Do I have to Run?
No, but you should… The goal of the Run and Gun Race® is to take you out of your comfort zone by combining two activities rarely practiced together; endurance training and complex motor skill drills. If you’re not breathing hard at every firing station then you haven’t done it right!
Do I need to have a gun?
Absolutely not, you’re providing the badass and we’re providing the guns! In fact, outside weapons (airsoft or otherwise) are strictly prohibited at the event. We have an arsenal of professional training rifles (airsoft) to provide everyone with a standardized experience on the course.
Do I have to complete every Obstacle?
If an obstacle is too difficult don’t stress it. Safety is far more important than completing every obstacle. If you can’t complete an obstacle we will have someone there to make sure you make it up with some rifle drills.
How long should I expect this race to take?
This is a 5 kilometer course, but you should expect it to take about twice as long as your normal 5K time. It’s taking our folks about an hour to get through the course.
What happens if I run out of ammo?
There will be magazines waiting at every shooting station on the course. If you run out of ammo you can draw a “penalty magazine” from the safety volunteer at each station.
What if I have a weapon malfunction during the race?
Weapons malfunctions happen… and race participants will be taught how to deal with basic weapon jams and magazine malfunctions. If you experience an issue that requires assistance, report to one of the safety personnel at the nearest shooting station and they will attempt to resolve the problem. In the unlikely event that the weapon needs to be replaced we will factor the weapons exchange into your final race time.
How is this event being scored?
There are several ways to run the race, each with its own method of scoring. That said, in all cases participants will be scored on the time it takes them to complete the course. Time penalties will be assessed for each “penalty magazine” drawn while completing each of the shooting challenges.
Teams will be scored as a group, so time starts when the first person enters the course and ends when the last team member crosses the finish line. All penalties assessed from drawing extra magazines will be added to the team’s final time. Team members can swap magazines to help minimize penalties.
More can be found on scoring here.
How do I pick my start time and how early do I need to arrive?
Start times are requested as part of the registration process; official times will be announced approximately 5 days prior to the event. If you join a team your start time will be determined by the team captain.
Try to arrive an hour before your start time. Keep in mind that you will need to park and take a short shuttle ride to the event location.
Can I change my start time?
If you need to change your start time please email us at email@example.com as early as possible. Your requested start time may not be available and refunds will not be given if your requested change is not possible.
What happens if I arrive late/early?
Arriving early is not a problem; you will be allowed to take the shuttle to the event site and check in. If there is room in an earlier heat you are welcome to race early as well.
Individuals arriving late will be worked into the next available starting heat (though this may be several heats after your scheduled start). For Teams arriving late, we will do our best to accommodate you with a new start time, however, we reserve the right to break the team up and run folks through as individuals.
When/where do I pick up my race packet?
Race Packets, bib assignments and eye protection will all be made available on race day at the check-in kiosk located at the shuttle drop-off point at the race site. Remember participants checked before getting on the shuttle and that no weapons, or weapon accessories (other than slings), will be allowed into the event.
How do I become a sponsor?
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, providing product samples for race participants, or setting up a booth at the event please contact our sponsor coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Run and Gun Race® supports Platoon 22 and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. In addition to sponsoring the event we will happily accept donations to Platoon 22 and SOWF.
Can I bring my own airsoft rifle?
No outside weapons of any kind will be allowed onto the event location.
Are spectators or kids allowed?
Spectators ages 12 and up are welcome to the event. A spectator waiver must be signed and eye protection will be required at all times at the event location. We will provide safety glasses to spectators for a fee, however, supplies are limited and will go to participants first.
Children 11 and below will not be allowed at the event.
What if I don't know how to shoot?
All participants will be required to go through a weapons familiarization and safety class before starting the race. During this time we will teach you the basics of weapons safety and ensure you get a chance to practice on a few targets before heading out onto the course. Don’t worry about missing a few shots. There is no limit to the number of rounds you can use while on the course.