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General Questions

Q: Has the date for the 2017 half marathon, 8K, 4K and Lil' Birdie Fun Run been announced?

A: The 2017 races are scheduled for Saturday May 20, 2016. (The weekend after Fishing Opener. Whew!)

Q: What time do the events take place?

A: The half marathon starts at 8:00am, 8K starts at 8:20 am, 4K starts at 8:30 am and the Lil’ Birdie Fun Run starts at 10:00am. (Times may be subject to change based on road construction.)

Q: Where should I park?

A: Parking will be at The American Legion and St. Petersburg Restaurant lots and North Memorial Health Care Outpatient Center. We will provide an overview of the available parking. Parking in any other parking lot is at your own risk.

Q: Can I volunteer to help?

A: Yes! Volunteers are an integral part of this all-volunteer event. There will be registration available for the different areas of the races. To register click here.

Q: What is Birdtown?

A: Birdtown is the nickname for Robbinsdale. Get it? Bird. Robin. Oh nevermind. Legend has it that in the early 80’s, a longtime resident, began to affectionately refer to Robbinsdale as Birdtown. At that time, there was tension in the air as the local school board considered closing Robbinsdale High School. However, those who grew up in Robbinsdale and attended the high school wanted the keep the ‘Robin’ spirit alive. Thus, the Birdtown moniker was born. Robbinsdale described a town on a map, but Birdtown meant something different. Birdtown was more about the character of her residents – wonderful, fun-loving people that exude modesty, integrity and generosity.
Help us keep the legend alive and run The Birdtown.

Q: Can we run with the Mayor of Robbinsdale, Regan Murphy?

A: Yes, you can! You can see him at the various training runs and also wearing a kilt at the race. Who doesn’t want to see the mayor running in a kilt?!

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Q: When does registration open?

A: Online Registration opens Dec 1, 2016 at 7am. (There will be a small convenience fee added to your registration at checkout.)

Q: When does registration close?

A: Online registration closes Thursday May 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Q: Is there onsite registration?

A: There will only be race day registration for the Lil’ Birdie Fun Run from 8:00am to 9:45am. There WILL NOT be race day registration for the Half Marathon, 8K or 4K.

Q: Do you allow paper registrations?

A: We are not accepting paper registrations. Our online registration partner, ZapEvent, is a fully secure registration website and your credit card information is never stored!

Q: How do I register more than one person on an order?

A: After you register yourself, click the “Register Another Activity or Person” button found on the Review Page. You can add as many people to an order as you want. The more the merrier we say!

Q: When will I receive confirmation information?

A: ZapEvent will e-mail you a confirmation when your registration is successfully processed. Please bring your ID and ZapEvent confirmation either printed or on a smart-device (smart phone, iPad, etc.) to packet pick up.

Q: When do I pick up my registration packet/chip packet?

A: ***UPDATE*** Mandatory Packet pick up will take place at Lions Gym and Wellness Center in downtown Robbinsdale on FRIDAY ONLY from 3:00pm to 8pm. Lions Gym is located at 4123 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale, Minnesota 55422 map.
There WILL NOT be packet pick up on race morning so please plan on picking up your packet on Friday.
Packet pick up is for ALL races: Half Marathon, 8K, 4K and the Lil’ Birdie Fun Run.

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

A: We’d prefer 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. A friend or family member can pick up your packet. You are ultimately responsible for your packet.

Q: Can I transfer my race entry?

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

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 May 10, 2017 11:59pm, free of charge. If going 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 committee at birdtownrd@outlook.com to request your race change.

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 Heart of Robbinsdale Community Foundation and any other charity we choose to donate to. Thank you for understanding!

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Q: Where are 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. 3769 Crystal Lake Blvd, Robbinsdale MN 55422

Q: Is there a map of the course?

A. Yes. Check out the home page. The links are located under each distance.

Q: Is there an elevation map?

A: Elevation maps can be viewed on the mapmyrun.com route pages.

