-----Where should I park?

On the weekends(when Animarathon is held) parking is free in most parking lots (especially the ones in front of the Student Union)

-----Where can I eat

There is a food court on the first floor of the Union where Animarathon is held which sells Pizza, Asian Cusine, Burgers, Fries, Subs, Chicken, and Smoothies. Late night on campus dining options include Pizza in the union, and the Kreischer quadrangle restaurants which offers burgers, Mexican, Italian, and breakfast food for dinner. The Black Swamp Pub in the Union has fancier food and some alcohol on tap. Please set aside at least an hour while eating here. Next door to Animarathon is The Oaks, an all you care to eat dining hall. The Oaks has a variety of options with a rotating menu, and has marked vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. There are a variety of dining options off of campus, many of which are open late.

-----Is there Wi-Fi?

Yes! Just connect to the BGSU Guest Wi-Fi network "BGSU Guest"! Please note that connecting to the BGSU wireless network requires a cell phone for SMS authentication. (please note, with the influx of con attendees, wifi may be slow, thank you for your understanding)

-----When should I wear my badge?

While at Animarathon you are encouraged to wear your badge at all times, so it is not lost on accident! However, you might want to remove your badge for photoshoots or other reasons. If you do remove your badge take care not to loose your badge! Animarathon can't replace lost or missing badges! The areas where you need a badge are official Animarathon events including Panels, Special Event Rooms, , and the Artists Alley. Wearing your badge in hallways, the food court, and anywhere outside of the Student Union, is recommended but not required.

-----Where can I sleep at night?

Bowling Green has many hotels just off of campus.

-----Why can't Animarathon use the 4th Floor?

The 4th Floor of the Student Union is a designated quiet study area, and can't be rented. We ask that guests do not visit the 4th floor.

-----When do I get my Pre-Reg Packet?

You pick up your pre registration packet when you arrive at Animarathon. Look for the special Pre-Reg table on the first floor of the Bowen Thompson Student Union.

-----Where is Animarathon?

Animarathon is held in the BGSU Student Union, which is located in Bowling Green Ohio.

-----What is Pre-Registration?

Pre-registration gets you a guaranteed badge for Animarathon. In addition to a guaranteed badge, guests who VIP pre-register receive bonus items as well.

-----Do members of the press have to pay for Animarathon Badges?

No. Members of the press who prove their credentials may receive a free press pass. The Deadline for the free press pass is Febuary 7th, 2017.

-----Why does Animarathon cost money?

While BGSU does help us with many functions, they can not be expected pay for everything. BGSU is an academic institution, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Renting out rooms, printing badges and brochures, purchasing food and drink, inviting special guests, and hiring Police all costs money. When it's all said and done the costs to hold Animarathon are in the ballpark of about $30,000 each year. That might seem like a large number, but it would be way larger if it weren't for the generous help of the Bowling Green community. In past years we were able to cover our costs with raffle tickets and bake sales, however as Animarathon grew, some years were were unable to recoup our costs using this method. In order to guarantee our ability to keep hosting Animarathons we had to start charging a modest admission fee. Keeping Animarathon accessible to everyone is important to us, so we do our best to keep the admission prices at about the price of a fancy meal. Please keep in mind that other conventions may often charge more then $30 for admission. To make Animarathon truly accesible to all, we also give anyone who volunteers for two hours or more each day free admission!

Animarathon Rules

-----Be Safe

Make sure nobody gets hurt & leave things as you found them.

-----Be Nice

Show courtesy to everyone & respect the Bowling Green community.


Be respectful of others, including their property and personal space.

Silence devices and be quiet during panels & events unless otherwise noted.

There will be no solicitation at Animarathon without our permission.

Take care of yourself. Shower, eat, stay hydrated, and brush your teeth.

-----Student Union Rules

The Fourth Floor of the Union is off limits. The rafters beyond the safety rails are especially off limits, because they are hollow and you will fall through.

Please pick up trash, and recycle.

Please keep the toilets nice for other guests.

Return chairs to where they were.

There is no need to run or jump off of things.

Do not loiter in elevators, stairwells, or high traffic areas.

Do not shake the cherry trees outside.

The Yoshino Cherry Trees are a historical gift from the people of Japan and are easily damaged. Please preserve their beauty for others.

