Virtual Registration Re-Opened for 2019 Run Houston! Sam Houston Race Park and Minute Maid Park

We are excited to announce an exclusive opportunity for all runners to have the option to complete the 2019 Run Houston! Race Series and be eligible to receive awesome Series Finisher items.

What does it take to earn the cherished title of 2019 Run Houston! Race Series Finisher?  Participate in all 5 Run Houston! races in 2019, either by running the "live" 5K, 10K or Kid's 1K , or by completing the virtual race option for each event.    

If you missed race #1 Run Houston! Sam Houston Race Park in January 2019, or race #2 Run Houston! Minute Maid Park in March 2019 (or both), you are in luck!  We have re-opened our virtual race option for both these events for a limited time!  Don't miss out on the opportunity to complete these events and be on your way to being a 2019 Series Finisher.  

Click HERE to register for RH Sam Houston Race Park, and click HERE to register for RH Minute Maid Park.

Registration for Sam Houston and Minute Maid park virtual races will be open until May 25th, 2019 at 11:59 PM, so don't wait to sign up!  Registration is also open now for our Run Houston! Clear Lake on June 2nd, race #3 of 5 in the 2019 Run Houston! Race Series. 

What is a virtual race anyway?

Our virtual race option allows you to run your required distance on your own time, submit your results online, and sit back and wait for your finisher items to be mailed to you!  All virtual runners get the same great finisher items as our live race runners:

  • Event T-shirt, with custom design and gender specific and youth sizing 

  • High quality, custom finisher's medal

  • Credit for completion towards the 2019 Run Houston! Race Series

Learn more about our virtual race rules and the submission process here.

Race Polices & Etiquette

One of our goals at Run Houston! Race Series events is to ensure runners of all ages and skill levels have a great race experience from start to finish. To help in the promotion of that goal we've put together some race polices and etiquette guidelines to help educate new runners and remind experienced runners of some of the best practices when running in our events or any other event. 

RACE POLICIES

The following are policies that are put in place for every Run Houston! Race Series event. Failure to follow these policies may result in disqualification from this and future events. 

  1. All runners must listen to and follow instructions provided by race crew and police officers at all times.

  2. All runners on the course must be registered for the event and wear their assigned race bib. If any runner is found on the race course without their bib they will be disqualified and/or banned from future events.

  3. There are no dogs or other animals allowed on the course at any time during the race.

  4. There are no rollerskates, rollerblades, skateboards, bikes, or any other wheeled devices or vehicles allowed on the course unless you are part of the course crew.

  5. Jogging strollers are allowed, however, for the safety of your child and the other runners around you, we do ask that you start towards the back of the starting group.

  6. It is crucial to be aware of your surroundings at all times while on the race course, and important that you are able to hear other runners and race officials. If you do wear headphones we have a "one in one out" policy to ensure you are able to hear instructions provided by race crew and police officers. Those found violating this will be asked to take one out. Runners who choose to run while wearing headphones must assume full responsibility for their use.

  7. Be courteous to race volunteers, staff, and other participants.

RUNNING ETIQUETTE & ADDITIONAL POLICIES

The following items are running etiquette and additional policies for the events. 

BEFORE THE START

  • Read the entire race website for race details. 99% of all questions we receive from participants can be answered by reviewing the event website. We try to include as much information about the race as possible. If we notice a lot of the same questions being asked that aren't on the website we'll add it for future races.

  • Read every email we send leading up to the race. We try to maintain a consistent and open line of communication with all participants. The emails we send contain important race information and, occasionally, updates to information that was listed on the event websites. We try to make sure the information on the sites are as complete as possible but the nature of event production means that changes can and do happen.

PACKET PICKUP

  • Pickup your packet early to avoid delays on race morning and support our sponsors. We try to make packet pickup as convenient as possible and work with our packet pickup partner(s) to provide the best experience for them and our athletes. Generally, we'll have a single packet pickup location with multiple days.

