FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a BTMR related question that you can’t find the answer to please let us know! If it is not specific just to you or your situation we may post it here.


Are headphones allowed?
Are there refunds or waiting lists?
How did you arrive at the 3h30m cut-off?
Why don’t you want us to park on Ruxton Avenue?
Why can’t I get a shirt if I don’t race or I miss the cut-off?


Are headphones allowed?
No! And you may get DQed if you wear them! You will be on a mostly single track trail with two way traffic so this is a big safety concern. You need to hear what is around you, not Miley Sirus or Katy Perry. They can wait!

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Are there refunds or waiting lists?
We understand that sometimes things happen; jobs, family commitments and yes, even injuries. However, we do not offer refunds if you can not make the race. PERIOD! Rest assured however, that your entry fee will help to support selected nonprofit and/or volunteer organizations in our area:-)

As for a waiting list—there is none! Simply, we overbook the race and count on a certain % of “No Shows” to bring us back down to our desired numbers.

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How did you arrive at the 4-hour cut-off?
For the inaugural race in 2000 we used a cut-off of 4 hours. We are technically going back to our “roots” because technology allows us to do this (we’re also moving the awards ceremony back from 11am to 11:15am)! When the race first started in 2000, we did not have chip-timing capability. This technology has sped up the ability to get our results calculated much more quickly, so we were able to move our cut-off time back to the 4-hour mark to be more inviting and accomodating to those runners who really want to do the race, but due to physical restrictions, just needed that extra 30 minutes to be able to officially finish. Even though the average finishing time of the race was 2h30mins, this still gives us time to compile award data and begin the awards ceremony without significant delays. While that does not seem like a lot of time compared to most races of this length we can see how this could seem like a long time to tired runners.

We now also have established a different crew to set-up the awards ceremony. This allowd us to hold the awards ceremony about 15 minutes  after the last official finisher instead of 1 hour. We feel 15 minutes is the best we can do on this front because some time is still needed to compile the results and get them down to the park. We also believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be at the awards ceremony. Therefore we are not going to start the awards ceremony before the cut-off time like some races do. Indeed, some age-group award winners often finish towards the back of the pack.

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Why don’t you want us to park on Ruxton Avenue?
This race is about giving back to the community and the mountain in which we live and play. We don’t think doing this has to inconvenience the community. Ruxton Avenue is a residential street and many of the residents park on the street. In addition, the City of Manitou Springs has limited muh of the parking to residential-only, so we encourage parking elsewhere to avoid traffic blocks and tickets. Besides, everyone knows the best races come after a good warm-up. A mile will not only not kill you, it will probably make benefit your race:-)

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Why can’t I get a shirt if I don’t race or I miss the cut-off?
Simply, we want your race shirt to mean something. We view the shirt as an award, not as a packet stuffer. If you see a BTMR shirt you will know that the runner finished the race and finished it under the cut-off. We have heard more than a few times from runners who said all the way down the mountain they were pushing their hardest to beat the cut-off so they could get a shirt. For many, a shirt is the only award they will get and we don’t want to cheapen it by handing out shirts to anyone who signs up for the race. Also, all of the volunteer shirts are marked “volunteer” so again the runner’s shirts are kept special!

Now some have argued that they paid for the shirt when they signed up for the race. Besides the fact that it is spelled out that the shirt is a finisher’s shirt this simply is not true! Almost all of the race entry fee is donated to nonprofit and/or volunteer organizations. The shirts are paid for by our sponsors — not the runners. The only way to get one is by earning it! However, if you are an official finisher you can buy an extra shirt if there are any left over.

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