We will have a volunteer watching the cherry trees. If a guest is caught shaking them we will ask them to leave Animarathon.

-----Cosplay Rules

If a guest is in a costume or has props of any sort then these rules apply.

Do not bring a metal weapon.

That includes Knives, Metal Pipes, Throwing Stars, and anything else that is metal and can be easily used as a weapon.

There is an exception for swords that have been sheathed and zip tied. If it can be used quickly, it's not OK.

All Weapons must be checked and marked with a band as checked. No exceptions.

If a prop is gun-like ensure it has a visible orange tip on the barrel in addition to submitting to the weapon check.

Yaoi Paddles are not allowed and will be confiscated on sight.

Guests need footwear and a shirt. Bare feet or bare chests are not allowed.

A swimsuit is the minimum level of clothing required.

Animarathon Staff Members or University Staff members reserve the right to ask guests to alter their cosplay while they are attending Animarathon. If a guest does not want to alter their cosplay when requested, they must leave Animarathon until they have changed their cosplay.

-----Coat Room Rules

There is a room at Animarathon where guests are able to leave their belongings for a small fee.

Please note that there are different rates depending on item size and item value.

Coat: $0.50

Grocery bag of belongings: $0.50

Bulky items: $1.00

Strollers: $3.00

Expensive goods: $5.00

-----Safety Rules

Use common sense with props and actions.

Safely posing with a prop is OK.

Pretend Battles are only allowed during the cosplay competition.

If a guest gets in a fight or hurts someone, they will be asked to leave, and the police may get involved.

You must not fly a UAS (drone).

Do not steal things.

Thieves will give up suspect items and be blacklisted.

The Police will be notified of the theft, and they may get involved.

Respect University Property. Do not rough house, and do not jump off of stairs or balconies.

Drink Responsibly

Please have a designated driver or call a cab.

Open Containers (alcohol) are not allowed on BGSU Campus outside the Black Swamp Pub and Bistro.

Follow BGSU's smoking rules.

BGSU is a non-smoking campus. There is a smoking area nearby Animarathon behind University Hall in Lot A, and behind The administration skyscraper in Lot 11.

Vapes and non-smoking tobacco products are allowed outdoors under campus rules.

Do not jaywalk as it is very dangerous in Bowling Green.

In particular you must be careful while crossing Wooster Street.

Children aged 12 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Children must have their parent or guardian's name and contact information written on the child's badge.

Guests must not enter panels or events rated higher then their current age.

How are Rules enforced?

Animarathon Staff, University Staff, and Law Enforcement Officers are the ultimate authority on acceptable behavior at Animarathon.

Attendees who are disruptive or break the rules kill the mood, and may be asked to leave without a refund based on a staff member's decision.

Possible punishments for rule breaking could include one or more of the following:

Being given a warning that it's time to stop.

Being removed from Animarathon for the remainder Animarathon.

Being placed on a permanent blacklist, unable to return to Animarathon in the future. This list will include your reason for exclusion. We may share this list with other conventions in the future.

Paying for any damage caused.

Police involvement or action.

BGSU Security is active at Animarathon, and enforces the rules and guidelines in addition to Animarathon staff. BGSU Security also enforces all laws and BGSU rules.

If we have confiscated something from you, or we have found your lost item, you may pick it up at the coat room when leaving.

-----What to do if the rules are being broken.

If you see someone breaking the rules, especially in an unsafe way or in a way that makes you uncomfortable, please contact us as soon as you can.

If there is a emergency where someone could be seriously hurt or die dial 911 immediately and order a specific nearby person to get a security officer as fast as they can. Your location is the BGSU Student Union. There are public telephones along the wall if you do not have a cell-phone. The emergency rescue point is located in the stairwells.

If there is a less pressing but still serious issue please contact an Animarathon Staff member, and we will do our best to resolve the problem.

Our Promise to You

Thank you for reading this far! Seriously, great job!

We don't expect you to follow our rules for nothing.

That's why we're promising you two things in return.


Our first promise to you is 改善 (Kaizen).

Kaizen is the Japanese process of continuous improvement.

That means that Animarathon will reflect itself continuously.

To the benefit of itself and the community around it.

A Good Time

Our Second, but even more important promise to you is a good time.

You've earned it.