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 Mike Splitt at 815-459-1773 X 300 or rdkiwanissantarun@gmail.com.
 
2. What are the Race Options and Schedules?
There are two race course options:
 
- 5K Run/Walk: 9am sharp (certified course)
- 1 Mile Run/Walk: 9:07am sharp
 
This event will not be rescheduled if canceled due to inclement weather.  No refunds available.  
 
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 for children, some with special needs. We are dedicated to this important community event that allocates all proceeds raised from the Run to several fantastic and important agencies in our county who help children in need.  With your support, we are changing lives in a positive way. These agencies, Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, CASA of McHenry County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls on the Run NWIL and Turning Point are a critical part of our community and need support. 
 
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 – you, and all the children in  McHenry county that need help!
 
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. 
 
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! This run has become a family tradition for many.  It attracts more than 1,000 runners/walkers from within our county. Whether you are a dedicated runner, walker or someone who just wants to support the cause, we challenge you to participate in this event.
 
7. 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 throughout downtown Crystal Lake. 
 
 8. Is parking available?
Yes, parking is available throughout the downtown area. 
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