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FAQs - Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children’s

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers!

REGISTRATION
FUNDRAISING
TEAMS
EVENT INFORMATION

REGISTRATION

How do I register to participate?

Visit gocincy5k.org and click on "Register" then choose to "Register as an Individual," "Register a New Team" or "Join a Team." Each participant will have the option to run the 5K or walk a one-mile loop. Follow the prompts and instructions. 

You can also download and complete a paper registration form and mail it with your registration fee to:

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
ATTN: Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children's
P.O. Box 5202
Cincinnati, OH 45201-5202

Please include a personalized registration form for each person. If you're having difficulty registering, you can email  gocincy5k@cchmc.org or call 513-636-2941.

Do I have to register to run and/or walk?

Yes.  Everyone from newborns to 90+ needs to register. This helps us plan for a safe, successful and fun event. It also ensures that every participant receives a bib and T-shirt, and every runner receives a timing chip. Once registered, all participants get a personalized fundraising page to track their own fundraising efforts and help them meet their fundraising goal.

When I register my family, do I have to register each member individually?

Yes, and it's easy to register everyone at once. You can register your family members when you register yourself. Every participant receives a bib and T-shirt, so we need to know how many participants will be in attendance. We also need to know how many are participating so we can plan the event and meet everyone's needs.

Why is there a $35 registration fee for runners, $25 registration fee for adult walkers (18 and older) and a $5 fee for children walkers (17 and younger)?

The fees help Cincinnati Children's plan and host the event and ensures we can provide a safe, enjoyable, family event for all attendees. For runners, the cost helps cover the cost of chip timing to precisely measure your race results. The registration fee also helps us provide a T-shirt and personal fundraising page for everyone. Because participants receive a T-shirt and other benefits, registration fees cannot count toward the participant’s fundraising goals and therefore cannot be designated. Registration fees are not tax-deductible.

I'm having trouble with my account/registering/my team registration. Who do I call?

For any questions or issues with the website or your online account, please contact us at gocincy5k@cchmc.org or 513-636-2941.

 

FUNDRAISING

Is there a fundraising minimum? What’s a good fundraising goal?

While there is no fundraising minimum, we strongly encourage all participants to set personal fundraising goals. The average participant raises $100. 

If I can't attend the event, can I still fundraise?

Yes. You can register as a Virtual Walker, and still get an official 2018 Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children’s T-shirt. Learn more about becoming a Virtual Walker.

How do I fundraise?

There are many ways to meet your personal fundraising goal. When you register, you'll receive a personal fundraising page that makes it easy to ask for donations through email and Facebook. You can also do some in-person fundraising and ask your friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors and local businesses to support your efforts. Don’t forget to use social media! 

Why am I asked to fundraise for this event?

As a nonprofit hospital and research center, we depend on your support to help meet the healthcare needs of children in our community and to improve child health around the globe. Go the Distance is one of the most important ways we get community support to help us further our innovative research and contribute to the expert, family-centered care that kids and families receive at Cincinnati Children’s.

Can I use the event website to fundraise?

Yes! When you register, you'll receive your own personal fundraising page to track gifts, post messages and pictures, and send emails to your friends, family members and coworkers.

Can I choose where the gifts I raise go in the medical center?

Yes. Every dollar you raise will go to your chosen area. To designate your gifts, choose the name of the division, department or program when prompted during registration. Registration fees cannot be designated.

Can I split the funds I raise between two or more divisions/departments/programs?

No. Each participant can choose one area to receive funds.

How do I use my personal fundraising page?

A personal fundraising page is automatically created for you when you register to participate. You can customize your personal fundraising page to meet your needs through your Participant Center. You can share your page with anyone you want through email and social media. Visitors to your page can make a donation toward your goal, read your reasons for running or walking, leave you a message of support, and view the picture you post.

Are all walkers required to have a personal fundraising page?

A personal fundraising page is automatically created when you register. However, you can make your page private. Follow these steps: log in and go to the Participant Center. Click on the Personal Page tab and select URL Settings. Within the settings, you can make your page private. Be sure to save before leaving the page.

How do I use my Participant Center?

Go to gocincy5k.org, and enter your username and password at the top of any page on our website to access your Participant Center. You'll use your Participant Center to customize your personal fundraising page, update your fundraising goal, track your donations and send emails. There will be instructions on each page to help you through the process.

If I join a team, can I still designate my funds to any area I choose, even if it’s different from the Team Captain?

Yes. If there is a particular department or program you're passionate about, you can designate the funds you raise to your area of choice.


Do I have to designate the gifts I raise to a specific division/department/program at the medical center?

No. Undesignated funds will support the most pressing needs at Cincinnati Children's.

Do I need a gift deposit slip for each gift?

Yes. For each donation you receive offline (such as cash or checks), you will need to attach a deposit slip when you turn it in. Attaching the deposit slip will let us properly credit your fundraising goal and also make sure that your supporters get acknowledged properly. Online gifts through your personal fundraising page do not need a deposit slip, as they are tracked automatically.

Where do I get deposit slips?

You can download deposit slips to print.

Can I mail in several gifts and deposit slips in one envelope?

Yes. Be sure to attach a completed deposit slip to each gift.

How do I submit my gifts?

