Registration & Packet Pick Up Questions

How do I register?

You may register either online, in person at any of the packet pick up locations, or at race site on race day.

What is the easiest way to register?

Registering online is the easiest way to sign up.

Can I register at a packet pick up location?


Can I pick up a packet for a friend of family member?


Are credit cards accepted at packet pick ups?


Where do we pick up our packets?

See the Race Information page on the website for details.

Am I guaranteed a race shirt?

All pre-registered participants signed up by 6/14/19 are guaranteed the race shirt size they requested during the registration process. Late sign ups are not guaranteed the shirt size of their choice, shirts will be given on a first come first serve basis. We will do our best to get everyone the shirt size they want.

What type of shirts are being given?

Info Coming Soon!

Will I be able to change my shirt size?

You will not be able to exchange your shirt until after the race. You will be given the shirt size you ordered during registration, sorry but no exceptions.

How can I get a race shirt if I do not want to participate?

You may register as a 5K participant to receive a race shirt. You do not have to compete if you do not wish to do so. You may pick up your shirt at any of the packet pick up locations.

What will we receive at packet pick up?

You will receive your race shirt, race number, and timing tag.

What type of timing is being used?

Start2Finish Event Timing will be timing the event. We will use our new, state of the art MyLaps Electronic Timing System. Your timing chip will be on the back of your racing number bib. Participants must wear their number on the FRONT of their outer most garment.


Where is the race located?

McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212

What time does the race start?


Where is the race start?

Please see the Course Map page of the website.

What if it is raining on race morning?

The race will happen rain or shine.

When should I arrive?

Most runners plan to arrive at an event 1 hour prior to race start time. If you have not picked up your packet at a packet pick up, please arrive at least 1 hour in advance of race start.

How long will it take to find a place to park?

Around 5-10 minutes. To avoid long lines please arrive early.

Where do I park?

All participants will park onsite at McAlpine Creek Park.

Are baby joggers/baby strollers allowed in the race?

No, baby joggers nor baby strollers will be allowed as the course is not paved.

Are walkers allowed to participate?

Yes, please start towards the end of the pack.

Are runners allowed to run with dogs?

Dogs are not allowed at the Strides for Shelter 5K.

Can we participate as a relay team?

No, there are no relays for this race.

When are the awards?


What are the awards?

Please see the Awards page on the website.

If you have any other questions, please contact Start2Finish Event Management @ 704-893-3800.