2020 Glacier Half Marathon Cancelled

June-27, 2020

To all runners registered for the 2020 Glacier Half Marathon: 

It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Glacier Half Marathon. 

This is obviously a challenging time for everyone and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air. We hope this news finds you safe and healthy. This is a bit of a lengthy explanation, so if you want to just jump to the part where we go into detail about what cancellation means for you and what your options are click here

We DEEPLY appreciate your business and the trust you've put in us through the years. We always do our best to do right by you in the face of unexpected challenges even at great cost to us. We have been watching the development of COVID-19 very closely and are trying to do the best thing for our runners, volunteers, and the community where we hold this event. Because of the rapid way this has developed, we didn’t feel it was prudent to cancel the event much further in advance than this. We wanted to wait as long as possible to make sure we were making the most informed decision, while not waiting too long and making it impossible for you to change your plans.

This cancellation is coming a little sooner than we had planned. We hoped to wait until May 25th to make the final decision in order to give the race as much of a chance as possible of happening while still giving runners enough time to change plans (obviously every runner needs to assess their own risk aversion and make plans/cancellations how and when they need to). However, the Blackfeet Tribal Council met late last week and cancelled all gatherings held on the reservation for 2020. The decision felt a little premature to us, but the Tribe obviously is trying to protect their members and we respect the Council’s decision. We scrambled for a couple days exploring our options. We talked with some friends over on the west side of Glacier to see if we could put a course together; however, West Glacier tourism shared concerns about planning an event in late June amid the COVID uncertainty and any race we put together on the west side would not hold a candle to what we had in store for you in East Glacier. It felt like we were forcing it. Not to mention runners would have to change travel plans to the west side while still uncertain whether or not the race would be cancelled. Unfortunately, postponing isn't really feasible for our events, because the overwhelming majority of attendees have meaningful travel as part of their plans. Furthermore, our events take place when they do in order to optimize for weather, traffic, tourism patterns, etc. In a nutshell, most of the town we run in wouldn't be able to host us later in the year, and most of the runners can’t reschedule.

This leaves us having to cancel. We know you’ve put in the miles to train and had plans to explore Glacier. We feel that disappointment alongside you. Our preference in this situation would be to offer 100% money back refunds. If it were only one event we might be able to pull that off even though it would mean significant losses for us. However, this is our third cancellation this year and it looks like we may have to cancel more. Offering full refunds means we would likely need to lay off staff or close our doors forever. I know the pandemic is impacting everyone differently. I don’t know what medical, financial, or other burdens this news might find you dealing with, but I hope you know we are mindful of you and all the individuals in our community and hope you have the strength, support, and resources you need to get you through this time. This isn’t forever. We will run again.

We plan to continue to operate, and we have put together a few options for you to choose from.
You will need to make a choice by May 29th.

**regardless of which option you select, anyone who registered for a campsite or paid to have their bibs shipped to them early will be refunded that money 100%.


HERE ARE YOUR OPTIONS:
(Please click on the option(s) below to see an explanation and detailed instructions on how to select that option)

1. Defer My Registration & Get $50 Bonus Credit

*The process of deferment breaks into two main parts: deferring the race, and claiming the deferment by identifying which race you want to apply registration fees to. Please read these instructions thoroughly before deferring.

The value of your registration will roll over to a future event of your choosing (2021 Glacier Half Marathon or any other event that registration is open for). You will also receive a coupon code in an email from us after the May 29th deadline good for $50 towards another race in the future. All deferment fees have been waived.

How do I do this?
To defer your registration just follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign In to RunSignUp
  2. Go to your Profile
  3. Click My Registered Races
  4. Click Manage next to the Glacier Half Marathon Event
  5. Click the Defer Registration menu item
  6. Click Confirm Deferral

At this point your registration has been deferred and there is nothing more you need to do. You can select your race now or later. Read on. 

The page you are brought to allows you to select the race you would like to apply your registration to. If you want to defer to the 2021 Glacier Half Marathon you should select the race at this point. If you are not sure at this time which race you would like to defer to (or you want to defer to a race that registration has not yet open for) you can do that at any time. Just follow the instructions below when you are ready to make that selection.

How do I claim my deferment?
Once you are ready to choose which race you would like to apply your deferred race registration towards, you can do so by following these steps:

  1. Sign In to RunSignUp
  2. Go to your Profile
  3. Click My Deferrals
  4. Click Complete Deferral next to the Glacier Half Marathon Event
  5. Find the event you want and click Start Transfer
  6. Complete registration for that race.

How much money will be deferred?
All of your registration fee will be deferred. We will not defer add-ons (training shirt, hydration pack, etc.) as these have already been shipped to you. If you used a coupon code to register for the race it will be reactivated for you to reuse. Only the amount you paid in addition to a coupon will be deferred.

