Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Can I register my family members?
Yes! You can register multiple people at once, but you will need a unique email address for each person in order for them to receive race emails.

If I register for the event but cannot participate on Race Day, can I receive a refund or transfer my registration to another person?
Unfortunately, all registrations are final and registrations cannot be transferred to another participant. Your registration does count as a donation to the preschool, so we thank you for your generosity! * Please note: This event will happen rain or shine.

Tot Trot Kid’s Run – I want to run with my kid. Should I register for the Tot Trot too?
The Tot Trot is for children 8 & under. For kids 4 & under, only one adult is allowed to accompany a small child for safety purposes without registering.
Parent participation in the Tot Trot is for safety purposes. Please be mindful of other children to ensure they all have a safe and enjoyable run for kids. Older children are encouraged to run on their own, with parents cheering/watching from the side. Registering for the 5k allows both you and your child to be participants (on foot or in a stroller).

Race Day Information

I can’t attend Packet Pick Up Day. What should I do?
Packet Pick Up will also be offered the morning of the race starting at 7:45am. Please arrive as early as possible to avoid waiting in line. The Tot Trot race will start promptly at 9:00am and the 5k at 9:35am.

Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?
Yes, you can have someone else pick up your race packet for you. Please have them bring a copy of your race registration.

Should I wear a costume?
Yes! Costumes are highly encouraged for the 5k Fun Run and Tot Trot. Check out our pictures from 2014 & 2015 to see how much fun the runners and our tots had enjoying the race!

I have a small child. Can I race with a stroller?
Yes!!! In the spirit of family involvement, strollers are encouraged! We kindly ask participants with strollers to allow other racers to pass safely and stay single file on the course. Remember, children under 8 years old can also participate in our kids’ Tot Trot.

Will I have to pay for parking?
No, parking will be FREE on race day.

What if it rains on race day?
This event will happen rain or shine.

Are we allowed to run the 5k or Tot Trot without registering?
No. You must have a race day bib to participate in the event.

How do I get my time? Do I need to attach my timing chip?
No, the timing chip is already on the bib! (Kids’ Tot Trot participants do not need a timing chip).

Can I bring pets to the race?
We know your pets are considered part of the family; however, we ask that you please leave them at home during the event. Due to the sensitive nature of the park, dogs and other domestic animals are not permitted within Baylands Park at Sunnyvale and are not allowed to be kept in vehicles at any given time. Thank you!

Will there be water stops along the course?
Yes, a water station will be located around mile 2 along the course and water will be provided at the start/finish line.

Will there be sufficient aid and medical assistance on the course?
We take the safety of our participants seriously. Water stations and support personnel will be positioned along the course. Plus, a first aid kit will be stationed at the start/finish line. The official race staff is trained to manage any situation that may arise. However, we ask that you help us out by being prepared for the race, so don’t forget to train!

Who puts on this event?
The parents of Mountain View Parent Nursery School organizes the annual Down By the Bay 5k & Tot Trot events with the help of sponsors and volunteers from the surrounding community. They work hard to provide you with the best experience on race day!