FAQ 2017-06-02T16:12:18+00:00


We’ve tried to cover off everything but if the information you are looking for is not here – please get in touch info@bandontherun.ca

Info on ROAD CLOSURES can be found here.

I’m thinking about registering but was wondering…

Do you have Finisher Medals? 2018-01-26T20:23:33+00:00

Yes. All participants will receive a Finisher Medal.

We do offer iTab to personalize your medal. iTaB fits perfectly into your Band on the Run medal. Collect your medal at the finish line and your iTaB will arrive in the mail a few days later engraved with your Name and Finish Time. A great way to celebrate your achievement.

The cost of iTab is $12. You will have the option to purchase iTab when you register. If you have already registered and would like iTab – please contact us at support@bandontherun.ca

Can I enter a TEAM? 2017-01-25T22:05:53+00:00

We love TEAMS at Band on the Run. Friends who train together are far more likely to meet their goals. Friends who run together on race day have way more fun! And, as you know, we are all about fun. TEAMS of ten or more will receive a complimentary race registration.

The full details on how to register a TEAM and get your complimentary registration can be found here.

What is the average temperature at start time? 2018-01-26T20:25:25+00:00

It is impossible to predict exactly what the weather will be like. Band on the Run always takes place on the second Saturday in June. For the last four years the morning has been cloudy with temperatures between 12 to 18 degrees Celsius.  In 2016 there was some light rain at about 8am. Typically we’ve been lucky enough to have sunshine at the afternoon Music Festival with temperatures between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. Fingers crossed that this ideal weather configuration stays consistent for 2018!

What if it rains on race day? 2017-01-25T21:32:59+00:00

Races will take place rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, routes may be altered. Races will be canceled only if absolutely necessary for the safety of participants, volunteers and event staff. In this case, there will be no refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk.

What’s the course like? Hilly? Flat? Fast? 2017-01-25T21:31:09+00:00

HILLY!! The 5k is not too bad – just enough hills to make it scenic and interesting. The 10k is challenging. The Half Marathon will make you swear – we’re not going to sugar coat that one. If you are looking for flat & fast – this is probably not the race for you. If you are looking for FUN and CHALLENGE then this is for you.

What is the VIP Package all about? 2018-01-26T20:31:06+00:00

We’d like to treat YOU like a rock star for the day! As a VIP you will get: Access to a VIP area for secure bag check, treats and sponsor gifts a VIP race t-shirt and the extended refund policy. Runners can upgrade to VIP for a $29.95 fee.

Is this a chip-timed race? 2017-01-25T21:25:25+00:00

Yes! We are pleased to have top of the line “chip-on-the-bib” chips. These are disposable, flexible and light and they are attached right to the back of each race number bib.

The 5K Walking category and the Kid’s Fun Run are recreational categories and will not be chip timed.

Are there Aid Stations? Ports-potties? How many? What will they have? 2017-03-02T19:42:11+00:00

Of course! There will be a total of 5 aid stations along the 1/2 marathon course. Because the course is an out and back format, you may pass by them more than once. That means you’ll pass by 9 aid stations on the 1/2 marathon route, 3 stations on the 10k and 1 aid station on the 5k route.

Here’s what you can expect at each Aid Station:

  • Water
  • Electrolyte Drink
  • First Aid
  • Porta-Potties
  • Enthusiastic Volunteers!
Will there be Race Day Packet Pick-up? 2018-01-26T20:36:46+00:00

Yes.  There will be race-day packet pickup starting at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday; however, this is only offered to VIP participants.

How old do I have to be to run in each race distance? 2018-01-26T20:48:24+00:00

Participants in the Half Marathon must be 14 years of age or older on June 9th, 2018. Participants in the Half Marathon younger than 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult. We highly recommend that anyone training for a half marathon, especially teens, are aware of the potential for injury in adding mileage too quickly. Participants in the 10k and 5k must be 12 years or older on June 9th, 2018 OR accompanied on the run with an adult who will run at the same pace. We recommend that participants in the kid’s run running unaccompanied should be 4 years or older on June 9th, 2018.

Is there a bag check? 2017-01-25T21:19:15+00:00

There is a bag check for VIP RUNNERS ONLY. The only bag that will be accepted is the race bag provided at packet pick-up. No other bags will be accepted. Only one bag per runner. All bags are subject to search. Make sure to attach the VIP bag check tag from your race bib to your gear bag before you leave it with the VIP Bag Check crew, so it’s easy to find when you come back for it. After the race, please remember to reclaim your checked bag. Please do not leave valuables, cash, or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Checked bags must be claimed before close of the Finish Festival on race day.

Can I push my stroller? 2017-01-25T21:13:46+00:00

Definitely! We understand completely. Getting your young ones out for fresh air on a beautiful run in Huntsville – we love it! We just ask that you be patient, give lots of space to the other runners and pay attention to any obstacles (curbs, sewer grates, pylons, etc.) as you navigate the course. I think we can agree that there’s nothing worse than getting your ankles bruised by a stroller, so we ask you be safe, aware and respectful. Make sure those youngsters are strapped in. If you need to stop to attend to your passenger, please pull off in a safe location at the side of the road.

