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 5K?
No. Every participant that signs up for the 5K 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?
No. Online registrations must be paid with a debit or credit card.  We will accept checks the day of the event - but day-of registrations will not recieve a t-shirt.
 
4. Is the 5K a certified course?
Yes! The 5K is a USATF-certified route. The route is relatively flat along tree-lined paths around Lake Phalen.
 
5. Will the 5K be a timed event?
There will be a time clock at the event so you can see how you did, but there will be no chip timing or posting. It is considered a family friendly fun run/walk. Strollers are allowed.
 
6. Is parking available?  
Limited parking is available onsite at Lake Phalen around the lake - but those areas fill up quickly. We ask that you car pool as much as possible and make use of our free shuttle service as much as possible. The lot closest to the park pavilion will have extra handicap spots available the day of the event for special needs on a first come first serve basis. The shuttle ride is approximately 10 minutes from the event, so please allow sufficient time for parking, taking the shuttle and checking in. More information on the shuttle service can be found via the "Event Details" link in the header above. NOTE: Please be aware of the no parking signs within the park; the City of St Paul, the MN Brain Tumor 5k and the Musella Foundation are not responsible if your vehicle is ticketed or towed. There will be no parking in the parking lot associated with the neighboring golf course in the park.  If you attempt to part outside the park in one of the surrounding neighborhoods make sure the street does not have any parking restrictions.
 
7. What is the address of the event?
 
8. How can my sponsors submit payment?
Online contributions can be made by credit card on the runner’s personalized page. Direct your sponsors to click the "Sponsor a Participant/Team" button near the top of the home page and then search for and click on your name.  We try to discourage sponsorships via checks, but we understand that your family or friends may give you checks or cash. In limited situations, we allow you to send checks to us - please see our "Contact Us" page for more information on this.
 
9. 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 ever more quickly.
 
10. Is the 5K only for Runners OR only for Walkers?
No! The 5K is designed as a day for the whole family - runners and walkers are welcome!
 
11. Do You Participate Alone or as a Team?
Either! Participants can participate alone, create a team or join a team!

12. I Have Never Participated in a 5K.  Will I be able to Finish?
Absolutely! Many of our participants are first-timers.  Whether you are a novice or a serious athlete, we will be here to inspire you every step of the way.
 
13. What happens if there is bad weather the day of the 5K?
The event is rain or shine, with few exceptions. See our inclement weather plan. The race will not be rescheduled and there are no refunds.
 
14. 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 5K. Past that time it is not guaranteed.
 
15. 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.
 
16. 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 5K appropriately but also you'll save some money on registration and get a free shirt if you register early enough!
 
17. 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!
 
18. 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.
 
19. Will we be able to stay and use the park pavilion after the event?
The park pavilion will only be used for registration and check-in during the event and will be closed to the public immediately after the event ends. The picnic grounds outside the pavilion will be available on a first come, first serve basis for groups planning private get-togethers the day of the event.
 
20. 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. Your donation is tax deductable.  Click the "About" link in the header above to see more information about the Musella Foundation.
 
21. What are the overhead costs of the MN event?
Our event has costs for such things as rental of the park, insurance, food, etc.  All of this is paid for by sponsors, specifically for the purpose of paying for the event.  All of our volunteers, including the planning team, are volunteer and receive no payments for their time. 100% of registration fees and donations go to brain tumor research via the Musella Foundation. On the "About" page in the navigation above you can find more details about where this money goes through the foundation.
 
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