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REGISTRATION

How do I register to walk?

Visit www.cincywalks.org and click on "Register" then "Register as an Individual," "Register a New Team" or "Join a Team." 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: Cincinnati Walks for Kids
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 walk@cchmc.org or call 513-636-2941.

Do I have to register to 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 walker bib and T-shirt. Once registered, all walkers 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. All walkers can register their family members while they register. Every walker receives a walker bib and T-shirt, so we need to know how many walkers will be in attendance. We also need to know how many walkers are participating so we can plan the event and meet everyone's needs.

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

The fees help Cincinnati Children's plan and host the event and make sure we can provide a safe, enjoyable, family event for all of our attendees. The registration fee also helps us provide a T-shirt, personal fundraising page, free parking and private access to the Zoo for all walkers. Because walkers receive a T-shirt and other benefits, registration fees cannot count toward the walker's fundraising goals and therefore cannot be designated. Registration fees are not tax-deductible.

I am a Zoo member; do I still have to pay the walk registration fee?

Yes, Cincinnati Walks for Kids will be a private, exclusive event for walk participants held at the Cincinnati Zoo. Because the Zoo will not be open to the public, Zoo memberships are not valid.

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

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 walker can choose one area to receive funds.

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.

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 walk@cchmc.org or 513-636-2941.

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FUNDRAISING

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

While there is no fundraising minimum, we strongly encourage all walkers to set personal fundraising goals. The average walker raises $100, but you can raise more with these helpful tips.

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

Yes. You can register as a Virtual Walker, and still get an official 2014 Cincinnati Walks for Kids T-shirt and qualify for prizes. 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 walk efforts. Get more tips for fundraising.

Can I use the walk 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.

How do I use my personal fundraising page?

A personal fundraising page is automatically created for you when you register to walk. 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 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 a user registers. However, the user can make the personal fundraising page private. To do this, 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?

Enter your user name and password at the top of any page on our website, www.cincywalks.org, 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 personal fundraising page to help you through the process.

Why does Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, appear in the text when I'm editing my Participant Center but not on my personal fundraising page?

Returning walkers who logged in during registration will see the information that was on their personal and team fundraising pages last year in their Participant Center, including last year’s event date. Our web team has inserted the 2014 event date onto personal and team fundraising pages that are visible to the public. You can delete last year’s event date and add this year’s event date, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in your Participant Center. The new event date will then appear on your personal fundraising page and in your Participant Center.

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 also will acknowledge your supporters' gifts.

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

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
ATTN: Cincinnati Walks for Kids
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.

Can I drop off gifts?

Yes. Gifts can be dropped off at either Advance Walker Check-In on Tuesday, Sept. 23, or at Walker Check-In 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.

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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 in the walk?

No. You can register to walk as an individual.

Are all teammates expected to fundraise?

Yes. Each team member is asked to set and reach a personal fundraising goal. Check out some helpful fundraising tips to get started.

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. However, 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 walk@cchmc.org or call 513-636-2941 and we will update your team status.

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EVENT INFORMATION

What's new about the walk this year?

We have several new activities for walker check-in and the finish line area this year. Find more details on what to expect on walk day.

What is the distance of the walk?

Our walk will be a scenic half-mile stroll through the Zoo. But, because we’ll have exclusive access to the Zoo after the walk, you can add all the steps you want to your walk total for the day!

So the walk is at the Zoo. Does that mean we’ll have to walk up the big “bear hill”?

Not unless you want to. To make sure the walk is enjoyable for all participants, the official walk route (PDF) will not go up or down the big hill at the Zoo. However, you'll be able to explore the Zoo at your leisure after the walk, so if you want to conquer the hill, that's up to you!

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

No. For the safety of everyone at the walk and the zoo animals, only walking is permitted.

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

Yes. No peanuts or peanut products and no latex (balloons or gloves) are allowed. Many of our patients 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. No pets are permitted on Zoo grounds for the safety of people and the animals at the Zoo. The only exception to this rule is for service dogs. All service dogs must have their papers with them before they will be permitted on Zoo grounds.

Do I have to wear my walker bib?

Yes. Walker bibs must be worn to receive your official 2014 Cincinnati Walks for Kids T-shirt, participate in the walk and join the event activities.

Is the event handicapped accessible?

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

Is there handicapped parking?

Yes. All parking is handicapped accessible and parking at the University of Cincinnati's Lot 16 is reserved for handicapped parking only. Check out parking details or view the parking map (PDF).

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 stroller or wheelchairs available at the Dury Ave. walker check-in area?

No. However, once you are in the park, the Zoo will have strollers and wheelchairs available to rent for a fee. Zoo rental strollers/wheelchairs are not permitted outside of the Zoo entry gates, so we cannot have them available at check-in. If you will need a stroller/wheelchair prior to entering the Zoo, please bring it with you to the event.

Does the Zoo have stroller and wheelchair rentals?

The Zoo will have both strollers and wheelchairs for rent for a fee inside of the Zoo only. These items will not be available outside of the park and cannot be taken outside of the Zoo entry gates. There will be a limited inventory of these items, which will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registrations are available for strollers or manual wheelchairs, however there are a limited number of ECVs (Electric Convenience Vehicle) that can be reserved each day. For all rentals, a current ID must be left with Zoo staff at the rental location. For more information on the Zoo's stroller/wheelchair rental policy, visit the Zoo's website or contact the Zoo at 513-281-4700.

What if it rains?

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

Will food be available?

There will be fruit and water available for all walkers at the registration area and finish line. Queen City Sausage will provide samples at the registration area. Food will be available for purchase at the Zoo concession stands. A percentage of all food sales will be donated to Cincinnati Children's following the event. Walkers are welcome to bring food with them to eat in the Zoo's picnic shelters. Please be advised that bringing alcohol to the Zoo is prohibited.

Can I smoke at the Zoo?

No. Smoking is prohibited on Zoo grounds.

Will the carousel and train be open to ride?

Yes. The Zoo's rides will be open.

How do I get to the walk?

Cincinnati Walks for Kids will be at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, with parking available at garages on the Burnet campus of Cincinnati Children’s and some limited parking at the Zoo. Check out directions and parking information or view the parking map (PDF).

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

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

Have more questions about visiting the Zoo? Check out their website for more information!


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More Information:

Register to Walk
Find a Walker or Team
What's New
Parking and Directions
Event Day Information
Fundraising Prizes
Top Fundraisers
Fundraising Tips
Walker Check-In

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A New Beginning

The great new way to start the walk this year lets you pick your pace!

Immediately after checking in, you can hit the walk route and head to the finish line at your own pace. Or you can take advantage of the fun planned for walker check-in.

Learn more.