Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is the 5K a virtual event again?
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to keep the MN Brain Tumor 5K a virtual event again for 2022. The health and safety of our participants, volunteers and sponsors is out top priority and this is the most responsible way to move forward while still honoring and raising funds for brain tumor research. This is our third year in the virtual format and although we look forward to a return to in-person events, we remain dedicated as ever to raising as much as possible for this important cause.
2. Will we get event t-shirts this year?
Yes! All participants who register by a certain date, that is currently being determined, will receive an event t-shirt. T-shirts will be available for pick-up prior to the event. Pick-up dates and times will be announced closer to the event.
3. How do I begin?
Want to Participate in this year's virtual event? 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.
4. Am I required to collect donations/sponsors as part of participating in the event?
No. Every participant that signs up for the event gets a personal fundraising page as part of registering however participants do not need to solicit donations or sponsorships from friends and family if they aren't comfortable. Your registration fee is a donation towards brain tumor research.
5. Can I mail a check for my registration fee?
No. Online registrations must be paid with a debit or credit card.
6. How do I participate in the virtual event?
It is up to you how and where you will participate this year. You can choose to walk/run around town or on a treadmill, enjoy brunch with family, or do something else. Whatever you decide to do, just have fun with it! Share videos and photos of your day on the MN Brain Tumor 5K Facebook page or on your Instagram using #MNBT5K. We will re-share your posts so that all participants can see!
7. 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.
8. I am concerned that I might not be able to raise the 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.
9. Is the 5K or 1M only for runners OR only for walkers?
No! The event is designed as a day for the whole family - runners and walkers are welcome!
10. Do you participate alone or as a team?
Either! Participants can participate alone, create a team or join a team!
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. Registration fees are not refundable.
12. 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!
13. 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 deductible. Click the About link in the header above to see more information about the Musella Foundation.