FAQ

General Questions

How can I sign up for other J&A events?

Click here to view & sign up for our other events!

Are headphones (iPods, mp3 players, etc) allowed during the race?

Headphones and other listening devices are allowed for any runner who is not competing for a cash prize. Please just be alert of any runners or vehicles that are around you.

Why do I need to register for a Rider Bib and what do I get with my Rider Bib?

For your continued safety, it’s important that race officials are aware of each person on the race course.  In a medical situation, your emergency contact information will be obtained from your rider bib.  Rider bibs give you access to the race course only.  Riders do not receive any race swag, including but not limited to; race shirt, medal, finisher item, finisher food, etc.  A rider is permitted to register, at the current registration rate, as a race participant instead of as a Rider if he/she wishes to enjoy all of the race benefits.

Are baby joggers, strollers or pets allowed during the race?

If you choose to run with a baby jogger, you must seed yourself in the last corral–behind all other runners and you must register your child, at no charge, for a Rider Bib during registration.  Already registered? Click here to add one now. It is your responsibility to make sure your baby jogger does not impede other runners, and you must take extra precaution to ensure your safety, your child’s safety, and the safety of the runners around you. We reserve the right to pull any participant from the race who is endangering other runners or themselves. Pets are not permitted in any of the Harbor Lights events.

I’m registered to run and I’ll be pushing a Rider on the race course. How do I sign up my Rider to get a Rider Bib?

Only people with a bib will be permitted on the race course.  Riders will need to register for a Rider Bib, at no charge, during registration. If you are already registered, click here to add one to your registration.

Can I defer my entry to next year?

You may defer your registration from the 2016 Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon Weekend to the 2017 event.

The fees to defer a registration are:
$60 for Get Nauti Challenge
$40 for Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half
$25 for Chartway 5K

You may only defer to and from the same event: 2016 Get Nauti Challenge to 2017, 2016 Half Marathon to the 2017 Half Marathon, 2016 5K 2017 5K. Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances.  All deferrals must be made by Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm.  After that time you will not be able to defer to the following year. You may only defer an entry once (I.e., if you deferred your 2015 entry to 2016, you will not be able to defer it again in 2016 to 2017.) There will be no deferrals at the Sports and Fitness Expo.

Click here to defer your entry to 2017.

Will I receive a refund if I cannot attend? Can someone else run with my number?

If you purchased the Registration Fee Reimbursement Plan with Allianz Global Assistance during registration, you may be eligible for a refund through that service. Click Here for a list of what they cover. Click here to file your claim or call  1-866-884-3556

Without the Registration Fee Reimbursement Plan, there are absolutely NO refunds, even in the event of race cancellation, NO exceptions.

There are two options for transferring your current race registration to another person. Click here for details.

What can I do before and after the race?

There are many fun things to do during race weekend. Click here to find activities.

What will the weather be like in Norfolk during November?

The average high is 60 degrees and the average low is 40 degrees during November.

Where can I find a course map?

Click here for the course maps for the Blue Moon Harbor Lights Half Marathon and 5K.

Are the races walker friendly?

Yes, we will have plenty of participants who will walk. The 13.1 mile course will be open for 4 hours, which equates to a 18:19 minute per mile pace. Participants on the 5k course must maintain a 20 minute per mile pace.

What are the age limits for the races?

You must be 12 years of age to run the Half Marathon. We encourage participants of all ages to join us for the 5k (Parents or guardians are encouraged to run with their minor children but must be registered for the race. Responsible adult family members must be present at the finish to receive their minor children as there will be no additional security beyond the secured finisher’s area, and no specific parent/child reunion area)! The Final Mile is limited to children 12 and under.

How can I sign up for the event?

Click here to register now.

What do I get for my entry fee?

All Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon and 5K participants will receive a short sleeve technical shirt. The Final Mile participants will receive a cotton t-shirt. All finishers will receive a unique finisher’s medal and all Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon finishers will receive a finisher’s gift. All participants are invited to the post-race festivities.

Packet Pickup

Can I have my packet mailed?

If you cannot pick up your packet during the Expo hours and do not have someone else that can pick it up for you, For a fee of $25, we can mail you your packet. Please click on this option during registration. If you are already registered and would like to add it to your registration, please click here. The packet mailing option will close on October 18, 2016 at 11:59PM. Packets will be mailed the week of November 7th.

Do you take credit cards for registration on Saturday?

No, we only accept cash for registration.

Can I register on race day?

We will NOT have race day registration. If the race has not sold out, we will have registration for the 5K, Final Mile and Half Marathon on Friday, November 20th and the Half Marathon on Saturday, November 21st during packet pickup. Rates increase race weekend. Cash Only!

Where is the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center?