  • Have your confirmation email or other email with your registration QR code ready when its your turn in line. Scanning the QR code on your confirmation email is the fastest way to get through packet pickup because our system automatically pulls up your registration information when we scan the code. If you are picking up multiple packets you should have the QR codes for all packets you are picking up.

  • Be courteous to race volunteers, staff, and other participants. Our race crew works hard to put on great events for you and we do everything we can to mitigate issues before they arise but sometimes there are issues that pop up. Please remember that nothing was or is ever intentionally done to you or purposefully messed up. Our staff will work diligently to resolve any issue so please remain courteous and follow their instructions.

RACE MORNING

  • Pin your bib to the front of your shirt or shorts on your outermost layer of clothing. Your race bib must be visible at all times while you are on the course. You must where the race bib that was assigned to you. Failure you wear a correct bib could cause many issues and may result in disqualification from the event and future events.

  • Arrive early. Race morning can be hectic so please make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the race site and to the start chute by the schedule start time. There will most likely be additional traffic in the area surrounding the race site so make sure you include extra time from your normal commute to the race area. If you waited until race morning to pickup your race packet, arrive extra early and anticipate potentially long lines. We can check people in very quickly with the QR code system and lines move fairly quickly but waiting until just before the start of the race to arrive and pickup your race packet puts unneeded stress on your race experience.

  • Be courteous to race volunteers, staff, and other participants. Our race crew works hard to put on great events for you and we do everything we can to mitigate issues before they arise but sometimes there are issues that pop up. Please remember that nothing was or is ever intentionally done to you or purposefully messed up. Our staff will work diligently to resolve any issue so please remain courteous and follow their instructions.

START LINE

  • Seed yourself according to your pace. We do not use corrals to seed runners but we do normally have pace signs to assist with self-seeding. If the pace signs are visible in the start chute please seed yourself based on your estimated race pace. If the pace signs are not visible we ask that you use your best judgement when self-seeding. For reference, if you run a 10:00 per mile pace or slower you should seed yourself in the back half of the start chute.

  • LISTEN TO ANNOUNCEMENTS. Just before the race is where we make some of the most important last minute announcement. Please pay attention to our announcer so you have the latest information.

  • Be respectful during the National Anthem. Before every race we play the National Anthem. Regardless of your personal beliefs please be respectful of those around you during the playing of the National Anthem.

  • Be courteous to race volunteers, staff, and other participants. Our race crew works hard to put on great events for you and we do everything we can to mitigate issues before they arise but sometimes there are issues that pop up. Please remember that nothing was or is ever intentionally done to you or purposefully messed up. Our staff will work diligently to resolve any issue so please remain courteous and follow their instructions.

ON THE COURSE

  • Be aware of your surrounding. While running (or anytime really) you should be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the race crew or police officers working the event. Even with closed running lanes, vehicles can sometimes get on the course so being aware of your surroundings will make for a safe event for everyone.

  • LISTEN TO RACE CREW, VOLUNTEERS, AND POLICE OFFICERS. Instructions provided by the race crew, volunteers, and police officers must be followed. The instructions provided may be as simply as ensuring running etiquette is maintained but may also be safety-related.

  • Run or walk no more than two abreast and stay to the right. We are fortunate that most of our courses include at least one closed traffic lane for runners but there may be runners coming up from behind you or a race vehicle needing to get by. Do not block other runners by swerving across the course.

  • YOU MUST YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND POLICE OFFICER INSTRUCTIONS. Emergency vehicles have the right-of-way no matter what permits we have to close the roads so always yield to emergency vehicles. We have a duty to the communities we run in to be courteous and mitigate any delays. Police officers working the course will do their best to allow runners to have the right of way but in the event of heavy traffic they may need to delay runners for a short period of time (15 second to 1 minute) to alleviate some traffic.

  • Be courteous to race volunteers, staff, and other participants. Our race crew works hard to put on great events for you and we do everything we can to mitigate issues before they arise but sometimes there are issues that pop up. Please remember that nothing was or is ever intentionally done to you or purposefully messed up. Our staff will work diligently to resolve any issue so please remain courteous and follow their instructions.