Q: Will the course(s) be certified?

A: The Half Marathon course will not be certified this year due to ongoing construction. We are hoping to certify the 2018 race route.

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: 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 or less you shouldn’t have any problem. There will be a support/SAG wagon to keep you on pace. The city needs to have us reopen the streets so this pace will be enforced. If you cannot keep this pace you will be asked to leave the course or ride in the support vehicle. Sorry and thanks for understanding.

Q: Are the races walker friendly?

A: Although we encourage you to run the entire race we get it that you may need a walk break. No problem. Please refer to the time limit question above for pace requirements. You can do this!

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).

Q: Will there be a wheelchair division for the 8K or 4K?

A: Currently, we do not plan to have a wheelchair division. But that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t add them in the future.

Q: Are dogs allowed?

A: No, unfortunately our insurance provider, USATF, will not permit us to allow dogs on the course this year as part of their coverage. Yeah, we’re bummed too. We love dogs!

Q: Are strollers allowed?

A: You bet they are! But only on the 8K and 4K courses, not the half marathon. There are parts of the half marathon course that get narrow and may get wet/muddy and this creates a safety issue for other runners, your child and you. Please be conscious and respectful of other runners if bringing a stroller for the 8K and 4K.

Q: Are pacers provided?

A: Heck yeah! Who doesn’t love it when someone else has to keep track of time? The pacers are for the half marathon only.
Meet our Pace Team
1:35 Scott (Pace Captain)
1:40 Mike B
1:45 Bri R
1:50 Mike K
1:55 Eric J
2:00 Anthony Z
2:10 Yaniha G
2:20 Linda M
2:30 Sara R
2:45 Open
3:00 Open

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: Is there a sports drink offered?

A: We plan on offering some sort of sports drink.

Q: Are gels offered?

A: Hammer or Gu Gels will be provided for the Half Marathoners. They will be at the water stops located at mile 5 and mile 7. Anything after that probably won’t help you.

Q: Are there porta-potties on the half marathon course?

A: Yes, there will be 3 porta-potties on the half marathon course. Check out the routes for locations.

Q: Are there aid stations on the Half Marathon route?

A: Yes, there will be at least 1 aid station located after mile 7 in addition to North Memorial Medical personnel roaming 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 Copa Cabana we’ll understand. Just be considerate of other runners and pay attention!

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T-shirts, Medals, & Awards

Q: Do all runners get a finisher Medal and T-Shirt?

A: Shirts – THIS IS IMPORTANT! Shirts will only be guaranteed to those who register prior to May 1st. We cannot guarantee a shirt or specific size to those who register after May 1st.

All finishers will receive an equally awesome finisher’s medal partially sponsored by Citizen’s Independent Bank.

Q: Are awards given out to runners?

A: Yes, Cash Prizes to the top overall Male and Female Half Marathon ($200) and 8K Finishers ($50).
Age Group Awards to the top Male and Female in each age group for the Half Marathon and 8K. Last year’s age group award’s were bouquets of flowers provided by Paeonia in Robbinsdale. Make sure to stick around for the award ceremony to see if you won something. Bouquets will not be mailed out. Sorry.

Q: What are the age categories?

A: Age Groups: 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+

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The Birdtown Races

You can do this

Half Marathon

Early Bird: $40
thru January 31, 2017

  • Start Time
    8:00 AM
  • Length
    13.1 Miles
  • MapMyRun
    View Route
  • Feb 1–Feb 29:
  • After Feb 29:

Go get it


Early Bird: $30
thru January 31, 2017

  • Start Time
    8:20 AM
  • Length
    4.98 Miles
  • MapMyRun
    View Route
  • Feb 1–Feb 29:
  • After Feb 29:

Race day dash


Early Bird: $25
thru January 31, 2017

Lil' Birdie

Fun Run

thru Race Day

  • Start Time
    10:00 AM
  • Length
    Distances Vary Based on Age