If you are thinking of pushing a stroller on the 10k or Half Marathon routes keep in mind that there are big hills and the route has areas that do not offer easily accessible shelter.

How many people will be participating? 2018-01-26T20:43:15+00:00

This event is capped at a maximum of 3000 participants. We love that it is so popular but we want to be careful that it doesn’t get so big that it stops being fun.

Based on previous years we expect to have:

  • 5K Runners – 1000
  • 5K Walkers – 200
  • 10K – 800
  • Half Marathon – 400
  • Kid’s Fun Run – 100
Is this a FAMILY FRIENDLY event? 2017-01-25T20:56:02+00:00

YES! We love it when families participate. And when we say family we mean EVERYONE in the family including kids and grandparents.

We have a kid’s race – about 1km – that takes place before the longer races start in the morning. There’s plenty of time to have your kids complete their race before you need to be on the start line for yours.

Though we have had many grandparents run the 5k, 10k and half marathon course we recognize that not everyone is up for that. But that doesn’t mean they can’t participate. We have a 5k walking category that we introduced in 2016 and it was very popular.

Any participant who is 55 years or older will receive a $5 discount off their registration.

The Music Festival is also family friendly. Spread a blanket on the grass, kick back and relax. In years past many kids gravitate towards the area in front of the stage and are the most enthusiastic dancers! The Music Festival is a licensed event but less party-party and more mellow, sipping a nice cold beer in the company of your family.

Strollers and dogs are welcome on the running routes.(Unfortunately we are not allowed to have dogs in the park for the Music Festival.)

Do you give out age group awards? 2017-01-25T20:53:48+00:00

We do give out age group awards for 5k, 10k and half marathon distances. It breaks down as:

  • 12 and under (only for 5K run)
  • 13-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

There are top three finishers for male and female in each of those categories.

Prizes will be donated by our sponsors.

There will be prize medals for those groups.

The Kids Fun Run and the 5k Walking categories all get Finisher Medals but there are no age group awards.

Can I walk the 10k or the half marathon? 2017-03-02T19:46:04+00:00

Yes, but you need to be quick about it 🙂 Seriously though, for the safety of all participants, we have nearly 400 pylons in place to separate traffic from runners and have stationed OPP and/or traffic control volunteers at major intersections from 8:30am to 12:00pm (3.5 hours). That means the course will be closed and open to traffic at 12:00pm. So, you have until 12:00pm to complete the race that you have registered for. We recommend walkers participate in the 5km race route. If you are determined to walk the 10k or 1/2 marathon routes, you’ll need to either complete the course by the 12:00pm cutoff, or continue along the safest route.

If I run with my child in the Kid’s Fun Run will I still have time to run my own distance? 2017-01-25T20:46:25+00:00

The kids race is at 8am and will be finished before the longer races start to go out at 8:30. If you are running in one of the longer distances yourself then you should have time to do both.

Can I run with my child in the Kid’s Fun Run? 2017-01-25T20:45:20+00:00

Absolutely you can run with your son/daughter. We definitely have other parents running with their kids. You can register for the race yourself (as well as your child) and then you both get shirts and finisher medals. Or you can just run along side him/her.

Will any of the races be walker-friendly? 2017-03-03T22:17:27+00:00

Absolutely. There is a 5K Walking category. This category is recreational specifically for folks who want to only walk the 5k route.

That does not mean that you can’t walk if you are in the 5k running category. If you want to walk part of the way – no problem. You can also walk the 10k and the half marathon. The thing to keep in mind is the cut-off time. The roads will open to traffic at 12:30 and all pylons & water stations will be removed.

I heard the bugs were terrible in Muskoka. Is that true? 2017-03-03T22:17:17+00:00

That’s why you have to run fast 🙂 Seriously though, the bugs are not an issue. You are going to be outside and it is spring so there will be some bugs but they will not be an issue for your run.

I’ve already registered and was wondering…

Where do I pick up my Race Kit? 2018-01-26T20:34:54+00:00

Race Packets are to be picked up the Friday (June 8th) before the race. Race packets will be available from noon until 10pm. VIP’s are the only runners who are eligible to pick up their kits the morning of the race.

New Pick-up Location: Active Living Centre (7 Camp Kitchen Rd, Huntsville, ON P1H 1P5) in Huntsville.

Your packet can be picked up by a friend as long as they have a copy of your email confirmation.

I want to join a TEAM but I am already registered. Is it too late? 2017-03-02T19:47:14+00:00

It is definitely not too late to join a TEAM. We can help you with that no problem. Just send us an email to support@bandontherun.ca. Include your name, the distance you registered for and the name of the team you want to join.

Is it too late to create a TEAM if I am already registered? 2017-03-02T19:47:50+00:00

It is definitely not too late to create a TEAM. We can help you with that. Just send us an email at support@bandontherun.ca. Let us know your name and the TEAM name you want.

