Is the course Boston Certified?


No, none of the courses are certified. However, each has been run multiple times while using Garmin/GPS devices, and are quite accurate at marathon/half distance. 


I'm from out of town. What hotels are nearby?

Some nearby hotels can be found below, but Charlie Alewine Racing has no affiliation with any of them.
  1. Hampton Inn and Suites
    2401 Seal Beach Blvd 
    Seal Beach 
    (562) 594-3939 (close)
  2.  Best Western Golden Sails Hotel 
    6285 Pacific Coast Hwy 
    Long Beach 
    (562) 596-1631 (close)
  3. Long Beach Marriot 
    4700 Airport Plaza Drive 
    Long Beach 
    (562) 425-5210 
  4. The Pacific Inn 
    600 Marina Drive 
    Seal Beach 
    (562) 493-7501 (close) 
  5. Hilton Hotel Long Beach 
    701 West Ocean Blvd. 
    Long Beach 
    (562) 983-3400


Can I volunteer?


Yes! We're currently looking for volunteers. If you volunteer, you earn a free race for either yourself or a friend. Hours are from 6:00 - 10:00 AM. Please email the race director ASAP.


Is there an early start?


Starting early is usually an option. Please contact the RD to inquire if this is possible prior to race day.   However, runners who start at a time other than the start time(s) listed for the event don't qualify for placement.


Is there a participant limit?


Yes. Our races are usually capped at 300 participants. This small setting has been found to be quite enjoyable by most runners- everyone knows everyone by name and generally has a great time! It keeps them low-key & fun!  


Is there a course time limit?


Yes, but it's flexible. For 5Ks & 10Ks - 3 hours, Marathons & Half Marathons - 6 hours, 50Ks - 9 hours, 50 Miles - 13 hours. If you think you need more time, talk to the RD about starting early.  


Are there transfers or refunds?


NO REFUNDS. You may transfer your entry to another race one time only, if you let the RD know three days prior to the event.  There is a $10 transfer fee. 


Can I drop to a shorter race during the event? 


Yes, but you must do so before the race starts to be eligible for placement.


Is the course chip timed?


No. There is an official clock with which the time is kept, but since the race rarely has over 100 participants, it is quite simple for our staff to keep track of each runner as he/she comes in for each lap, and then gets a final time on the final lap.


Is there an expo/packet pick up?


No. Please come on race morning about 20-30 minutes early to pick up your race bib & to hear additional info about the course.


What is traffic/parking like in the morning?


Since these races are generally small, traffic is never an issue (as it pertains to traffic from fellow race participants- but be sure to always plan ahead for possible traffic issues for other reasons!), and usually neither is parking. No shuttles are ever needed to get to our races. For any transportation concerns, please inquire for the individual race.


What is the course like- hilly etc?


A brief course description is usually listed for each race. Please see individual course description for each race.


Does the course allow headphones, dogs, or strollers?


Headphones are permitted- but use caution. Strollers are also generally okay. Sorry, but dogs aren't allowed.


Is there a gear check?


You can leave all gear at the aid station at the race start, if needed. However, since parking is usually nearby, leaving items in your car is typically the best idea.


How frequent are aid stations and what is at them?


Aid station locations vary from race to race. See individual race info. You will find ample Gatorade, water, bananas, cookies, chips and other sweet and salty snacks. And there are friendly faces cheering you on!


How are bathrooms along the course?


City and park area races usually have plenty of restrooms. For trail events, it varies from race to race. There are always restrooms at or near the start/finish area.


What amenities come with the race?


The race fee includes a huge 5" medal for all finishers. Also, there is plenty of Gatorade & water at the course aid station(s), as well as snacks to be consumed during and after the race.


What does low key mean?

No signs, banners, advertising, or sponsors. These races aren't intended to capture the fanfare of a big city running event. We're just a group of people looking to have fun running.


Directions to race start area?


Unless you find directions to an event in the race information, please MapQuest or Google directions using the start area address we provide.


Can I start the race, leave, then come back and finish it later?


No. Once you start a race, you can't leave the course and then come back later to finish it.


Can I have  friends or relatives  run with me without paying for the event?


No, you can't have your friends/family run with you and not pay. Bandit runners are not welcome.


Are races still done if it's raining?


Rain, hail, sleet or snow, we'll be at the start line ready to go.


Can I dress in a costume or wild colored attire?


Please use discretion, no personal seeking attire that is for your own personal promotion/goals.


Can I do multiple races at C.A.R. events?




Can I request a custom bib number?




Is there a wait list for races that are full & registration closed? 


A wait list is not kept, but contact Charlie if you are interested in a race that is full, because sometimes spaces do open up at the last minute. 



Any other questions- Please email Charlie between 10AM - 6PM PST at charliealewine@gmail.com.


Thanks for choosing to run with us!  We appreciate your participation.