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Refund Policy

Entry: The starting field is limited to 500 runners. Entry fee is $77. Entry after Jan 2, 2017 is $85

Waitlist: 300 runners

Deferrals: We do not defer entries.


Entry refund until 2 JAN 2017 is $50

Entry refund until 1 MAR 2017 is $40 unless the waitlist is cleared, then no refunds at that point.


1. Absolutely NO Transferring of bib numbers. Registered runners only! This is critical to the safe tracking of all participants and the future of this event. If you are caught transferring or selling your bib, using a pacer or running as a bandit, you will be barred from future events.
2. Time Constraints will be STRICTLY enforced. These are not suggestions and are no longer up to the discretion of event staff or participants. A runner MUST LEAVE an aid station ahead of cut off times. If you do not make a cut off time, please hand bib number to course marshall. The aid station captain will see that you have a ride back to race HQ. Anyone who finishes the race after 8:30 will be listed on the official finish with No Time.

3. Race number must remain visible on the front torso at all times.
4. You must stay on established trail. You are not allowed to leave the trail or make a new trail to shorten the course.
5. Listen and comply with all marshals, event staff and park officials.
6. If dropping from the race you must turn in your number the Aid Station captain, course marshal or Race Directors.
7. No littering. This should go without saying, but this is not a road marathon, do not throw your trash on the ground. The Maryland State Parks is kind enough to give us a permit to hold this event each year. Littering of any kind will make the permit process more difficult than it already is. In addition, you will be disqualified for littering on State Park property.
8. No race day signup.
9. No deferrals.
10. No Pacers and No Bandits.
11. No hiking poles.
12. No Dogs for runners. Remind your guests, dogs should remain out of aid stations.
13. No Early starters. Race starts promptly at 0900, leaving before the official start is grounds for disqualification.
14. No Headphones.

Wait List                                                                                  

A waiting list will be maintained for entrants 501-750. Entrants will be added on a first come first served basis as the original entrant pool is reduced by withdrawals.


HAT Run Policy on Event Cancellation

Summary: Forces beyond our control can lead to the cancellation of the event. If the HAT Run is cancelled, it is possible that you will receive no refund of your entry fee. We will, however, endeavor to issue refunds or make other compensation to the extent funds are available to do so.



The occurrences that can cause a race cancellation are not predictable. Cancellations will occur when there is a serious threat to the safety of runners and volunteers such as forest fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes, or in the event of a national emergency. These generally occur with little advance notice.


As run organizers, we are at the mercy of these events. The HAT Run is a volunteer supported, non-profit event. The HAT Run is expensive because we provide quality support, apparel, and awards. The costs for this is supported by entry fees – not sponsorship. We cannot absorb all of these costs and take the risk of cancellation by ourselves. Consequently, the effect of our policy is that the entrants to the HAT Run must share in the risk that it will be cancelled. Please understand this when you enter.


Here is the policy we expect to follow when the run is subject to cancellation. Each situation is different so these are only guidelines.


Keeping You Informed: We will try to keep entrants informed when there is a potential for cancellation. We will use the Web site primarily and use HAT Run Facebook page and Twitter to supplement.


Reimbursement: In the event that a race is cancelled, we cannot promise any refund. We will first pay all outstanding bills associated with the event that we cannot cancel or legally avoid. If there is money left over after paying the expenses we have incurred, we will try to make a reimbursement to runners from the remaining entry fees available to us. The closer the cancellation is to the race date, the less likely there will be any reimbursement and if a race is stopped while in progress, there will be no reimbursement. If the amount of the refund is small, we may not bother with it, or we may only give credit toward future entry fees.


Rescheduling: Rescheduling the event is unlikely given the complexity of coordinating with the various County, State Park Service, the Steppingstone Museum and the State of Maryland.


"Regular" Refunds: Refunds for the HAT Run are available well in advance of the race  as shown above on the website for refunds.



Valerie Scoring


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