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Frequently Asked Questions

 

When is the race?

Where does the race take place?

What time does the race start?

Where do I register?

Can I register on race day?

How much does it cost to register?

What are the different race categories / distances?

Can my child participate by him or herself?

What is the course like?

Do I need a light to participate?

Can I rent a headlamp?

Is this a pet-friendly event?

Is this a stroller-friendly event?

Is there child-minding?

Is the event scary?

Is this event chip-timed?

What food is available at this event?

Is this event safe for my allergic child?

Where can I get the sweet Trek or Treat shirt?

Do I wear a costume to the race?

Is there a charity associated with this event?

What is included in my race fee?

Are there prizes?

What is the race like?

What happens if it rains? Can I get a refund?

How can I contact you?

 

When is the race?

The Oakville race will take place on Friday, October 17th, 2014.

The Collingwood race will take place on Saturday, October 18th, 2014.

 

Where does the race take place?

The Oakville race is on Friday, October 17th, 2014 and takes place at the St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre. The address is 1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 4H9. Map

The Collingwood race is on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 and takes place at the Collingwood YMCA. The address is 200 Hume Street, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 2B8. Map

 

What time does the race start?

The Creepy Mile starts at 7 p.m.

The 5K Run/Walk begins at 7:45 p.m.

Bib pick-up begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.

 

Where do I register? Can I register on race day?

You can register online until Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 6 p.m. or until our cap is met. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT OUR OAKVILLE EVENT SOLD OUT LAST YEAR THE WEEK BEFORE THE RACE. REGISTER EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

Oakville Race Registration

Collingwood Race Registration

**There is no race day registration for any of our events.**

 

How much does it cost to register?

Complete pricing is available on our registration site at www.runningroom.com. Registration fees go up throughout the year, so register early to take advantage of early-bird discounts.

Children under 3 years of age can participate in the Creepy Mile for free.

 

What are the different race categories?

The Creepy Mile (7:00 p.m.) is a 1-mile walk for families.

The 5K Run/Walk (7:45 p.m.) is open to all runners and walkers. Walkers will be asked to start at the back of the pack.

 

Can my child participate in the race by him or herself?

Children must be accompanied by an adult in the Creepy Mile.

Children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by a (registered) parent in the 5K. This is due to insurance requirements and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Parents please use discretion with children ages 12 and up.

What is the course like?

Trek or Treat is a trail race. Most of the running is done on crushed gravel and well-groomed paths. Our Collingwood race has more road sections. However, use caution as there are a few roots and bumps that keep things interesting! The course is easily manageable for those with strollers.

Oakville course map

Collingwood course map

 

Do I need a light to participate?

Yes. The trails are dark! It is mandatory to carry a flashlight or to wear a headlamp to participate in the event. This is for your safety and the safety of others on the course. 

 

Can I rent a headlamp?

Yes. We have a supply of headlamps that are available to rent at a cost of $10. Headlamps must be reserved in advance. This can be done online when registering for our event.

 

Is this a pet-friendly event?

Unfortunately, pets are not invited to this event.

 

Is this a stroller-friendly event?

Strollers are welcome in our Creepy Mile and 5K Run/Walk categories. If you are using your stroller in the 5K Run/Walk, please use common courtesy, such as maintaining a straight line ahead whenever possible and yielding to runners without strollers. Those with strollers will be asked to start at the back of the pack, ahead of the walkers.

 

Is there child-minding?

Child-minding by YMCA staff is available for children ages infant – 9 years of age on a reserved in advance basis for our Collingwood race only. Child-minding services will be available from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. during the 5K events so that parents can participate on their own. Parents/guardians will be required to sign the child in, provide details of any medical conditions/allergies and supply a peanut-free snack and drink. There is a limited number of child-minding spots available and you MUST RESERVE A SPOT by emailing info@trekortreat.ca. No spots will be available on race day, UNLESS RESERVED IN ADVANCE.

 

Is the event scary?

Don’t worry – there won’t be any zombies chasing you at this race! Trek or Treat is designed with families and runners in mind. Our displays are very kid-friendly, similar to what you might expect to see around your neighbourhood at Halloween.

 

Is this event chip-timed?

Yes. We offer professional chip timing.

 

What food is available at the event? Is this a peanut-free event for my allergic child?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a peanut-free event. While we distribute peanut-free candy at tables, there are third party food suppliers on site and items in the race kits that contain peanuts. Like any event, you should assume that food, surfaces and other people may have been in contact with allergens. Please use appropriate caution.

Gluten-free treat bags are available for children who can't consume wheat. Bags must be reserved by October 1, 2014 by emailing info@trekortreat.ca. Please include your child's name and which race (Oakville or Collingwood) he or she will be attending. Your treat bag can be picked up at the regisration desk upon arrival.

At this event participants are provided with pizza, hot chocolate, and of course, loads of Halloween candy (over 9,000 pieces, in fact)! There are also food items included in our race kits (such as, Clif Bars).

 

Where can I get the sweet Trek or Treat shirt?

Racers may purchase a commemorative long-sleeved technical running shirt for $35 plus tax. Youth shirts are $20 plus tax. A limited supply of shirts is available for sale at the race.

 

Do I wear a costume to the race?

We love to see costumed participants! In fact, most of our racers dress up for the event. While dressing up is not mandatory, the vast majority of participants do don costumes.

 

Is there a charity associated with this event?

Yes. In 2014 our goal is to raise 1,000 pounds of food for food banks in our race communities (Oakville and Collingwood). Last year (2013) we raised 350 pounds of food in Collingwood and 872 pounds of food in Oakville. We invite you to help us reach this goal by bringing a non-perishable food item that can be dropped into our donation box.

In Oakville our donations will be going to the Oakville Fareshare Food Bank. Please refer to this list of most-needed items. They do not need: mac and cheese, beans and soup.

In Collingwood we are raising food donations in conjunction with Corus Feeds Kids for the Salvation Army.

What does my race fee include?

Your race fee includes participation in a race that is professionally organized, safe and fun. It also includes: professional chip timing, pizza, hot chocolate, loads of Halloween candy, draw prizes, pumpkin trail markers, ribbons for all Creepy Mile kids, medals for top age group finishers, decorated and warm indoor host-site, parking, reflective course markings, decorated routes and an epic, memorable nighttime running experience!

 

Are there prizes?

For the 5K Run/Walk there are medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each of our age categories: 6-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

There are also product prizes for first place finishers in each of our age categories.

All children participating in the Creepy Mile receive a ribbon for their participation.

 

What’s the race like?

Watch this video from our 2013 Oakville Race

Trek or Treat Oakville on CHCH News

Story and video about the race by the Sheridan Sun.

Watch this video from our 2013 Collingwood Race

What happens if it rains? Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we can't control the weather! We do not issue refunds for any race entry. However, we will honour a transfer, if you are unable to race due to injury or emergency circumstances.

 

I have a different question. How can I contact you?

You can reach us by email.