FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What is a virtual race?
A virtual race is a race that can be run or walked from any location you choose. You can run or walk wherever you want, whatever distance you want, whenever you want, and time it yourself. You can complete the miles alone or safely with others. There is so much freedom to make this year's Fun Run your own! Please note though, if you want to receive a finisher's certificate (see below) or be eligible for any awards, you must submit your 5K time between Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. EST and Sept. 27 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Why is the race virtual in 2021?
We understand that many of our participants are currently returning to face-to-face events as our country reopens. We were very hopeful for our race to be back in-person in 2021, but after a great deal of careful consideration, we decided it would be best to hold our race virtually for a second year. There have been many factors that played into our decision as we have navigated the limbo of city permits, widespread vaccine distribution, and participant expectations; not to mention the health risk to our participants. Rest assured, The LLF is working tirelessly to put on an exciting and fulfilling virtual experience for 2021, as well as on returning to an in-person race in 2022. No matter the platform, we can’t wait to see you all and honor the work we all do towards our lifesaving mission!
I purchased a race t-shirt during registration. When will I receive it in the mail?
First off, thanks for purchasing a t-shirt! If you register before Sept. 5, 2021, we will mail your t-shirt so you should receive it before the 25th. If you register after Sept. 5, you will receive your t-shirt after the virtual event.
Do I have to do a 5K or a 1K run or walk?
One of the fun aspects of this virtual race is the freedom of your run/walk distance! We welcome any distance, from a walk to your mailbox to an ultra marathon. However, if you'd like to submit your 5K time (more info below), you must do the 5K distance of 3.1 miles.
Can I register on the day of the event?
Yes! Registration for our free virtual event will be available until Saturday, Sept. 25 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Can I submit my virtual walk/run time?
Yes! Registered participants can submit their time here between Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. EST and Sept. 27 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Are there awards?
All participants who submit their 5K time will have the option to print a "finisher's certificate" after the virtual race. We will also be awarding top finishers in specific categories AND we also have Spirit Awards! More details here!
If I am walking, do I have to do the 1K?
Nope! Walkers are more than welcome to participate in either the virtual 5K or the 1K.
How do I start my own team?
To start your own team for the virtual 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 whom 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 the 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?
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.
Can I make my own team t-shirts?
Please do! We encourage teams and individuals to either decorate their official race t-shirt or create a new custom t-shirt to show their support for 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 (available on our Facebook page or by searching the #DonateLifeFunRun hashtag). Since we won't be able to see any customized t-shirts in person, please take a photo or video and submit using our form here by Sunday, Sept. 19. We will compile all submissions for a special "Virtual T-Shirt Row" video during our online presentation on Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. EST.
*If you would like to decorate this year's race t-shirt to wear on race day, please fill out the form here by Sunday, July 25.**
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.
What are the dedication signs and where can I order one?
Finish line dedication signs are a great way to honor your loved one who was a donor or support/honor a recipient. This year, our signs will be shared digitally during our live event kickoff and mailed to the purchaser to carry during their walk and/or display at home. You can purchase them through our online store at www.thellfstore.com. The deadline to order is August 25, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
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, unfortunately, we 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.
Can I walk or run on a different day?
Yes! You can walk or run from wherever you are on any day you choose. We encourage everyone to participate on Sept. 25 to create a bigger sense of community, but it's totally up to you.
How do I print my virtual race bib?
You can print out your virtual race bib through our RunSignup race website if you'd like to wear it while you run/walk/hike to get the full virtual race experience!
Go to www.RunSignup.com.
Already logged in? Skip to Step #4. If not, click on the white circle "profile" icon in the top right corner and select "login" from the dropdown.
Enter the email and password you created during the registration process.
Once you've logged in, click on the profile icon again and select "profile" from the dropdown.
Scroll down to "Upcoming Events" and select "Manage Registration" for the 2021 Donate Life Family Fun Run.
Click on "Digital Bib" in the gray navigation bar in the top right of the page, just below the circle "profile" icon.
Print your bib using the navy "Print" button or share to your social media accounts using the icons above the bib. *Please note that in order to share to social media, the email address you used to register must match the one associated with your social media account.*