Frequently Asked Questions

HOW SOON DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT?

The sooner the better! Capacity is strictly limited for this event, so guarantee your spot (at the current pricing, rates are scheduled to increase soon) by registering ASAP. Click here to get your tickets now.

WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE OF THIS EVENT?

This unique 5K is designed to encourage friends and families of all ages to run! Children ages 6-12 sign up at a discounted price and anyone under 6 is free! Parents must sign minor waivers for all children under 6 years old not officially registered at the Registration table the morning of the event.

WHO DO I CONTACT WITH REGISTRATION QUESTIONS?

If you do not see the answer to your question here or have any issues getting signed up, please contact us by email at info@sdfair5k.com and we’ll be happy to help!

IS THERE SPECTATOR VIEWING?

You must purchase a ticket to the Fair for spectator viewing. Your race packet will include a voucher for a $5 guest voucher.

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

Like most events of its kind, there are no refunds for this race and all purchases are final. Thank you for understanding. You may transfer your registration to another person.

I BOUGHT A TICKET BUT CAN NO LONGER ATTEND THE EVENT. HOW DO I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION TO SOMEBODY ELSE?

If you can no longer attend, you can transfer your registration to somebody else that wishes to take your place for a $5 transfer fee. To transfer your registration, login to your account here and select ‘transfer registration to another athlete’. The new participant will receive a link to complete their registration and will need to use this link AND pay for the registration (at the current registration price). Once the new participant has claimed and paid for the registration, the original participant will receive a receipt email showing that they were refunded the registration fee (minus the transfer fee). If the transaction is completed correctly, the refund will post to the original participant’s account within 5 to 10 business days. Please be advised that processing fees will not be refunded.

NOTE: If you DO NOT receive a receipt email showing that the transfer was completed and stating that you will be refunded, it means that the transfer WAS NOT completed and you WILL NOT be receiving a refund.

HOW DO I REDEEM THE $10 OFF DISCOUNT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL?

San Diego International Beer Festival​ tickets can be purchased as an add-on option to your San Diego Fair 5k registration. ​There will ​also ​be a tear off tab good for $10 off entrance to the San Diego International Beer Festival attached to your bib. Please note that we recommend purchasing your SD International Beer Festival tickets well in advance.

CAN WALKERS PARTICIPATE IN THE RACE?

Absolutely! Walkers are encouraged ​to line up after the runners. All ​participants must be at the Start Line by 8:00am. Late ​participants will not be allowed onto the course.

WHEN CAN I PICK UP MY RACE NUMBER AND T-SHIRT?

Race numbers and t-shirts will be given out at Packet Pickup, held ​from ​3pm​-7pm​ ​on ​Friday, June 1​6​th​, at Road Runner Sports San Diego (5553 Copley Dr. San Diego, CA 92111). You can also pick-up on Event Day, ​June 1​7th​. A $5 Event Day Pick-up fee applies.

CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY PACKET?

Yes, a ​participant can pick-up the packets for other ​participants. However, the person picking up for everyone will still need a copy of all of the participants photo IDs to pick-up their packets. The photo ID must contain the name, photo, and date of birth, of the participant. You can have all of your team members, take a picture of their photo ID, and text it to you, rather than actually printing out a copy. We can verify the pictures electronically. Note: If there are any minors on the team, you will not be able to pick-up their packets, unless their parent or guardian has signed the waiver on their behalf. ​Photo IDs are not required for minors. ​Additionally, you will not be able to pick-up the packet of any participant that has not signed their waiver electronically.

WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE ON RACE DAY?

Please plan on arriving at the Fairgrounds ​at 6:30am in order to park and get checked in with ease. ​Participants will start lining up at 7am. ​Traffic could be heavy that morning, so please leave extra time to arrive and carpool if possible.​ The race starts at 730am​. All​ participants must be at the Start Line by 8:00am. Late Runners will not be allowed onto the course.​

WHERE DO WE PARK?

Parking directors will direct you when you enter the gates. Please follow their directions and keep the flow of traffic moving. This is a very large event with a lot of vehicles entering and exiting the event site. We encourage carpooling!

IS PARKING INCLUDED IN THE PARTICIPANT FEE?

Just like when you attend the San Diego County Fair or the races, there is a separate fee for parking. The parking lot is managed separately and there is a $13 cost per car CASH ONLY to park at the Del Mar Fairgrounds/Race Track complex. WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE CARPOOLING to reduce your per-person cost (plus it’s good for the environment!)

SHOULD I CARPOOL?

YES! For many reasons: 1) it’s environmentally friendly,  2) it’s cost effective, and 3) this is a very large event with a lot of vehicles entering and exiting the event site. Parking staff will direct you when you enter the gates. Please follow their directions and keep the flow of traffic moving.

WILL THERE BE FOOD AND BEVERAGE AFTER THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR 5K?

Yes – plenty, at the after party and San Diego County Fair! Please bring cash and your ID to enjoy the day’s numerous amounts of treats.

WHAT SHOULD AND SHOULDN’T I BRING TO THE EVENT?

Bring: your ID, cash for yummy things, and a great attitude for tons of fun! Dress in costume!

DON’T bring: Pets are not allowed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. BBQs, coolers, glass containers, skateboards and bikes are not allowed at the event (there are places to lock up bikes at the Main Gate to the Fairgrounds). There is no tailgating or overnight camping at the venue.

CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION: WHAT TO BRING?

You must bring a photo identification to pick up your race materials.

HOW DO I KNOW YOU RECEIVED MY ENTRY?

We will send you an email confirming your registration. As the race date approaches, we will contact you with more information.

WILL THERE BE A BAG CHECK?

Yes, we’ll have a complimentary bag check to keep your belongings safe while you’re on the course!

IS THIS A TIMED RACE?

There is no professional timing or timing chips, but there will be clocks at the start and finish lines so you may personally time yourself.

CAN I RUN/WALK WITH A STROLLER?

Yes, however you will be placed toward the back of the pack and let onto the course right after runners so they may advance forward safely for everyone’s benefit.

HOW DO I INQUIRE ABOUT SPONSORING OR MARKETING SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR 5K?

Please email our Sponsorship Director Keith Cunningham, keith@govavi.com

HOW MANY MILES IS 5K?

A 5K race is 3.1 miles. The race takes an average runner approximately 30 minutes to complete.

IS A CHARITY OR NON-PROFIT BENEFITING FROM THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR 5K?

This event is proudly benefiting CAF, Challenged Athletes Foundation’s® Operation Rebound® program. This is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue active, athletic lifestyles by offering access to funding for equipment, training, competition expenses, Military Medical Center Physical Training (MMCPT) and sports clinics. VAVi Sport and Social events have collectively donated over $250,000 for CAF over the past five years! Check out more on the program here!

HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?

Please email us at volunteers@sdfair5k.com and someone will follow up with you. Thanks so much for your interest!

DO I HAVE TO DRESS UP?

Not at all – however, many people dress in costumes at these events and it is recommended to make your experience even more fun and memorable!

 

 

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