Didn’t find the information you were looking for on the event or information pages? Check out some of our frequently asked questions to see if we have an answer for you. If you still have questions, fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.

What is Gourdy's policy regarding COVID-19?

We are monitoring the ever evolving COVID-19 situation closely as we progress through the spring and summer. Our team has had numerous meetings to discuss strategies and best practices to, as always, ensure a safe event for participants, volunteers, and spectators. These are ever changing and we will continue to keep up with guidelines and updates from the CDC as well as local governing bodies.

As of now, we are still organizing and planning for fall events, while keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation. Currently, we do not have plans to cancel any fall events and remain optimistic that we will all be back out enjoying our sport later this year. Of course, we expect some changes to race day to ensure everyone’s safety, and we will continue actively working on this throughout our planning process!

So, what happens if we have to cancel an event due to COVID-19? We would address this on an event by event basis and things would be very circumstantial. Due to the upfront costs associated with the event, it is non-refundable. However, you would have the option to transfer to our ever-popular Virtual Run. We have been doing our version of a virtual race since 2016 and people have grown to love it over the years! While it might not fully replace the excitement of race day, take it from others that it’s still a fun way to participate from your own neighborhood. Plus, we will ship all your swag to your door for free and introduce some fun ways to get involved with everyone in our GPR community from a safe distance! Learn all about the Virtual Run here.

In summary, if you sign up for a Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run and we have to cancel it due to COVID-19, we won’t leave you out to dry! The popular Virtual Run would be the default option and, if we are able to, we may provide other options based on the circumstances. We have and always will continue keeping our participants, volunteers, and spectators safety a top priority while also realizing how important it is for people to stay part of the sport we all love. Stay safe and we will see you this fall!

I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?

There are no refunds for this event as stated during registration. We do allow transfers to other runners as long as it’s at least three weeks prior to race day. For instructions on that, see below. Further, you can always have a friend or family member grab your packet either Friday night at early packet pick-up or on race morning at packet pick-up. If you’d like a friend to pick up your race packet, just send him/her with a copy of your registration confirmation and a copy of your ID.

Transfer Registration to Another Runner:

You can transfer your registration to someone else up to three weeks prior to race day. Once we are within three weeks (21 days) of race day, all registrations are final and cannot be transferred as we are preparing for you!

The Transfer to Another Runner option can be found by logging on to RunSignup, navigating to Profile > Upcoming Events > Manage Registration > Transfer to Another Runner.

On the Transfer to Another Runner page, you will be shown your Transfer Information. Please confirm the information is correct and accurate.

After reviewing the information above, you can enter the Recipient Information. The recipient will receive an email notification with a unique link which they can use to claim this transfer.

Next, you can complete the Transfer process by clicking on the Transfer Type. There are two different types of transfers:

  • Registration Gift
  • Registration Transfer

Transfer as Gift

When transferring a registration as a gift, you will not receive a refund of your original registration fee, though instead, your recipient is allowed to register free of charge.

If you click on “Transfer as Gift”, then a breakdown of the transfer transaction will be made available to you.

Transfer for Refund

If you would like to transfer your registration and receive a partial refund, then click on the button labeled “Transfer for Refund”.

A breakdown of the transfer transaction will be available for review, and if everything is correct, then hit “Transfer Registration”. You will be brought to your transaction’s confirmation page, where it can be printed out for your own records.

IMPORTANT: If the registrant does not accept the transfer, then you will not receive a refund. You will, however, still be eligible to use your registration on race day! 

I added the Mail My Packet option to my registration. When will I receive that?

We ship packets ~2.5 weeks prior to race day. You should expect it ~5 days prior to race day. If you haven’t received it by the end of the day on Thursday of race week, please contact us so we can help!

I signed up for the Virtual Run. When will I receive my packet?

We will begin shipping packets for the Virtual Run right after the 2020 lightweight tech hoodie is revealed! This usually happens towards the very end of August.

We prioritize shipping by when you signed up. For example, people that sign up in early spring will receive their packets before those that signed up in July.

The size I want to choose says ‘Sold Out’. Do you have more of that size?

We stock a certain amount of sizes for each race every fall. As the race approaches, it typically sells out. Once we are out of a size, we mark it down as such and will be sold out of that size for that race.

ProTip: Sign up early in order to guarantee your spot and also your preferred size! Registration opens late winter each year!

Can my friend run in my place?

Sure! You can transfer your registration to your friend via your RunSignUp.com account! Simply log in, click on “My Registered Races” and then “Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run.” From there, click “Participant to Participant Transfer” and you can send it to a friend! Please note that this is only available up until three weeks prior to race day. Once within three weeks of the race, bib transfers are no longer available.

Do you have a coupon code I can use?

In short, we do not discount the race with coupon codes. Over the years, we have strived to offer a great event experience, awesome swag, and keeping the fall tradition alive all while remaining competitive with current industry prices. We believe the event is a great value and hope you agree after attending a live event or opting for the virtual option!

There are several ways to save a few bucks without using a coupon code:

  1. Prices do increase as we get closer to fall. Sign up early to beat the price increase!
  2. You can create or join a team with 4+ friends while registering, and each person on the team saves $5 when they elect to join your team during sign-up.
  3. We have the Pumpkin Support League (or PSL for short!) After you sign up for either a live event or the virtual option, you’ll be enrolled in the PSL. Invite friends to join you this fall using your unique referral link. Once five friends sign up using your link, you’ll get $20 credited back to you. Easy peasy!
  4. Volunteer at one of the live events! Help make the race amazing and you’ll earn a free registration. Get the details here then sign up to volunteer at an event near you.
Are there awards?

Every finisher will receive the 2020 finisher’s medal and chip time. Results will be posted online within 24 hours of the race. Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run is a fun run that celebrates everything that is great about fall. With that said, there will not be individual awards or prizes.