Credit cards: Ask your supporters to submit their gifts online through your personal fundraising page. Gifts are automatically tracked through the page. You can receive notifications when gifts are made so you can personally thank your supporters. Cincinnati Children’s will also acknowledge your supporters' gifts.

Cash and checks: Fill out and attach a deposit slip to each gift and bring the gifts to Check-In or mail them to:

Cincinnati Children’s
ATTN: Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children's
P.O. Box 5202
Cincinnati, OH 45201-5202

Who should checks be made payable to?

All checks should be made payable to Cincinnati Children's and turned in with a deposit slip.

Can I drop off gifts?

Yes. Gifts can be dropped off at either Packet Pick-Up on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Feet Fleet Oakley, or Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Gibson House or at Event Check-In or on walk day.

My supporter needs a tax receipt letter. How do I get one?

Donors must provide their first and last name with a full address to receive a tax receipt. For cash and checks, be sure the deposit slip includes the supporter's full name and address, and we will mail them a letter when their gift has been processed. A tax receipt is automatically generated for supporters when they give online through your personal fundraising page.

Are there any awards for the top teams?

Yes! Our Hall of Fame offers fundraising rewards to the most successful teams. Do you want to be inducted into our Hall of Fame? Register your team and begin reaching out to your network! 

How do I support an individual or team?

 Visit our Find a Participant or Team Page to take a look at our participants and learn why they are going the distance for Cincinnati Children’s. 

How can I sponsor the event?

 People love to support businesses that support local charities. For more information on corporate sponsorships, contact Daniele Discepoli at 513-636-2912 or danielle.discepoli@cchmc.org.

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TEAMS

How do I create a team?

Just follow these simple steps:

1. Select a team captain, team name and team fundraising goal.
2. Have the team captain register your team first.
3. Then, have team members join the team when they register.
4. Start raising funds!

How do I join a team?

When you register, select the option to join a team. Search for your team's name. If your team is related to a company, you can also search by company name.

Do I have to be on a team in order to participate?

No. You can register to run or walk as an individual.

Can a team be a mix of runners and walkers?

Yes! Your team can be a combination of runners and walkers, to accommodate what works best for your teammates. 

Are all teammates expected to fundraise?

Yes. Each team member is asked to set and reach a personal fundraising goal. 

Can a team receive a gift?

Yes. Gifts can be made to a team or an individual. Teams generally set a team fundraising goal in addition to the individual goals set by each team member. Funds raised by each team member will count toward the team fundraising goal. Gifts made to a team will support the team captain's designation.

I'm already registered to walk, but I want to start my own team or join a team. Is it too late?

Not at all. Email us at  gocincy5k@cchmc.org or call 513-636-2941, and we will update your team status.

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EVENT INFORMATION

Why are we changing from a walk to a 5k run and walk? 

Cincinnati Walks for Kids has evolved to the Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children’s to invite more participants to join in the fun. This rebooted event will include the family-friendly 1-mile walk you love and a timed 5k. 

What is the distance of the event?

There are two options when registering. There is a 5K route and a one-mile loop. Both options are paved and stroller- and wheelchair-friendly.

Can I walk the 5k and/or run the 1-mile?

Yes! All participants are welcome to run or walk either route. Only runners registered for the 5K will be timed. 

Is the 5K timed?

Yes! Those who register for the 5K race will receive a timing chip to accurately record your run time. 

Can I ride my bike, rollerblade or run on the route?

For the safety of everyone at the event, only running or walking is permitted.

Are there restrictions on what items we can bring to the event?

Yes. No peanuts or peanut products and no latex (balloons or gloves) are allowed. Many of our participants have severe allergies, and we ask that you do not bring these items so that we can ensure a safe environment for everyone.

Can I bring my pet?

No. Pets are not permitted at Paul Brown Stadium. The only exception to this rule is for service dogs. All service dogs must have their papers with them in order to enter the event.

Do I have to wear my walker bib?

Yes. Yes. Runner and walker bibs must be worn to receive your official 2018 Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children’s T-shirt, participate in the event and all activities. 

Where can I park?

More details will be available on the event map soon.

Is the event handicap accessible?

Yes. We planned the route and all activities with this in mind.

Is there handicap parking?

Yes. There will be handicap-designated parking spaces. All lots at Paul Brown Stadium have handicap accessible spaces.

Can I bring a stroller, wagon or wheelchair?

Absolutely! The walk route was planned to be enjoyable for everyone, so there are minimal hills and bumps.

Will there be strollers or wheelchairs available for rent?

No. We are not able to provide wheelchairs and strollers for rent. 

What if it rains?

Bring a raincoat and an umbrella because we'll run, walk, celebrate and honor loved ones rain or shine!

Will food be available?

Yes. We will provide a complimentary, light breakfast (pastries, fruit, water) to all participants during registration. 

Is smoking permitted?

No. Smoking is prohibited at this event

Can I volunteer at the event?

Yes. Volunteers will play an important role in Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children’s. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact us at gocincy5k@cchmc.org or call 513-636-2941.

What are social media accounts and event hashtag for this event?  

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram at @givecincychildrens. Share posts about our event using the hashtag of #gocincy5k! Follow our progress as the event gets closer. On event day, follow #gocincy5k on Twitter and Instagram for event updates! 

My event question isn't listed here. Who can I contact for information?

For more information about the event, you can email gocincy5k@cchmc.org or call 513-636-2941.

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