The Birdtown Half Marathon

Race Day is Saturday, May 18th, 2019


2019/05/18 08:00:00

The Birdtown Races


Start Time

8:00 AM

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Start Time

8:20 AM

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Start Time

8:40 AM

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Start Time

10:00 AM

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Race FAQs

Q: When and where is packet pickup?

A: Packet Pickup will be held on Friday, May 17th at Lions Gym from 3pm – 7pm

Lions Gym
4123 W. Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN 55422

Q: When does registration close?

A: Online registration closes Thursday May 16th, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

Q: When will I receive confirmation information?

A: An informational participant guide will be e-mailed to you around the beginning of May. ZapEvent will e-mail you a confirmation when your registration is successfully processed. Please bring an ID and either the printed confirmation from ZapEvent or on a smart-device (smart phone, iPad, etc.) at packet pick up.

Q: Will I receive a shirt?

A: Shirts are guaranteed for all folks who register on or before May 7th. If you register after this date, a shirt is not guaranteed. We will order extra shirts and have them available at packet pickup, but these are first come first serve.

Q: Will I receive a medal?

A: Medals are guaranteed for all folks who register on or before May 7th. If you register after this date, a medal is not guaranteed.

Q: Can I transfer my race entry?

A: No transfers of any kind are allowed. Sorry.

Q: Can a friend/family member pick up my packet/chip packet?

A: It is preferable that you pick up your own packet. But in certain instances we understand that you may be stuck in an exotic location and can’t make it to Birdtown. But, if your friend brings a copy of your ID or your registration confirmation they may pick up your packet. You are ultimately responsible for

your packet.

Q: I registered for one race and want to switch to a different race; is that possible?

A: Yes, it is possible to switch races until April 1, 2018 free of charge. After that a $10 transfer fee will be applied. If transferring up in distance you will be responsible for paying the difference. We will not refund a difference in price if going down in distance. Please contact the race director at on the transfer process. The final date to switch distances is Friday, May 13th.

Q: I cannot run the race anymore - can I get my money back?

A: Sorry, entry fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. No exceptions. Please keep in mind that we pre-order t-shirts, medals, food, etc. all based on registration numbers. Consider your entry fee a donation to the Robbinsdale Whiz Bang Festival and any other charity we choose to donate to. Thank you for understanding!

Q: Can I transfer my race entry?

A: Sorry, no transfers of any kind are allowed.

Q: Is there a time limit on the course?

A: Yes, there is a time limit for the half marathon. If you can finish in 3h 30mins or less you shouldn’t have any problem. That time is based upon maintaining a walking pace of 16 mins/mile.

Q: Where is The Birdtown Half Marathon, 8K and 4K starting/ending points?

A: All races will start and end in the city of Robbinsdale, Minnesota at Lakeview Terrace Park.

Q: Where should I park?

A: Parking is available across from Lakeview Terrace in the Legion/St. Petersburg parking lot and at the North Memorial Outpatient log.

Q: Are there road closures on the route?

A: Yes, West Broadway will be closed from 40th to 42nd from 7:30-9:30. Off ramps from Hwy 100 onto France ave will also be closed from 8:30-10:15

Q:Will there be parking allowed on the route?

A: No, there will be no parking available on the route. No parking signs will be setup by Friday and will be effective until Saturday at noon.

Q: How many water stops are on the courses?

A: 6 for the half marathon and 2 for the 8K. The 4K will not have a water stop.

Q: Are there aid stations on the route?

A: Yes, 4 aid stations in addition to medical spotters throughout the course.

Q: Can I wear headphones?

A: Yes, but they are discouraged. Wearing headphones can be a safety issue. But if you can’t run without Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” we’ll understand. Just be considerate of other runners and pay attention!

Q: Will the course(s) be certified?

A: No. (Yeah, we’re bummed too.) We had to alter our original course based upon construction. We do plan on certifying the course in year two.

Q: Is the race chip timed?

A: Yes. Our race is chip timed by Wayzata Results. Results can be found on their website after the race.

Q: Are the courses wheelchair friendly?

A: The 8K and 4K courses are wheelchair friendly. The half marathon course may be a challenge for wheelchair participants going through Sochacki Park (Pronounced So-Hockey Park). The trail going through the park may be muddy and wet making it difficult to navigate so wheelchairs will not be allowed on the half marathon course. We hope you understand.

Q: Are dogs allowed?

A: Unfortunately because of the limitations of our insurance, dogs are not allowed on the course.

Q: Are pacers provided?

A: Yes, the half marathon is paced! Look for the bright colored shirts and balloons!

Q: Are awards given out to runners?

A: Yes, Cash Prizes to the top overall Male and Female Half Marathon and 8K Finishers.
Age Group Awards to the top Male and Female in each age group for the Half Marathon and 8K.
Age Groups (for the first year): 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+
All awards are TBD.

Q: What is Birdtown?

A: Birdtown is the nickname for Robbinsdale. It all started…

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Ever wonder what the key to a successful race is? A slew of amazing volunteers! Our volunteers embody the spirit of Birdtown (a great attitude, positive vibe and endless smiles) and ensure that our event is a success – from start to finish. Our volunteers are runners and non-runners alike, with a shared passion for helping us execute a flawless event!

Register Here to volunteer for The Birdtown Half Marathon, 8K, 4K and Lil’ Birdie Fun Run:

Each volunteer will receive an awesome T-shirt. Volunteers over the age of 21, will receive a free beer from Robbinsdale’s own Wicked Wort Brewery.

The faster bird gets the worm!

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