- What day and time is the race?
The Lake Forest Chargers 5K Run/Walk will start at 7:30am sharp on Tuesday July 4th, 2017.
- Where is the 5K race?
The start/finish line for the race is located at the intersection of Lake Forest Drive and Serrano Road (major intersection is Lake Forest and Trabuco) in Lake Forest, CA.
- My computer's broken, I don't have a GPS, and Siri's mad at me. Can you give me directions?
Sure. But you really ought to get that computer fixed! From I-405 southbound, exit Bake Parkway and turn left. Proceed to Trabuco Road and turn right. Turn right on Lake Forest Drive and parking will be available in the Ralph's shopping center. From I-5 northbound, exit El Toro Road and turn right. Proceed to Trabuco Road and turn left. Turn left on Lake Forest Drive and parking will be available in the Ralph's shopping center.
- Where is the race course laid out?
The race begins at the corner of Lake Forest Drive and Serrano Road. You will proceed SE on Lake Forest Drive to Jeronimo Road at which point the course turns around (makes a U-turn) and proceeds NW on Lake Forest Drive to Toledo Way. The course then turns S on Toledo Way and proceeds past El Toro High School, at which point you will turn around (make a U-turn) and return on Toledo Way to Lake Forest Drive. The course then turns NW on Lake Forest Drive and proceeds to the finish line at the corner of Lake Forest Drive and Serrano Road.
- Are there awards?
Medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each age group for men, women, and children.Additionally, there is a $100 ASICS Gift Certificate for top overal Male and Female Winner.
- Can I bring my dog?
Although the Lake Forest Chargers 5K Run/Walk is a family event, we ask that you keep your dog off the race course for the duration of the event. You can bring your dog to the staging area prior to the start of the race but keep in mind that there will be a couple thousand people standing around just before the race begins. Your dog must be on a leash at all times and you are responsible for your dog's behavior. It's also your job to clean up any doggie "accidents."
- Can I run with a baby stroller or wear roller blades?
Yes to both, but you must stay to the far right and start the race from the back of the pack.
- Can I ride my bike in the race?
- How about my motorcycle?
- Is there a children's run?
Although there is not a separate children's "run," this is a family event and children compete in categories based on age group. (See the Registration page for a breakdown of age groups, including children.)
- Can my business sponsor the race and is there an expo in which we can participate?
Information on how to become a sponsor is available on the Sponsorship page. We will have a very small pre-race expo with minimal space for vendor displays. Vendor displays will be assigned on a first paid, first served basis. Since the race is immediately followed by the Lake Forest 4th of July parade, all vendor displays must be removed from the finish area by 9:15am.
- I didn't receive an email confirmation when I registered. What's up?
Check your spam folder in your email program. Chances are your filters are set to intercept emails that look like the confirmation. If you don't see it there, please e-mail us and we'll check it out.
- I am a college student, am I still eligible for the student rate? Do I need to show a student ID when I pick up my race packet?
All students, regardless of grade level are eligible for the student rate of $10.00.
- Is there an "early bird discount" for registration?
Yes! There is an early bird discount of $5 ($25 registration fee) for those who register before June 23rd, 2017. After that date, the fee is $30. The student rate is always $10 with no additional discount available for students.
- Is there a senior discount?
No. Only students with a valid student ID are eligible for a discount on Registration fees.
- Once I have registered, can I pick up my race materials before race day?
Yes. Race materials will be available for pick up the day before the race. Race materials can be picked up in front of Ace Hardware at the corner of Lake Forest Drive and Serrano Road between 4:00pm and 6:00pm on Monday, July 3. Race materials can also be picked up beginning at 6:00am on race day near the start line at the corner of Lake Forest Drive and Serrano Road.
- Can I register on the day of the race?
Yes, you can. Race day Registration opens at 6:30am on race day and closes at 7:15am. Race day registration fee is $30 for adults and $10 for students and is payable by check or cash. Sorry, no credit cards. Late registration will also be available the day before the race, Monday July 3rd, between 4:00pm and 6:00pm in front of Ace Hardware at the corner of Lake Forest Drive and Serrano Road. Late registration is $30 for adults and $10 for students and is payable only by cash or check made out to ETHS PSTO.
- I won't be able to run after all, can I get a refund?
There are no refunds. Any and all money received is a Donation to El Toro High School and we really appreciate it.
- So, why do you want my cell phone number?
We are able to send you a text message with your race time within seconds of your crossing the finish line, but only if you give us your cell number in order to send the text message. You don't have to provide a cell number, but if you don't then you won't receive the instant update. If you choose to provide a cell number, we'll also need to know your carrier name (i.e., Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc.) Text message time notifications are only available to those who register by July 3rd.
- A couple years ago I got stiffed for the swell commemorative t-shirt. Is that going to happen again?
Probably not. The Lake Forest Chargers 5K Run/Walk is a fundraiser in support of El Toro High School. T-shirts cost money to have printed. As much as we would like everyone to have one (because we know how special they are), we try to order just enough to go around on race day. On rare occasions we cut it a little too close and run out. Sorry about that. The best way to make sure you get yours is to register early so we can get an accurate count when we order the shirts. Everyone who registers before the end of June deadline is guaranteed to get a shirt. People who wait until race day may miss out.
What time should I plan to arrive?
Day-of registrants should arrive by 6:00am. Pre-registered participants should arrive by 7:00am for the group stretching.
- Is there parking nearby and how much does it cost?
Free parking is available at the Ralphs parking lot. Please be aware that Serrano Road is closed immediately after Winding Way so you will need to enter from the Trabuco & Lake Forest side.