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When you fill out the form – PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use the name that you used when you registered for the race initially. If your last name has changed since you registered for the race – please use the last name you used when you registered. It you registered with a nickname – please fill out the ‘convert to virtual’ form with the same nickname.
The fees associated with the conversion to virtual –
The reason for the fees – there are several items that we pay for all in-person participants such as food, timing, race bibs, …. For virtual participants, those fees, typically required for in-person, that are not required for virtual participants are what we use to pay for the shipping for our virtual participants. As we get close to the race date, we start ordering the food and other services required for in-person runners. Once those items are ordered, those funds for that participant have been obligated even if they opt to convert to a virtual race. Thus, the associated fee. It is also put in place to encourage early planning on your part, so that our planning is a bit easier.
Please understand that if you have converted to a virtual race – you must complete these steps in order to have completed the virtual Oak Barrel. If you have not completed these steps, race swag will not be shipped to you.
One thing to know about Oak Barrel Half – MOST of the race swag that we give you at the race is given after you have completed the race. For instance, for the 2020 race:
So, if you don’t run the race – you ONLY get the race shirt and not the finisher items. For the in-person race – if you don’t run the race – you can have a friend pickup your race shirt for you. For those that don’t complete the race, we don’t ship shirts.
The virtual race works pretty much the same way as the in-person race. If you don’t complete the virtual run, we treat is the same as a participant that signed up for the race and didn’t show up on race day.
If the information around the virtual race seems a bit harsh – please understand – we are a running club organizing an in-person race. We are all volunteers. We volunteered to organize an in-person race. No one on this race committee is interested in organizing a virtual race. If you are looking for the ultimate virtual race experience -Oak Barrel is not that. We have put the virtual option in place to accommodate our runners who at so point determine that they can not (or don’t want to) attend in-person. If you are thinking – what is the big deal with us dealing with virtual. Well gathering one packet and schlepping it to the post office isn’t a big deal but 100’s of them become a big deal. Getting to know the whole life story of the USPS clerk was not on our agenda – not a bad thing – just not on our agenda.
Oak Barrel Convert to Virtual