What if it rains on race day? 2017-01-25T21:32:59+00:00

Races will take place rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, routes may be altered. Races will be canceled only if absolutely necessary for the safety of participants, volunteers and event staff. In this case, there will be no refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk.

Can I rock out on my iPod? 2017-01-25T21:27:34+00:00

Here’s the thing, Safety is our number one concern. It can be really dangerous to listen to your iPod with headphones while running! You may not hear cars approaching from behind, or other racers and race officials and someone could get seriously hurt. So officially, we do NOT allow iPods with headphones on the race course. It’s a drag to be sure. On the bright side, we have plenty of entertainment along the course to keep you motivated and having fun. If you are really keen to have music with you, try plugging in a portable speaker like this one, or using the built-in speaker of your iPod or cell phone. Alternatively, run with someone else and start up a conversation. You’ll be amazed at the number of like minded people you’ll meet and how fast the time goes by.

Can I change my race distance? 2018-01-26T20:40:21+00:00

If you need to change your race distance we can help you with that. Let us know your full name (or the name of the registered runner if you are doing this for someone else), your original race distance and the new distance you would like. Send the info to: info@bandontherun.ca

There is a $10 + tax =$11.30 transfer fee.  There is no refund if you are changing from a more expensive distance.

If you are moving up to a longer distance you will need to pay the difference in registration costs.

NOTE: All online race distance changes must be completed by June 6th. You can do them in person on June 8th at the Packet Pick-up for a $20 fee. There will be no distance changes on June 9th (race day).

I’m injured and can’t run – can I get a refund? 2018-01-26T20:46:07+00:00

Race Registrations are non-refundable. The entry fee for this year’s event will NOT transfer to next year’s event, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, pregnancy, etc.

I can’t find or didn’t receive a receipt for my registration. 2017-01-25T20:57:16+00:00

No problem. If you can send us your first and last name and the distance you registered for then we will send you your confirmation. support@banontherun.ca

Tell me more about the Music Festival…

Do I have to buy a ticket to the Music Festival if I registered for the run? 2017-03-03T22:15:57+00:00

Admission is free with race registration ! Your race bib is also your ticket to the Music Festival. There will be a tear away section that you trade in for a wrist band for the Festival. You can do that right after your run or at the gates of the Festival. (Just remember to bring your bib with you).
Your bib is not transferrable to someone who didn’t run in the morning. That doesn’t mean that they can’t come to the show – in fact they are very welcome. Tickets for non-runners are also available. Kids 12 and under are free.  (Unfortunately we are not allowed to have dogs in the park for the Music Festival.)

Where is the Music Festival happening this year? 2018-04-25T20:36:03+00:00

The Music Festival is taking place at River Mill Park, next to Muskoka River.

I’m running in the morning but can’t make it to the concert – can I give my free ticket to someone else? 2017-03-03T22:05:56+00:00

Unfortunately no – your free entry is non-transferable.

Are there in and out privileges? 2017-03-03T22:03:27+00:00

Yes – as long as you have your wristband you will be able to go in and out. You will need to go through the bag check each time you come back in.

What can I bring? What can’t I bring? 2017-03-03T22:01:59+00:00

You can bring a blanket, food/snacks, a small chair, your children’s stroller.

You should bring ID if you look under 30. This is an all-ages licensed event. If you would like to drink alcohol then you may be asked to show ID.

You should also bring your race bib, which is your ticket. Alternatively you can exchange your race bib for your event wristband at the end of your run in the morning.

You cannot bring any liquids with you. You are welcome to bring an empty water bottle – we will have plenty of potable water available inside the gates. Unfortunately, in order to comply with our special occasion permit, you will be asked to leave any full water bottles, or any other containers with liquid in them at the gate.

Dogs are not permitted at the Music Festival.

What time does it start? 2017-03-03T21:55:07+00:00

Gates will open at 1:30pm. Music will start at 2pm.

The Music Festival goes until 6pm.

Who is the headline band this year? 2018-04-25T20:40:24+00:00

The headline band is Jonesy. We are delighted to have this amazing Canadian band headlining the 2018 Music Festival. Their shows are pure fun which is, after all, what Band on the Run is all about!

Jonesy is regarded as one of southern Ontario’s premiere pop/rock bands, made up from five unique personalities from the Niagara region who have blown audiences away for over a decade.  They credit their success and longevity to “always keeping things fresh”.  That’s why you’ll always hear the latest pop songs at a Jonesy show, mixed in with the classic ones you love from yesterday.


How can I purchase a ticket? 2018-04-25T20:43:03+00:00

You can purchase a ticket online for $20 (+tax & fees) or at the gate if there are tickets still available for $25 (+ tax and fees ). PURCHASE A TICKET ONLINE

Don’t forget – YOU DON’T NEED  to purchase a ticket if you are registered to run. Your bib will be your ticket.

Will there be food at the Music Festival 2017-03-03T22:14:45+00:00

Yes there will be food vendors on site. Details of which food vendors will be posted at a later date.