Frequently Asked Questions

How old do you have to be to run?

WE DROPPED THE AGE FOR 2018!! Minimum age of 12. Runners who are 12 or 13 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian the entire length of the run. Any minor (17 and under) must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to run. Families running together will be treated as a team/group and will run in the team waves behind the individual runners.

What should I bring?

Great question!

-Appropriate shoes that can get muddy/wet

-A towel, or two

-A change of clothes

-Cash for extra food and drinks

-Identification

What kind of ID do I need to bring?

Just bring one of these and you'll be fine.

State issued ID

Drivers License

College ID

Birth certificate

Minors don't need ID if their parent/legal guardian has signed their release.

What kind of terrain will I be running on?

Hilly, through-the-woods, tree roots, rocks, creeks, pasture, mud, a little sand, muck up to your knees, terrain built for warriors!

Is this race for elite athletes?

We built the Cherokee Challenge to be a fun and awesome race for everyone, beginner or advanced. There will be some obstacles you might call "easy," and some that you will need all your strength and help from other runners to accomplish. Do keep in mind, to win prizes, there is a three strike rule for completeing obstacles. Three strikes and you are out!

Do I have to run the whole time?

If you want to try to win first place, you do! But if your not worried about it, feel free to run or walk the course at your own pace.

How many obstacles do you have?

we have 30 obstacles in the Cherokee Challenge Run, big and small. One thing you can be sure of, some of them you will need help with. Good luck!

What if I can't finish an obstacle?

That's fine, but we have a feeling you're going to do great. You will have a penalty to "pay"  of 10 burpees or 20 Jumping Jacks (choose your challenge), then you can move on and continue the race. Plus, your time is getting run up...bummer. If you want to win prizes, make sure you only "pay" for three or less obstacles though. Not worried about winning? Do all the burpees you want!

What is a...how do you say... Bur-pee??

Great question. Push this button... 

How do the start times work?

NEW FOR 2018!! When you register for the race, we will ask you to tell us your average time to run one mile. We will then line up the runners based off these times. The fastest times will be placed in the first waves, the slower times in the back waves. Be truthfull because this helps everyone as it spreads out our runners which will cause less bottlenecks and will make your race time faster. If you don't know your average mile time, thats fine. Just choose the "I don't know" option in registration.

Can my friends/family run together as a team?

Sure! When you go through the registration process, you are asked for your TEAM NAME. Please notice that this implies you have to have a team name ready before you register ;-). We will then plug you and your teammates/friends/family into the same starting wave so you can run together (unless your team has more than 5, then we will put you in consecutive waves). There will be an award for the fastest team of 4 or more, so run your fastest! Teams/groups/families will run behind the individual runners to cause less bottlenecks and to give everyone faster times.

What kind of awards will be given?

This challenge will push everyone to the limit, so everyone who finishes will receive a custom finishers medal and racer t-shirt. Besides that, we will have five different awards categories, fastest male 15-44,  fastest female 15-44,  fastest male 45+,  fastest female 45+,  and fastest team of 4 or more.

What will the fastest runners win? 

First place in each category will win a 3-night stay for two at Appleview River Resort! We are still working on additional prizes, so stay tuned!

If I register too late, do I really not get a t-shirt or medal?

We have to put our orders in for these pretty early. You are only guaranteed racer gear if you register before March 22nd. But hey, you can still race and have a great time! And remember, it's for charity. And you get free lunch!

Can I please bring something on the "Please don't bring" list? I'll just bring one...please?

Um, no. Thanks for checking though!...Oh, I almost forgot. Spectators can bring registered service animals. However, our obstacles are no place for pets.

My alarm didn't go off! I'm late! Can I still run?

Sure you can! But you probably will be bumped to the end of the starting times if you're too late. So set two alarms maybe?

Can my friends/family come and watch?

Sure! Spectators can come for free! Just try to carpool as we have limited parking space.

OK, I just finished the race. How do I clean off?

We will have a multi-hose-off station where you can get most of the mud out of your teeth and hair. We however do not have any public changing rooms. But going home a little muddy is part of the fun!

Where can I find pictures?

First of all, so sorry to last years runners for the trouble with our photo handling software. NEW FOR 2018!! We will be using SmugMug to make the photo experience after the race SO MUCH EASIER AND SO MUCH BETTER. Photos will be available within a few days after the race, and they will be larger and much easier to look through and purchase. The link to the photos will be emailed out to all runners and volunteers after the race.

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