What if it rains?

Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run is a rain or shine event. If it rains the night before or day of, you may want to wear a pair of older running shoes, as the trails may become muddy. Please note that there are no refunds for any reason, including inclement weather. If Mother Nature really misbehaves and conditions become unsafe, we will delay the start. If we have to cancel because of weather or other reasons beyond our control, you will still be able to pick up your hoodie and pumpkin! Please see the full cancellation policy on the RunSignup page.

What’s up with team registration?

Let’s break it down in 3 easy steps:
1. Someone registers and elects to create a team.
2. They tell their friends to join their team.
3. Everyone on the team saves money!

Now, here are all the details:

The first person to register creates the team. Be sure to confer with your friends ahead of time to come up with the best team name of all time. The first person to register then tells all their friends to join. Everyone who joins during registration will save $5 on whatever registration they choose. You do NOT have to elect the same options or corrals in order to be on the same team. For example, if Andy wants to register for the 5K run but Erica wants to do the 5K with the Tough Pumpkin option, it’s totally fine!

Please note: Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run does have participant caps. Once the event is sold out, others will NOT be able to join your team. Encourage your friends to register soon to avoid any problems! The race usually sells out in the summer.

While not required, we highly encourage teams to come out in some sort of cool costume!

Can I volunteer?

Of course! We always need some helping hands on race morning. Volunteers receive a free race registration/free future race registration, the ever-popular long sleeved shirt, light snacks, and a great time! Volunteers can also elect to have a donation made to the charity of their choice in place of a free race registration. Please choose an event near you, scroll down to the volunteer section, and click ‘Volunteer Sign Up’ to choose a shift!

What types of terrain will I be running on?

We have two types of events: urban and farm

Urban: These usually take place in parks in or near downtown areas. The course will likely be comprised of city streets, bike paths, and paved trails.

Farm: The course will likely be comprised of dirt roads, paths, open grassy fields, gravel, hay, and, corn fields. Please note that if it rains in the days leading up to the race, the course WILL become muddy.

Are strollers allowed?

We do not allow strollers or wagons on the course. While they are allowed at the event, they will not be permitted to enter the corral or course at any point.

Do I have to register my kid?

All participants on the course must be registered. If you plan on bringing the whole family, we encourage you to create a team, as each team member will save $5. Be sure to select a youth sized lightweight tech hoodie when registering the younger kids! Please note that strollers and wagons are NOT permitted.

I see there are different corrals to choose when registering. Explain, please!

Essentially, you will be lined up in your corral according to your projected pace. Faster runners will be up front, joggers in the middle corrals, and walkers will be lined up in the back. When signing up, you can use the dropdown menu to select a corral and see the pace requirement.

There are three waves in total. Each wave has several corrals within it. To illustrate how this works, here is an example:

Jake knows he runs around an 11:30 mile. Using the dropdown, he sees a corral designated for paces between 11:01-12:00 minutes per mile. Perfect! He is in ‘Corral E’. On race morning, we will call each wave up separately.

Jake has some friends on his team that are planning on walking the race. They have chosen ‘Corral I’, which is designated for groups of friends that plan to simply walk the course together. Jake has a couple of options. Option one would be to simply stick with his original choice since he plans on jogging the course around his 11:30 per mile pace. However, if he decides he wants to walk with his teammates, he can opt to drop back to their corral.

If you are unsure of your exact pace, no worries! Simply choose a slower pace (or even one of the walking corrals). As you train during the summer and realize your expected pace, you can easily log-in to RunSignup to manage your corral selection!

If race morning arrives and you decide you want to take the course a little slower, simply drop back into one of the later corrals. The overall idea is to match people to the proper corral based on how fast or slow they want to go come race morning. If everyone helps out and abides by this, the course should be super smooth!

Is there a limit to how many people can participate?

Yes. Each event has its own capacity. Register early to not only save money but guarantee your spot! Once the race sells out, we cannot allow any more people to join, even if your friends are registered.

What do I receive with registration?

Each registered participant will gain entry into this awesome run/walk, the lightweight tech hoodie, 2020 finisher’s medal, apple cider, commemorative bib with chip timing, a small pumpkin, and free race photos!

Is it timed?

Of course! Although Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run is meant to be a fun, festive run, we will still provide state-of-the-art chip timing to each participant so you can see how you did. We can even text or email you your time if you opt-in during online registration!

What if I do not run?

We encourage people of all levels and abilities to come out and join us. The event itself is a fun celebration of our favorite season! Whether you run it, walk it, or somewhere in between, you will have a great time. In fact, about 1/3 of all participants opt to walk the course. When signing up, simply select one of the corrals designated for walkers. You’ll have others by your side as you enjoy the course!

What is Gourdy's Pumpkin Run?

In a nutshell: Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run celebrates everything that is great about fall with a healthy dose of physical activity! You can run, walk, skip, or jog through the beautiful course. After you cross the finish line, celebrate fall with apple cider, pumpkins, and more!

How long is the course?

Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run is a 5K (3.1 miles) course. Considered the perfect race distance, you can run, walk, or jog the course!

Can I bring Fido?

Assuming Fido is your dog, unfortunately no. While we love dogs, they cannot come to the race.

What is the Tough Pumpkin option?

Apparently, some people think running isn’t tough enough. The Tough Pumpkin option lets you choose a pumpkin up to 10lbs. to carry with you throughout the entire race. Whether you hoist it over your head or hold it like a baby, just be sure to cross the finish line with it in your hands (and intact!) and you will receive a cool, commemorative Tough Pumpkin medal. And yes, you can take the pumpkin home with you! You will receive this medal in addition to your finisher’s medal. You read that right, TWO MEDALS.

I am still clueless. Can I ask you something else?

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