Q. When is the Race?
A. The Race will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Brown's Island opens at 7:00 AM. The 5K Competitive Run begins at 7:30 AM. The 5K Recreational Run starts at 9:00 AM. Click here for the full Race Day Schedule.
Q. Where is the Race?
A. The Race will be held at Brown's Island, Richmond, VA.
Q. How much is the registration fee?
A. Registration ranges from $20 to $40. Early bird pricing is available through January, 31, 2016. After January 31, 2016, breast cancer survivors use discount code SURVIVOR for a $5 discount.
Race Day registration is available for the 5K Recreational Run. There is a $5 upcharge for all Race Day registrations.
Q. Is my registration fee tax-deductible?
A. No, your registration fee helps defray the costs of producing the Race and is not considered tax-deductible. However, any amount that you choose to donate above the entry fee is tax-deductible.
Q. What is included in the registration fee?
A. You will get a Race bib, a Susan G. Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure® t-shirt, and lots of fun and entertainment on Race day!
Q. How will I receive my Race packet including t-shirt?
A. Race packets should be picked up at Packet Pickup on Thursday, May 5 or Friday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Richmond Ford Lincoln. Packets MUST BE picked up prior to Race Day. Click here for more information on Packet Pickup.
Q. How long is the Race?
A. Both the Competitive and Recreational courses are 5K routes, which is approximately 3.1 miles. You may choose to walk or run. If you are unable to make it to the end of the course, you may catch a ride to the finish line on the trolley. If you are unable to walk or run, you can still register and join us on Race day. We are always looking for people to cheer on our runners and walkers.
Q. How can I become a volunteer?
A. The success of the Komen Central Virginia Race depends heavily on the support we receive from our volunteers in the months leading up to the Race and on Race Day. There are many ways you can get involved. For more information on Race volunteer opportunities, click here.
Q. Are pet and strollers allowed at the event?
A. Pets are prohibited from the event, but strollers are permitted. For the safety of the other participants, we ask that those who participate with strollers and children begin the race closer to the back of the crowd.
Q. What if it rains?
A. Komen holds the right to cancel or change the date or location of the Race in its sole discretion, including in the circumstance of extreme weather. It is likely, however, that the event will happen rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.
Q. What are your recommendations for hotel accomdations?
A. The Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown has reserved a block of rooms for Race participants. Rooms can be reserved for a nightly rate of $159. Click here (link does not work on a smart phone) to reserve your room online or call 855-472-7802. When calling, please mention code Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Block. To receive the Race rate, you must reserve your room by April 6, 2016. Parking is $15 per car, per night in self-parking or $20 per car, per night for valet. The Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown is within convenient walking distance of the Race site, Brown's Island.
Q. Does the Komen Race for the Cure® require fundraising?
A. You are not required to fundraise, but we do encourage all participants to fundraise above the entry fee. Just Imagine the IMPACT - If every Race participant raises just $100 in addition to their registration fee, we would bring in over $500,000 to support local screening, treatment, and educational programs in our community!
Q. Does the money raised stay right here in our community?
A. Yes! Up to seventy-five percent of the net income from the Race stays right here in our community to fund vital breast cancer health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs. The remaining twenty-five percent supports Komen’s national research and training grants program
Q. Where do I send donations?
A. Donations should be mailed to Komen Central Virginia at 1433 Johnston Willis Drive, Richmond, VA 23235. For donations on behalf of an individual participant or a team, please include that information with your check.
Q. Is there a deadline for fundraising?
A. To be considered for fundraising awards, donations must be received by Wednesday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. All donations on your behalf that are received by June 30, 2016, will be credited to your fundraising total.
Q. What are some ways I can fundraise for my team/my individual goal?
A. We have plenty of ideas on our Fundraising Tips page!
Q. How do I form a team?
A. We suggest a minimum of 10 members to be considered an official team. You can form a team or join a team online. For more information, contact us at (804) 320-1772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What are the benefits of a team?
A. Forming or joining a team multiplies the fun you will have on Race day. You can create a team to celebrate a survivor or honor someone you have lost. You can also create a corporate team and get your entire company involved. To learn more check out the Team Rewards page.
Q. Do teams have to fundraise?
A. Teams are not required to fundraise, but we strongly encourage you to do so. Last year, 204 teams raised $165,667.02 for the fight to end breast cancer. That’s a huge impact! Team fundraising helps ensure we will be able to make the biggest impact in our community. Click here to get a list of fundraising events your team can do.
Q. One of my team members registered as an individual when they meant to join my team. How do they correct this?
A. Please contact us at (804) 320-1772 or email@example.com to get this corrected.
Q. Can donations made to a team be split or shared among team members?
A. We are unable to split or share donations between individual and team accounts.
Q. Will there be an area for my team to meet-up on Race day?
A. There are many great places for your team to meet-up on Race day. Please refer to the event maps to identify a meet-up location. You may want to consider meeting at the east end of Brown's Island prior to the Race for a team photo.
Q. How do I register if my company is paying my registration fee?
A. Your company must contact the Komen office first to have a discount code created. Once created, the discount code should be used by all employees who register for the Race. An invoice will be sent for all company registrations.
Q. Will I be able to have a team photo made?
A. We're excited to announce Sean DeWitt as the official Race photographer this year. Sean is a local photographer that takes beautiful pictures.
Sean and his team will be on Brown's Island from 7:30 to 9:00 AM for team photos. No appointment time is necessary. Just round up your team and head over to the photo area. All team photos will be posted on the Sean DeWitt Photography website approximately one week after the Race. You may purchase them for a fee or download them for free.
Sean and his team will move from Brown's Island to the Race Finish Line at 9:00 AM to take pictures as people finish the Race. Finish line pictures will be available for purchase through the Sean DeWitt Photography website and will be available approximately one week after the Race.
Please also look for Race photos on the Komen Central Virginia Facebook page.