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Where should I park? We strongly recommend parking at the Upper Muny parking lot, the Lower Muny parking lot or the Visitors Center parking lot. We will provide a free shuttle to and from the starting line. (You can also walk, won't hurt ya...)
Can I park along the street? PLEASE park in the above parking lots and not on the street, regardless if it’s off the race course. We would like race course and surrounding streets to be clear of vehicles so runners have a clear path throughout the race. We can’t thank you enough for helping free the course and surrounding streets of parked vehicles.
What is a cupcake corral? The cupcake corrals will be the designated areas along the course where you can consume a time-saving cupcake. You can only eat your cupcake in the corral. Cupcakes must be consumed in the corral prior to continuing on the course. The corrals will be a fenced-in cupcake consumption courtyard. Cupcake Corrals will be located at KM 1, KM 2, KM 3, KM 4 and just prior to the finish line.
If I’m a cupcake eater, what if I don’t eat a cupcake? If you choose not to eat a cupcake you will be scored as a normal non-cupcake consuming competitor.
What are the cupcake sizes? Cupcakes offered in the cupcake corrals will be Miniature (two-minute time bonus) and Standard (five-minute time bonus). You will only be able to eat one cupcake per corral, so choose wisely.
How do you know I’ve eaten a cupcake and how will my time be adjusted? Each cupcake will have a small plastic number, either a 2 or a 5. It is your responsibility to keep your number until the end of the race. We will add up and deduct your time at the finish line. Don’t lose your numbers or you’ll be outta luck. Example: If you eat 3 x Miniatures (six-minute time deductions) and 2 x Standards (10-minute time deductions) and run an unadjusted 30 minute 5K, your Cupcake Adjusted Time will be 14 minutes. Way fast.
Will youth be responsible for eating a full cupcake? Yup.
How young is too young? You have to be over 8 years old to do either the Cupcake Run or the Youth Obstacle 1.5K. Strollers are legal in the Cupcake Run.
What am I getting into? The Gateway Cupcake 5k Run & Walk and the Bottle Cap Dash 5k Obstacle Course are designed to give you a good workout as well as leaving you with a fun and enjoyable experience.
How much advance start will I receive by taking the quiz? The quiz is a fun and voluntary part of the pre-event hype. An email will be sent approximately three days before the event. You will have 24 hours to complete and submit the quiz online. At packet pickup, based on your results, you could receive a head start from the main pack. You will receive a special sticker at packet pickup that you will attach to your race bib. We have instructed all business and sponsors that have questions in the quiz to give wrong answers, just to keep things interesting. The real answers can be found on websites, Facebook, blogs and basic online searches. Please note the quiz is for fun. You will not get an advanced degree or a better paying job, only the satisfaction that you will be getting a head start on your fellow competitors.
What if I don’t try an obstacle? Obstacles are designed to be challenging, fun and not overwhelming. However, if you would prefer to pass on an obstacle, you will be instructed by the obstacle manager to sit out for a period of time, depending on the obstacle difficulty level.
Will I get wet and muddy? Obstacles will not require crawling through mud pits, but if it rains, the “I Love the Earth Net Crawl” could become muddy.
What is a mystery bottle cap? At designated bottle cap selection points, you could have an opportunity to select a blank bottle cap. It is a complete gamble whether that mystery cap is a good brew or a questionable brew. You might hit it big, or you might end up with a beer that was produced for the purposes of a bad day at work.
Should I wear gloves? Yes, gloves are strongly encouraged, since some obstacles require climbing and carrying objects.
Are all obstacles physical? We have designed this course for fun. Most obstacles will be physical, but of course your brain is a muscle, too. There will be obstacles that will require using your noggin. Before the event, visit Facebook.com/bottlecapdash for periodic hints to obstacles that could help you with your racing strategy.
What do I carry bottle caps in? After successfully completing an early course obstacle, you will receive a fanny pack to carry your bottle caps. The fanny pack is our gift to you for your donation to Lift For Life Academy.
When do I collect my brews? After the finish line, at your leisure, you can turn in your caps from those selected beers at the beer station to take home. Enjoy!
What if it rains? We will attempt to have the race as long as it is a safe and an enjoyable experience. If obstacles or areas of the course are too questionable as to safety, we will close those obstacles or areas.
Will non-alcoholic choices be available? You bet! Fitz’s Soda bottle caps will be available as a choice among beer caps.
Basic information for adult and youth obstacle course, how long is it, are the obstacles too difficult? The basic course for the adult version of The Bottle Cap Dash is the perimeter of Central Field. Approximately three laps for the adults; one lap for youths. Most obstacles will be in zones, three to a zone for a total of 18 obstacles. Depending on the lap, you will complete the obstacle number associated with that lap. If you are on lap No. 2, you will complete all of the No. 2 obstacles. For lap No. 3, you will complete all No. 3 obstacles. Youth racers will be assigned specific obstacles at each obstacle zone. The easier obstacles at each zone will be for youths, not necessarily the number obstacle above.
Will food and drink be available? Local food trucks will provide food for an additional cost.
Please note: This is a fundraiser for a charity, Lift For Life Academy. We will do our best to have the event as long as it is safe. If the race is cancelled, due to inclement weather, there will be no refunds. Participants in each event will receive a finish-line cupcake and shirt for The Gateway Cupcake Run or a six-pack of beer and fanny/waist pack for The Bottle Cap Dash.