FAQ

General Questions

What time should I arrive on race day?

We encourage all participants and spectators to arrive prior to 7:00am to ensure parking availability and allow for adequate time to drop off bags, warm up, and get to the start corrals.

What are the event start dates and times?

For our full event schedule, click here.

Where can we park for the races?

All parking lots adjacent to the Hampton Roads Convention Center will be available for parking.

What can I do before and after the race?

There are many fun things to do during race weekend. Click Here to find activities.

What will the weather be like in Hampton during October?

The average high is 70 degrees and the average low is 52 degrees during October.

Registration Information

Can someone else run with my race bib?

No. Race bibs must be worn by the registered participant. If you are unable to participate, your race registration must be officially transferred to another participate or deferred. This policy is strictly enforced for the safety of our participants and to enable us to provide medical care in the case of an emergency.

If a participant is caught running with a bib that does not officially belong to them, they will be banned from all future J&A Racing events.

Will I receive a refund if I cannot attend?

Refunds are not provided unless you purchased race insurance. Information about race insurance can be found HERE.

Can I register on race day?

We will NOT have race day registration. If the race has not sold out, we will have registration for the Half Marathon, 5K, and Kids Kilometer at the Expo the day before the event during packet pick-up. We will accept cash or credit cards during Expo registration.

What do I get for my entry fee?

Visit the following pages to learn about all the race perks:
Half Marathon
5K
Kids 1K
Shell Yeah! Challenge

Packet Pick-Up

Can I have my race packet mailed?

For a fee of $35, we can mail you your packet. To learn more about packet mailing, click here.

Where can I pick up my race packet?

1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Can someone pick up my packet for me?

Yes.  If you are unable to pick up your own race packet, you may authorize another person to pick up your packet/bib number. The authorized individual MUST have their own photo ID, a signed and printed authorization form, and a copy of the participant’s photo ID. The signed authorization form MUST be printed, we will NOT accept any authorization via phone, text message, or any other electronic device. The copy of the photo ID may be via text, email, or photo copy. If the authorized individual is missing any of these items, we will not release the packet/bib number, NO EXCEPTIONS. CLICK HERE for the authorization form.

Race Information

Are hydration packs allowed on the course?

Yes. We allow hydration packs on our course.

Are there porta-potties on the course?

Port-a-potties are located near the start line, at every water stop on the course, and at our post-race party.

Where will my results be posted? Do you have runner tracking?

Results can be found HERE after the race.

We will provide live Athlete Updates for the Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Kilometer.  You can sign up via the website once the first round of Bib Numbers are assigned (mid-September).

On race day we provide the following updates:

Half: 5K, 10K and Finish

5K: Finish

Kids Kilometer: Finish

Will there be an awards ceremony? What are the award categories?

No, awards will be mailed to all recipients after the event. Click here for a complete listing of the overall and age group awards.

Are the Courses Certified by USATF?

Yes.  Half Marathon USATF #: Info can be found here   |   5K USATF #: info can be found here

Will there be Pace Groups?

Yes. Click here for more information about Pace Groups.

Do I need my ID for the finish line party?

You will need a wrist bracelet provided by the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon and 5K in order to drink beer at the post-race party. You can get this bracelet by showing us your ID at the Expo (at the special ID Check booth) or at the post-race party. Registered Half Marathon participants (ages 21 and over) get 4 free craft beers and 5K participants (ages 21 and over) get 2 free craft beers at the post-race party. Beer will also be available for purchase for spectators or runners.

Will spectators be allowed to view the finish?

Yes, there will be plenty of space to view your runner finish in front of the Convention Center.  We also invite you to stay and enjoy the post-race party.

Is there a dry bag check?

Yes, we will have a dry bag check for the Half Marathon and the 5K.  Bags must be picked up immediately following your race in the same area you drop your bag off. You MUST use the clear bag you receive at packet pick-up. For security reasons, no other bags will be accepted. We WILL NOT accept any other bags. All Half Marathon and 5K bibs will include a gear check tag that will need to be removed from your bib and tied to the bag before you turn it into gear check on race morning. J&A Racing is not responsible for any lost items, so please do not leave valuables in your dry bag.

Will there be hydration and energy gels on the course?

There will be Gatorade Endurance Formula, lemon lime flavor, at all water stops.  Energy Gels will be handed out in a variety of flavors on the course for the half marathon. Make sure you train with them if you plan on using them on race day.

Are headphones (iPods, mp3 players, etc) allowed during the race?

Headphones are allowed for any runner who is not competing for a cash prize; however, we strongly encourage participants to abstain from using headphones during this race.

Are baby joggers, strollers, or pets allowed during the race?

Baby Joggers/Strollers
Yes, baby joggers and strollers are allowed. You must include your child’s information during your registration (there is no additional charge). If you did not include your child during registration, please visit the Customer Service Booth at the Sports & Fitness Expo to add your child.

Baby joggers and strollers are not allowed in corrals 1-2, so you must be in corral 3 or higher and place yourself at the back of your assigned corral. It is your responsibility to make sure your baby jogger/stroller does not impede other runners, and you must take extra precaution to ensure your safety, your child’s safety, and the safety of the runners around you. We reserve the right to pull any participant from the race who is endangering other runners or themselves.

Pets
Pets are not permitted in any of the J&A Racing events.

Are there time limits?

Yes, we will have plenty of participants who will walk.  The 13.1 mile course will be open for 4 hours, which equates to a 18:19 minute per mile pace. Participants on the 5K course must maintain a 20 minute per mile pace.

What are the age limits for each race?

You must be 12 years of age to run the Half Marathon. We encourage participants of all ages to join us for the 5K. (Parents or guardians are encouraged to run with their minor children but must be registered for the race.  Responsible adult family members must be present at the finish to receive their minor children as there will be no additional security beyond the secured finisher’s area, and no specific parent/child reunion area.) The Kids Kilomter is limited to children 12 and under.

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