Full Marathon FAQ
- What is it?
- When is it?
Saturday September 10, 2017
- What time does it start?
- How far is it?
GO BIG OR GO HOME! This is a full marathon — 26 miles, 385 yards. Because of the nature of the course, plan to run the whole thing because THERE IS NO EASY WAY OUT!
- Where is the start?
Depot Park Whitefish, MT
- How do I get to the start?
Parking is available downtown Whitefish. There are multiple parking lots within 5 blocks of course start. You may walk to Depot park from any parking lot. Please do not park at Marcus Foods and be courteous of businesses in the area.
- Where is the Finish?
Depot Park, Downtown Whitefish Montana
- Can I start early?
No, you can’t. You’ll mess up our timing!
- Can I walk the course?
You must finish the race in 6 hours or less to be considered an official finisher and receive a medallion. You must be off the course by 1:30 p.m. PLEASE, NO WALKERS!
- How do I register?
Applications are available on-line (click here).
- Can I register day of?
NO RACE DAY APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED!
- What’s the entry fee?
$75.00 to $110 depending on when you register (non refundable and nontransferable). The Wave is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and because we are donating one hundred percent of your entry fee to The Wave Scholarship Fund, your entry fee is tax deductible. We recognize that eighty bucks is a lot of money, and we thank you for your support of The Wave!
- What do I get for my Registration?
You get to share the day with a bunch of crazy marathoners on a beautiful course. You also get a Two Bear Marathon shirt and other cool stuff in your goody bag; a medallion if you finish in less than 6 hours; a party at the Finish; and a day pass to The Wave.
- What happens if I change my mind?
Sorry, no refunds, no exceptions.
- Do you shoot bandits?
Yes!… Er… No, but bandits are strongly discouraged. It’s just not fair to the runners, to the volunteers, or to the recipients of scholarships to The Wave.
- Okay. Just how tough is this course?
Not as tough as it used to be. New course is fairly flat and quick. Pending USATF certification (Boston qualifier)
- Is the course certified?
- When and where do I get my bib number and race packet?
At The Wave, 1250 Baker Avenue in Whitefish. Packet pickup TBD
- How many aid stations are there on the course?
In addition to aid at the Start and the Finish, there will be an aid station at the 3-mile mark and approximately every 2 – 3 miles along the course.
- What will be offered at the aid stations?
We’ll have water and Coffee Traders coffee at the start. Every aid station offers water and Hammer Nutrition Heed sports drink, and some offer Vaseline, HammerGel, and orange and banana slices. Porta Potties will also be available at some aid stations. Refer to our Last Minute Instructions in your race packet for specific aid station locations.
- Will there be someone taking pictures of me on the course?
Yes. A professional will be on the course taking pictures. Mountain life photography
- Where can spectators view the race?
There are many great places to view the race (see course map) Please be careful when driving the course. Be respectful of all racers on road.
- When is the Awards Ceremony?
The Awards Ceremony will be at Depot Park at approximately 12:00 p.m.
- What awards will be given?
Every official finisher (6 hours or under) receives a medallion. In addition to the medallion, a first place trophy will be awarded to the first female and first male overall. Additionally, we will give awards 3 deep in each age group, in both women’s and men’s divisions. Individuals who win overall or the masters category will be taken out of the running for special age group awards. We do not ship awards. We want to respect your time and will start awards as quickly as we can. If you cannot stay please ask before you go.
- What do I do with my dog
Leave him at home with the baby jogger and stroller!
- Will you allow bikes on the course?
No pacing, but these are public roads.
- Will there be a party at the Finish?
Yes! It’s free for runners and five bucks for family and friends. And yes, there will be beer for those 21 and over!
- Where in the world is Whitefish, Montana?
We’re in the northwest corner of the state, near Glacier National Park.
- How do I get there?
By Train: Amtrak eastbound from Seattle; westbound from Chicago.
By Air: Delta, Northwest, Alaska/Horizon, Big Sky and America West all serve Glacier Park International Airport just 15 minutes from Whitefish.
- What kind of weather can I expect in September?
We’ve ordered perfect weather: average highs in September are 71 degrees; average lows at night are in the low forties. The aspen will be golden. That said, check the weather before leaving home and come prepared for snow.
- Is there anything else to do there?