Other Policies

Managing a trail race takes many hours of planning and up-front expenses.  We want to be flexible and accommodate as many of the participants’ personal needs as possible.

Thus, we respectfully have the following policies:

Swag
Dirty Trail Series – Participants who sign up during early registration are guaranteed the advertised swag in their chosen size.  Participants who sign up after early registration may be offered an alternative swag item based on availability and may receive swag by visiting the registration table after the event.

All Events – Swag will be available at packet pick up and on race day.  WRR is unable to deliver, ship, or arrange swag pick up after the completion of an event.

Age Limits
We follow the RRCA Fundamentals of Youth Running guidelines for youth running which state that it is healthy for children to participate in age appropriate running events.  You can check out all ten developmental principles that guide training and racing for young distance runners on the RRCA website.
Western Reserve distance age limits:

  • 5k – Children 9 and older
  • 5 Miles – Children 12 and older
  • 10k to 25k – Children 15 and older
  • Marathon and above – Participants must be 18 or older

Dogs
We will allow dogs to run in races under 25k on the condition that they are kept on a non-retractable lead.  Participants running with their furry friends may also be asked start the race in a separate wave, about 1-2 minutes behind the main start.  This will not affect your time, we will subtract the difference between start times so that participants running with dogs are still able to remain competitive.
The exception to the wave start will be our Muddy Paws race in July.  This race is a fundraiser for the HSGA and is specifically designed to accommodate dogs.
Please Note- Dogs are not permitted at Camp Manatoc for Leave No Trace Half Marathon.  Kindly leave your pooch at home for this race.

Jogging Strollers
We allow participants to run with jogging strollers in the following road races:

  • Akron Rubber Ducks 5k
  • Frosty5 and Mistletoe Mile
  • Happy 5k

Participants running with strollers should start in the back and may be asked to start the race in a separate wave, about 1-2 minutes behind the main start.  This will not affect your time, we will subtract the difference between start times so that participants running with strollers are still able to remain competitive.
Please Note- We do not allow participants to run with jogging strollers in trail or endurance races.