Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about the race, packet pick-up and other race-related questions. If you didn’t find your answer here, please email us at Thanks from the Race Staff!

When is the deadline to register?

Online registration will opens September 1.

Online registration will be open through race day. You can register during bib/packet pick-up the night before the race between 5-8 p.m. or on race day beginning at 7 a.m. in the main ballroom of Lake Mohawk Country Club. If you are registering in person, payment will be by cash, check or credit card.

Do I have to register online?

You can register in person at Packet pickup between 5-8 pm or the morning of the race starting at 7 am. There is no guarantee that goody bags and t-shirts will still be available.

Can I register on Race Day?

Yes, but we encourage you to register ahead of time to save time and money! You can register on race day starting at 7 a.m. or the day before during bib/packet-pick up between 5-8 pm. Bib/packet pick-up and race day registration will be in the main ballroom of the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Payment can be made via cash, check, online with credit card, or Venmo.

Where and when is Bib/Packet pickup?

Bib/Packet pick-up begins Wednesday, Nov. 22 between 5-8 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Goodie bags are available while supplies last. Don’t forget to join us for the annual pasta party in the ballroom where you can meet your fellow runners and size up the competition! The pasta party, catered by Villa Capri, is free for registered runners and guests are only $5.

Bibs/Packets also can be picked up the morning of the race beginning at 7 a.m. in the ballroom.

What's in the goodie bags?

The contents of the bags are items that are donated by our sponsors. Not all sponsors give us items for the bags, and not all sponsors give us a lot of items –they give us what they can.

When we fill the bags, the fullest bags are always placed behind the pre-registered tables so that those who preregistered will get the bags with the most items. The bags behind the same-day tables typically only have a few items.

Packet pickup starts Wednesday night and bags are handed out on a first come, first serve basis. WE DO NOT sort bags by when you registered. We assess what we have at the end of Wednesday night and move bags from same day table to pre-registered table if needed.

There is no guarantee you will get a bag with a lot of items. Please be kind to the volunteers!

Can I pick up another runners’ bib?

Yes, but please be sure you will be able to get the bib to the runner. Once the bib has been issued, we will not be able to issue another one.

Where and when is the Pasta Party?

The Pasta Party, catered by Villa Capri II, is Wednesday, November 22 at 5-8 p.m. in the ballroom at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Registered participants are free and guests are only $5.

Where can I park?

Below is a list of available parking lots on race day. Please pay attention to posted signs and do not park where prohibited.

  • Lake Mohawk Country Club parking lot on West Shore Trail –parking is free to all Wednesday night and Thanksgiving morning
  • Mohawk Avenue School at 18 Mohawk Ave
Can I run with my dog or a stroller?

Yes, we welcome dogs and strollers. We do ask that anyone participating with a dog or pushing a stroller to please start at the back of the pack. The front of the pack is reserved for runners and USATF members.

Is the course USATF certified?

Yes, the course is certified and worth 500 points for USATF members.

Do I have to train for a 5K?

A 5k –3.1 miles — is attainable for most active people. You are not required to run the entire race and many people walk the course and are done in under an hour. Remember the goal is to have fun while raising money for Sparta Public Schools.

If you have a goal in mind or are new to running a 5K, there are many online resources for you. Here are a few favorites:

Can I run in the race if I have not registered?

NO! “Banditting” is running a race without registering. This is a fundraising event and the proceeds are used to support Sparta Schools.

What if I can't make it, can I get a refund?

No, there are no refunds. Even if the race is canceled due to severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances, there will be no refunds. Please remember the proceeds of the race are going to support Sparta public schools.

I can't attend this event, but can I still donate to Sparta Education Foundation?

Absolutely! All donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Click here to make a donation.