FAQs

Where do I park on race day?

There are several parking lots around the downtown square as well as some on street parking. Parking signs will be posted to help you find appropriate lots. All are within walking distance of the start and finish lines. Click here for the parking map.

Does everyone receive a tech shirt?

Yes, all registered Half Marathon participants will receive a gender specific tech shirt--you choose when you register what size (including if you would like a women's or unisex) during registration.

Where do I pick up my race packet?

Your race packet and shirt will be available for pickup at our Health and Wellness Expo. Click here for more details.

Can I pick up my packet the day of the race?

There will be no packet pick-up on the day of the race.

Can a friend pick up my packet?

Yes. The friend needs a letter stating that you give them permission to pick up your packet. Please sign this and send it with your friend when they come to pick up the packet.

Am I allowed to walk the race?

Yes, but be mindful that the course is open for four hours and if you are on the course longer than that you may not have volunteer and aid station support.

Are dogs allowed to run with me?

Dogs are not allowed on the course due to safety concerns.

Are strollers allowed on the course?

Strollers are allowed, but we ask that you keep your child in the stroller for the duration of the course unless you are stopped at an aid station. 

What if I forgot to bring my chip with me the morning of the race?

In the unlikely event you forget to bring your chip on race day, and do not have time before the start to retrieve your chip, please visit the information tent by the start line and see a race official.

Can we keep our timing chip?

Yes. For 2022 we are moving to a bib chip that you will keep. 

Will the course be closed?

The course will have a rolling close. Volunteers and police will be placed at key intersections and road crossings to control traffic.

How far apart are the aid/water stations?

Aid/Water stations will be every 1.8-2.3 miles apart. Stations will be equipped with water and Gatorade. 

Is there an age limit on the Half Marathon?

Yes, participants must be at least 12 years of age on the day of the race in order to run in the Run Bentonville Half Marathon.

Can I get a refund?

Refunds will be granted in specific medical situations only. We are happy to give you your goodie bag and shirt if you are unable to run in the race for any reason. You may have someone pick it up for you with a signed copy of your registration confirmation, or we will mail it to you after the race if you live out of the area. If we are unable to hold the event due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be happy to transfer your registration to the following year. Please contact us with any questions regarding our refund policy.

I'm from out of town. Where should I stay?

The 2022 Run Bentonville Half Marathon host hotels for this years event: 

Courtyard by Marriott

LaQuinta Inn by Wyndham

How do I register to volunteer for the race?

Email run@bentonvillear.com for volunteer opportunities. 

Who benefits from the proceeds of the race?

The Run Bentonville Half Marathon is truly a community event. Bentonville Parks and Recreation relies on the revenue generated from the race for the creation and maintenance of new and/or existing parks and programs, departmental administrative costs, and other park amenities within the City of Bentonville. The race helps our team provide great programs like our 4th of July fireworks show and other great community events. Volunteer groups also receive money for their charities, organizations, and fundraisers. 

What are the future dates of the RunBentonville Half Marathon?

Next Years Race Date:

April 1, 2023

COVID-19 Information

Our focus will remain on safety based on the latest guidelines provided. We are working with both our local and state health agencies to provide a safe and healthy running event. 

Participants:

  • Do not participate if you are feeling sick, have a fever, are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19

Participants will have the opportunity to defer, not attend, or switch to a virtual event if they are uncomfortable with attending or are experiencing any symptoms, have received a positive test, or are currently in quarantine. 

How does the Run Bentonville Half Marathon Relay race work?

It's simple! Two people form a team to run the Run Bentonville Half Marathon and sign up using the Relay option in the registration website. One person on the team will run the first half of the race to the relay exchange point (Gilmore Park in the 2022 RBHM) where they will meet up with their teammate who will run the second half of the race.

What if I have a question that is not answered here?

Please email run@bentonvillear.com and we'll do our best to assist.

What day is the race?

2023 - Saturday, April 1

2024 - Saturday, April 6

2025 - Saturday, April 5

Can I change the distance that I originally registered for (ie switch from the half marathon to the 5K)?

Yes, please email run@bentonvillear.com if you would like to drop to a lower distance. All upgrades must be done at the late registration table during packet pickup. No refunds/credits will be issued for a decreased distance. You will have to pay the balance owed for an increased distance.

What amenities do I get for finishing?

All runners will receive a Run Bentonville Half Marathon branded participant shirt, JUNK brand headband, finisher's medal, FREE downloadable race photos, and FREE recovery snack options at the Finish Line Celebration presented by CEI Engineering. The Relay AND Half Marathon finishers also receive a finisher's jacket.

When does registration close?

Online registration will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 28. Late registration is available at the Health & Wellness Expo. There is NO race day registration.

When do registration prices increase?

Registration prices increase on the following dates for in-person racing options:

Half Marathon/Virtual:

$75: Labor Day - February 11, 2023

$95: February 12 - March 28, 2023

$110: In person registration at the Expo

 

Half Marathon Relay (2 person):

$50/each: Labor Day - February 11, 2023

$60/each: February 12 - March 28, 2023

$75/each: In person registration at the Expo

 

5K:

$30: Labor Day - February 11, 2023

$35: February 12 - March 28, 2023

$40: In person registration at the Expo