Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is included with my race fee?
All participants will receive a unique finisher token, a swag bag and light refreshments after the race. T-shirts are included for all who register by May 27th and as available for those who register after May 27th.

2. When and where do I pick-up my race packet?
Race packet pick-up for all Sour Grapes races is at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.
Friday, June 7: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, June 8: 6:30am - 7:00am

3. When and where do I pick-up my chip packet?
Your chip is attached to your bib, which is part of your race packet.

4. Will the kid's races be chip timed?

5. What is the course like?
The race course takes runners through the beautiful, wooded trails of the Northland Arboretum. It is a challenging run on uneven terrain, sandy soil, and lots of mini-hills. Because there is virtually no paved surface running, it is not recommended to do pavement only training before this run. The 10.55K runners will experience one main loop through the course trails. Half Marathoners will follow the same loop twice.

6. I did not sign up for the race. Can I run the half marathon/10.55K anyway?
No. Only officially registered participants, volunteers and race officials are allowed on the course during race day. Race day registration is available.

7. Where can I park before the race?
Parking will be available at the Paul Bunyan State Trail Parking Lot, which is located just to the South of the Northland Arboretum building. When that lot fills, overflow parking will be south across Excelsior Road in the movie theater lot. There will be traffic/parking attendants on hand the morning. of the race. For a map, please click on "Directions" from our Home Page.

8. I am injured, pregnant, or no longer able to attend the race, can I get a refund?
Entry fees are non-refundable. All proceeds benefit the Northland Arboretum.

9. How do I know if I am registered?
The fastest way to verify that you are registered for any of our races is to email us at, a confirmation email was sent to you if you gave us a good email address.

10. What is the last day that I can register?

11. How did the Sour Grapes half & half get its name?
A group of disappointed Grandma's Marathon rejects decided to organize a run that would be fun, challenging and a means to enjoy the company of other enthusiastic runners. Hence, the birth of Sour Grapes half & half in 2001.

12. I want to volunteer! Who do I contact?
Volunteers are an important part to the success of the Sour Grapes run. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please contact us at or check the volunteer page on the website.

13. Can I give/sell my number to another person?
No. Entries and race numbers are non-transferable from one person to another.