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Whistle Stop Challenge FAQs

Are refunds available if I can’t make it?

No. All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Is this a walker-friendly event?

Yes! Walkers are welcome. Be sure to register as a walker. Awards are given in walker categories separate from the runners. There will be a 3 hour time limit on the 15K so walkers must be able to maintain a 19:35 pace per mile. 

Do you allow virtual runs if I am unable to make it?

No. We will not be offering a virtual option for this event. No medals will be given for any virtual times submitted. 

Do I have to run all 3 races?

No. The Whistle Stop Challenge is designed to allow you to run 1 or 2 events, or all 3. There is a significant discount offered to those who run the entire series. Also, each finisher medal is a different train car, so you'll be able to have a full train if you run all 3! When you register, be sure to carefully select which race or combination of races you would like to register for!

Is there a limit on how many runners can participate in the Whistle Stop Challenge?

The Whistle Stop Challenge is not capped at this time. We will cap the race at a later date once orders for merchandise are placed. We will notify the public through our website and Facebook once we are getting close to selling out. 

Who will benefit from Whistle Stop Challenge?

Southwest Mississippi Children's Advocacy Center is our official charity partner. When you register you will have the opportunity to make a donation to this organization if you choose to. In addition, Defining Moment Events will make a donation to Southwest Mississippi Children's Advocacy Center with a portion of the proceeds from the Whistle Stop Challenge. Registration fees also cover merchandise items such as t-shirts, medals, race bibs, and race refreshments, as well as all other expenses involved in an event of this size. 

Does the registration include a t-shirt?

Yes! All Whistle Stop Challenge participants will receive a t-shirt with their registration. There is only one event t-shirt, so whether you run 1 race or all 3 you'll get one t-shirt.

Does the Whistle Stop Kids 5K Challenge include a t-shirt?

Yes! Kids will get one t-shirt as well. Shirts are available in youth sizes. 

Can I still get my t-shirt if I am unable to make it?

If someone you know is able to pick it up for you at the event we will allow them to do so. You must let us know ahead of time who will be picking it up for you. We will not mail t-shirts if you are unable to make it. No exceptions. 

Do I have to stay for the awards presentation to get my award?

Yes. We will not mail awards. No exceptions. 

Are the race courses challenging?

Each course will vary with the amount of hills. Southwest MS is neither the Coast or the Delta, so expect a few rolling hills, but nothing too intense. All courses are mostly flat, but you will have a few challenging areas along the way. 

Will results and times be posted?

Yes. Southern Race Timing will be our timer and results will be posted on the Whistle Stop Challenge website under the Post Race menu tab.

Are strollers allowed?

Yes strollers are welcome, but please be mindful of other runners and use caution. Runners/Walkers pushing strollers will be asked to start towards the back. 

Are pets allowed?

No. Due to safety concerns of other runners, we do not allow pets.

Can I wear headphones during the race?

Yes. Just be cautious and aware of other runners, and be sure you can hear instructions and are able to hear any oncoming traffic.

How can I, or my business, become a sponsor of the Whistle Stop Challenge?

We would love to talk to you about how you can partner with us as a sponsor. Please email us at definingmomentevents@gmail.com!