Fort4Fitness FAQ 

Registration FAQs

Course FAQs

Race Weekend FAQs

Other FAQs

Registration FAQs

How do I register for the race?

We will have detailed instructions explaining how to register as registration for future events opens. 

Email Fort4Fitness at info@fort4fitness.org for registration assistance.

 
For information on 2016 registration dates and pricing click here
 
  
Yes.  If you register online you should receive a confirmation email shortly after completing the registration process. Contact for any further questions.
 
 
 
 
No.  Entry fees are non-refundable.
 
 
Yes! All transfers will happen online during registration. To complete the transfer process the receiver of the registration will need to obtain the confirmation code from the original registrant. This will be a code that begins with a Q or M followed by 6-7 numbers. Then register online as usual. The code will be entered before the payment information. The transfer fee is $20. 
 
 
 
No.  For insurance and liability purposes we do not allow anyone who is not properly registered to run in our event. The bib number worn must correspond with the name of the registrant. But you may transfer your bib number to someone else (or vice versa) using our bib transfer process. See information in the above FAQ or on the Bib Transfer page.
 
          
No, we do not offer any special seeding option.  Corral assignments are based upon the information (anticipated finish time) provided by the participant at the time of registration. If due to your training you would like to adjust your anticipated finish time, please contact info@Fort4Fitness.org.
 
 
Yes!  Strollers will be allowed in the 4 Mile and 10K events in 2016.  When registering for the 4 Mile or the 10K please indicate if you will be walking or jogging with the stroller. 
 
 

Yes.  Competitive wheelchair athletes are welcome in all events!  Competitive wheelchair athletes (those who will not obtain assistance from others during the race) will need to indicate that during registration.  They will be assigned to the first corral and have the option of starting 5 minutes before the main field.  

 
Non-competitive wheelchair participants who will be pushed by someone else may register for the 4-Mile Walk and will be placed in the last corral.  Only one registration fee is required that will cover both the non-competitive wheelchair participant and assistant.  Just select the stroller/wheelchair option while registering for the 4-Mile event and you can indicate both names on the form.  If you have any questions, please contact us at info@Fort4Fitness.org.
 
 
Fort4Fitness offers the ability for you to transfer from one race event to another. Our online Race Transfer program will be available at a later date.
 
 
If you registered to push a stroller and have changed your mind, that’s perfectly fine. Just show up on race day without the stroller. If you would like to “add” a stroller, please contact info@Fort4Fitness.or if prior to the week of the race.  If you decide to "add" a stroller race week, please visit the Help Desk during packet pickup.  
 
 Runners are able to run in multiple events throughout the day. This is no longer a registration option. Participants will need to register for both races individually.
 
 
Setting a maximum number of participants for each races allows for more thorough pre-planning for the event. This will create an overall better experience for runners and walkers. 
 
 
No this is no longer a registration option. Runners are able to run all 3 races on race day if they choose to. These runners have the option to do this on their own by registering for the 3 races. These runners will get a total of 3 bibs, 3 finisher medals and 3 shirts (one for each race). Fort4Fitness will not be responsible for getting the runners back to the start line like previous years.  Runners will have to switch bibs in between races. Start line timing mats will still be in place for 30 minutes following the start of each race to allow for runners in multiple races.
 
No this is no longer a registration option. Double Play is the same concept as the previous Triple Crown.  Runners will be able to run 2 races on race day if they choose to. These runners have the option to do this on their own by registering for the 3 races. These runners will get 2 bibs, 2 finisher medals and 2 shirts (one for each race). Fort4Fitness will not be responsible for getting the runners back to the start line like previous years.  Runners will have to switch bibs in between races. Start line timing mats will still be in place for 30 minutes following the start of each race to allow for runners in multiple races. 
 
Course FAQs
 
 
The Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K course will be certified by USATF/RRCA. 
 
 
Yes. you can find them here. These maps are tentive and are not final until we have recieved approval from the city of Fort Wayne. 
 
 
 
The water/aid stations are shown on the course map. 
 
 
Yes. However, you must complete the course before the cut off time. The marathon must be complete in 6 hours or less (13 minutes and 45 seconds per mile pace) half marathon participants must be able to complete the 13.1 miles in 4 hours or less (18 minute 18 second per mile pace), 10K participants must be able to complete the 6.2 miles in 125 minutes or less (20 minute per mile pace) and 4 mile participants in 80 minutes or less (20 minute per mile pace). If participants are not able to maintain the required pace, they will be asked to stop and be transported back to the finish line by race officials.
 
 
Yes, ONLY if they are officially registered for the race, have signed the liability waiver and are wearing a race bib. Only registered race participants are permitted on the course. 

The only exception to this is during the Kids Marathon and the Senior Marathon "Final Mile" when parents or other assitant or aide may participate without separate registration. 
 
