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WRM FAQ: Pre Race

Is there a time limit?

 Yes.  The time limit is 7 hours.  Runners still on the course at 2:00 pm will be picked up. 

Can I change my registration?

  Yes.  You can manage your registration details through RunSignup.  Log in, review your Profile to see and manage your upcoming races.  

Where do we go?

181 Mabel, Cotter, AR 72626 is the address for Cotter Schools.  You'll see plenty of signage to pull you right into packet pickup and our base of operations. 

What is this race like?

The following is an unsolicited quote regarding a previous WRM:

“It’s a small race – ..... It was flat and fast, attracting those hoping to qualify for Boston. A friendly and low-key attitude appeals to ultra- and trail-runners who want a quick road race. And being relatively cheap with flexible registration and packet pickup attracts the 50-Staters and Marathon Maniacs.” - Anna Ritz www.starrunnersmemphis.com

Can I register on-site?

Because we strive to provide a high quality event, on-site registration will only be available on the Friday evening proceeding the event during packet pickup If the event has sold out prior to this date, on-site registration will NOT be available.​   Regardless of registration numbers, we will NOT have race-day registration available.  The only exception to this rule is for RRCA Grand Prix Marathon runners.  Due to RRCA Guidelines we must allow these athletes the option to register on-site race day. 

Registration Limit?

Yes.  Because we strive to deliver a quality event, we limit the total number of participants to 750.  This keeps the course less congested and allows us to provide better services to our runners.  The 5K event is the only event that we segregate with its own limit, which is set at 100 participants. 

What time will online registration close?

If the event has not sold out, online registration will close at 11:59 pm Nov. 19, 2020.   

Where is packet pickup and registration?

You can pick up your packet as well as register at the Cotter School (if race has not sold out) in Cotter, AR Friday, Nov. 20th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  ALSO, you can pickup your packet on Nov. 21st (Race morning) at the Cotter School from 5:00-6:40 a.m.  

On-site registration will only be available on Friday evening from 5:30-7:30 If the event is not sold out

Can I pick up my packet on Saturday/race morning?

 Yes, packet pick up on Saturday will be from 5:00 - 6:40 a.m.  

What city should I fly into?

Check with the airports at Branson, Missouri,  Little Rock, Arkansas and Springfield, Missouri. Branson is 1.5 hours away, Little Rock is 3 hours away, Springfield is 2 hours away.  .

Can I defer to next year?

Sort of...It is our policy to provide those who cannot attend a coupon code for 50% off of the proceeding year's event.  Requests received less than a week out of race day will not be eligible for deferral.  Review our policies HERE

Is this the first time for this marathon?

Nope! 2020 will be our 17th year. 

How many runners do we expect?

We expect to have a 750 runner sell out!

Are strollers permitted?

Strollers are only permitted for those doing the 5K.  Because this is not a 100% closed course, and for safety reasons, we wish to get strollers off the course before the field thins out. 

Is this the same course as last year?

YES! This is the same awesomely flat course!

The finish line is approximately 1 mile from the start. Shuttles will take runners, friends, and family to and from the finish line and the school during the race. 

What happens to the clothes/hats/gloves that are tossed aside on the course?

Our volunteers collect all items tossed aside, wash them, them make a donation to one of the local thrift stores (Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc.).  If you drop items at any part of the course, consider it a donation.

Are earphones / music permitted?

This is an open course - we prefer you to NOT wear earphones.  

We cannot police the use earphones, but please take into consideration that this is an OPEN COURSE.  Runners who feel the need to sport earphones should use common sense, keep volume low, wear only one earphone, etc. so you can be in tune with your surroundings 

WRM FAQ: Race Day

How will aid stations be spaced?

Approximately every two miles.

What will aid stations provide?

All aid stations will be stocked with Tailwind, GU gels, water and possibly fruit, candy bars & pretzels. 


Approximately every 2 miles along the course, and there are restrooms located at Cotter School at the start and also at the finish along the river next to Denton Ferry RV Park. 

Are walkers welcome?

 We welcome all walkers. We do ask that they position themselves behind the runners at the start and mind the 7-hour cut-off.   

What sort of weather for this time of year?

The weather for this time of the year is very unpredictable. Typically the start is in the low 30s and warms to the 50s. 

Check out Cotter, Arkansas weather HERE

What happens to my chip?

Our races are chip timed, and it is required of our runners to return their shoe chips after completing their race.  

When is the start?

 7:00 am for all races. 

Are there shirts?

 Yes, we don't go cheesy on shirts! Enter by October 1st, to guarantee shirt size on race day!  

Where do I park?

 Park within the school parking lots or look for the attendants to direct you. 

Is this race a Boston Marathon Qualifier?

 Yes, only the marathon. The Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K are all USATF certified courses. (See Certification Numbers on Course Maps and Info Page.) 

What is my Boston Qualifying time?

 Visit the BAA site here to learn about Boston Qualifying Standards  

What is the course like?

  It is flat and runs along the scenic White River with bluffs on one side of the road. Very beautiful course and yes, it’s FLAT! We start at Cotter School and down the hill, run the out and back course and finish along side the river.. The finish line is approximately 1 mile from the start. Shuttles will take runners, friends & family to and from the finish line back to Cotter School during the race.  

WRM FAQ: Post Race

What's with the shoe recycling?

WRM is working in conjunction with Eco Sneakers to provide a place for you to bring your used shoes to be recycled.  Bring us the old and busted to the gently used.  Shoes will be distributed to those who need shoes as well as ground up and turned into track and playground surfaces. 

And those finisher medals!?

All half and marathon finishers will receive a finisher's medal.  Not to brag, but our medals are pretty sweet!  

There are division awards for all races as well as men's and women's overall awards for each race.  

I won an award, how do I get it?

 Awards are given at the post race meal.  Approximately 8:30 for 5K, 10:30 for the Half and 12:30 for the marathon.  If you have won an award and did not pick it up, upon emailed request to rd@whiterivermarathon.com, your award can be mailed to you.  We do NOT automatically send awards to those who did not pick them up.  

Are showers available?

Showers are available at Cotter school. Bring your own towel and soap. 

What about post-race meal?

We will be serving a pot-luck meal for all runners and their families at 10 a.m at the Cotter School.