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.
2. Am I required to collect donations/sponsors as part of participating in the walk?
No. Every participant that signs up for the walk gets a personal fundraising page as part of registering however participants do not need to solicet donations or sponsorships from friends and family if they aren't comfortable. Your registration fee is a donation towards brain tumor research.
3. Can I mail a check for for my registration fee?
Yes. Online registrations are preferred but if you would rather send a check it must be payable to Musella Foundation and sent to:
Mark Salkowski 5K
1318 Allenby Court
Bel Air, MD 21014
In order to get your free tee shirt registrations must be received by May 19.
4. What is the address of the event?
Ma & Pa Trail (Williams Street), Bel Air, Maryland 21014
5. How can my sponsors submit payment?
Online contributions can be made by credit card on the walker's personalized page. Direct your sponsors to click the blue "Sponsor a Walker" near the top of the home page and then search for and click on your name.
6. 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 to get started 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, 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 even more quickly.
7. Do You Participate Alone or as a Team?
Either! Participants can participate alone, create a team or join a team!
8. What happens if there is bad weather the day of the walk?
The event is rain or shine. It cannot be rescheduled and there are no refunds.
9. What is the virtual option?
If you are unable to make it the Ma & Pa Trail the day of the run but still want to participate you can register as a virtual participant. Simply register, pick a place, day and time of your choosing to run or walk and we'll send you the commemorative Mark Salkowski 5K tee shirt.
10. Do I get a refund if I signed up for the event but I'm unable to make it?
No, there are no refunds. Consider the registration money your donation. If your registration included a shirt it must be picked up during the registration/check-in time the morning of the walk. Past that time it is not guaranteed.
11. 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. Walk registration fees are not refundable.
12. Will there be registration the day of the event?
Yes, there will be same day registration however we highly encourage you to register ahead of time - not only so we can plan for the run/walk appropriately and get a free shirt when register early enough!
13. Can I just make a donation?
Absolutely! You do not need to register or attend the event to donate to the cause. You can be a virtual participant if you wish, which allows you to have a fundraising page and collect funds from sponsors - or you can simply make a donation!
14. Are dogs allowed at the event?
While not recommended, you may bring your dog however your dog MUST be leashed and under your control at all times. You also must clean up after your dog.
15. Where does my money go?
Proceeds from the event go to the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc, a 501(C)3 nonprofit public charity. 100% will be used only for brain tumor research (all event costs have been donated by our sponsors!). Your donation is tax deductable. Click the "About" link in the header above to see more information about the Musella Foundation.