FAQ

General Questions

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 do request that runners abstain from using headphones during the race.

Are pets allowed during the race?

No, pets are not allowed. This is to ensure runner safety and comply with liability insurance policies.

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

For your continued safety, it’s important that race officials are aware of each person on the race course.  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.  A rider is permitted to register, at the current registration rate, as a race participant instead of as a Rider if he/she wishes to enjoy all of the race benefits.

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 last corral–behind all other runners and you must register your child, at no charge, for a Rider Bib. 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 in the Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler.

I’m registered to run and I’ll be pushing a Rider on the race course. How do I sign up my Rider to get a Rider Bib?

Only people with a bib will be permitted on the race course.  Riders will need to register for a Rider Bib, at no charge, by following this link: Rider Bib

Can I switch races?

You may not switch your 5 Miler Race entry to any other J&A Racing events.

Can I defer my entry to next year?

You may defer your registration from the 2016 Great Outdoor Provision Co. Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler to the 2017 event.

The fee to defer a registration is $25.

All deferrals must be made by December 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm.  After that time you will not be able to defer to the following year. You may only defer an entry once (I.e., if you deferred your 2015 entry to 2016, you will not be able to defer it again in 2016 to 2017.) There will be no deferrals at the Sports and Fitness Expo.

What will the weather be like in Virginia Beach during December?

The average high is 53 degrees and the average low is 36 degrees during December.

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

Click here for our refund policy.

Click here for our bib transfer policy.

What can I do before and after the race?

There are many fun things to do during race weekend. Check out www.visitvirginiabeach.com.

Where can I find a course map?

Click Here for course maps and information.

Are the races walker friendly?

Yes, we will have plenty of participants who will walk. The 5 mile course will be open for 2 hours, however all participants must be off the boardwalk by 5:30PM.

What are the age limits for the races?

There are no age limits. We encourage participants of all ages to join us!

How can I sign up for the events?

Click Here to register online!

What do I get for my entry fee?

All 5 Miler participants will receive a 5-piece santa suit and free race photos. All finishers will receive a unique finisher’s medal and a finisher’s gift. All participants are invited to the post race festivities! Be sure to bring your race number to the post-race party as it is your ticket for beer (21+) and food.

Packet Pickup

Do you take credit cards for registration on Saturday?

No, we only accept cash for registration.

Can I register on race day?

If the race has not sold out, we will have registration on race day.

Where is the Virginia Beach Convention Center?

1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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 IDThe 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. NO EXCEPTIONS!  If the authorized individual is missing any of these items, we will not release the packet/bib number, NO EXCEPTIONS.  Authorization Form HERE

How will I receive my race packet?

You must pick up your race packet prior to the race start. If you are 16 or older, you must have your ID to pick up your race number – NO EXCEPTIONS. We will not mail your race packet before the race. You may pick up your packet during the following time:

Friday, December 16th, 2016, from 4-7pm and Saturday, December 17th, 2016 from 12-4:30pm at the Virginia Beach Convention Center

Race Information

Do I need my ID for the finish line party?

You will need a wrist bracelet provided by Great Outdoor Provision Co. Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler in order to drink beer at the finish line festival. You can get this bracelet by showing us your ID at the expo (special ID Check booth) or at the finish line festival. Beer is free for all participants and can be purchased from the Noblemen at the party for any spectators. All beer sales proceeds go to the Noblemen.

Will spectators be allowed to view the finish?

Yes, spectators will be allowed inside the Convention Center once the race has started, and may stay to view the finish and take part in the post race party.

Is there a time limit?

We must have all participants cleared off the boardwalk by 5:45PM so the City can open the boardwalk for their holiday lights event.

What times do the roads re-open?

All roads will re-open at approximately 6:00pm. For specific details on road closures check back later.

What time should I be there?

We encourage all participants and spectators to arrive prior to 4:30PM 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, dry bag check will be available inside the lobby/prefunction area of the Virginia Beach Convention Center. As a new safety requirement, every runner will receive a clear plastic bag at packet pick-up that MUST be used for your gear check bag.  We WILL NOT accept any other bags. All 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 at the race.

What is the event start time?

December 17th 4:30PM

Where can we park for the races?

All parking lots adjacent to the Convention Center in 19th Street will be available for parking.

Will there be Gatorade and energy gels on the course?

No, there will not be Gatorade Endurance Formula or energy gels handed out on the course.

Will there be water stops?

Yes, there will be water stops at miles 2 & 4

Awards

Will the race be timed?

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

What are the award groups for the 5-Miler?

Click Here for more details about the awards.

Will there be an awards ceremony?

There will not be an awards ceremony for the race.  All race awards will be mailed out after results are confirmed.