an in-person race, but would like to switch to a virtual race (or vice versa), is this possible?
You can switch to the virtual version of your race by logging into your account at runsignup.com and following the steps to transfer to another race (as long as there are spots available in that race).
If you were signed up for the virtual race but would like to switch to the in-person race, you may also do this but will need to pay the difference in price depending on the timing of the switch (the price increases as race day approaches) and only if spots are available.
All registration changes must be made by race day at 6:30 am.
I have questions about the Virtual Race Result submission process.
Once you're registered for one of our virtual races on runsignup.com, you will receive an email when the results submittal period begins (July 1), directing you to log in to runsignup and submit your results. You will have the opportunity to download a virtual bib, which is also printable.
What is the deadline to submit my Virtual Race finisher time?
The deadline to submit your virtual race time for the 5k and Half Marathon is Noon on the day of the in-person race (the last Saturday in July). Virtual participants can submit their times on the RunSignUp website under their account.
How do virtual participants receive their shirts and medals?
Virtual runners can pick up their race shirts and medals at bib pick up race weekend Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, or Saturday, 5:45-7:00 am at the Richfield Band Shell, 636 East 66th Street. They can also pick up their materials the week after the race at Wood Lake Nature Center (6710 Lake Shore Drive) during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm).
Virtual participants can also opt in to have their shirt and medals mailed to them during race registration (choose the shipping add-on at registration. If you didn't choose shipping and want to add it, log back into RunSignUp and edit your registration to add shipping and pay $10. Must be completed by the last Saturday in July, 6:30 am).
A friend or family member can pick up their items for a participant if they know their first and last name.
How do I know if I am registered?
Log into your account at runsignup.com to see your current registrations. If you're unable to confirm your registration that way, contact John Evans at email@example.com to check on the status of your registration.
Can I exchange my finisher shirt for a different size?
Participants may exchange shirt sizes post race at the merchandise tent based on sizes available.
I need to update my registration information. What should I do? -OR- I'm registered, but I'm not receiving email communications.
To edit your registration, log in to RunSignUp.com. If you encounter any other issues or want to be sure your email address is on the list to receive updates, please contact John Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org
When and where is Packet Pick-Up?
Packet pickup will be held at the Richfield Band Shell (Friday Only), located next to the Richfield Ice Arena where the start and finish line of the Urban Wildland are located. The address is 636 East 66th St Richfield, MN 55423.
Packet Pickup SATURDAY morning of the race will be in front of the Ice Arena building 636 East 66th St. Richfield, MN 55423.
Friday, July 28, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 29, 5:45 to 7:00 am
What's in the Packet?
Participants will pick up their finisher shirt, bib, and chip. A virtual packet with race sponsor information will be sent out to all participants to keep paper waste low.
Digital Bib for Virtual Runners
Virtual runners can generate their virtual bib online under their account at RunSignUp (click the profile icon and choose View Digital Bib).
I am not able to make it to Race Packet Pickup. What are my options?
You may have a friend or family member pick up your packet for you for the Friday packet pickup (they will need to know your first and last name). Otherwise, you may pick your materials on race morning.
Can I defer my entry to next year?
No. Entry deferments are not permitted under any circumstances.
Can I transfer/sell my number to another person?
Yes! Race bibs can now be transferred to another runner for a transfer fee. Please login to your runsignup account and follow the promps to transfer your race bib.
I am not officially registered for the race. Can I run the half marathon/5K anyway?
No. Only officially registered participants, volunteers, and race officials are allowed on the race courses.
Can I switch from one race distance to another?
A registered runner may switch to a different distance or from virtual to in-person (or vice versa) at any time by logging in to RunSignUp and following the procedure for transferring events. If the event to which you are transferring is more expensive, you will be prompted to pay the difference. You will not receive a partial refund for switching to a less expensive race.
The deadline to switch events is 6:30 am on race day. Note that you may miss the opportunity for a race shirt if you're switching events after the deadline passes for runner shirts (two weeks prior to race day).
Where can I park morning of the race?
