:: Frequently Asked Questions and Information you need::
Ray Tanner Home Run
8th Annual 12K, 5K and Kids Fun Run - October 12, 2013 - Carolina Baseball Stadium, Columbia, SC
9th Annual October 11, 2014

We have a "Athletes Guide" that should answer most
questions. It will be updated for 2014. For now please use
2013 as an example.



  • Q. I missed the awards ceremony can I still get my award? Yes we
    would be happy to mail it to you.  Simply mail your bib number,
    address you would like it to be mailed to and a $5 donation check
    made out to Ray Tanner Foundation to;

             Strictly Running,
             Attn Ken Lowden, Ray Tanner Home Run
             736 Harden St
             Columbia, SC 29205

             Congratulations on your excellent time and award.

  • Q. Is there Early Packet Pick up? 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. My friend registered and I missed the sellout. Can I just run with
    them?  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. Friends and
    family can enter the stadium and walk to the infield through Gate 1.

  • 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 Pakce 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.

  • 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 and 2012 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. However please be safe on the roads
    as they will be coned off but not closed to traffic in many areas. And 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.

  • 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.

  • Q. I missed this year"s Home Run but how do I still like to make a donation A. First of all
    thank you for your contribution.  We look forward to including you in this year's fund raiser.
    Simply email Ken@RayTannerHomeRun.org, make your check out to the 2013 Ray
    Tanner Home Run and mail to: The Ray Tanner Foundation Home Run, 306 Sims
    Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205.
What Is Your
Feedback?
"Great race today. It was so well
done and I loved the 12K
course."
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
Bartone

"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.

Ken@RayTannerHomeRun.org

Thank you,
Ken Lowden
Race Director, Ray Tanner
Foundation Board of Directors