general race perks

New Years Double Packet Pickup

Days and Hours | Your Bib Number | Important Tidbits of Info | Commonly Asked Questions

Days and Hours for Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be available prior to the race as well as race day morning. There is very limited packet pickup on Monday, December 30, to allow our small business to get ready to bring you a great event again this year!

To facilitate a smooth operation event morning, we encourage all participants to pick up your packet before race day.

BIB NUMBERS: Available race week! Get your number here...


Saturday, December 28,
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 29,
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

City of Allen Parks & Recreation, Municipal Courts Building - Community Room
301 Century Parkway
Allen, Texas 75013

When you walk into the building, it's the room immediately on your right.

Bring your bib number to help the line move quickly. Anticipate a wait as everyone stopping in for packet pickup may be picking up TWO packets for two race days!

Monday, December 30,
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Race Site
Celebration Park
701 Angel Parkway
Allen, Texas

Yes, we'll have moved everything over to the race site on this day, so we'll offer a very bare bones packet pickup, especially designed for those who just came into town and don't want the hassle of picking up race day morning.

Do NOT expect to pick up a packet before 3 pm or after 5 pm. Packet pickup will only be during those hours.

December 31 and January 1

6:20 am - 5K packet pickup opens

6:50 am - 5K packet pickup closes

7:00 am - 5K start (multiple start corrals with staggered wave start)

7:10 am - Half and Full Marathon packet pickup opens

8:30 am - Half and Full Marathon packet pickup closes

8:40 am - Half and Full Marathon race start (multiple start corrals with staggered wave start)

Race Site
Celebration Park
701 Angel Parkway
Allen, Texas

PACKET PICKUP IS SELF SERVE. BRING YOUR BIB NUMBER and then all packets are in order in the bins. Find your envelope. It's super easy and fast!

Note that packet pickup ends several minutes before that race starts so the volunteers (who are also running) can get ready to run too!

(We close packet pickup early before the race start because many of our packet pickup volunteers are also running the race. We want them to have time to run to the potty and make their final preparations just like our other participants.)

Under no condition will no-shows (those who do not pick up their packet race week or race day) be mailed their event shirt or other packet items.


Your Bib Number

The listing of registrants is posted here race week - Bib Numbers now available... bring your bib numbers to packet pickup

Check all the fields for your race entry. You will be given two bibs if you are participating both days, and one bib says "EVE" and one says "DAY". Those doing Double-Double will have 1 bib to wear for both races that day - the bib has two chip timing tags on the back.

Read up on corral assignments because understanding what your start wave means will be very important for a smooth race day!

If you have any changes needed to your race details, email us!


Important Tidbits of Info: 

Be patient with our volunteers or any lines. With multiple days and distances and shirts and bibs, it's a complex process for our kind volunteers.

Make sure you collect ALL your bibs. One for each day.

Kids don't receive shirts (hence the lower entry fee).

Those who registered late and chose "No Guaranteed Shirt" will not receive a shirt at packet pickup. But AFTER your race each day, head over to packet pickup and show the "No Guaranteed Shirt" label on your bib, and you can choose from any shirts that remain WHILE they remain. 

Double Double folks get ONE shirt for EACH day.

Check your shirt sizes before you leave. Volunteers can get in a hurry and make a mistake. And check shirt styles - v-necks for women, crew necks for men.

The short sleeve shirt is for the EVE race. The long sleeve shirt is for the DAY race.

You may NOT change your shirt size at packet pickup. The shirts are all already allocated to registered individuals. After the race, you can try to swap your shirt from whatever remains.

Our packets are simple. Be sure to grab safety pins.

Packets will not be mailed. Once packet pickup on your race day is closed, your packet is forfeit.

Bring a signed note if you are picking up for someone else. And have their bib number!

You may start in a further back corral than shown on your bib. You can not move up a corral.

Bring money to buy leftover past race shirts. We price them inexpensively so you can wear The Active Joe shirts for all your runs!


Answers to Our Most Common Questions

How do I volunteer to help with packet pickup? Thanks for asking ;-) Yes, we need volunteers at packet pickup pre-race as well as both race day mornings. On race day, since we close packet pickup several minutes before the race start, participants can help race day morning with packet pickup. Email us if you can help with what day and hours you are available. We depend on volunteers to make this event happen!

How do I pick up my packet? Look up your bib number once we post it online here closer to race day and bring that to give to the volunteer. Same thing race day mornings in the packet pickup area - look for the alphabetical listing before getting in line to pick up your packet if you forget to look up and bring your bib numbers.

What exactly am I picking up? Racing bib, safety pins, event shirt, timing chip. Our packets are simple.

We will not have maps or any other website information available printed out at packet pickup or in your race packet. It's environmentall wasteful. It is your responsibility to print off the info you or spectating family/friends will need from our website.

What if I don't like the shirt size I requested during registration? The shirts are all already allocated to our registrations. You must take the shirt size you registered for. You may bring the unworn shirt to the race and swap after that day's race. We'll set up an area in the post-race tent for that purpose. At that point, we can swap out of the packets of those who did not pick up.

Can I switch distances? No. The deadline for that was December 15.

I'm picking up for a group. What do I do? If picking up for 6 or more people, please email us by the end of Saturday, 12/23, with all the full names, CCing those individuals on the email, with when you would like to come pickup, and we will try to pull those packets early for you! Otherwise, any impromptu pickups for more than 3 packets need to plan for extra time as we will alternate filling each of your packets with those of others in line. See the next question for what you need to bring from each indvidual!

How to pick up another person's packet?  Bring a signed note or printed email from you to them giving permission from that person. Do NOT send US an email giving the other person permission.



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