When and Where is the event?
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Verona Park in Essex County. - Bloomfield Ave and Lakeside Ave
7:00am - Registration Opens
8:30am - 5K Begins
9:15am - Awards
8:30am - Registration Opens
9:30am - Opening Ceremony
10:00am - Walk Begins
11:00am - Awards Ceremony
Where can I park?
• VERONA HIGH SCHOOL (+/- 200 Spaces) 151 Fairview Ave. Verona. NJ. Transportation from the parking lot to the park (round trip) will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• OUR LADY OF THE LAKE (+/-80 Spaces) 32 Lakeside Ave. Verona, NJ. Entrance to the parking lot is by Montrose Ave. Please use this parking lot only if you plan to arrive between 6:00 and 7:30 a.m. as the avenue will be closed for the race.
• MUNCIPAL park #1 (+/-130 Spaces – Use only designated spaces with parking meter) Park entrance is by Park Place (Opposite Lakeside Ave) in front of Verona Park.
Handicap Parking is available – please call The Valerie Fund to reserve.
Where do I go when I get to Verona Park? Proceed to the REGISTRATION tent and...
If you have already registered online, go directly to the "Pre-Registration" area where you can check in and receive a coupon for your Walk 2021 t-shirt. You can confirm the shirt size you requested at this time. Shirt pick-up will be at the T-SHIRT tent located across from the Registration area. Runners will also receive their racing bib if it was too late to be mailed. Now you're ready to enjoy food, music and festivities.
If you do not register online, before close at midnight on Thursday, September 23rd, simply go to the "Same Day Registration" area on Saturday, September 25th to register and receive a t-shirt coupon and racing bib, if a runner. Pick-up your Walk 2021 t-shirt at the T-SHIRT tent and enjoy the festivities and food.
Can I check in other family members or friends?
With the exception of immediate family members, we would appreciate every one individually checking themselves in. This will avoid the confusion and miscommunication of picking up t-shirts for other team members. (See next FAQ for group pick up schedule)
Will there be an opportunity to pick up my t-shirt before the Walk and 5K Run?
Yes, during the week of September 20th, t-shirt pick up will be available at The Valerie Fund office at 2101 Millburn Avenue in Maplewood. Individuals and/or Team Captains can pick up shirts for themselves or their entire team. A schedule of pick up times will be made available in September. Team Captains: If you are picking up your team's t-shirts, please let us know in advance.
Can I make my own shirt?
All participants will receive a free Valerie Fund t-shirt, but teams are welcome to design and create their own t-shirts.
What is the distance of the walk?
What is the distance of the race?
3.1 Miles or 5K
Can I take a stroller?
Yes, the park can accommodate strollers, however, if you are participating in the race with a stroller, we ask you line up at the back of the pack. This will not affect your time as the timer only starts when you cross the starting line.
For safety, In line skates, skateboards and bicycles are not permitted on the Walk or Race courses.
Can I take my dog to the park?
Yes, dogs are welcome in the park but are not allowed on buses carrying passengers between the parking lot and the park.
Will photographs be available? Valerie Fund photographers will be at the Park documenting the day and photos will be posted on the website's Media Gallery shortly after the event. Captains will be sent team photos.
If it rains, will events be canceled?
No, this event will be held rain or shine. In case of rain, there will be ponchos available for use.
How can I become a sponsor?
Please visit our sponsor page to review all sponsorship levels https://thevaleriefund.org/Walk2021/aboutSponsors.php and for further information contact
Bunny Flanders, Director of Marketing and Communications by email at: email@example.com or call 973.761.0422
Who can participate?
Walking enthusiasts and runners of all ages are invited to participate.
What is the cost of participating?
$35 for the walk
$45 for the race
Valerie Fund patients should register and will be free of charge.
Children under 3 years old are free and do not need to register.
What is included in the registration fee? All registered participants will receive a 2021 event t-shirt, free refreshments and entertainment provided by our generous in-kind vendors. Your registration fee counts towards any fundraising goals you may have made.
When you register, you have three choices: to register as an individual, choose to join an existing team or create your own team by registering as a team captain.
Please contact Diana Acure (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brett Murphy(email@example.com) if you'd like to change any of these designations once the registration has gone through. For example, if you registered as an individual but meant to join a team, email us and we will change your affiliation.
Can I register for my friends or family members at the same time I register?
Yes, there is a section on the website for registering additional people. If possible, we would like you to include the unique email addresses for each registrant (children under 16 excluded). This will allow The Valerie Fund to efficiently communicate upcoming event details.
Can I transfer my registration from a walker to a runner or a runner to a walker?
If you'd like to switch from a walker to a runner, there is a $10 difference in registration fees that we ask you to cover with an additional donation. Please contract Diana or Brett to up update your information and for a bib number assignment.
There is nothing to do if you'd like to switch from a runner to a walker. Your bib # will not be used for this race.
Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
Runner registration cannot be transferred to another individual because of the use of racing bib numbers and timed results. Please contact Diana or Brett if you are interested in transferring your registration to another walker. We would be happy to send the new participant a separate waiver to sign and add their information to our data base.
Please contact Diana Acure (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brett Murphy(email@example.com) if you are having trouble logging in or need help retrieving or creating your username and/or password.
We can also assist with setting up your team fundraising page, uploading photos, stories and updating fundraising goals.
The Valerie Fund Walk and 5K presented by Ed and Sue Goldstein and JAG-ONE Physical Therapy is one of The Valerie Fund's biggest fundraisers of the year. Sponsors and team support are responsible for 85% of the event revenue which benefits more than 6,000 children from our area battling cancer or a blood disorder and treated at one of seven Valerie Fund Children's Centers.
