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 runner? Click here for details.
If you have further questions, please contact Erin Goldstrom at 323.556.5238 or egoldstrom@westsidejcc.org.
 
2. What are the Race Options and Schedules?
There are three options and all will take place rain or shine:
Kid Sprint: 9:30 am sharp
5K Run & Walk: 8:00 am sharp
 
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 overall health and wellness of children, teens and adults and individuals with special needs in our community.
We are dedicated to creating a vibrant, healthy and active community and all proceeds raised from the Run will allow us to build on the programs we currently offer. With your support, we can make a difference in people lives.
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 community members who benefit from our health and wellness programs!
 
4. How can my sponsors submit payment?
Online contributions can be made by credit 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. 
 
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! The Run is designed as a day of fun and fitness for the whole family. We hope to attract more than 500 runners and walkers, but it is also will be attended by family members and friends and supporters from the community who look forward to it as a fun and exciting community gathering.
In addition to the races, the Run features a free brunch, kids activities from 7:00-11:00am, music, program information, sponsor booths and more. Runners enjoy additional benefits that include pre-race stretches and warm-ups led by professionals, precision race-recording, free tee-shirts and other great giveaways; medals for everyone finishing the walk/race, prizes for the top three winners in each age category. 
 
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 along the tree-lined San Vicente Boulevard. 
 
8. I have never run a race. Will I be able to finish a 5K?
Absolutely! It might take a little training and coaching, but many of our participants are first-timer runners. Whether you are a novice, or a serious athlete, we will be here to inspire you every step of the way. 
Walkers of all ages are welcome!  We encourage everyone who doesn’t want to run, to walk the route.  Walkers will receive all the goodies (i.e. special event shirt, goody bag, medal etc…) that runners receive.
And on the day of the Race, you can take part in pre-race stretches and warm-ups led by professionals. 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.
 
9. 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.
 
10. Is parking available?
Please see the Event Details tab for more information about parking. Please allow sufficient time for parking and registration.
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