FAQ

Be sure to read the entire Race Details page in addition to this FAQ to make sure you have all the necessary info about The Great Bay Half & Beyond The Rainbow 5k!

The earlier the better! We suggest arriving no later than 9 a.m. to ensure you have time to park, pick up your bib, stretch, and get to the starting line before 11 a.m.
Yes! Thanks to support from the Core Physicians at Exeter Hospital, we have a whole team of doctors and emergency specialists ready to help. There will be an ambulance at the Start/Finish (look for the popup tent with the medical logo on it). Many thanks to our Core Physicians who volunteer their time and expertise to the race!
For safety reasons, we discourage the use of headphones on the course. Truthfully, this is one of the prettiest routes you’ll find, both visually and aurally. Why not take a day off from the buds and enjoy the sounds of Spring and a “running conversation” with some new friends?
No, for safety reasons strollers are not allowed on the course during this race.
No, we love dogs but they’re not allowed on the course during the race.
There will be porta-potties at the Start/Finish and on the course at Mile 5.8 on Dame Road and at Mile 9.8 / 12.2 at the intersection of Bay & Cushing Road.
There will be five water stops during the half marathon: Mile 2 (water), Mile 4.5 (water + Gatorade), Mile 6.5 (water + energy gel), Mile 9 (water + Gatorade), and Mile 11 (water).

The 5k will have one water stop at Mile 2.

Yes, to be fair to our race marshals and water stop volunteers, the official end time is 3:30 hours for the half marathon. However, we keep race signs and water stops up until the final person finishes. The later water stops may be self-serve after 1:45p.m.

For timing, we’ll keep a watch running until the final person is in. If you’re not past mile 10 by 3 hours, we’ll divert you straight to the finish (eliminating the Moody Point section), but you’ll still receive a time and medal!

Yes, there will be a bag check in the basement of the Newmarket Community Church right at the Finish. Please pick up your bag right after you finish and BEFORE 2:45 PM. Loco Races is not responsible for lost or damaged property.
The course is not particularly spectator-friendly as it is one big loop. The course isn’t closed to car traffic but we strongly discourage any cars on the course for the safety of our runners. If you do drive out to watch the race, you’ll most likely be stuck in runner traffic and not get back in time to see the finish, so we recommend staying downtown to see both the start and the finish.
With the exception of the downtown stretch, the course will not be closed to car traffic. There will be runner lanes with cones, signs, and race marshals directing traffic.
Shirts are available in men’s and women’s sizes (S-XXL) sizes. You select a unisex size during online registration but we allow you to choose a different size at packet pick-up because we know that sometimes shirts fit a little differently than you expected. However, because people can change their minds at the last minute, we don’t actually know how many of each size to order. We do our best to estimate (and we even order extras), but sometimes we run out of a particular size. So, if it’s really important that you get a specific size, be sure to arrive at packet pick-up as early as possible.
For both the half and 5k, prizes are awarded to the top 3 men and women finishers overall, and to the top 3 men and women in the following categories: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Awards must be picked up at the red tent near the finish. They will not be mailed.
Yes, you may elect to drop down from the half to the 5k. There will be no rebate or price difference. Please contact linda@locorunning.com ASAP if you’d like to switch.
We’re sorry, but there are no refunds, transfers or deferrals.
The course is certified and accurate according to USATF standards. However your GPS measurement of the course is bound to be different and will most likely show the distance covered to be “long.” This is normal, and here’s a very technical explanation why: In GPS We Trust.

Still Have Questions?

Send us an email and we’ll respond within 48 hours!

Race Questions: mike@locorunning.com
Registration: linda@locorunning.com
Sponsors: arlon@locorunning.com