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2022 Cincinnati Heart Mini-Marathon & Walk

FAQ


REGISTRATION

Will the Heart Mini be in person this year?

We're moving forward with plans to host the Heart Mini-Marathon & Walk in person! The health and safety of our survivors, participants, staff, and volunteers will be our top priorities as we make decisions about day of event details. Anyone who registers on or before February 15th will have their shirt & bib mailed prior to event weekend (will start arriving March 5th). Anyone who registers on or after February 16th will be able to pick up event weekend or will receive their items post-Heart Mini weekend.

Can I register on event weekend?

Absolutely! We will have registration, packet pick-up and donation drop off at the following locations and times weekend of:
   •     Saturday, March 12th- 9am-3PM Messer Construction (643 W Court St. Cincinnati, OH 45203)
   •     Sunday, March 13th- 6:00am-12:30PM- First Financial (255 Fifth Street, Cincinnati, 45202)

Can I switch events after I have already registered?

Yes, you can switch events by emailing Katie Flaspohler at katie.flaspohler@heart.org. If you are switching between the 15K and ½ marathon, you’ll need to pick up a new bib at registration on Sunday, March 13th. Anyone switching to the walk will not need a new bib.

Can I get a refund after I have registered?

No, all entries to the Heart Mini are non-refundable. After we have received and accepted your entry, we cannot issue a refund or defer your registration to the next year.

Are there age limits for the kid's events?

Yes- kids up to the age of 12 can participate in the 2K Kids Race and the 5K Child Heart Walk on Sunday.

When does online registration close?

Friday, March 11th at 5pm.

How do I participate virtually/remotely?

All participants registered by Tuesday, February 15th will receive their Heart Mini gear in the mail prior to race day (will start arriving March 5th). You can track your run using your smartphone or a fitness device and add your results via this form which we will upload to a virtual participant leaderboard. Virtual participants will be able to complete their race anytime between March 12th- 20th.

Participants that registered after the 15th can request to have their Heart Mini gear mailed to them via this link. These will start going out the week of March 20th! If you’d like to pick up the weekend of but still participate virtually, we have the following options weekend of:

   •     Saturday, March 12th- 9am-3PM Messer Construction (643 W Court St. Cincinnati, OH 45203)
   •     Sunday, March 13th- 6:00am-12:30PM- First Financial (255 Fifth Street, Cincinnati, 45202)

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Awards

Are there awards?

Yes! All finishers earn a medal!

Additional awards will be distributed for each of the chip timed events. Top overall awards will be based on gun time and will be presented to the top 3 overall males and females in each of the chip timed races. Age group awards will be based on chip (net) time and will be distributed to the top 5% finishers (male and female based on the previous year) in the Half Marathon, 15K and 5K race in each of following the age divisions- 15 & under, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+.

Results for all chip timed events (Half Marathon, 15K, 5K and 2K) will be available after the race in the Celebration Zone at Results, presented by Tri-State Running, on Broadway between 5th & 6th St. Please visit to pick up your individually printed personal results. Results will also be available online at www.heartmini.org.

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Packet Pick-up & Late Registration

When and where can I pick up my packet?

All participants registered prior to or on February 15th will receive their shirts & bibs in the mail starting the weekend of March 5th.

Those registered on or after February 16th will be able to pick up their shirts & bibs on Saturday or Sunday of event weekend (see dates, times & locations below) or can request to have their gear mailed to them after the event via this link.
   •     Saturday, March 12th- 9am-3PM Messer Construction (643 W Court St. Cincinnati, OH 45203)
   •     Sunday, March 13th- 6:00am-12:30PM- First Financial (255 Fifth Street, Cincinnati, 45202)

Can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes- for someone else to pick up the packet, the alternate person must present one of the following:
   •     Your confirmation email
   •     A signed note from you stating that you are allowing them to pick up your packet.

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Course & Event Weekend Information

Are course maps available?

Course maps are available for all events!

Do the courses have time limits?

For the ½ marathon and 15K course, you must be able to maintain an 18 min/mile pace.

Are pacers available to help me achieve a goal finishing time?

Yes, pacers will be available for both the ½ and the 15K to help you reach your goal time or train for your next race!

How are the courses timed?

The ½, 15K, 5K race and 2K Kids Run are chip timed. The chip will be attached to the back of your race bib/number.

Are the courses USATF certified?

Yes, all courses are USATF certified.

How many water stops are on the course?

For the 1/2 marathon, there will be 4 water stops. For the 15K, there will be 3 water stops. For the 5K race and walk, there will be 2 water stops.

Are headphones allowed?

Yes, but please use headphones at your own risk making sure that you remain aware of directions from traffic control personnel as well as the safety of yourself and other runners.

Am I allowed to push a stroller?

Strollers and baby joggers are permitted on the course, but please, for the safety of all participants, LINE UP AT THE BACK OF THE STARTING AREA and be aware of your safety, the safety of your rider and other race participants, and the course time limits.

Can I participate if I’m in a wheelchair?

If participating in the Half–Marathon or 15K race you will need to maintain at least an 18-min mile. We also ask that you start towards the back of the crowd to ensure your safety and the safety of the those around you. Safety is our #1 priority on event day. There is no discount, or wheelchair race division, but all are welcome and encouraged to join us! If you have a true “street racing wheelchair” please contact Blaire.Kappes@heart.org so that we can coordinate your start time.

Can I bring my dog?

No, sorry! We love animals, but they are not allowed on the courses unless they are assisting visually or otherwise physically impaired participants.

Is there an inclement weather policy?

Your safety is our priority. In the event of severe weather- including lightning, high winds, or extreme heat or cold- the Race Director has the discretion to delay the start time or cancel the race prior to or during the race.

Where can I park on the day of the Mini?

Allpro Parking Lot #768 - 351 East 7th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Lot 004 - Public Parking - Leslie Alley, Cincinnati, OH 45202
580 Building Parking - 580 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Parking Company of America - 610 Culvert Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Laz Parking Garage - 150 East 3rd Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Fountain Square Parking - 416 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Is there a hotel discount for the Heart Mini?

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is offering a special discount to Heart Mini participants the night of March 12th. Rooms are $119+ tax and can be booked via this link https://group.hilton.com/e289zj

 

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Fundraising Information

When is the last day to turn in my donations?

To receive credit to the online store, donations must be turned in by April 20th to allow for entry. Otherwise, we will continue to accept donations through June 30th. Any received after June 30th, will be credited towards next year's event.

The Heart Hero Rewards Center can only be accessed by logging into your participant center. Once you hit a threshold, your points total should update within a few hours.