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? Click here for details.
 
If you have further questions, please contact:
 
2. What are the Race Options and Schedules?
This year’s Race for the Fox84 Initiative 5K Fun Run/Walk fundraising event will be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019- starting and finishing at Marion High School
 
There is one race, USATF-certified route, options, and all runs will take place rain or shine:
 
Saturday, May 04, 2019
Marion High school
1205 S Main St, Marion, SC 29571
 
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Registration starts at 7:30 AM
The race begins at 9:00 AM
Awards Presentation: 10:30 AM
 
 
3. What Does Pledging to the Run Mean, Exactly?
By committing to this event, and pledging to raise money for its success, you are helping raise invaluable funds to enhance the quality of life and support the young men of Marion County.
 
This is a fundraising event is designed to raise money to take young men from Marion County on an annual exploration trip. The 2018 Trip concluded November 2018 and included a 4 day trip to Washington DC (View pictures from Washington DC trip here)
 
We believe a trip of this magnitude will inspire initiative and prove to be an invaluable contribution to their personal development. Additionally, proceeds raised from the Run will also allow us to continue to build upon the mentoring programs and activities that we offer to Marion County quarterly. Ultimately, if our young men are successful then our community is a success.
 
We wish you all the success possible. Train, set and achieve new goals, enjoy the race… and get all the sponsors you can, so when you cross that finish line, we will all be winners
 
4. How can my sponsors submit payment?
Online contributions can be made by credit card on the runner’s personalized page found on this website. Just make sure to tell your sponsors to select your name from the list of runners. You can create and manage your own personal page, share your photos, goals and get sponsors.
 
Corporate event sponsors can pay online with a credit card, by check or be invoiced if requested.
 
5. I am concerned that I might not be able to raise the required funds. Will I be able to do it?
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 Run 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 Run only for Runners?
No! The Run is designed as a day of fun and fitness for the whole family. It attracts more than 200 runners from the North & South Carolina and as far away as Canada each year, but it is also attended by thousands of family members and friends and supporters from the community who look forward to it as a fun and exciting community gathering.
 
Runners enjoy additional benefits that include pre-race stretches and warm-ups led by professional fitness staff, precision race-recording, free tee-shirts, and other great giveaways; Medals for the top three winners in each age category, and trophies for the overall male and female winners. Additional awards will include:
 
The Group (Greek organization, fraternal organizations, social group or club), that has the most registered participants will receive a $100 donation to that organization and a 1st place trophy.
 
7. Can we bring a pet?
 Yes! We love our furry friends! However, due to safety concerns, participants must keep their pets on a leash throughout the entire event. Also, participants with pets are not allowed to line up alongside runners. 
 
Please keep your dog under firm control at all times, either on a short lead or a harness with a short lead and take extreme care to avoid tripping other runners. Please remain in the very back of the pack for your own safety.
 
Dogs are not allowed to take part or accompany volunteers.
 
You can spectate with your dog on a leash but please stand back from the course.
 
8. Do You Run Alone or as a Team?
Either! Participants can run alone or create their own team to run a USATF-certified route through a relatively flat course along the tree-lined streets.
 
9. I have never run a race. Will I be able to finish a 5K?
Absolutely! It might take a little training and coaching, but many of our participants are first-timer runners. Whether you are a novice, signed up for our 5K run/walk we will be here to inspire you every step of the way. We are also offering other motivational programs to help you train, attain new fitness goals, and build endurance, so you can maximize your performance.
 
And on the day of the Race, you can take part in pre-race stretches and warm-ups led by our professional fitness staff. Our hope is to inspire you to achieve ultimate “personal wellness” and, at the same time, participate in a competitive and family-friendly athletic event that will allow you to spend meaningful time together with family and friends.
 
10. Is there a refund/exchange policy?
Yes. If a donation was made accidentally or for the wrong amount, simply make us aware of the issue and we will be happy to make any necessary refunds, changes or corrections. Race registration fees are not refundable.
 
11. Is parking available?
Please note that the parking lot will be available throughout the morning with intermittent closings before each race. Please allow sufficient time for parking and registration.
 
12. Will I have to pay for parking?
No, parking will be FREE on race day.
 
13. What if it rains on race day?
This event will happen rain or shine.
 
14. Are we allowed to run the 5k fun run/walk without registering?
No. You must have a race day bib to participate in the event.
 
15. How do I get my time? 
This race is a certified 5K race and is sanctioned and monitored by RMS Race Management Systems.
 
RMS has the newest most Advanced “CHIP” Technology Available from ChronoTrack and your timing chip is already implanted in the bib!
 
RMS is owned and operated by Danny White. Danny has been Awarded the position of USATF/RRTC National Certifier for the USA and is a South Carolina Regional Certifier!
 
16. 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!
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