Club Membership Rules and Guidelines
There are no minimum requirements to become a member of this club. We welcome first time Half Marathoners.
There is no time limit or even requirement to finish our 50 States HALF Marathon Challenge™, 50 States Endurance Challenge™ or 100 HALF Anywhere Challenge™ in this club. Most members take their time and enjoy the journey, the friendships and the discounts. You can remain a member for life whether you finish a challenge or not.
Some of your prior completions of half marathons, marathons, half ironmans, and ironmans may count prior to joining the club .To see how many might qualify ... Please see #11
The Following Rules Apply:
Since we are a running club and not a trophy store, .... Members who do not meet this criteria or members who may have finished all 50 states or 100 half marathons prior to joining Fifty States HALF Marathon Club, may purchase a Fifty States HALF Marathon Club 50 state finisher award or 100th HALF award for $75 plus shipping and handling, though you must still become a member first).
WAIVER EXCEPTIONS IF YOU ARE PAST 25 STATES (OF 50) OR PAST 50 HALFS (TOWARD 100):
For those that are ALREADY past 25 states (of 50) prior to becoming a member OR for those that already completed MORE than 50 HALFS (toward the 100 challenge) prior to becoming a member, where you are therefore unable to finish the minimum of 25 of your states while in member status, we WILL make a special EXCEPTION and will WAIVE the rule of these members having to PURCHASE a trophy IF MEMBER JOINS CLUB AND THEN IMMEDIATELY VISITS OUR ANNUAL DUES PAGE AFTER BECOMING A MEMBER AND PAYS FOR 3 year annual dues, 5 year annual dues, or Lifetime annual dues at our club online store. You must first go through the general "Join Membership" process first. Member will then be eligible for all complimentary awards under the following Waiver rules:
If you are between 51 and 74 (of 100 halfs) AND between 26 to 38 (of 50 States) and follow directions above, you will be eligible for waiver to receive BOTH trophies complimentary [with the additional 3 year annual dues renewal or longer. Renewal must be purchased same week of becoming a member for waiver to be accepted].
If you are at 75 Halfs complete or above (of your 100 halfs) AND 39 or above (toward your 50 states) you will be eligible for waiver to receive BOTH trophies complimentary [with the addition 5 year annual dues renewal or longer. Renewal must be purchased same week of becoming a member for waiver to be accepted]].
If you are above the threshold of 25 (of 50 states) OR 50 (of 100 halfs) ONLY FOR ONE Challenge, and under the threshold for one of the challenges, you will be eligible for waiver for that challenge [with the additional 3 year annual dues renewal or longer. Renewal must be purchased same week of becoming a member for waiver to be accepted].
But don't fret over 3 or 5 years of membership! :) Our members are awesome, our annual meet ups are fun, and our half marathon discount list is large .... and growing! You won't want to leave us anyway! ;)
If you completed a challenge prior to joining our club, unfortunatlely we do not offer a waiver for prior challenge completions. You may purchase a trophy for prior completions if you choose.
If you have a special scenario, please email me for review & consideration.
If this is confusing to you, please feel free to reach out to Nicole@halfmarathonclub.com.
With our annual dues being only $21.00, your savings from the discounts we have to races, can well over pay for your annual dues plus save you money annually, if you run more than a couple half marathons annually. So it is a benefit to join earlier, than later. There is no benefi of waiting unitl later along your journey. We have well over 300 event discounts and growing.
TROPHIES / AWARDS:
Complimentary awards are ordered on an annual basis, once verification process is complete. Our present award consists of a very nice Gold Cup on a wood base personally engraved with your name and challenge on it. ALL AWARDS ARE PRESENTED AT OUR ANNUAL MEMBER & AWARDS NIGHT MEET UP AT A NEW DESTINATION ANNUALLY. Since we are a club, we would like to encourage all members finishing a challenge to truly try to make it to our awards night for your special accomplishment. For members who earned an award and can not attend the annual meet up & awards night to receive your award, here are your options:
1) I could give the award at our annual meet up to another member who lives near you that may be attending, if they could be willing to travel with it.
2) If you are going to be in Colorado at all, you could arrange to meet me to receive it (Denver / Boulder metro)
3) You could arrange for another member who is planning to do a race you have scheduled, to pick it up at the annual meet up and then bring it to that race. (I can help you wit this if you send me your race schedule that you have planned post annual meet up).
4) You could pay for flat rate shipping, large box USPS which is currently $17.45 (we will have all trophies approximately 4 weeks prior to the annual meet up and can send once we have it).
Please send check to: PO Box 260430, Lakewood, CO 80226
Rules, guidelines, prices, procedures, challenges, benefits and discounts are subject to change at anytime at discretion of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club LLC. Adminstrative membership fee is non-refundable.
Please See Home Page for Member Benefits
Benefits, annual dues and costs of Membership may change at the discretion of the Fifty States Half Marathon Club LLC.
The one time initial administrative fee is non-refundable. No Exceptions.
Annual dues is due every year from the date you join. First year annual dues is included in your joining fee.
It is our sole intention to try to keep membership and all other costs cost effective for our members and make this the best club we can for all Half Marathoners.
DISCLAIMER: When you become a member of Fifty States Half Marathon Club LLC, you waive and release Fifty States Half Marathon Club LLC, its members, Partners, and Sponsors, of all claims and/or liabilities of any kind, including, but not limited to, participation in all training, membership activities, running events, such as marathons, half marathons, etc, and all group meet-ups. When you become a member, you accept responsibility for all, and not limited to, injuries, illness and any other mishaps affiliated with running or activities involved in club membership. Participation is at your own risk. For all members who file a dispute for the initial one time non-refundable membership fee (with paypal, credit card company, etc), your member priviliges and account will be immediately terminated. However due to the information you gained access to by becoming a member and proprietary tracking information provided, the one time initial administrative fee is non-refundable. No Exceptions.