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What is the Hot Mamas Run & Baby Parade all about?

We are the first women’s-only 5k race in Oklahoma! The Hot Mamas Run & Baby Parade is designed to foster a spirit of health, happiness, confidence, and empowerment for women and their families. Our festivities exist to celebrate you, whether you are a 20-something gal trying to find your way in this world, a stay-at-home mom who often puts herself last, or a cancer-surviving grandmother.

Do I have to be a mom to sign up?

Nope! “Hot Mama” is a mind-set! Whether you are young, old, single, married, have kids or not, you don’t have to be a mom to be a HOT MAMA! Any woman (12 years and older) can be part of our event.

Do I have to be a runner to participate?

Not at all! The 5k race is open to participants of all abilities. Whether you are a seasoned runner or have never entered a race before, there’s room for you at the Hot Mamas Run! If you’re unsure you would be able to complete the 3.1 miles comfortably, you’re welcome to register for the 1-mile Baby Parade/Fun Run, even if you don’t have children or they aren’t joining you for our event. If you’re unable to participate but would like a memento, choosing the “Hot Mamas Relax” option on our registration form earns you an official Race shirt in exchange for a $25 donation.

Do I have to be a certain age to participate? Can my kids run with me?

The Hot Mamas Run 5k is only open to ladies ages 12 and up. The Baby Parade/Fun Run is available to women of all ages, as well as boys and girls under 12. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult female in order to participate in the Parade/Fun Run. Girls 12 and up must register separately from their guardian for either event.

What is a Baby Parade, exactly?

The Baby Parade is an untimed, non-competitive 1-mile course for women of all ages and children (boys and girls) under 12. Whether your children are 6 weeks old or 86 years old, they will always be your “babies,” and this is your chance to spend some quality time with them at our memorable event. Push a stroller, pull a wagon, or wear your baby in a wrap, sling, or carrier…however you show off your kiddos is fine with us, with one exception: please NO bicycles! Decorate your wagon or stroller or dress up in costume for a chance to win prizes, too!

**NEW for 2014: We’re adding an untimed Fun Run as part of the Baby Parade for women who’d like to run with their kiddos (unaccompanied children may not participate). Children (girls & boys) under 12 years of age are free with a registered adult female. Any ladies 12 years old or older must register separately. Learn more here.

Do you allow baby joggers/strollers?

Over the past two years, we’ve gotten numerous requests to allow strollers/baby joggers in the 5k event. This year, strollers and baby joggers may be used on the 5k course at the discretion of the registered participant. Because Mitch Park is generally hilly and the trail can be rough in spots, the Race Committee strongly encourages testing out the course with your stroller in advance of Race Day to ensure you feel comfortable with the terrain and it isn’t too bumpy for your little one. A map is available here. There is no extra fee to register a child riding in a stroller.

Can I participate in the Baby Parade/Fun Run AND the 5k?

Absolutely! Our registration form includes the option to do both events at a discounted price. Please plan accordingly so you have plenty of time between events without feeling rushed, especially if you are bringing children to the Baby Parade and/or planning to participate in the Float & Costumes contest. Register here.

Can I run with my dog?

Sorry, animals are not allowed at our event.

Where will the event take place?

The 2014 Hot Mamas Run & Baby Parade will be held at beautiful Mitch Park in Edmond (Covell Road, between Santa Fe and Kelly). This event is sanctioned by USA Track and Field and run on a certified course OK14004KH. You can find a detailed map of the course and parking lots here.

Do I have to register online?

Pre-race registration is only available online until 11:59 PM on September 24. If you are planning to pay with a credit or debit card, you must register online by this date. We will have walk-up registration at packet pickup (9/27) as well as on Race Day until 15 minutes before the event. Because we cannot guarantee an official race t-shirt to those who wait until Race Weekend to register, we strongly urge you to sign up online no later than September 15th. You can also save money by registering early, as the price goes up September 17th and again on Race Weekend.

When does registration close?

Online registration closes at 11:59 PM September 24th, 2014 unless race reaches capacity first. We will have a limited number of walk-up registrations available at packet pick-up and on Race Day. Register early, don’t miss out!

How much is the registration fee?

*Before September 17 | $30 for 5k; $20 for Baby Parade; $40 for both
 *September 17-24 | $35 for 5k; $25 for Baby Parade; $45 for both 
*Walk-up Registrations (September 27-28) | $40 for 5k; $30 for Baby Parade; $50 for both 
*Don’t want to participate but would like to watch? | That’s FREE! Come on out!

How will I know my registration has been completed?

You will receive a confirmation email from SignMeUp Receipt <RegServices@signmeup.com>. The subject line will be “SignMeUp Receipt with Confirmation Details”. Check your junk folder if you do not receive this email. You may also have your confirmation receipt re-sent by entering your email address and the approximate date you registered. This link is: www.signmeup.com/confirmation/100174  If you can’t remember when you registered or think you entered an incorrect email address, you can email Support@signmeup.com with the first four AND last four numbers of the credit card or debit card you used to register and they will be happy to look up your registration and send you a new confirmation receipt.

