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. Fundraising isn't required but very appreciated, as this is our flagship fundraising event and helps us support families throughout the entire year.
Want to sponsor a runner/walker? Click here for details.
If you have further questions, please contact us: info@heroeslikehaley.org.
 
2. Are there any prizes?
All pre-registered paid participants will receive a custom medal designed to represent Haley's unique personality.  Top on-site runners in specific categories will receive prizes.  Even walkers have a chance to win prizes because we are saving the best prizes for the top fundraisers.  We appreciate everyone's participation and effort in making our event a success.   
 
Awards: Given to overall male & female winners.  
 
Medals will be given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place male and female overall winners along with 1st, 2nd & 3rd place male and female winners in each division. 
 
Divisions: 13 & under, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
 
Top 3 Fundraisers will win prizes!
 
3. How can my sponsors submit payment?
Online contributions can be made by credit/debit card on the runner’s personalized page found on our website at. Just make sure to tell your sponsors to select your name from the list of runners.  
 
4. Is Fundraising required?
Fundraising isn't required by VERY APPRECIATED!  Even if you've never raised money before, our materials and strategies will make it easy for you to solicit and collect sponsorship 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 we support, 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! 
 
5. Is the Event only for Runners?
NO!  This is a 5k run/walk.  We encourage everyone to attend. The birthday celebration is designed as a day of fun and fitness for the whole family.  It will also be attended by Haley’s family members, friends and supporters from the community who look forward to it as a fun and exciting community gathering.  In addition to the races, we plan to have fun activities for the kids, snacks, music and more. Runners enjoy additional benefits that include precision race-timing, t-shirts, other great prizes for the top runners/top fundraisers, and medals for all paid pre-registered participants. We cannot guarantee t-shirts for participants registering after the deadline.
 
6. Do You Run Alone or as a Team?
Either! Participants can run/walk alone or create their own team.

7. I have never run a race.  Will I be able to finish?
Absolutely! It might take a little training and coaching, but many of our participants are first-timer runners. This is a fun event with a little friendly competition.  Whether you run or walk, if you are a novice, or a serious athlete we will be here to inspire you every step of the way.  We are also planning to share other motivational programs to help you train, attain new fitness goals, and build endurance, so you can maximize your performance.  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 while supporting a great cause.
 
8. Is there a refund/exchange policy?
Yes. If a donation was made accidentally for the wrong amount, simply make us aware of the issue and we will be happy to make any necessary corrections. Race registration fees are non-refundable.  Donations are non-refundable in the event of inclement weather or cancellation of the event.
 
9. Is parking available?  
The parking lot will be available at Cary Grove Park.  Additional parking is available at the High School next to the park. Please allow sufficient time for parking and registration.
 
10. Dogs/Strollers?
Strollers are welcome - please stay to the right.  Strollers and walkers will start in the back of the race pack.
We are sorry but dogs are not allowed in the park per Park District Rules  
 
11. Is this tax deductible?
Heroes Like Haley is a qualifying 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so your donation may be tax deductible.  Please consult your tax advisor to review your personal tax situation.
 
12. Is my donation eligible for company matching?
Heroes Like Haley is a qualifying 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Each company has their own policies so check with your HR Department to verify their requirements.
 
 
 
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