For additional general running etiquette information check out this awesome article put together by the Road Runners Association of America, http://www.rrca.org/education/etiquette-for-runners

We strive to provide a great experience from start to finish and having these items listed will make the experience great for everyone. Thank you for your continued support and we're looking forward to hosting you at our races. 

If you have any additions you'd like to see to our etiquette list please shoot us an email through our CONTACT PAGE. We'll be continually updating this list as new items come up. 

 

Changing Race Distance / Transferring to the Virtual Race

When updating your registration you can easily process a change in race distance or transfer your registration to/from the virtual race. The option to change your race distance is generally available until about 1 day before the event and the option to change to or from the virtual race is 2 weeks prior to the event. 

To change your race distance or transfer to the virtual race log in to your RunSignUp account and follow the steps below. 

Step 1. Click PROFILE at the top of the page. 

Step 2. Once on your profile you will see your personal information at the top of the page, as well as any upcoming races you are registered for below.

Step 3. Find the race you are looking to change and click MANAGE REGISTRATION.

Step 4. Click TRANSFER EVENT in the upper menu bar at the top of the page, and you will be taken to an event transfer page. Click the START TRANSFER button to walk through the process. If the option to transfer is not available, then the deadline to process the change has passed. 

Updating Your Registration

Once you've registered for a race you can update certain things like your shirt size, answers to registration questions, registration add-ons, etc. by visiting your RunSignUp profile and selecting Manage Registration under the race you'd like to update. Some items have deadlines where updates can no longer be made. Once a deadline has passed you cannot change that section of your registration. 

To update your registration follow the steps below after logging in to you RunSignUp account. 

Step 1. Click PROFILE at the top of the page. 

Step 2. Once on your profile you will see your personal information at the top of the page, as well as any upcoming races you are registered for below. 

Step 3. Find the race you are looking to change and click MANAGE REGISTRATION.

After you've clicked Manage Registration you can see all the options available to manage in the menu bar at the top of the page. If an option is not available, the deadline for changing/updating that option has passed. 

Changing Your Shirt Size

Changing or updating your shirt size is an option available to participants up to certain deadline, generally 4 weeks before the race. You can update your shirt size through your RunSignUp profile page by following the steps below. 

Step 1. Login to your RunSignUp account and click PROFILE. 

Step 2. Once on your profile you will see your personal information at the top of the page, as well as any upcoming races you are registered for below. 

Step 3. Find the race you are looking to change and click MANAGE REGISTRATION. 

Step 4. Click the GIVEAWAY tab in the top menu bar and select your new shirt size from the dropdown menu. Once complete press CONTINUE to confirm your change. 

If the option to change your shirt size is not listed under the Giveaway tab, the deadline to change your shirt size has passed.

Virtual Race Results Verification Link

When submitting your virtual race results you will be asked to submit a verification link so we may verify the information you submitted. Generally, this information is not used but we ask for it in case there is an issue with the time you've submitted and it helps us ensure that those submitting results have completed the virtual race. 

There are many way to create a verification link so we'll just cover a few of the most common and easiest to explain ways. 

Fitness Tracking Tools

If you are using a tool like Garmin Connect, Training Peak, Polar, etc. to track your training and races (and we highly recommend you do if you are wanting to become a faster and more efficient runner) you can simply select the activity, copy the link, and paste that into the verification section of the form. Depending on your privacy settings within the tool, you may need to ensure that the activity is publicly viewable so we can access the information if necessary. Some tracking tools have a function where you can share your workout/race to your favorite social media site. If you choose, you can share the workout and then just copy and paste the post link into the verification section. 

Upload an Image/Screenshot of Your Workout/Race

If you have a fitness tracker, GPS watch, tracking app on your phone, or are running on a treadmill you can simply snap a picture of your watch/treadmill display or take a screenshot of your tracking app and upload the image then share the link. You can upload the image anywhere a shareable link is created including your favorite social media site, your own website,  or an image sharing website. You can use any method you like to create a shareable link but we'll cover the simplest method using our favorite free image sharing site Imgur.com

To upload to Imgur you don't even need to create an account, just follow the simple instructions below. (PLEASE NOTE that Imgur.com is a public photo sharing and browsing site, Houston Race Series LLC cannot be responsible for any content uploaded by other users.)

