What is the registration fee and deadline?
Registration entry fee is $50, $40 for those with a military ID & first responders, and $25 for anyone 8-17 years old. Online registration will open 5/1/22 and close at midnight on 7/31/22.

No registration will be taken the week before the race date and no race day registration this year.

There is no online registration fee. Entry fees are non-refundable.

How do I complete my waiver?
All waivers must be completed at time of online registration. If someone registered for you online, then ensure they use your email address during online registration so that you 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 close of online registration.

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 1) they have signed the waiver and 2) you bring a hand signed permission note from them or our authorization form (with the exception of a parent/guardian picking up their child’s packet).

No phone call or text permissions/authorizations will be accepted. The authorization form or a permission note must be a hard copy and signed by the participant and authorized individual. The authorized individual’s photo ID and a copy of the race participant’s photo ID must also be presented to release the race packet.

Pre-Packet Pick Up: Friday 8/5 from 4pm – 7pm at Lakewood YMCA

Race Day Packet Pick Up will be on Sunday, 8/7 from 8am – 8:30am on Stadium Bowl field.

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 have 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.

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. One-lap averages 22 minutes and two-lap averages 45 minutes. Check out the 2021 winning times!

Is there a time limit on the race?
Yes. Official chip timing will end at 10:45am. If you have not crossed the finish line by this time, you will not receive a chipped time and will not qualify for a medal.

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 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+. 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 gated entrances 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?
On the football field only.

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 chairs?
No chairs allowed, but towels and blankets are encouraged. Marked chairs and benches will be in and by the food garden which is covered by a tarp to protect the field per the school district rules.

Can I bring food or beverages on the field?
No. All food and drink must remain in our food garden that is covered in a tarp to protect the field.

Will there be booths to visit?
Yes. Some of our Community Partners, Sponsors, Vendors, and Kindred Souls Foundation look forward to meeting you!

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 2021 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 and ink 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 my organization participate in the Community Partnership?
For more information on the Community Partner opportunity, please click here. This option is now closed for 2022.

How can I sponsor this event?
For Corporate Sponsorship click here, for Individual Sponsorship click here, and for Best Friend Sponsorship click here

How can I volunteer at this event?
Complete and submit the Volunteer Form