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Will I be required to wear a mask before, during or after the event?

No, unless it is required by executive order from the government.  However, we would ask that you respectfully socially distance yourself whenever possible. 

What precautions will be taken at the water stations on the course to protect participants and volunteers?

The water stations have been eliminated this year.  We are encouraging participants to bring and carry their own water bottles.  

What drinks or food will be available at the finish line?

There will only be bottled water available for participants upon completing the race.  

Will runners and walkers be crossing paths or be in contact with each other at any point during the race?

There will be a staggered start to allow for proper social distancing for all participants.  Runners will begin the race, once all runners have departed the walkers will then begin the course.  


We strongly suggest all participants respectfully socially distance themselves whenever possible.  

Will age group awards still be handed out?

Yes, participants that place within their respective age group will receive an award.  Due to COVID-19, we ask that you not gather in large groups and stay socially distanced. 

When a winning participant's name is announced, the racer can proceed to the awards table.  

Any winner that does not feel comfortable receiving their award can pick up their prize the following week at the South Rockwood Library during regular business hours.  

Will I still receive a race medal upon completing the race?

No, due to COVID-19, participants will receive their medals before the race during your package pickup.  

Is there a limit to the number of runners participating?

Yes, 250.  We recommend you sign up early.

Will the machinery be in operation on the day of the race?

No, the course will not have any trucks or machinery in operation on race day. The course will be groomed and safe for all participants as long as all safety procedures and directives are followed.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

Please, no open-toed shoes are allowed at the quarry. We highly recommend a good pair of tennis shoes for everyone who is in attendance at the Quarry Challenge, including spectators. 

Is this course stroller friendly?

Strollers are NOT allowed on the Quarry Challenge course.

Is the course pet-friendly?

Pets are NOT allowed due to safety concerns; service dogs are the exception.

How long do I have to complete the race?

You have 90 minutes to complete the 5K.

What are the award age groups?

Overall Male/Overall Female

Top 3 Male/Top 3 Female runners in each of the following age groups:

14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+

What time does the award ceremony begin?

The award ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m.

Am I allowed to transfer my registration?

Yes, you are able to transfer your registration if transferred by September 10th.

Please contact to do this.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide a different t-shirt size than what was originally ordered. 

I was injured after registering for the race. Can I receive a refund or defer my registration until next year?

No – there will be NO refunds or deferments. You are able to transfer your registration if transferred by September 10th.

We would love to have you volunteer with us at the race. Please contact for more information. 

What is included in my entry fee?

Your 5K race entry fee includes an event t-shirt, finisher's medal, award eligibility, post-race refreshments, access to aid stations, timed race results and downloadable pictures.

Can I wear headphones on the course?

We discourage the use of headphones, but it is permitted.

Will the event go on rain or shine?

The event will go on rain or shine with only the possibility of delay in the event of lightning.

Is the course certified?

The course will be measured correctly but not certified. It is certifiably challenging, though!


Due to the ever changing landscape of the active Sylvania Minerals Quarry, the course will not be setup until the day before the event.  

Can I register on race day?

Yes, if the race is not sold out. Please check the Registration page for details.

Where do I pick up my packet?

Before Race Day

You can pick up your race packet on Friday, September 24th from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 25st, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Village of South Rockwood campus.

5676 Carleton Rockwood Rd.
South Rockwood, MI 48179

Day of Race

You can also pick up your race packet the day of the race (7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.) in the Community Room on the Village of South Rockwood/South Rockwood Library campus.
(This is the same location as parking/bussing).

Masks will be required to be worn while riding on the bus to and from the race.  

Masks will be required to be worn while inside the South Rockwood Library campus.  

Where do I park for this event?

5676 Carleton Rockwood Rd.
South Rockwood, MI 48179

You will be shuttled to quarry by bus. Busses start running at 7:00 a.m. and the LAST BUS before race time leaves at 8:45 a.m. We encourage you to get there early!

Returning busses will run until 11:30 a.m. from the Quarry to the parking location.


Masks are required to be worn while riding on the bus to and from the event.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

We strongly encourage all runners to pick up their own race packet. It is important for runners to verify their data and make any necessary changes. However, if it is not possible for you to pick-up your own packet, you may have someone pick it up for you. That person will be responsible for verifying personal race information (name, age, birthdate, etc.).

Is there a location for personal item storage?

Yes, we will have a dedicated location with volunteers to watch your personal items.  There will be a pull tab on your race bib to identify your personal items.  (NO CASH, JEWELRY, OR ELECTRONICS PLEASE)

*We are not responsible for any lost or misplaced items. 

**This event takes place rain or shine. There are NO REFUNDS in the event of inclement weather.
All of our proceeds are to be donated to the Friends of the South Rockwood Library.

Our Sponsors


The Quarry Challenge would not be a success without the help of our amazing volunteers!

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For safety reasons, there will be NO parking at the quarry.

Bussing will be provided from the Village of South Rockwood/South Rockwood Library campus to Sylvania Minerals.

Busses start at 7:00 a.m. and the last bus leaves at 8:45 a.m.

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