FAQ

General Questions

How can I sign up for the race?

Click here for online registration.

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.

If I have a child participating in the Kids Kilometer, will I be able to run with them?

Yes, adults accompanying a child during the Kids Kilometer will need to sign up for a guardian bib during their child’s registration or at packet pick-up in order to be allowed on the course. Guardian bibs must be picked up with the child’s Kids Kilometer bib at packet pick-up.  If you plan to run with multiple children, only one guardian bib is necessary. Each child is limited to one guardian on the course. This bib must be visible and placed on your front, not on your side or on your back, and not obstructed by a jacket. Adults who are not wearing a guardian bib will be restricted from entering the course. Race shirts and finisher medals are for children with 1K race bibs only. This is a closed-in 1K course, so guardians are not needed or required for children to run.  If you choose not to run with your child, there will be a secure corral at the finish line where you will meet up with your child after their race.

Why do I need to register for a Rider Bib and what do I get with my Rider Bib?

If you are pushing a stroller and a rider on race day, it’s important that race officials are aware of each person on the race course. The rider can be registered during registration or at the Expo for no additional charge. In a medical situation, your emergency contact information will be obtained from your rider bib.

Rider bibs give you access to the race course only.  Riders do not receive any race swag, including but not limited to; race shirt, medal, finisher item, finisher food, etc.  If  a rider would like to enjoy all of the race benefits, the rider is permitted to register, at the current registration rate, as a race participant instead of as a Rider.

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

If you choose to run with a baby jogger, you must seed yourself in the back of your assigned corral behind all other runners and you must register your child through the pusher’s original registration, at no charge, for a Rider Bib. Baby joggers are not allowed in corrals 1 or 2.  It is your responsibility to make sure your baby jogger 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 are not permitted.

Can I defer my entry to next year?

Learn more about deferring your race entry HERE.

Will I receive a refund if I cannot attend? Can someone else run with my number?

If you purchased the Registration Fee Reimbursement Plan with Allianz Global Assistance during registration, you may be eligible for a refund through that service. Click Here for a list of what they cover. Click here to file your claim or call  1-866-884-3556

Without the Registration Fee Reimbursement Plan, there are absolutely NO refunds, even in the event of race cancellation, NO exceptions.

There are two options for transferring your current race registration to another person. Click here for details.

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.

Are the races walker friendly?

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 the races?

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 1K is limited to children 12 and under.

How can I sign up for the event?

Click here to register now.

What do I get for my entry fee?

Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon

  • Short-Sleeve Technical Shirt
  • Finisher Gift
  • Unique Finisher Medal
  • 4 Free Beers (ages 21 and up)
  • Kickin’ Corn and Crab Chowder from Baker’s Crust
  • Entry into our Craft Brew Fest

Crawlin’ Crab 5K

  • Short-Sleeve Technical Shirt
  • Unique Finisher Medal
  • 2 Free Beers (ages 21 and up)
  • Kickin’ Corn and Crab Chowder from Baker’s Crust
  • Entry into our Craft Brew Fest

Shell Yeah Challenge

  • Half Marathon & 5K Perks
  • Additional Shell Yeah Challenge Medal

Kids Kilometer

  • Cotton T-shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • Entry into our Post-Race Party

The Virginia Beer Mile

  • Finisher Medal
  • Trucker Hat
  • Entry into our Post-Race Party

Please bring your race number with you to the post-race party as that is your ticket for food and beer.

 

Packet Pickup

Can I have my packet mailed?

For a fee of $25, we can mail you your packet. Please click on this option during registration.  If you are already registered and would like to add it to your registration, please click here. The packet mailing option will close on September 3, 2018. Packets will be mailed out the week of September 19th.

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 5K, 1K and Half Marathon on at the Expo the day before the event during packet pick-up. We will accept cash or credit cards during Expo registration.

Where is the Hampton Roads Convention Center?

1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Can someone else 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.

How will I receive my race packet?

You must pick up your race packet prior to the event. If you are 16 or older, you must have your ID to pick up your race number – NO EXCEPTIONS.  CLICK HERE for information on packet pick-up.

 

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.

If you cannot pick up your packet during the Expo hours and do not have someone else that can pick it up for you, for a fee of $25, we can mail you your packet. Please click on this option during registration. If you are already registered and would like to add it to your registration, please click hereThe packet mailing option will close September 3 at 11:59PM. Packets will be mailed out the week of September 19th.

Race Information

Are the Courses Certified by USATF?

Yes.  Half Marathon USATF #: VA12041RT   |   5K USATF #: VA13031RT

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.  All beer sales proceeds go to the Noblemen.

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 take part in the post-race party.

Is there a time limit?

Yes, participants in the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon are limited to 4 hours, an 18:19 minute per mile pace. Participants on the 5K course must maintain a 20 minute per mile pace.

What times do the roads re-open?

View road closure information HERE.

What time should I be there?

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 in the start corrals.

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.

 

What are the event start dates and times?

5K: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8:00AM

1K: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9:30AM

The Virginia Beer Mile: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 12:00PM

Half Marathon: Sunday, October 7, 2018, 7:30AM

What are the pace times for each corral?

Check back for a list of corrals and predicted finish times.

Where can we park for the races?

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

Will there be Gatorade 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.

Will there be water stops?

Yes, there will be water stops approximately every 2 miles on the course.

Awards

Where will photos of the race be posted?

Marathonfoto Photography pictures can be found HERE after the race.

Where will my results be posted and 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 1K.  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

1k: Finish

 

Will the race be timed?

Yes, it will be timed by J&A Racing.

What are the overall and age group awards?

Click here for a complete listing of the overall and age group awards.

Will there be an awards ceremony?

No, awards will be mailed to all recipients after the event.