Below are the answers to our most frequently-asked questions. If you still have questions after reading, please don’t hesitate to contact us with anything you need answered.
Do any or all days in a series.
You may changes races (upgrade or downgrade) at any time, even in the middle of a race. Just notify the timers.
Strollers are allowed.
Earphones are allowed.
No pets on the course.
See individual race pages for info on early starts.
Entry fees are non-refundable and may not be transferred or deferred.
We do not provide transportation or lodging, but our Facebook groups are good locations to connect with other runners for sharing rides and rooms.
Every Mainly Marathons race is measured and is sanctioned by USATF. With few exceptions, which will be noted on that marathon’s webpage, none of the courses are certified and as such are not Boston or any other race qualifiers. You can, however, count any of our USATF-sanctioned events toward the 50 State Club, Marathon Maniacs rankings, and any other such club. We make every effort to help you achieve your running goals with regard to moving up in any of these clubs, and we welcome all members.
The safety and well-being of our runners is always our number one priority. We provide safe courses with minimal—most of the time zero—traffic and the best food/aid table of any marathon. We will always have everything to keep you well-hydrated and fueled during your race.
All of our races are timed with real people and timing clocks, no chips. You will receive a rubber band for each lap completed and when you have the required number, you turn them in and get your finish time.
We cannot control the weather, but we try VERY HARD not to have to cancel any race. If dangerous weather happens, we can stop the clocks and have all the runners wait it out in your cars. We will resume when it is safe, no matter how long that is. (Big marathons cannot do this, they often have time limits on how long roads can be closed.)
Camping is not allowed in the start or parking areas of our races. Many of our locations have their own camping facilities and arrangements may be made through them, such as the state parks that we use and the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz, NY.
You will receive a separate medal for each race in a series. Many series have a main medal along with a separate one for each state that can be hung from the main medal. State medals can also be hung by themselves. There is always another special medal for those who finish every day in a series; be it a marathon, half or combination. Check out our Medals page to see the medals from previous series.