What is the registration and fee deadline?
Registration will open May 1, 2017 and will close at midnight on July 30, 2017.
Registration entry fee is $45, $35 for those with a military ID (including spouses), and $15 for anyone 8-17 years old.
You can also register on race day (8/6/17), but the entry fee will increase to $75 for all (i.e. no reduced fees for military or youth) and T-shirts will not be guaranteed.
No registration will be taken from July 31 – August 5, 2017. If you do not register by midnight on July 30, then you will need to register on race day and pay the $75 entry fee. Race day registration will be from 0800-0830.
There is no online registration fee. Entry fees are non-refundable.
How do I complete my waiver?
All waivers must be completed online no later than July 30, 2017. If someone registered for you online, then you will receive an email with the link to the online waiver. You must complete the online waiver yourself. Youth waivers must be completed by the guardian of anyone under the age of 18 in order to participate in the race. If you do not complete your waiver online, then the hard copy waiver must be completed, signed, dated and in our possession by July 30, 2017.
Will there be Packet Pick Up offered before race day?
Yes, packet pick up is offered and highly encouraged! You may pick up a packet on someone’s behalf only if you bring a hand signed permission note from them (with the exception of a parent/guardian picking up their child’s packet).
Packet Pick Up date/location/time to be determined.
Will we run every step?
The route will go up one 60-step flight over and down the next 60-step flight. You will either run up or down every step inside the Bowl. For those who want an extra challenge we are offering a 2 lap option – 3,256 steps! Check it out here: Race Route
How many stairs are there?
There are 814 stairs up and 814 stairs down (total 1,628 steps / total 3,256 steps for the 2 lap option). The steps range from about 6 inches to 11 inches high.
How do you determine start time?
Participants will line up fastest to slowest mile time. While not a perfect measurement, the mile is the distance many people will know–and it is a likely indicator of how quickly one will complete the race. We do reserve the right to move some people into slower time slots if we believe that it is a safer place for a participant to run. The race will begin following the national anthem at 0900 and will start with a cannon shot. Racers will leave on a 5-10 second interval. Individuals will leave with one or two other racers, depending upon the number of racers. We ask for your patience and understanding during this process. Walkers will follow the last timed runners. We intend to create a safe competitive event.
When should I arrive?
If you have registered, but not picked up your race packet prior, then you will need to arrive at 8:00AM. Packet pick up on the field is from 8:00AM-8:30AM. If you are registering on race day, then you will need to arrive by 8:00AM. Race day registration is from 8:00AM-8:30AM. The intent is to ensure the race starts on time at 9:00AM.
How long is the race?
I ran the one lap route with iMapMyRun and it is .73 miles. Do not expect to get anywhere near your ‘personal best’ for a mile time in this race. Last year’s times ranged from 10:47 to 40+ minutes. Check out the 2016 winning times!
How do I train?
Run stairs. Unlike many tower races, participants will go down as well as up. We encourage running stairs at local stadiums. Surprisingly the ‘downs’ tend to hurt more. Stair climbing equipment at gyms never train stepping down, and those muscles will certainly be exercised during this race.
What if I cannot finish?
No problem. Move off of the stairs and sit on the bleachers until you are fully recovered. Then simply walk down the bleachers and exit onto the stadium field.
Can I run/walk the stairs with a water bottle?
Yes, but it is not encouraged for runners. There are two water points along the race path and water at the finish line and food court. We do highly encourage hydrating prior to the race.
Can I run/walk the stairs wearing a backpack or rucksack?
No. The race is intended to be a footrace.
Can my friends and/or family meet me at the finish line?
Yes. The start/finish line is on the football field. All participants and spectators will remain on the field during the race. There is no entry fee for spectators, so come watch and cheer on the racers! Please encourage your friends and family to attend. This race is unique for spectators as they will be able to see the entire race unfold. Bear-crawling, walking, air-sucking like a Dyson vacuum cleaner…a pleasure to witness. We highly encourage a supportive, cheering crowd to motivate all the athletes.
Will there be medical assistance available?
Yes. To mitigate the risk of injury, drink water and please review the Rules page.
Will there be awards?
Yes. The race is mostly for “Barking Rights”, but there will be medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for male and female racers from the following age groups: 8-12; 13-17; 18-29; 30-39, 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+. There will also be an award for the overall top male and female.
Where do I park and enter onto the field?
Stadium High School has a three-tiered parking lot. Entrance for both spectators and participants is a short walk down North Stadium Way. All steps are part of the race, so no one is permitted to enter via the main entrance to the Bowl.
Is there a check-in for personal items?
No. Please keep valuables secured in the trunk of your car or invite your family/friends to watch the race and ask them to hold your items while they cheer you on!
Where do spectators sit to watch the race? Can I bring chairs?
On the football field. No chairs, but towels and blankets are encouraged.
Can spectators sit on the bleachers/steps?
No. Spectators will be permitted on the field only. Spectators are not permitted on the stairs for the safety of the racers.
Can I bring food or beverages on the field?
No. We need to protect the field- it is new and very expensive. There will be a food court at which you can eat and drink, but nothing is permitted on the field.
Will there be booths to visit?
Yes. Our community partners and sponsors will have booths on the field for you to visit and there will be a food court for spectators and participants to enjoy.
Are pets allowed at the race?
No animals are allowed except those brought by Kindred Souls Foundation. No exceptions as per the rules of Stadium High School.
Will the race be photographed and videotaped?
Yes. We will have photographers and videographers capturing the action.
Will you list the participants results on the website?
All results will be posted online after the race. View our 2016 results
Are there other ways to register for the race if I do not want to register online?
No. In an effort to save trees, ink, and hassle all registration is online. There is no online registration fee.
Who is the beneficiary of Unleashed at Stadium Bowl?
Kindred Souls Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization and Washington State registered charity. Read more about their good work by visiting their website and Facebook page.
How can I participate in the Community Partnership?
Secure 10 participants from your organization to race and receive a 10×10 booth/footprint on the field, Facebook recognition, your logo or name linked from our website to your website, your logo or name in our program guide, and the opportunity to showcase your group/organization to the other race participants. For more information and to learn about the victory celebration hosted by The Harmon, click here. If you would like to participate, please download the Community Partnership Form here (deadline for submitting the form is April 30, 2017)
How can I volunteer at this event?
If you would like to volunteer at the event, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (deadline to register as a volunteer is May 1, 2017 and volunteers are required to attend all meetings).