2. Transfer to the Virtual Race & Get $50 Bonus Credit

Virtual races allow you to join the fun without the crowds. Simply run on your own and report your results - we’ll send your shirt and bib before race day and your medal after you report your completion (honor system). You will also receive a coupon code in an email from us after the May 29th deadline good for $50 towards another race in the future.

How do I do this?
To transfer to the Virtual Glacier Half Marathon just follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign In to RunSignUp
  2. Go to your Profile
  3. Click My Registered Races
  4. Click Manage next to the Glacier Half Marathon Event
  5. Click the Transfer Event menu item
  6. Click Start Transfer
  7. Select the Virtual Half Marathon option and click Continue
  8. Finish the simple transfer form

We will send an email later with more details on how to participate, how to ensure your mailing address is correct, and how to report your time.

3. You can keep my registration fee

You understand that events are expensive, even when canceled, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover our costs. ❤️ We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon. Once it’s safe to do so, we will give you the highest of fives, or biggest of hugs if you’re a hugger.
Please click this link to fill out a very short form to let us know this is what you would like to do.

4. Request a 50% Refund

We understand. We hope you can join us next time. You'll get a refund of 50% of the amount paid for your registration.

How do I request the refund?
To request a refund just follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign In to RunSignUp
  2. Go to your Profile
  3. Click My Registered Races
  4. Click Manage Registration next to the registration that you would like to request a refund for
  5. Click the Request Refund menu item

**Follow the provided steps and continue

How much money will be refunded?
50% of what you paid to register for this race will be refunded. We will not refund add-ons (training shirt, hydration pack, etc.) as these have already been shipped to you. If you paid for your bib to be shipped to you early or paid for a campsite those fees will be refunded to you separately 100%. If you used a coupon code to register for the race it will be reactivated for you to reuse. Only 50% of the amount you paid will be refunded.

Why only 50%?
We understand you may be hurting right now and frustrated with these circumstances, but we encourage you to remember that we are a small, relatively new business.

Putting on a race has serious expenses. Some of those aren’t paid until the race happens, but a lot of them are paid in advance: race medals, race shirts, permits, venue deposits, service deposits (shuttles, toilets, police), marketing efforts, salaries of employees, etc. We are not by any means the victims here, but we are all working to make it through this unprecedented time. We are trying our best to do right by our runners. In order to continue putting on races in the future, we can only refund 50% at this time. We hope you understand.

Reminder: You will need to make a choice by May 29th.

Please reach out if you have any concerns and please be patient as we navigate things at this time. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner as you have come to expect, but as you can imagine the email and call volume is very high at this time. Please read through these instructions carefully, most of your questions are answered here. 

Thank you for your support. We look forward to running with you again soon. Hang in there!

Dehn Craig
Glacier Half Marathon Event Director

  • General Notes Regarding all Vacation Races Events
What if I am registered for a different race this year?
What does this mean for me? With things continuing to change daily, we are taking each race on a case-by-case basis until the pandemic is resolved. We've had the need to cancel the following events: the 2020 Zion Ultras, Yosemite Half Marathon, Grand Teton Half & 5K, Yellowstone Half & 5K, and the Glacier Half Marathon.

We figure most people have a 30-day window to receive full or partial refunds on lodging and other travel expenses. Because of this, we will make our official decision to hold or cancel each race on the corresponding dates below, roughly 35 days before the event. All registered runners will receive communications outlining their options at that time. Until then, assume the race is on unless you’ve heard differently from us. 


For all events after the Glacier Half Marathon, it’s simply too early to say. However, right now we plan to make our final decision ~35 days before each race.

What does this mean for the 2021 race season? We will be opening registration for our 2021 race season just as we do every year. While we are doing our part to follow health and safety recommendations and contain the spread of COVID-19, our plan is still to bet against the apocalypse. 🙂 We expect to still be here in 2021. We plan to make some adjustments in the short term, but are looking forward to a return to normalcy as soon as possible. We have extended some of our price jumps, and will continue to adjust those and communicate to you as needed.
  • Denine Jelinek says:

    Is there a link to just the virtual part of the races?

  • Liam says:

    Apologies if this comes thru twice but is the Glacier medal the same for the virtual race as the one advertised for the 2020 race? Hope so bc it is a beauty.

  • R Don Ruggles says:

    I am confused…your (Dehn Craig) email to me says that I must choose an option by May 29 but the vacationraces website says May 9. Which is correct?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi – Sorry for the confusion. It looks like you’re referring to the Glacier Half Marathon – the deadline for that race is May 29th.

  • Sallie Davis says:

    If we will not be able to do another race, can we have our full registration fee back?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Sallie – Full refunds aren’t available for canceled races, as preparation for these races have already occurred and registration fees have been used for things that are non-refundable like shirts, medals, bibs, aid station supplies, hydrapouches, permits, deposits, etc. However, if a race is canceled you can opt to defer to next year, run virtually, or get a 50% refund.

  • Carrie Kelley says:

    Will the Glacier Half go virtual too? I’d love to have a chance to run it at home just for the beauty of the medal.

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