1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, Virginia

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

Yes, as long as they have a copy of your photo ID and a letter signed by you providing permission for that person to pick up your packet. Click Here for a sample permission form. If you are picking up race numbers for others, you must have your ID, a note from the persons you are picking up for authorizing you to pick up their packet and a copy of their ID – NO EXCEPTIONS. You may pick up a family member’s race packet as long as your last name is the same and you have your ID.

How will I receive my race packet?

You must pick up your race packet prior to the event. If you are 16 or older, you must have your ID to pick up your race number – NO EXCEPTIONS. You can pick up your packet during one of the following times:

Friday, November 18, 2016, from 2:00pm – 7:00pm at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center

Saturday, November 19, 2016 7:00am – 3:00pm – 5K  at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center

You can have someone else pick up you packet for you as long as he or she has a copy of your photo ID and a letter signed by you providing permission for that person to pick up your packet. Click here for a sample permission form. If you are picking up race numbers for others, you must have your ID, a note from the persons you are picking up for authorizing you to pick up their packets and a copy of their IDs – NO EXCEPTIONS. You may pick up a family member’s race packet as long as your last name is the same and you have your ID.

If you cannot pick up your packet during the Expo hours and do not have someone else that can pick it up for you, For a fee of $25, we can mail you your packet. Please click on this option during registration. If you are already registered and would like to add it to your registration, please click here. The packet mailing option will close on November 2, 2016 at 11:59PM. Packets will be mailed the week of November 7th.

Race Information

Will there be pace groups for the Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon?

Yes, we will have the following pace groups: 1:35 (7:15/mi), 1:45 (8:02/mi), 1:52 (8:35/mi), 2:00 (9:09/mi), 2:15 (10:18/mi) and 2:30 (11:27/mi). Please check out our Pace Groups page for more information!

Do I need my ID for the finish line party?

You will need a wrist bracelet provided by the Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon and 5K in order to drink beer at the post-race party. You can get this bracelet by showing us your ID at the expo (special ID Check booth) or at the post-race party. Registered Half Marathon participants 21+ get 4 free beers and 5K participants 21+ get 2 free beers at the post-race party. Beer will also be available for purchase for spectators or runners.

Will spectators be allowed to view the finish?

Yes, there will be plenty of space to view your runner finish. We also invite you to stay and take part in the post race party.

Is there a time limit?

Yes, participants in the Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon are limited to 4 hours, an 18:19 minute per mile pace.

What times do the roads re-open?

A complete listing of street closures and times will be posted closer to the event date.

What time should I be there?

We encourage all participants and spectators to arrive prior to 7:00am to ensure parking availability and allow for adequate time to drop off bags, warm up, and get in the start corrals.

Is there a dry bag check?

We will have a dry bag check for both the 5K and the half marathon, located near the finish line in Town Point Park. See finish line map here. The 5K dry bag check will open at 6:30am and close at 10:00am. Half Marathon dry bag check will open at 6:15am, and close at 12:15pm. You must pick up your bag immediately after your race in the same location at which you dropped it off. As a safety requirement, every runner will receive a clear plastic bag at packet pick-up that MUST be used for your gear check bag. We WILL NOT accept any other bags. All race bibs will include a gear check tag that will need to be removed from your bib and tied to the bag before you turn it into gear check on race morning. J&A Racing is not responsible for any lost items so please do not leave valuables in your dry bag.

What are the event start dates and times?

Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon: Sunday, November 20, 2016, 7:30am

Chartway Norfolk Harbor 5k: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8:00am

Mile Run: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9:30am

What are the pace times for each corral?

Chartway 5K Corral Info

Corral Finish Time Range
1 0:28 & Under
2 0:28 – 0:30
3 0:30 – 0:35
4 0:35 – 0:45
5 0:45 & Over

Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon Corral Info

 

Corral Finish Time Range
1 1:52 & Under
2 1:52 – 2:00
3 2:00 – 2:20
4 2:20 – 2:30
5 2:30 & Above

Where can we park for the races?

There are plenty of public parking garges in Downtown Norfolk near the start/finish. Click here for detailed parking information.

Will there be Gatorade and energy gels on the course?

There will be Gatorade Endurance Formula, lemon lime flavor, at all water stops. Energy Gels will be handed out in a variety of flavors on the course at around mile 7 for the half marathon. Make sure you train with them before the race if you plan on grabbing one.

Will there be water stops?

Yes, there will be water stops approximately every 2 miles on the course.

Awards

Where will photos of the race be posted?

Marathonfoto Photography pictures can be found HERE after the race.

Where will my results be posted and do you have runner tracking?

Results can be found HERE after the race.

Runner tracking will be available. You can sign up once the first round of bib numbers are assigned (mid-October). If you have any questions about runner tracking you can email timing@jandaracing.com.

Will the race be timed?

Yes, it will be timed by J&A Racing.

What are the overall and age group awards?

Click here for a complete listing of the overall and age group awards.

Will there be an awards ceremony?

No, awards will be mailed to all recipients after the event.