Frequently Asked Questions about the Forest City Road Races

How do I choose who I collect pledges for?

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email.  The email will have a link that will take you to your own personal FCRR Pledge Page.  Here, you can set up who you would like to collect pledges for from the list, upload images, set your pledge goals and use the social media tools to promote pledges for you and your charity, group or association.

What are the registration gifts?

This year’s gift for the 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon, will be a moisture wicking technical shirt, for those who register on or before February 28, 2019 at midnight. After the deadline, you will have an opportunity to order a moisture wicking technical shirt for only $20. 

Do participants in all events receive a shirt?

No, see above.

Which races receive medals?

Registered finishers in the Half-Marathon, 10k, 5K and Fun Run races will receive a medal.  View it now!

Can I change my event?

Prior to April 15, you can log back into your account you set up when registering and make the changes yourself.  Please contact Race Roster for assistance if needed

Do I get my money back if I can’t run?

There are no refunds and entries are non transferable.

Where do I pick up my race kit?

At the Registration Tent in Victoria Park, downtown London, on Saturday April 25, 2020, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visit the Runner’s Expo while picking up your race kit. VIP runners will be able to pick up their race kits in the registration tent on Saturday.  On Sunday, they can go straight to the VIP tent and their race kit will be there to pick up.

Can I get a friend to pick up my race kit for me?

Yes. Please bring a signed note and or the confirmation number of the registration from the person you are picking up for.

What is the latest date I can register?

Mailed in entries must be RECEIVED at the  Forest City Road Races office (PO Box 242 London Station B PO London ON N6A 4V8) by April 15 at NOON. Online registration closes for all races on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6 pm. No entries will be accepted Friday, April 28, 2019. Late entries will be offered onsite at Victoria Park on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Registration Tent from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm for ALL races. No registrations for the Half Marathon, 10k or 5k will be accepted on race day. The ONLY registration available on race day will be for the McDonald’s Fun Run.  Note a sellout prior to dates above may occur.

May I register on race day?

The ONLY registrations accepted on race day will be for the McDonald’s Kids Run for Kids Fun Run, and these must be completed no later than 11:00 am in Victoria Park at the registration tent.

May I pick up my race kit/chip on race day?

Yes, but you must pick them up no later than 30 minutes before your race start time. We discourage this practice, and urge runners to pick up race kits/chips at the Registration Tent on Saturday April 27, 2019 to avoid possible delays on race morning.

Is there a free Gear Check location?

Yes, for all races except the McDonald’s Kids Run for Kids Fun Run. Free gear check will be at the Band Shell in Victoria Park.  Those who purchase the VIP package can keep their stuff by their personal chair inside the VIP tent.

Where do I park to be near or at the start/finish?

Parking is available in several surface lots around downtown, as well as in multi-level garages downtown. In addition, there is on-street parking on certain streets not affected by the race (no parking on the streets bordering Victoria Park: Central, Wellington, Dufferin, Clarence). Fees vary by parking vendor.

What are the popular spectator spots?

The start/finish in Victoria Park is the most popular, but other sites include Gibbons Park, along Wharncliffe Road, and in the neighborhoods north of Victoria Park.

Are there gels on course?

No gels are provided, as most runners who use them have their preferred brand and flavour.

Are there port-o-potties on course?

Yes, every 5K approximately.

Where is the start line for all races?

All races start at Victoria Park in downtown London. The Half Marathon starts on Central Avenue, the 10k starts on Clarence Street, the 5k starts on Wellington Street and the Fun Runs starts on Central Avenue.

Where do I take my pledge dollars raised?

Donations collected for Thames Valley Children’s Centre can be taken to the TVCC table inside the registration tent on Saturday and Sunday. TVCC will have staff present to accept your pledges. You can also forward your pledge money for TVCC directly to Thames Valley Children’s Centre.  Please check with other charities of the Partners Program on how they will be collecting offline pledges.

When are awards and prizing given out?

Where? Awards for the half-marathon, 10k, and 5k will be given out in Victoria Park shortly after the conclusion of the various races. Look for the time to be announced on the website and on schedules inside Victoria Park on race weekend. No awards or prizes will be given for the Fun Run.

Are Walkers allowed in the events?

Yes, we allow walkers in all our events, but we do not provide prizes for walkers. Please note that there is a 4 hour finish time for the half marathon. If you are walking that event and cannot finish in four hours you may be asked to move onto the sidewalk to finish, and you may not get an official chip time.

Do walkers get a timed result?

Yes. All participants (excluding the Fun Run) get a timed result if completed by 12pm on Sunday, April 26,2020. All races are chip timed.

Can I push a baby stroller/jogger while I run/walk?

Yes, BUT…please be considerate of other runners by starting at the rear of the pack, and by NOT walking/running two or more abreast.

Can I wear headphones/earplugs?

We STRONGLY encourage you NOT to wear headphones or earplugs while running in our race. You will be sharing the road and paths with many other runners, as well as cars in some areas, and you should be able to hear what is going on around you. In addition, there are some parts of the course where you may need to hear instructions from marshals, which will be impeded by your headphones/earplugs. For your safety and the safety of others, we encourage you to not wear such devices.

Will I receive my prize/award after the event?

Yes, all prizing must be picked up on the day of the event. If you do not collect your prize on race day, please contact Sherry at You will have until May 31, 2020 to contact us. We will donate any remaining funds to TVCC. Please check the Results Board before you leave.

Is Race parking available?

Parking is available on several city streets in the area, as well as in private pay lots. The parking lot at the corner of Queens and Clarence will be open for participants on Saturday for registration, from 10am to 5pm. The same lot is also open on Sunday for runners beginning at 7am. The parking lot beside Centennial Hall on Wellington street will also be open on Sunday.  FCRR does not manage or benefit from the parking lots.

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