What is the schedule?

Both events take place Sunday, September 28, 2014. Judging for the Baby Parade will begin promptly at 9:30 AM, so please be in your places and ready to go if you are participating in the Float & Costume contest. The Baby Parade/Fun Run will take off at 10:00 AM (Fun Runners in the front of the pack with Paraders and floats following behind). Float & Costume awards will be presented at 10:30 AM sharp. The Hot Mamas Run 5k Race begins at 11:00 AM with awards starting at 12:00 Noon. Both courses will officially close one hour after the start of their respective events.

What happens if I place in my age group or win a raffle prize and can’t stay for the awards ceremony?

You or a friend or family member must be present to accept the award on your behalf. Medals, prizes, and raffle items will NOT be mailed or delivered.

Is there a rain date?

No, the Hot Mamas Run & Baby Parade will take place rain or shine. In the case of extremely severe weather, the National Weather Service will notify us of the need to cancel. All registrations are non-refundable.

Can men enter the events?

Nope, sorry! We love you, but the Hot Mamas Run is for women and girls only. Boys under 12 may join their mothers for our 1-mile Baby Parade/Fun Run. Guys, if you’re just dying to be part of our event, please let us know you’d like to volunteer. And of course, you’re always welcome to cheer on the ladies from the sidelines. If those options don’t satisfy you, you’ll just have to be content to sit idly by, holding your lady’s purse as she competes.

What happens if I get sick, or I don’t end up attending the race? Can I give my entry to someone else, or get my money back?

For insurance and liability reasons we cannot transfer registrations. All entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions. However, you are welcome to pick up your race-day packet and t-shirt even if you cannot attend the event. Packets and tees will NOT be mailed or delivered.

Where and when is packet pickup?

Packet pickup will be held at Elite Feet (1237 E. Danforth Road in Edmond) on Saturday, September 27 from 10–5 and at Mitch Park on Race Day starting at 8:30am.

Can I pick up a race packet for someone else?

You may pick up packets for friends who registered online prior to September 24, but please make sure they know you are picking it up for them, so they don’t come in themselves and find it missing. Walk-up registrations MUST be completed by the participant themselves, as we require a signed liability waiver from each individual.

How soon before the event should I arrive?

If you have already picked up your packet, we recommend you arrive 30-60 minutes before your event. You’ll want plenty of time to get through the port-a-potty line, lock your valuables in your trunk, secure your bib and/or timing chip, and visit with the other excited participants. If you haven’t yet registered or picked up your packet, plan to arrive 60-90 minutes early, as Race Day pick-up closes at 10:45 PM. Those participating in the Baby Parade/Fun Run and waiting until Race Day to register should arrive no later than 9:00 AM, to allow adequate time to register and get in place for the Floats & Costumes contest.

Is there gear check?

No, we do not offer gear check. Please leave any valuables at home, with a loved one waiting for you on the sidelines, or locked in the trunk of your car. The Hot Mamas Run cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items.

How do I find out my finish time?

Results will be posted online following the event. Check back on our site for a link after the race.

Who benefits from this event?

Everyone! Fitness and fresh air are essential to your well-being, making you a beneficiary of this event. Your loved ones also benefit from having happy, energetic, stress-free friends, wives, and mothers. We also donate event proceeds to Oklahoma-based organizations that serve women, children, and families. Our 2014 recipients are the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Programs and the CARE Center.

What should I wear?

Dress comfortably and appropriately for your chosen event. A good rule of thumb is “nothing new on Race Day,” which means, compete in the same clothes and shoes you wore during training. As for the Baby Parade, costumes are strongly encouraged and may earn you a chance to win prizes!

What medical information should I know before participating?

If you are new to exercise or just beginning a running program, please speak with your general practitioner regarding personalized advice. Listen to your body at all times, and let a volunteer know immediately if you aren’t feeling well during your event.

Are bathroom facilities available?

Yes, port-a-potties will be located near the Start and Finish lines. A diaper changing station will also be available for those with babies and small children.

How is the race timed?

The 5k race will be timed using disposable electronic chips attached to each participant’s shoe. These chips are yours to keep as a memento or can be returned to us for recycling.

Who is eligible for medals and awards?

5k Race awards will be given to the overall female finisher as well as the top three finishers in each age bracket. For the Baby Parade, awards will be given to participants showing the most creativity with their Floats & Costumes. For specifics, visit our Baby Parade page.

Is there an official race photographer?

We have an on-staff photographer as well as representatives from a local event photography business buzzing around, taking plenty of pictures. Following the event, come back here for a link to view photos by event, bib number, or last name. We also upload photos to Instagram and Facebook and encourage all participants to do the same and tag the official Hot Mamas Run page or use #hotmamasrun.

What if I have a question not answered here?

Please email HotMamasRun@gmail.com and we’ll get it answered!

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