 
 
Yes. We do our very best and keep participant safety at the top of our priority list.

Fort4Fitness is proud to provide the following to ensure the course is as safe as possible:
  • Working with the City of Fort Wayne to have clean streets
  • Working with the police department to help with vehicular traffic
  • Utilizing Amateur Radio Emergency Services along the course
  • Clearly marked signs to help direct participants
  • Many water/aid stations and hundreds of volunteers along the course
  • An extensive EMS plan that includes ambulatory service, roving course marshals, and medical staff at strategic locations
 
Runners will have 6 hours to complete the course. To finish in 6 hours, a 13 minutes and 45 seconds per mile pace is required. The course will no longer be closed after 6 hours. 
 
 
There will be a “Marathon Lane” that will run along Baker St and make the turn down Harrison. This will allow them to not be effected by the mass start if that is when they would be arriving at to that point. 
 

We will be adding a water station along Baker Street that will be unique to the marathon runners. We will be adding volunteers to cover that water station along with the small stretch of the marathon course that does not overlap with the other Fort4Fitness races.

To create the full 26.2 distance, an additional lap will be added to the start of the race. Runners will begin to run the 4 Mile route but will turn right on Hoagland off of Packard. They will reconnect to the 4 mile course once they reach Pontiac. Creating this lap gives the correct distance to reach the full 26.2.
 
Race Weekend FAQs
 
 
Packet Pick-Up is at Parkview Field on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 12 PM to 9 PM.

Packet pick up on Saturday morning will be allowed if you have circumstances that prevent you from picking up your race packet on Friday night. You must fill out the Race-Day Packet Pickup form which is available on the website on the Forms page.
 
You may pick up another participant's packet if you bring a copy of their bib confirmation email with you (or have it with you on your smartphone).

Groups of six or more individuals can qualify for group packet pick up. The Group Packet Pickup form will be made available at a later date. 
 
 
The normal high in late September/ early October in Fort Wayne, Indiana is 72 degrees and normal low is 48 degrees.
 
Does Fort4Fitness have a Gear Check service?

Yes.  Gear Check is open from 6:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 30th, 2016 and is located on the first base side of the concourse level of Parkview Field by the batting cages. A Gear Check tag is provided with your race number. For safety and security purposes we do not accept luggage or similar style bags. Please use a clear or plastic grocery bag. 

Contact if you have left behind any items after the race.
 
 
All races share the same start and finish lines. The start line is just north of the intersection of Baker and Harrison Streets in downtown Fort Wayne. The finish line is at home plate of Parkview Field baseball stadium at the corner of Ewing and Brackenridge Streets. 
 
 
The 2016 start times are:
 
Marathon:               7:00 am
10k:                        7:30 am
Half Marathon:        8:30 am
4 Mile:                    10:30 am
 
Please plan on being at the starting area a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start of your race. Please also allow plenty of additional time for travel, traffic and parking.
 
 
Please check the travel page of our web site for more information and parking tips.  Carpooling is highly recommended.
 
 
Yes, please make sure your race number is visible from the front at all times. People will not be allowed in the starting area, served at the water stations or allowed onto the Parkview Field playing field unless they are displaying a race number.
 
 
We strongly recommend not wearing headphones.
 
Fort4Fitness’ position on headphone use is now as follows: Fort4Fitness is an event that brings people together to share a common endeavor.  At times race officials may need to relay important instructions for participants to hear, we are STRONGLY recommending against the use of headphones, but we will not be officially prohibiting their use. Please exercise caution and remain alert to your surroundings if you choose to wear headphones. Also, promptly remove your headphones if race officials (e.g. course marshals, police, etc.) are communicating information.
 
          
Yes, there will be awards based on age and finish time for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 4 Mile races.  
 

Overall awards are based on gun-to-chip time for the published race.  Age group awards are based on chip-to-chip time.

These divisions will be annouced at a later date.
 
  
The grassy area along the outfield concourse is a great runner reunion area.

Please note that wheelchairs will be directed to go down the clubhouse ramp near the first base dugout and ride the elevator to the concourse level. Strollers and other wheeled devices will exit the field using the serpentine ramp in the right field corner.
 
 
The unofficial race results will also be posted online on event day.  A link to results will be available on the home page of this web site. Official results will be posted within 10 days of the event.
 
 
Marathon Runners will most likely be receiving a unique shirt and medal differentiating them from other runners.
 
Other FAQs
 
 
Great! It takes over 1,000 volunteers to make Fort4Fitness happen. There are many different opportunities to volunteer not only on the festival weekend but also in the days and weeks leading up to the Fort4Fitness. Contact
 
 
Click here for Spring Cycle Expo Application, OR click here for the Fall Festival Expo Application. 
 

Contact

Other Ways to get involved?

Yes!  Please contact info@Fort4Fitness.org