There is free parking at Richfield Ice Arena parking lot close to the start/finish line of the races. Participants can park along side streets. Parking is not allowed in the lot on the west side of Veterans Park; the Richfield Farmers Market is held there on Saturday mornings and uses the lot. Please do not park in any private business lots including the Legion parking lot.
BIKE & BUS - Participants who bike or bus to the race will receive an Urban Wildland Trucker Hat. Please present your bike helmet or bus ticket to those at packet pickup at the bandshell to receive your hat! Thank you for helping our mission to be a green race. Bike racks will be available at the front of the ice arena entry.
How old do you have to be to run Urban Wildland races?
There are no minimum age requirements to run the half marathon and 5K races. All participants are encouraged to talk with their doctor first before registering for our races.
I want to volunteer! Who do I contact?
Volunteers are crucial to the success of Urban Wildland Half Marathon and 5K races. If you would like to lend a helping hand during, please call us at 612-861-9342 or email us at SRamsay@richfieldmn.gov.
Is there a course time limit for the Half Marathon and 5K?
Yes. We are committed to providing the safest and most positive race day experience possible. Our time limits are set to ensure that runners are protected from vehicular traffic and have the aid station support they need to successfully complete the race. Once the course time limit has been reached, course support, signage, and timing is no longer guaranteed for participants.
Urban Wildland Half Marathon run only = 3.5 hours
Urban Wildland 5K walk/run = 1.5 hour
Are there pace leaders for the half marathon?
We are excited to have the Midwest Pacers at our in-person Half Marathon race. They will be providing pacers for the finishing times below: (times are subject to change day of due to pacer availability).
What is the Race Cancellation/Alteration Policy?
In-person and virtual race entry fees are non-refundable. The only exception that will be made to our “no refund policy” is for those who are on active military duty and are deployed for service (a copy of deployment orders is required).
In-person registrations may choose to transfer to any virtual race distance for same year races at any time for any reason but will not receive a refund for the difference in price point between in-person registration and virtual registration.
Urban Wildland Races reserves the right to cancel, alter, or delay the half marathon and 5K races due to acts of God, severe weather, poor air quality, etc. for the safety of their participants, staff, and volunteers.
What aid/nutrition is available on the Urban Wildland Half Marathon and 5K course?
Urban Wildland Half-Marathon Aid/Water Stations will be located about every 2 miles along the race course with both water and Gatorade available in compostable cups.
The 5K will have one water stop available at Taft Lake.
There will be water and Gatorade available at the finish line. Porta-Potties are available at the start/finish area and along the course at most water stop locations.
We encourage all runners to carry their own water vessels to help reduce waste.
Can I run with a dog/stroller/headphones?
Dogs - Dogs/pets are not allowed on the Half Marathon or 5K course for the safety of all runners/participants and for the narrow sections along the course.
Headphones - Headphones are allowed on both the Half Marathon and 5K courses.
Strollers - We believes a fit family is a happy family and allows strollers on the 5K race course only. Safety requirements include that strollers must start in the back, may not weave through packs of runners, and must always yield the right of way to other runners. For registration for stroller youngsters the guideline is that if they will remain in the stroller for 100% of the duration of the 'race' then no registration or bib number is required for them. If you anticipate that at any point that the child might be moving on the course out of the stroller under their own power, then they do need to register.
Future Urban Wildland Half Marathon and 5K dates?
The Urban Wildland Half Marathon and 5K race dates are held on the last Saturday in July.
July 29, 2023
July 27, 2024
July 26, 2025
July 25, 2026
I need special race accommodations. Who do I contact?
Please email the race director, Brianna Rodgers at email@example.com to discuss race accommodations requests for runners and race participants.
How does team registration work?
New in 2023!
Runners can now compete on teams of 4 or more for the Half Marathon or 5K races! Teams are divided by men's, women's, and coed. Coed requires a minimum of 2 men and 2 women per team. Teams will be scored by the four fastest finishers on their team; coed will score the two fastest men and two fastest women. Team registration makes this a fun option for families, youth teams, schools, and organizations!
The team organizer can choose to set a password for other teammates to be able to join the team. Four or more participants/team is required.
What is the severe weather policy?