How can I register for Gopher?
Click on the Register tab.
Will there be day-of-race package pick up?
Package pickup will be on Thursday, 29 March, from 4-7 PM in the Track and Trail store, 4403 Albert Street, in Regina. Out-of-town participants can arrange a pick up by a friend or come to the race start at 6:30 AM (30 minutes before the start gun) and go to the package pick up desk.
What is included in the cost of registration?
In addition to the standard services (course support, medals, post race refreshments, winners awards, and finishers photographs), each registrant will receive a custom designed crunch bag and a custom designed piece of clothing.
Where does the race start?
The race starts and finishes in the parking lot to the Wascana Centre Authority, 2900 Wascana Dr.
What aid stations and supplies will be available on the course?
Half marathon runners will pass through three aid stations, full marathon runners through seven. The stations will be stocked with water, sports drink, and GU gels. In addition, refreshments and hot broth will be served at the finish in the Wascana Centre throughout the morning.
Are there finisher medals?
Yes. All finishers will get a custom medal with Gopher logo showing event name and year.
What is the race start time?
All distances start at 7:00 AM.
What is the course cut off time?
The course will be closed at staggered times for the runners reaching the finish at 12:00 Noon. Accordingly, the timing station will also close at 12:00 Noon. The runners finishing later than 12:00 Noon will record their times and email them to the race director or the timing coordinator by 5 PM after the event, in order to be included in the official results.
Are there winners awards?
Cash awards will be given to winners of three top male and female open category winners in marathon and half-marathon. The awards are $100, $75, and $50.
What about hotel accommodation?
A block of rooms is available in the Radisson Hotel Saskatchewan, about two kilometers from the Gopher Village at special Gopher Attack rates. To book, contact the hotel directly at 1-306-337-4309 and ask for “Gopher Attack Marathon”.
Will I be allowed to wear ear plugs on the course?
While the ear plugs are not expressly forbidden, they are not advisable for safety reasons. Sections of the course are on roadways and paths which are shared with vehicles and the runners should be alert to sounds and noises of the approaching traffic.
What will be the weather and the road conditions on the race morning?
Frankly, we do not know. (Surprise!) It is reasonable to expect near sub-freezing temperatures at the start time, rising 5 to 10 degrees Celsius by noon. The footing may include sections with packed snow and some ice patches. It is recommended to dress in layers with a wind shell and take along protection for extremities—gloves, hat, and face cover. The best footwear for the conditions will be trail shoes with aggressive grips. The runners who prepare for and respect the conditions will find the cold-weather running in Regina as pleasurable and rewarding as running in warmer climates.
Is Gopher Marathon a Boston qualifier?
Is there parking at the race start?
There is ample parking in the area. The course is an out and back loop with start and finish in the Wascana Authority parking lot.
Will there be gear drop off at the start?
If you are arriving without a car, you can leave your bag indoor in the Wascana Centre Authority building.