Step 1. Go to Imgur.com and click "New post" at the top of the page and select "Upload Images", see red box on screenshot below.  

Step 2. Upload your image by either dragging and dropping into the box or selecting "Browse"

Step 3. Once your image is uploaded you can simply copy the link and paste into the verification form. See red box for location of link and copy button. 

And that's all there is to it. If you'd like you can add a title and description to the image and update the privacy setting or even share with the Imgur community if you'd like but there's no need to go any further if you're just tryin to get a shareable link to include in your virtual race submission form. 

Finding Your Bib (Registration) Number

To find your bib number you can either check your confirmation email from when you registered for the race or you can look it up on you RunSignUp profile page. When you log in to RunSignUp just follow the three step below.

Step 1. Click PROFILE at the top of the page. 

Step 2. Once on your profile you will see your personal information at the top of the page, as well as any upcoming races you are registered for below.

Step 3. Find the race you are wanting to see your bib number for and click MANAGE REGISTRATION. 

If you have been assigned a bib number, it will be listed on the main Manage Registration page. 

Virtual Race Results

If you've signed up to complete one of our events virtually you will need to submit your own time and results so we can post them to the race's official results page. All results can be found at http://runhouston.com/results

Because you can't edit your own results in RunSignUp, we've set up a special form to collect all the information about you and your run. The form and other virtual race information can be found at http://runhouston.com/virtual.

Quick Links TO OTHER PAGES

Official Event Results

Virtual Race Rules & Information

Finding Your Bib (Registration) Number Tutorial

Virtual Race Results Verification Link Tutorial

Virtual Completion Form

This is a screenshot of what the form looks like on a desktop. On mobile, the amount of information you'll see will depend on the size of your screen.

This is a screenshot of what the form looks like on a desktop. On mobile, the amount of information you'll see will depend on the size of your screen.

The items you'll need to submit your Virtual Completion Form include:

  • Email address - Please use the same email address you used when registering.

  • First Name

  • Last Name

  • Birthdate - Please make sure this is accurate because it will be used to confirm your registration status.

  • Race Name - Select the race you are completing from the dropdown menu.

  • Race Bib Number - This is a number assigned to you when you register and identifies you as part of the event. For the virtual race this is used so your results will be associated with your registration and RunSignUp profile. The bib number is a 4-digit number and will generally start with an "8" but may be different if you transferred from the live race. If you do not know where to find your bib number please see the Finding Your Bib (Registration) Number Tutorial. Not including an accurate bib number in your Virtual Completion Form may result in your virtual race results not being accurately completed and delays the posting of results.

  • Date Completed - This is the date you completed your run.

  • Distance Completed - You must run at least 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) to qualify as a virtual race finisher but you may run as long of a distance as you'd like. If you are submitting results for a participant 12 years old or younger you minimum distance is 0.6 miles (1 kilometer).

  • Finish Time - This is the amount of time is took you to complete your run. Please make sure you follow the format listed to ensure the most accurate results (HH:MM:SS). For example, if your run was 2 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds, you would submit 02:15:25. If you run was 35 minutes and 29 seconds, you would submit 00:35:29. If you do not submit your time in the proper format it will take longer to get the results posted.

  • Verification - This is a link to either a photograph or your uploaded workout on your data management software. Your verification link is only used if there is an issue with your submitted time and will never be posted by Houston Race Series. For details on how to upload a photo and get a link please see our Virtual Race Results Verification Link Tutorial.

When you submit your information via the form linked above, you are sent to a confirmation page once complete with the form. In addition, we have recently updated the form to send a confirmation email to all successful submissions. Please keep this confirmation email until you receive your virtual item shipment, as we will ask for your confirmation email if there is an issues.

