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Frequently Asked Questions


When and where is Packet Pick-Up? Can I have someone else pick-up my packet for me?

Packet Pick-Up is available during the following times:

Thursday: (12/13) 11:00-1:00pm

at the Dahl Family YMCA (La Crosse)

Friday: (12/14, 1/11, 2/8) 4:00-6:00pm

at the Houser branch (Onalaska)

Race Day: (12/15, 1/12, 2/9) 7:15-8:00am at the Houser branch (Onalaska)

Yes, you can have someone else pick up your packet, though they will be required to sign off when they do so.


Does the Y offer child watch during the race?

Yes, child watch will be available at the Houser Y starti7:30 am.:30am.


Is there a course cut-off time?

We recommend finishing the 5 Mile and 5K by 9:30am

(90 minutes for the 5 Mile and 75 minutes for the 5K)


90 minutes for 5 miles is an 18 min/mile pace (brisk walking pace)

75 minutes for the 5K is a 24 min/mile pace (average-easy walking pace)

We ask you to finish around 9:30 as a courtesy for the course volunteers. They enjoy cheering on our participants, but can be quite cold after standing still for 2+ hours. 


Where are the restrooms?

Bathrooms are located inside the YMCA building, just past the vending machines to your left upon entering. There will not be any restrooms along the course.


When is the award ceremony? 

Awards ceremony will begin at approximately 9:30am in the main lobby for overall and age group awards in the 5 mile run and the 5K.


Where can I park? Is there parking at the YMCA?

There is limited parking in the YMCA parking lot due to the race starting and finishing in the East side. Early participants can park there but should be cautious of other participants and volunteers. Parking is also available along Mason St.


With the course being open to traffic and pushing a stroller may be a challenge, what can I do with my kids?

The YMCA has FREE child care for you during the event. Child care will open at 7:30am at the Houser Y, near the restroom area.


Are iPods and mp3 players allowed?

Yes, though we ask you to keep them to a moderate level for the safety of you and other participants. Certain parts of the course will be crowded so we ask that you are well aware of who is around you.

Are dogs allowed on the course?

No, they are not. Dogs can present a safety risk to runners and walkers who are allergic or afraid of dogs. Though dogs are great companion animals, with 500+ participants on the course, it is for the safety of the participants that we cannot allow them.


When can I do the Treadmill option?

You can log your treadmill 5K or 5 Mile starting on the event day and up to 1 week after the race. We will post a sign-up sheet in both Wellness Centers for you to log your time.