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Run Salem 5K/10K

Sat May 20, 2023 Salem, MO 65560 US


What is the date of the event?

The Run Salem 5K/10K is scheduled for May 20, 2023

What races are offered??

We offer a 5K, 10K, and 1/2 mile Family Fun Color Run/Walk

How can I register?

General registration is available online only. REGISTER HERE

What is the cost of the race?

Entry fees vary depending on the race and the time of year you plan to register. Once registration opens, it will continue until a race sells out or closes. VIEW PRICES HERE


What does my registration fee go towards?

Funds generated from participant registration fees go toward costs associated with event shirts, finisher medals, and a variety of operational costs such as: timing services, race bibs, supplies, etc. All proceeds from this event will go to Council for a Healthy Dent County to help fund a future trail system in Salem!

Can I get a refund if I cannot participate?

Unfortunately we do not offer refunds for any of the events. Costs associated with the pre-planning and ordering of participant amenities well in advance of the race prohibit us from offering refunds. In addition, refunds are not issued if the event is cancelled due to severe weather, disaster or emergency occurrences that may affect the safety and health of the participants. Please take a moment to read the full waiver that is available at the time of registration.

Can I transfer my registration to another person if I cannot participate?

No, transfers are not permitted under any circumstances.  While this practice may seem harmless, it can result in serious consequences to both parties involved. It’s an issue of false identity and a liability issue. Why? The most important reason is that your race bib is attached to your identity, so if an emergency occurs that requires medical attention or a race official must identify a participant, we need to have accurate information. If race organizers identify an individual who has given their race bib to another person, it will result in disqualification.

Can I participate if I do not have my race bib on race morning or decide to join the race without officially completing the registration process?

No, this is not allowed for our 5K/10K races. This is frequently termed “race bandit” by race organizers and will be strictly enforced. Course monitors are trained to spot participants who are not displaying a race bib, and they will be escorted from the race course by officials and banned from future Run Salem events. 
Family Fun Color Run/Walk participants will not be receiving a bib, so the rule above will not be enforced for this event.

What is packet pickup?

All registered 5K/10K participants receive their official race number, race information, and T-Shirt (if registered by April 30th). Your packet must be picked-up on race day. Packet Pickup will be held at:
The Bank of Salem Courtesy Room, 100 W. Fourth Street, Salem, MO 65560
Saturday, May 20th: 7-7:45 AM

I arrived at Packet Pickup late and did not get my requested shirt size?

On a very limited basis, you may be faced with the situation where you go to pick up your packet and the shirt size you requested during the registration process is not available. With any race which requires large amounts of event shirts, the order must be placed weeks in advance of the event, so a certain amount of estimation of sizes takes place. Even with over-ordering it is not an exact science. Although if this happens, it generally affects a small number of participants. To ensure you receive your requested size shirt, we encourage you to visit Packet Pickup as early as possible.

What if I didn’t get my email confirmation or want to confirm my race entry?

If you did not get your confirmation email and would like to confirm that you are registered for the race, please email

Can I transfer to another distance before race day?

Yes, please email us ( before May 17 and we can complete the transfer for you. After May 24, all event changes must be done at Packet Pickup. Please keep in mind if you are transferring to a race that has a higher entry fee cost, you will be responsible for the additional cost. For example if you registered for the 5K and now want to participate in the 10K, you would incur additional entry fee costs. No partial refunds are provided if you transfer to a race with a lower entry fee.

What is the weather like on race day?

Anyone who is a resident in Missouri knows how unpredictable the weather can be on race day. The average start temp in late May is in the low to mid 60’s, with afternoon highs in the mid to upper 70’s.

How do you capture my finish time?

For the 5K/10K participants, your official race bib has a timing strip on the back, so do not remove this strip. Once you cross the start line your timing strip activates, and will not stop until you cross the finish line.

Do you allow participants to walk in the races?

Absolutely, we love walkers!

Do you allow participants to use headphones, phones, iPods, etc.?

Although we do not restrict such devices, we strongly discourage the use for safety reasons. If you make a decision to wear a music-playing device during the race, please keep one headphone out of your ear so that you can hear any on-course instruction from race officials. We are not a closed course!

I love to run with my dog, may I bring him or her to run with me?

No. We love our pets too, but for safety reasons pets are not allowed on the course at any time. Participants that compete with a pet will immediately be escorted off the course and disqualified.

Can I bike, rollerblade, roller skate, skateboard, etc. on the course?

No, we do not allow any “wheels” on the race course for safety reasons, other than approved wheelchair participants, emergency personnel or race officials . The use of “wheels” will result in a disqualification.

I’m a disabled athlete, can I participate?

Yes, we will make every effort to provide a safe race experience for athletes of all abilities. If you are a disabled athlete and would like to compete, please send us an email at, to ensure we can accommodate any special requirements.

Can I run or walk with a baby jogger or stroller?

Yes, we allow baby joggers or strollers. Participants are asked to start at the back of the start line area.



Virtual Race FAQs

How does a virtual race work?

First select a distance you'd like to compete or complete. We offer a 5K or 10K. Once you register for a distance, the next step is to complete the distance and earn your finisher medal. The distance set by the event that you register for can be completed at any location of your choice, and can even be completed indoors on a treadmill! You have until June 4, 2023 to complete your race and submit your time. 

Where should I run my race? 

That's the beauty of a virtual race, you can run or walk wherever and whenever you like! 

What do I get for participating?

Participants get a Run Salem T-Shirt, a commemorative finisher's medal, and a virtual race bib. 

Do I need a GPS watch or smartphone app to track my mileage? 

You can use whatever technology that works best of you to track your mileage, but we will not require any proof of activity. However, we do encourage you to submit your results to see how you stack up against your competition!

Do treadmill miles count? How about elliptical miles?

Yes for treadmills miles and elliptical miles! 

I'm running in another race during the same period as the challenge. Can I count those miles toward my total?


When do I receive my swag?

Our goal is to have the packets mailed to you after the race. We cannot guarantee arrival times. Please ensure your correct address is updated by checking your confirmation email.

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