Q: I pre-registered for the event. Do I have to attend the pre-race packet pickup?
|The optional two-day packet pickup takes place at Everyday Athlete near Juanita Beach Park on Friday, Dec 18th (Noon-8pm) and Saturday, Dec 19th (10am-4pm). Because of the large size of the event, if you are able to do so, we strongly request that you pick your packet up at this event. This will help decrease the size of the lines at the day-of-race packet pickup area which in turn helps the event start on time. Friends, family members, etc may pick up your packet if you cannot attend. You may also register for the race at this event.|
|Q: Where do I pick up my race number, timing chip, shirt, etc on the day of the event?|
|All those who do not pickup their packets at Everyday Athlete during the two-day packet pickup may pick up their packets on the morning of the race at from 8:00am-9:30am at Heritage Park. The packet pickup & registration tents will be located in the lower parking lot on Market Street just up from Heritage Hall.|
Q: Where does the event take place?
|The event starts and finishes at Heritage Park in Kirkland, WA. The address is 111 Waverly Way, Kirkland, WA 98033. See our course map that shows where Heritage Park is.|
|Q: What time does the event start?|
|Tthe 5K run/walk will begin at 9:30AM and the 12K run/walk will start at 9:35AM. Please see the "schedule" page for this year's event schedule.|
|Q: Where should I park?|
|Because of the large size of the event, there is no available parking at Heritage Park. However, there is plenty of parking at Marina Park, City Hall and the Peter Kirk/library parking garage as well as on the city streets throughout downtown Kirkland. Please see our parking page for ideas.|
|Q: What forms of payment are available onsite?|
|Only cash, check or credit cards will be accepted onsite at the day-of-event. If paying by check, please make your check payable to Pro-Motion Events. There are ATM's located at a number of banks nearby.|
|Q: Where and when is the kid’s dash?|
|The PCC Healthy Kids Little Reindeer Run (free kid’s dash) will start and finish in Heritage Park. The kid’s dash starts at 11:15am. This free event is for kids 10 & under. Each participating child will receive a PCC Healthy Kids Little Reindeer Run bib number on it as well as a ribbon when they cross the finish line. For liability reasons, parents must complete an entry form for their kid(s) prior to their participating. Parents are allowed to run with their kids if desired.|
|Q: Can I change events?|
|Yes. If you registered for either the 12K or 5K and you would like to switch to the other event, you can do so at the two-day packet pickup held at Everyday Athlete on Friday and Saturday prior to the event. No day-of-race switching will be allowed. Please note that if you are switching from the 5K to the 12K, you will need to pay the $5 entry fee difference.|
|Q: Are refunds available if I am sick or I cannot make the event?|
|No. We do not offer refunds.|
|Q: Cn I transfer my entry to someone else?|
|Yes. To do this you must attend the two day packet pickup at Everyday Athlete. The person who is receiving the transfer must complete and sign the paper entry form.|
|Q: Where can I see the course map?|
|Q: Will there be a gear check onsite at the event?|
|Yes. It will be located in the upper parking lot in Heritage Park. Small bags to put some clothing in will be available. You will need to write your race bib number on the bag. Pens will be provided. The event is not responsible for any lost or misplaced items. Please do not store valuables.|
|Q: Will there be event specific bathrooms?|
|Yes. The event will rent 30+ sanikans that will be onsite near the start and finish line. There will also be 2 sanikans located near the first water station on the 12K course. There are also a number of parks with bathrooms located along the 12K and 5K course routes.|
|Q: How/where should I wear my bib number?|
|All bib numbers must be worn on the front of your body. Safety pins will be available at the two-day packet pickup as well as near the day-of-race registration and packet pickup area.|
|Q: How/where do I wear my timing chip?|
|Q: Can I exchange my shirt for another size?|
|If you pre-registered for the event, please ask for the shirt size you ordered when you registered for the event. We place our bulk order based on the sizes selected so if you do change, it influences the sizes available for everyone else. If we have shirts available after the races start, we will allow people to exchange their shirts for another size if that size is available. If it happens, the shirt exchange will take place at the day-of-race registration area.|
|Q: What if the event runs out of shirts?|
|We chart our registration numbers compared to historical data so as to obtain a safe estimate to the volume of total shirts we will need to purchase. If by chance we do run out of shirts, it will likely happen during the day-of-race registration. For the best chance of getting a shirt, we recommend that you pre-register for the event. If we do run out day-of, we will not be placing a shirt order post-race. Rather, we will deduct $5 from the day-of-race entry fee for anyone who does not receive a shirt.|
|Q: Can I purchase an additional shirt?|
|Q: Where is the onsite medical?|
|The Sports Medicine Clinic will be onsite near the finish line with their large medical trailer. If you get injured on the course, please let one of the course monitors who have an event radio/phone know. Please call 9-1-1 for life threatening injuries.|
|Q: Will there be water stations on the course?|
|Yes. There will be two water stations on the 12K route with one of them also servicing the 5K. When approaching the water station, please grab the water and continue to run/walk at least 50 feet prior to slowing down to drink the water. This will help alleviate the crowding that normally occurs.|
|Q: Are walkers allowed?|
|Yes. Walkers are allowed in both the 12K and 5K events.|
|Q: Where will the event results be posted?|
|Results will not be posted onsite. However, the link to the online results will be activated prior to the start of the race. The results will be immediately available on the day-of-race via the "results" page of the www.12ksofchristmas.com website.|
|Q: Where and when will the awards ceremony take place? Who gets awards?|
The awards ceremony will take place at 11:30am on the stage in the Finish Line Festival area. The top 3 male and female finishers in both the 5K and the 12K will be presented their awards. Age category awards may be available for pickup near the stage after the ceremony. All unclaimed age category awards will be available for pickup at Everyday Athlete one week after the event.
Q: Are the streets completely closed for the event?
At some points on the course, the road in the direction of the run will be completely closed. Vehicle traffic will be allowed in the other direction. Further into the routes of both events the roads may be open for vehicles in both directions with the event routes coned on the side of the road.
Q: Will the event take place if it snows?
In 2008, the event was cancelled on the morning of the event because of snow and ice. If it snows this year, the City of Kirkland police will review the course routes on the morning of the event (or earlier) and decide on if the event should take place or not. If it is cancelled, we will (1) post an update on the www.12ksofchristmas.com site and on the 12K’s of Christmas facebook page. Be sure to check both sites.