Waves

The Berbee Derby is open to beginning through advanced runners, and walkers. For those participating in the run portion (10k or 5k), this is a timed event. (Your timing “chip” is located on the back of your race number – yay, no more chips on shoes!)

Due to the fact that we have a mix of casual and competitive participants, the Berbee Derby has a wave start. Participants are grouped into different waves with slightly different start times.

How do we determine your wave? During the registration process, we ask you to estimate your own finish time. Do the best you can—we don’t require proof of time. But please – be courteous to your fellow runners and realistic about your expected finishing time. It can be hazardous (and frustrating!) when runners in fast waves must dodge slower runners.

You will receive your wave assignment when you pick up your race packet. On race day, Waves A-H will be for the 10k, and Waves I-O for the 5k, based on your estimate of your finish time.

Runners with strollers must line up after the end of the 5k runners (look for the signs for 'Strollers & Wagons'). Walkers must line up in the wave marked WALKERS, which will be after Wave O, the last runners’ wave.

  • 10k Run Start: 9:00 a.m. (Waves A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)
  • 5k Run Start: 9:20 a.m. (Waves I, J, K, L, M, N, O)
  • 5k Walk Start: 9:25 a.m.

Never been part of an event with waves? No worries. When it’s time, just head for the start and look for your wave letter – volunteers will be holding large signs with the letters on them. Still confused? Our Berbee Derby volunteers will be everywhere race day morning to answer your questions.