:: Frequently Asked Questions and Information you need::
Ray Tanner Home Run
Carolina Baseball Stadium, Columbia, SC

Watch for an email with your "Athletes Guide" a few weeks
before the Home Run.  Here are a few of the past FAQ until
they are updated for 2015.

  • Q. Is there Early Packet Pickup? Yes as always we encourage those
    who can to pick their race number, shirt and other goodies prior to
    race day so you have one less thing to worry about that morning.
    Details will be posted.

  • Q. Is there a bag drop at the finish line?  No. We provide a free clear
    plastic Home Run race bag which is just right for friends or family
    members to bring you a dry shirt at the finish line. For your safety no
    backpacks, running bags or other large bags are permitted inside
    Carolina Stadium.  We added the clear race bag for your use after
    the tragic events at the Boston Marathon.

  • Q. What if I don't have race bib?  The  city permits limit how many
    people we can have on the course.  As a USATF  Sanctioned Event
    everyone must have a Home Run race bib visible from the front to be
    on any part of the course. The tunnel entrance is for Athletes only
    with a race bib. The friendly USC Police and race officials will remove
    anyone from the course without a bib.

  • Q. Are friends and family allowed on the playing field? Yes Friends
    and family always add to the fun at Home Plate. They can enter the
    stadium and walk to the infield through Gate 1. Remember no
    backpacks or other large bags allowed inside the stadium.

  • Q. Can an adult run with someone in the youth under 18 1 miler?
    Yes we are always happy to have extra adults with our kids.  Ask for
    an "Youth Escort" bib at early packet pickup.

  • Q. I am a limited sight runner.  Can I have a guide?  Yes and we will
    even enter your guide at a reduced entry fee as a thank you to your
    guide for helping a fellow runner.

  • Q. My schedule has changed and I can't attend the race this year - is
    there a refund?   No we do not offer refunds.  However we encourage
    you to pick your race packet up so you have your shirt and run your
    Home Run when and where you can. Send us a picture and we will
    post it on our website. We had one from Alaska a few years ago.  Of
    course your registration is a donation - so please know you are
    lending a helping hand.

  • Q. Can someone else use my Bib? Not on Race Day. Prior to that
    use the complete the Transfer Request on the home page and bring
    it to Early Packet Pickup with a $10 donation which goes to the Ray
    Tanner Foundation charity.  

  • Parking  A. Please arrive early - no later than 7:30am.  Click here to
    view parking map.

  • Can someone else pick up my race packet at early packet pickup?  A.  Yes if you give
    them your race number,  trust this person and accept full responsibility if he/she fails to
    give you your bib and/or very cool Home Run race shirt.  They will be asked to sign for
    your race packet.

  • Is there a time limit on finishing. A. Yes - The course and finish line close at 9:30. The
    12K is set up for a minimum pace of 12:00 which is a 1:29:28 run time. That would result
    in a finish time about 9:30 am which is when Strictly Running starts converting the finish
    line area for the awards ceremony. Scroll down to see a pace chart. The safety of our
    1700 runners, 250 volunteers and dozens of police officers working on the course is our
    #1 concern.  

  • What are the 12K, 5K and 1mile awards?   A.  Finisher's medal + Age Group 3 deep for
    under 11, 11-13, 14-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59,
    60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and older. Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Overall first Masters, Grand
    Masters, for men and women. The Youth 1 mile is a fun run not timed however all
    finishers receive a Home Run medal.

  • What is the address of Carolina Baseball Stadium for my GPS?
     431 Williams St  (Tanner Way) Columbia, SC 29201

  • Is this a Chip timed race?  A. Yes -  Strictly Running will be using Start and Finish mats
    for the 12K and 5K.

  • Where can I find last year's results to compare my time? Thank you first of all for
    returning to this year's Home Run. There is a link to 2011, 2012 and 2013 results on our
    home page.

  • Q. Can I exit the parking area after the race starts? A.  Entrance and exit to parking lot will
    need to be closed for the 12K and 5K Start from 7:55 A until 8:45 A.

  • Q What are the Kids Run age groups?  A. Prior to the Kids Fun Run there are a number
    of fun activities on the field thanks to our outstanding volunteer team including The
    Optimist Club &  Rice Creek Pediatric Dentistry. For the run kids line up with Karen
    Tanner as the official starter and run in three or four groups depending on ability.

  • Q. Are baby strollers and pets permitted? A. Yes for baby strollers. However please be
    safe on the roads as they will be coned off but not closed to traffic. You may be stopped
    by Event Security if your stroller looks like it should be searched for something other than
    a young future runner entering the field. Pets are not allowed inside the stadium on the
    athletic field. No explanation needed there - we love our pets but the player making a
    diving catch after our race with his face in the grass will appreciate your understanding.

  • Q. Are headphones permitted? A. We believe your race experience and those around you
    will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running
    headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners
    and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on
    course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.Runner
    safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event.
What Is Your
"Great race today. It was so well
done and I loved the 12K
Nikole Mergo  

"The ROTC group from AC Flora
were awesome. They were
friendly, helpful and
enthusiastic." Steve Auld

"Thanks for an amazing race
today!  What an awesome day
for running!  Wonderful Leona
water stop!" Theresa Penney

"Everything was so well
organized and the event was
great fun! Best after-race food
ever!  Thank you for a wonderful
race." Milly Hough
Had a great time this morning!
Very organized race, great
course and WONDERFUL
support every inch of the way!"
Kristin Schmitz

"Had the greatest run this
morning! Ray Tanner was the
COOLEST race ever!" Martha

"The amazing running family in
Columbia got together for an
awesome race this morning:
Ray Tanner Home Run 12/5K!
Thank you." Teo Gamishev

"Thanks for a great race
experience.  It was our first and
we truly enjoyed the entire
event.  I'm sure we'll be back in
years to come."  
Karen Winningham

"Great Race Saturday!  I had a
good time and I like the flatter
new course.  Next year get the
Greek Village involved. It would
be cool to have them going
crazy while  runners run through
the village."
Ken Calcutt

Every year gets better and
better and this year was no
exception. A flawless transition
to the new baseball stadium.
First class all the way around.
Thanks so much what you do for
the running community!!!
John Gasque
Your questions and feedback
help our all volunteer Event
Team tremendously and are
always welcome.


Thank you,
Ken Lowden
Race Director
10th Anniversary Team Advisor
Ray Tanner Foundation Board
of Directors