Frequently Asked Questions
 
1. How do I begin?
Want to Participate?
Just register here and join us!
You can now create and manage your own personal page, share your photos, goals and get sponsors.
Want to sponsor a participant or team? Click here for details.
If you have further questions, please contact CHOAF at 714-683-2792 or info@choaf.org.
 
2. Is this a timed or qualifying race?
No, this is a 5k Fun run/walk.  The runners will line up directly after the Butterfly Release**at 10:00am for a 5K (or less) beautiful walk/run along the harbor.
 
3. What Does Pledging to the Walk/Run Mean, Exactly?
By committing to this event, and pledging to raise money for its success, you are helping raise invaluable funds for local children’s hospice and palliative programs. You will select your beneficiary when you register.
 
We wish you all the success possible. Train, set and achieve new goals, enjoy the walk/run and get all the sponsors you can, so when you cross that finish line, we will all be winners – you, the beneficiary you are supporting and all the children that so desperately need these services.
 
4. How can my sponsors submit payment?
Online contributions can be made by credit card on the Team/participant’s personalized page found on our website.  Just make sure to tell your sponsors to select your name from the list of participants. 
 
5. I am concerned that I might not be able to raise funds. 
Even if you've never raised money before, our materials and strategies will make it easy for you to solicit and collect sponsorships from friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and others. Experience has shown that it is not only possible, but enjoyable, to set and reach your goals. Please refer to the sample letters found on your personal fundraising page center, that explains the programs the Butterfly Walk/Run & Flutter  supports, and you will be surprised to see how quickly friends, family, and co-workers will respond to your request to help this wonderful cause. Just remember to make it personal as well, as you want them to know that they are sponsoring YOU and YOUR efforts! And, as many companies offer charitable donation matching programs, make sure to ask your sponsors to check with their employers, as it will help you meet your goal ever more quickly.
 
6. Is the event only for Runners?
No! This event is designed as a day of fun for the whole family. It attracts more than 600 participants from all over Southern California.  Family members and friends and supporters from the community look forward to it as a fun and exciting community gathering.
 
In addition to the 5K walk/fun run, the day features an emotion Butterfly release (weather permitting),  kids activities area, a gift shop, raffles, music and a finish line celebration BBQ from 8:30am-1:00pm.  Medals will be given to the first 3 men, women and children that cross the finish line.   
 
7. Do You Walk/Run Alone or as a Team?
Either! Participants can run alone or create their own team .
 
8. Is there a refund/exchange policy?
Only if a donation was made accidentally or for the wrong amount, simply make us aware of the issue within 24 hours and we will be happy to make any necessary refunds, changes or corrections. Race registration fees are not refundable.
 
10. Is parking available?
Parking is available at the Aquarium of the Pacific parking structure.  Once parked, look for the Butterfly Walk signs to lead you to the event and Registration area. 
 
Aquarium Parking Structure
The parking structure for the Aquarium is on the water side of Shoreline Drive between Chestnut Place and Aquarium Way.
From the 710 Freeway, follow direction signs to the Aquarium. The entrance to Aquarium parking is on the right on Shoreline just before the roller coaster bridge at Aquarium Way. From the south, take Shoreline Drive to Aquarium Way. Left on Aquarium Way. The entrance is on the right, 100 feet beyond the dolphin fountain.
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