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FAQ

Race Day

How long is the race?
The main race is 5K or 3.1 miles, USTAF certified and sanctioned. Additionally we offer these other events:
- Adult 1 mile walk
- Kids (12 and under) 1 mile run, medals awarded to all participants
- Kids (12 and under) 100 yard sprint, medals awarded to all participants

Will the Race be canceled if it rains/snows on Race Day?
The Race takes place rain/snow or shine.  We do reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances and in that event, no refund will be given.  Your entry fee will be used as a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Are children allowed to run/walk in the Race?
Children may participate in all race events- Sprint, 1 Mile, 5K and chip-timed 5K. Children must be registered as participants and their parents or legal guardian must sign the waiver on their behalf. Baby joggers and strollers will be allowed, but are asked to start at the rear of the event.

Can I pick up my T-shirt and bib number on the morning of the Race prior to running?
-Yes, race packets may be picked up on Race Day between 11:00 am and 1:45pm at the registration tent.  -You may also pickup packets at Playmakers, 2299 W Grand River Ave, Okemos (dates and times TBA)

Can I get my official Race time?
Yes, for an extra $5 registration charge you can receive a ChronoTrack timing device.  Be sure to register as a competitive participant. Learn more about the ChronoTrack timing device by clicking here.  Runners’ times will be posted near/on the Capitol grounds immediately following the race and online here and http://www.playmakers.com/. The Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure is part of the Playmakers Race Series. 

How can I pay tribute to someone special at the Race?
"In Memory Of" and "In Celebration Of" back signs will be available on Race Day at the registration tent and survivor oasis tent. Use as many of these as you like to honor those you love who have been affected by breast cancer.

Will there be water and food available at the Race?
Yes, water will be available on the race course.  Sponsors will be providing some refreshments and there will be food available for purchase as well. 

Are pets allowed at the race?
Pets are not permitted on the course and Capitol grounds due to the large number of people and insurance issues.

Can I use in-line skates or a skateboard for the Race?
In-line skates or skateboards are not permitted in this event.

Will Pink Ribbon merchandise be available for purchase on Race Day?
Yes and 20% of all Pink Ribbon merchandise (clothing and accessories) purchased will benefit the Komen Mid-Michigan Affiliate.  You can start shopping now!

If I don't pick up my packet and miss the Race will you mail me my T-shirt?
No, only if you had registered for Sleep in for the Cure.  T-shirts and bibs will be available for several days following the race at Playmakers, 2299 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos.

Can I volunteer to help with the Race?
Absolutely!  We need over 200 volunteers to operate the Race. 


Registration, Donations, and Fundraising

Do I have to collect pledge money to participate in the Race?
While you are not required to collect pledge money to participate in the Race, we encourage everyone to raise as much as you can to increase our contribution to the fight against breast cancer.  If every Race participant raises just $100 in addition to their registration fee, we would bring in $500,000 to support local screening, treatment and educational programs in our community, and an additional $175,000 for national breast cancer research! Together, we can save lives! Click here for fundraising tips and ideas. You can also find great information on how to use all the built-in online fundraising tools by reading our Participant Center FAQs.

Can I use a credit card to pay for my Race registration?
Yes, if you register online. Only checks and cash will be accepted on Race Day or when registering at Playmakers.

I don't have a credit card - or, I don't want to pay online. Can I write a check to pay for my registration?
Yes, you can register using a paper registration form and mail it in with your check. Click here to download a form. Please fill it out completely, including your signature (or a parent's signature for a minor). Please mail your check and registration form to Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure, PO Box 4368, East Lansing, MI. 48826. Or, you can drop it off at Playmakers, 2299 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos.

How much of my registration fee goes to finding a cure for breast cancer?
Part of your registration fee is used to offset the cost of producing the Race, which is why fundraising is so important.  Please try to raise pledge dollars to help us eradicate this disease.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure is unique in that 75% of the net proceeds are dedicated to programs right here in Clinton, Eaton,  Ingham , Jackson, Livingston, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw counties.  The remaining 25% supports national breast cancer research to find a cure. Click here for fundraising tips and ideas.

Is my registration fee tax deductible?
No, this fee is not considered a contribution and subsequently is not tax-deductible to the participant.  The event participant receives a direct benefit that may include food, t-shirts, goodie bags, sponsor giveaways, etc.

Is my additional pledge contribution tax deductible?
All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  The Mid-Michigan Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a 501(c)3 organization as determined by the IRS.

Where do I turn in the donations I have collected?
-Donations may be mailed to: Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure, PO Box 4368, East Lansing, MI  48826 (don't forget to include a donation form for each donation, so that we may properly credit all your donations toward your fundraising goal and incentives). We encourage you to enter the donations you collect, as you receive them, at your Participant Center page.
-Or, donations can be turned in at Playmakers, 2299 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos prior to race day, during normal business hours.
-On Race day donations will be collected at the Friends for the Cure tent on the Capitol grounds.

