FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What if the race is unable to be held in-person due to COVID-19?
While we are moving forward with plans to host the Donate Life Family Fun Run in Baltimore, we recognize the uncertainty surrounding large events due to coronavirus COVID-19. We are closely monitoring the situation and our top priority is the safety and well-being of our participants and community. If for any reason we are unable to host the event in Baltimore, we will transfer all registrants to Virtual Participants and will proceed with our event virtually. Adult and youth participants will receive their t-shirts in the mail.
Can I pick up the race packets for my whole team?
Due to increased participation in the Donate Life Fun Run over the past few years, we no longer allow for group packet pickup as of 2017.
You ARE allowed to pick up packets for immediate family members (in the same household).
You ARE allowed to pick up ONE other participant's packet with advance written permission (a signed or emailed note from the participant acknowledging who will be picking up their packet).
We appreciate your understanding as we ensure a great race experience for everyone!
**If you have team members who live out of town, please note our option to have race packets mailed. Details here.
I'm not available on race day. Can I still participate?
Of course! As a Virtual Participant, you can still participate in the Donate Life Family Fun Run. You can participate as either a member of a team or an individual. You can also still fundraise as a virtual participant. Virtual Participants receive a race t-shirt mailed to them. They also have a great opportunity to take part in our social media challenge on race day. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for details closer to the race!
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted at this event. However, we are big dog fans at The LLF and would love to see a photo of your dog supporting our cause! Check out Dogs for Donation on Facebook for inspiration and then share a photo of your own furry friend. Remember to tag us!
Can I register the day of the event?
Yes, registration will be available on race day between 7:00 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Cash, check, and major credit cards will be accepted. We suggest you arrive early as lines may be long.
Will there be a bag drop?
There is no bag drop at the Donate Life Family Fun Run.
Are strollers, wheelchairs, bikes, and/or rollerblades allowed?
Strollers and wheelchairs: Yes. Bikes and rollerblades: No.
For the safety of all participants, we cannot allow bikes and rollerblades on the course. However, strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs are permitted as long as users make safety of themselves and other participants a priority.
Can I run with a running stroller?
Yes, but not without some rules. #SafetyFirst.
Participants may run with a stroller as long as the child is also registered.
Participants may not start with the other 5K runners. Stroller participants must line up in a special area that will start just behind the runners and ahead of the 5K walkers.
No exceptions - this is for the safety of all participants!
Is this race timed and are there awards?
Yes! This race is timed for all 5K participants. Your timing chip is attached to your bib, so be sure to wear your bib for the event. The top three overall male and female finishers will be given cash/gift card awards and a medal. Top male and female finishers in specific categories will receive a medal. Check out the age categories here and past race results here.
Will I need money at the event?
Up to you, but we'd suggest yes. We have food trucks and a merchandise tent at the event that you don't want to miss out on!
If I am walking, do I have to do the 1K?
Nope! Walkers are more than welcome to participate in either the 5K or the 1K. We will have different start times for walkers and runners, so please pay attention and line up with your designated group.
Do I need to register my child?
Yes. Participants of all ages need to be registered before entering the race course. Registration is free for children four and under, but please note that free child registration does not include a free t-shirt. Feel free to purchase one in our online store!
Will there be food?
Yes! Participants who complete either the 5K or 1K distance are welcome to water and fruit post-race. We will also have food trucks with food available for purchase for those looking for a little more.
How do I start my own team?
To start your own team for the Fun Run, simply go through the standard registration process. Follow the prompts through registration and when prompted to either join an existing team or create a team, select create a team.
I registered as an individual. Can I still create or join a team?
Yup! If you registered as an individual during the registration process, you can still create or join a team later by logging into your personal account. Go to the RunSignup page and sign in (icon in the top right corner). Once signed in, go to your Profile (icon in the top right corner again). Scroll down to "Fundraisers" and click "edit fundraiser" for the person you'd like to move to a team. Scroll down to "create or join a fundraising team" and either select an existing team from the dropdown list or follow the prompts to create a new fundraising team.
How do I donate to a team or individual?
To donate to a team or individual, visit the donation page here. You can search by name or scroll through either the individual fundraiser names or team names until you find who you're looking for. Click "select" and then either choose one of the donation amounts listed or enter your own, and then proceed with payment.
What do I do with money I have collected offline?
Donations collected in person/offline can be mailed to The Living Legacy Foundation using our Printable Donation Form found here. Please mail this completed form with payment to:
The Living Legacy Foundation
Attn: Family Fun Run
1730 Twin Springs Rd. Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21227
*Please do not mail cash!*
To whom should checks be made out to?
Checks should be made out to The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland.
If you are submitting a donation, please be sure to include the team or fundraiser's name in the memo.
If you are submitting a sponsorship, please be sure to include the business or organization name in the memo.
Can I make my own team banner and/or sign to bring to the event?
Sure! Personal team banners and/or signs make great meeting points for large teams. We do ask, however, that teams don't congregate around the picnic tables as these are reserved for people eating.
Can I make my own team t-shirts?
Please do! We encourage teams and individuals to either decorate their race t-shirt or create a new custom t-shirt to show their support of our cause. Many donor and recipient families choose to decorate their shirts in memory or in support of their loved one. Check out photos from past events for ideas. We love to display these custom t-shirts on T-Shirt Row at the event, so please consider bringing an extra shirt to hang.
*If you would like to decorate this year's race t-shirt to wear at the event, please fill out the form here by Monday, August 5th.**
Can I mail in a paper registration form rather than registering online?
Sorry, but registration must be completed online. However, if you have a problem registering online, please call Erin Bauer at 443-833-1076 and she can assist with registering you over the phone using a credit card.
Can I transfer my race registration to another person?
Unfortunately, you cannot transfer a registration from one person to another; however, we can update your registration to virtual participation status. As a Virtual Participant, you are still supporting our cause and will receive your shirt and medal in the mail.
What's with the processing fees on my registration and donation?
Fundraising and race registration websites charge a percentage fee when they run credit cards. In past years, The LLF has always taken on these fees on behalf of our supporters. But in order to be more transparent about where our funds actually go and make sure that 100% of all funds raised by the Donate Life Family Fun Run are going to our mission, we are no longer absorbing these fees. If you would like to make a donation and avoid the fees, please feel free to send us a check!
Where can I order a dedication sign to be displayed at the finish line?
Finish line dedication signs are a great way to honor your loved one who was a donor or support a recipient. You can purchase them at our online store at www.thellfstore.com. The deadline to order is September 2nd at 11:59 PM.
I live out of town. Can I get my race packet mailed to me?
Yes! New this year, we are offering 5K and 1K participants a registration add-on of having their race packet (t-shirt and bib) mailed to them prior to the race for a $5 fee. Simply select the "Mail My Packet!" option during registration for EACH participant. If you have already registered, you can add the service here. NOTE that you must register by Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 11:59 PM, in order to use this offer. Packets will be mailed via USPS to the address listed at registration by August 30, 2019.
Do I have to fundraise?
While the Donate Life Fun Run is our biggest fundraising event of the year, we DO NOT require all participants to fundraise! During the registration process, you will be required to fill out a fundraiser profile, but you can input a $0 amount for your fundraising goal. If you do choose to fundraise, check out some of our tips and tricks in the Promotion Toolkit!
I live internationally (not in the U.S.). Can I still be a virtual participant?
While we encourage virtual participants from all over the globe, we unfortunately cannot mail race t-shirts to international participants due to the high shipping cost. If you would like to participate internationally, please either select "no t-shirt" during registration or include a U.S. mailing address for us to mail your t-shirt to a friend or family member in the U.S.