Official Results Uploading

When the submission deadline has passed, we will go through and confirm/verify all the results. This may take a few days depending on how many people are completing the race virtually. Once all the results have been scrubbed, we'll upload them to the race's official results page under the Virtual category. If you've opted to receive notification of your results when you registered you may receive an email or a text message notifying you that your results have been posted. Otherwise you will need to visit the official results page for the event to see your results. 

IMPORTANT WEATHER UPDATE :: Run Houston! Sugar Land

This email contains EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding the current weather situation in the greater Houston area. Please read this entire email so we may ensure communication is maintained with all athletes.

We have been in contact with the City of Sugar Land and monitoring the weather forecast regularly. As of this morning the race is STILL ON and we are planning the same great production you've become accustomed to for our 2016 Series Finale. However, because the forecast is currently calling for 95%+ chance of widespread rain and thunderstorms over the entire greater Houston area beginning later this afternoon we are trying to be considerate of all your concerns regarding getting to the race safely and all our concerns with the hours of setup that need to be done prior to your arrival and race start.

We have decided to give all runners the option of switching from the live race to the Virtual Race. In order to do this, you MUST click on the link below and complete the form by 8:00pm tonight, 12/2/2016. Be advised that there will be a $5 fee per participant being transferred to cover the shipping of your items upon completion of your virtual run. By completing the form you will no longer be eligible to participate in tomorrow morning's race and you must follow the virtual race rules list at http://runhouston.com/virtual. Once payment is processed there are no refunds of your race entry fee or virtual race transfer fee for any reason. 

CLICK HERE TO TRANSFER TO VIRTUAL RACE

If you are opting to not take advantage of the option to transfer to the virtual race, please read the entire next paragraph carefully and check your messages regularly.

Let me reiterate, the race is STILL ON. We will continue to be in contact with the City of Sugar Land and monitoring the forecast throughout the day. We will send any updates to everyone via email and social media (join us on our Facebook event page and follow us on Twitter). If any major changes occur we have activated the RunSignUp emergency text messaging service as well. If you opted to receive text messages from us during the registration proces you'll receive a text with any major changes for the event. We recommend that if you did not opt in or registered prior to us switching to RunSignUp to go and update your registration to opt in. To do this please visit the Manage Your Registration tab on the event website and update your question responses. 

Thank you for your support and we're looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning!

- Houston Race Series Crew

2016 Series Finisher Display Assembly

You've run all five races and you've got your Series Finisher Medal Display now how do you put it together? We've put together a simply instructional post to help. 

STEP 1. UNPACK YOUR DISPLAY

We've inspected and wrapped every single display prior to packaging to ensure quality control. To open your display just untape and unwrap. 

STEP 2. INSTALL VELCRO DOTS

You'll notice 15 small Velcro dots taped to the pack of the display, remove those and flip the display over. To install the dots simply remove them, one at a time and place as shown in the images below. PRO TIP: Put both loop (soft) side on the board first for a firmer grip. 

When installing the loop (soft) side on the board stick the hook (spiky) side on. This will make is easier than installing anything on the medal itself. 

STEP 3. PREPARE YOUR MEDALS

Gather your race finisher's medals and undo the Velcro holding the ribbons together at the end then remove the ribbon from the medal. 

STEP 4. INSTALL MEDALS

Once the medals have been disassembled, press the medal on the designated spot on the board and firmly press down to secure the adhesive on the medal for the hook (spiky) side of the Velcro. When you've completed pressing firmly on the medal you can remove it from the board to ensure the dots have secured to the medal and are still secured to the board. 

The spots for each medal are: green = Sam Houston Race Park, orange = Minute Maid Park, yellow = Clear Lake, red = University of Houston, and blue = Sugar Land. 

STEP 5. INSTALL RIBBON

Once the medals are installed you are now ready to install the ribbons. Simply run the ribbon through the routed slot in the bottom of the board and connect the Velcro ends. 

STEP 6. HANG AND ENJOY YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!