Where does the money go?
The Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw counties.  These communities are surveyed to uncover gaps in services that must be addressed to improve breast health. Click here to read about our community's need.

In 2011, Komen Mid-Michigan awarded over $430,000 in community grants to serve the citizens of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Jackson, Livingston, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw Counties.  Breast cancer screening programs, aimed at reducing mortality by promoting early detection of breast cancer, were the top priority of this grant cycle. In addition, programs to support breast cancer survivors received strong support. Funds for the community grants were made possible by the generous support of the community through programs such as the Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure.


Survivors

Is there anything special for Survivors at the Race?

YES!!! Breast cancer survivors who wish to be recognized may pickup their complimentary pink cap and pink t-shirt provided by Zeta Tau Alpha. Other Survivor gear may be picked up at Race packet pickup and on Race Day at the registration tent. 

The Survivor Cafe is a special place to casually gather and mingle with fellow survivors to share your triumphant spirit. Entertainment, refreshments and soul fulfilling pleasantries will be waiting for you prior to the race and for a short while afterward.

Additionally, the Survivor Stroll, honoring years of survivorship, will start from the Survivor Oasis Tent one half hour prior to the race and will proceed to the Capitol steps for a group photo. Survivors will continue from the steps to the Start area where they can meet with family and /or friends for the beginning of the Race.

Lastly, the Co-Survivor program honors those people who have supported breast cancer survivors throughout their diagnosis and treatment. Co-Survivor pins featuring a pink and white ribbon will be available at the Survivor Oasis Tent as a way for survivors to recognize their co-survivors.

Who is considered a Survivor for the purposes of this Race?
Any person that has been diagnosed with breast cancer is considered a Survivor.

Can I participate as a Survivor in honor of my mother who passed away from breast cancer two years ago?
-No, participants may only register as a survivor if they themselves have been diagnosed with breast cancer and they wish to be recognized as a breast cancer survivor by wearing a pink bib number and pink t-shirt.
-If you would like to participate "In Celebration of" a breast cancer survivor or "In Memory of" someone who has lost the battle against breast cancer, please consider using a free back sign available at the registration tent or the Survivor Oasis Tent. This is a great way to honor a breast cancer survivor with a personal touch and remember our loved ones we have lost to the disease.


Teams

How do I form a team?
You need just 10 or more members to form your own team. For important team information visit the Teams page. 


Business Partnerships

How can my business become a Sponsor/Partner for the Race?
Please contact Christine Pearson, Komen Mid-Michigan Executive Director, for information on sponsorship opportunities. Learn about how your business can help support Komen’s mission, and how being involved can help your business.  Email Chris at chris@komenmidmichigan.org or call 517-886-4901.

 


Online Fundraising

What is a Personal Page?
A personal page is an online promotional tool for your use when asking your friends and family to join your team or sponsor you by making a donation. Once you have registered online, by default, you will have a personal page created for you. You have the option of personalizing this page by going to your participant center. You will be able to customize images, text and the style/color layout of the page.

 By default I have a personal page. Do I have to change it?
Once you register for the Race online, by default, you will have a personal page created for you. A compelling personal page attracts and engages supporters. While you can spread the word using customized e-mail solicitations, your personal campaign page can be your own creative expression of your commitment to the cause. Customize your page by selecting the layout and style that work best for you. Utilize the elements of text, photo and status indicators to their fullest advantage.

How do I change my personal fundraising goal?
First, you will need to login to your participant center. On the bottom right side of the participant center home page is the location to modify your personal fundraising goal. Enter your new goal and submit the changes.

How do I change my team name or team goal?
Only the team captain has the ability to change the team name or team division. The team captain will need to login to his/her participant center and click the "My Team Progress" button on the top right. On the Team Progress Page, team captains will have the ability to update the team name, division and goal.

How can I see who has donated to me?
Login to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your Participant Center and click the "my progress" tab; this will allow you to view your donor list and any amounts having been donated.

How can I see who is on my team?
Login to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your Participant Center and click the "team progress" tab; this will allow you to view your team roster and the amounts raised by each team member.

What is a team message?
Simply go to your Race Center and click the "Update Message to Team" button. This will allow you to make all necessary changes to your team message.

What is the difference between making my personal page private or public?
By default, a personal page is Public, meaning your name will appear in the participant search list, and anyone accessing the site will be able to support you. Setting your personal page to Private means your name will not appear in the participant search list, and only people you personally invite will be able to support you.

I need more help working with my Participant Center.
Please download our helpful guide - "Three Steps to Successful Online Fundraising Through Your Participant Center."


Online Transactions 

Is my information secure?
We have made every effort to protect your information. They use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure your credit card information, passwords and personal information travel securely over the Internet. We have also installed an encryption engine on our database server so your data is securely stored.