Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the race? / What do I put in my GPS to get there?

The race will start and finish along the Sanford Riverwalk near the splashground at Fort Mellon Park.

When is the race?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

When does online registration close?

Online registration will close Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11 p.m.
You may still register at packet pickup on Friday or Saturday or race morning

Can I mail in my paper registration?

Yes, please mail the paper registrations, payable to Riverside Dash.  Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 26, 2016. You can download it here.

When and where is the race packet pick up? 

Packet pick up will be at Academy Sports in Lake Mary.

Can I pick up someone else’s race packet?

Yes, please bring a copy of their race confirmation

Can I pick up my packet on race morning?

Yes, you may pick up your packet on race morning starting at 6:00 a.m.

Can I register at packet pickup or on race morning?

Yes, you may register at packet pickup Friday or Saturday or on race morning starting at 6:00 a.m.

If I sign up for the 15k and just can’t do it, can I drop back to just run the Bright House Networks 5k?

Yes you may drop down to the Bright House Networks 5k but you must notify us. No refunds will be issued

If my training goes better than planned and I want to switch to the 15k from the Bright House Networks 5k, what do I do?

You can upgrade to the 15k by paying the difference in price (price of the 15k at that moment) but you must notify us before the race.  No changes will be made on race morning. You will need to upgrade at packet pickup or through prior arrangements.

Are there course limits?

Both courses are closed courses.  Runners must maintain a 14-minute mile pace.  The course will be reopened at mile 5 by 8:30am; runners must be past this point to continue.

My friends/family would like to volunteer, what should they do?

We love our volunteers and cannot have a successful race without them!  Please have your friends and family fill out the online volunteer form found here.

Do all runners of the Bright House Networks 5k and the 15k receive a finisher’s medal?

Yes!  All finishers of BOTH distances receive an awesome EA SPORTS Riverside Dash Medal when they cross the finish line!

Are there cash prizes?

Yes. Please see them here.

What awards will be given to top finishers?

We will be recognizing the top three finishers in 12 different age groups for both the 15k and the Bright House Networks 5k. The age groups are: 16 and Under, 17 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, 60 – 64, 65 – 69 and 70 and Over.

What type of shirt do the registrants receive?

We are glad you asked!  You are going to love to run in this shirt for many seasons to come.  Check out last year’s shirt here.

What time to I need to be there on race morning?

Please allow yourself plenty of time to get parked and warmed up before the race starts.  You should plan on arriving no later than 6:30 a.m.

Where do I park?

There are plenty of parking spaces throughout Downtown Sanford near Fort Mellon Park.

Is there a secure area where I can leave my things while I run?

We do not have a secure area.  We ask that you do not bring valuables to the race.

Does the Bright House Networks 5k and the 15k start together? 

No.  The Bright House Networks 5k and the 15k have different start times.  Be sure to line up with the appropriate distance.

What time does the 15k start?  The Bright House Networks 5k?

The 15k starts at 7:00 a.m. and the Bright House Networks 5k will immediately follow at 7:10 a.m. They share the same start and finish lines but head out on different routes.  Be sure to line up with the correct group.

Is the 15k course certified?  The Bright House Networks 5k?

Both courses are in the process of being USATF Certified and we will provide the certification numbers once they are known.

Where can my loved ones cheer me on?

State Road 17-92 will be completely closed to traffic for runner safety.  Therefore we ask that your friends and family that want to cheer for you on the route, take State Road 46 from Sanford into the Downtown area and find parking off Fulton or 1st street before the closures at Elm. From there they can walk the 1-2 blocks down to the waterfront. They are also more than welcome at the finish line.

Are there port-o-johns on the 15k course?

Yes, there are port-o-johns or restroom facilities on the 15k route at mile 1.5, mile 2.5, mile 4 and mile 6.5.

Will you have water, Gatorade or energy drinks along the route?  

Yes, there is no shortage of water stops.  Water stops on the 15k will be at estimated mile 1.5, mile 4, mile 5.5, mile 6, mile 8 and mile 8.5. Bright House Networks 5k runners will have water stops at mile .5, mile 1, mile 2 and mile 2.5.

Are jogging strollers allowed?

We are allowing jogging strollers on the Bright House Networks 5k route but ask that you are courteous of your fellow runners and start in the back of the group

Is there a race party after the race?  Food?  Beverages?

Yes!  The party will be amazing with free pancakes and beer.

What is the timeline of events?

Please find the timeline of events by clicking here.

Do I have to register my child for the FREE Nemours Kid’s Dash?

Please come to our kid’s dash table to sign your child up and receive their race bib. Table will be located near the registration table.  There is no advanced registration required. You can download the waiver here.

What can you tell me about your sponsors?

The EA SPORTS Riverside Dash has the best support and sponsors from the local community. Please visit them and thank them personally for making this event a possibility. You can find all of our sponsors here.