Where exactly is the WillPower 5K being held?
The race will start and end on the Square in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. If you are using a GPS, you can type in 317 Main Street, Franklin TN, to find the start/finish line.
Will I get a t-shirt if I wait to sign up on the day of the race?
We enourage early registration to get an idea of how many t-shirts to order. Registering early guarantees you a race t-shirt. We will bring extra shirts for walk-up registrations, but people that register on the day of the race are NOT guaranteed a t-shirt. (Why? Ordering too many shirts can put a 5K race "into the red" financially.)
Where should I park in downtown Franklin?
There is plenty of on-street free parking available in and around downtown Franklin. There are also two free parking garages on Fourth Avenue South or Second Avenue South.
Can I push my child in a stroller?
Yes, strollers are allowed. Our advice is to just register yourself and do not register the child you will be pushing. Reason: Our timing chips are embedded into the runner's race bibs. If the stroller child is wearing a race bib (with a chip in it) and the child gets pushed by a fast walking parent, they may beat other children to the finish line in that age category -- children that ran the entire race. The result will be a stroller child getting an award that should've gone to a child that was running. If you still want your child to wear a race bib, we will plan to bring some extra ones without timing chips.
Can I walk the race?
Yes! We expect a lot of walkers.
What if it rains, will the event be rescheduled?
No, we will not reschedule. Please bring a poncho or umbrella if it rains.
Can I pick up another runner's goody bag when I swing by the pre-race packet pickup on Friday?
I'm driving in from out of town for the race. Can you recommend a hotel?
We recommend the Drury Plaza Hotel in Franklin, conveniently located off I-65. Book online, using code 321120, to get the race discount.
Can I expect to see Will out at the race? Will he be running or walking the 5K?
Yes, "Survior Man" Will NeSmith will be at the event. He is not able to run or walk a 5K this year but he will be there to cheer the racers on. Feel free to introduce yourself to Will but please be sensitive to the fact that Will is still in the process of getting his speech back.
Is this a certified 5K course?
No, we have not paid an outside company to "certify" the exact length of of the course. We have worked hard though to measure the course length so that we can assure you a 5K run.
Does the WillPower 5K use electronic chip timing?
Yes! Race Time Sports, owned by Will's uncle Brian, is one of the best race timing companies in the country and they provide this service for us. Your timing chip will be embedded into your race bib and is disposable.