What is the role of the Team Captain?
Each year, the 200+ teams typically account for more than half the total fundraising dollars and Team Captains are the backbone of this effort. Some Captains will recruit a large number of participants, host local fundraisers and leverage corporate sponsorships. Other Captains will lead "small but mighty" teams while others will get their entire company involved in a corporate effort. You can create a team to celebrate a survivor or honor someone you have lost. The Valerie Fund welcomes everyone!
Once your team has been created, you can personalize your team page with a story, slogan, goal and photos. There are other helpful Captain privileges that will allow you to view all team members, donation history and invite and promote on social media.
I've never fundraised before, what kind of support will I receive?
Fundraising is optional and there is no minimum but The Valerie Fund can provide ideas and other resources: https://www.thevaleriefund.org/Walk2021/materials.php We are here for you if you would like to launch an email or letter writing campaign. We can introduce you to some engaging and unusual ways to raise money using social media and provide guidance on hosting all kinds of fundraisers.
Where do my fundraising dollars go?
Click Here to view our Annual Report.
What if my donors need a receipt?
Every online donor receives a receipt via email that is sufficient for tax purposes. Offline donors receive a thank you postcard or letter when their donation is received. Please contact Diana or Brett if you need any additional confirmations.
Can I still fundraise if I can't attend the Walk?
We understand the fall season is a very busy time for school activities and other commitments but even if you are unable to join us on September 25th, we encourage you to fundraise for The Valerie Fund. Post event photos and videos will be available on the website so you can view what you missed!
Can I fundraise after Walk day?
Yes, we welcome donations up until the 2022 Walk website opens.
How do I process matching gifts from my employer?
Speak to your Human Resources department to find out if your company participates in our matching gift program or search the matching gift database. Your company may be willing to donate to your fundraising campaign without a formal matching gift program.
How can people donate to my team?
Donations can be made on line using the walk website www.thevaleriefund.org/Walk2021
Click on the DONATE button and then select the team you'd like to support using the drop-down menu "Choose a Team." If people would like to donate by check, they should specify the name of the team in the check memo and/or fill out the information in a walk brochure. Mail to The Valerie Fund's Maplewood office. All checks should be made payable to The Valerie Fund.
You can drop off donations in person on September 25th by visiting the BANK area located inside the Registration Tent.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Registration fees are not considered tax-deductible but any donations made above the entry fee are. Straight donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
How can I see who has donated to me?
Captains can log into the walk website and click on the red EDIT TEAM button. Here, you will see the "Donation History" tab which displays the donor information for as many years as the team has existed. You will see the donor names, type and amount of donation plus you have the ability to export this information and send a personalized thank you message. If an expected donation does not appear on the list, please contact Diana or Brett.
The Start Line for the 5K Run is located at the corner of Bloomfield Ave and Lakeside Ave.
Race Map can be found at https://thevaleriefund.org/Walk2021/coursemap.php. The Valerie Fund Walk & JAG-ONE Physical Therapy 5K Run:
Do I need a racing bib to run?
Yes, you will need a bib to run since it includes a timed chip which records and ranks your race finish.
Can I pick up my racing bib before the event?
Your number will be mailed to your address if you register on or before September 7th . After that date, bibs can be claimed at the Pre-Registration tent on the day of the event. The bibs can also be picked up during the week prior to the event when t-shirts are distributed in the office.
Can I give my bib to someone else?
Runner registration cannot be transferred to another individual because the racing bib generates timed results and ranking for the original registrant. If you are unable to attend the run, please discard the bib and contact Diana or Brett to let them know it will go unused and they will notify our Race Director.
Is the race course certified?
Yes, the course is certified and the race is sanctioned by the USATF. The course will be closed to traffic and police and volunteers will ensure the runners' safety and that all directions are followed.
How do I learn my official time in the race?
Immediately following the race, you can view race results on your phone: http://bestrace.com/mobile/thevaleriefund/ or at the JAG-ONE Physical Therapy tent in the park.
Later, the results can also be found on the home page of the walk website: www.thevaleriefund.org/Walk2021
THE WALK IS NOT A TIMED EVENT and may be done at your own leisurely pace.
Is there a place to store backpacks, strollers and other items during the race?
Yes, UPS will have a truck available to store personal items during the race. The truck will be located directly in front of the registration tent.
How do I register to become a volunteer?
Please fill out the form here: https://thevaleriefund.org/Walk2021/volunteer.php
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers are needed both the day before and the day of the Walk/Run. Assignments may include manning booths, directing walkers/runners, setting up/breaking down tables, clean-up, and other ad hoc duties.
When will I know my assignment?
Assignments are typically decided as close to the Walk/Run as possible once we have an idea of how many volunteers we will have in total. You will typically receive an email a day or two before the event with your assignment as well as when you arrive at volunteer check-in.
What should I wear?
Most importantly are comfortable shoes. You will most likely be on your feet for the majority of the morning so sandals, heels, etc. are not recommended. Sneakers or work boots are best. While it is typically still warm in September, the mornings can be brisk so light layers are recommended. You will also be provided with a "VOLUNTEER" t-shirt at check-in on event day.
Can a group volunteer together?
Yes, if you have a group that would like to work together please contact Brett at firstname.lastname@example.org to make the request. We will do our best to accommodate as many groups as possible.
Can kids volunteer?
The minimum age to volunteer is 14.
Do you provide a letter confirming volunteer hours for school/office/religious organization?
Yes, we can provide an official letter after the event confirming all hours volunteered. Please contact Brett to request a letter by emailing email@example.com
What if I have to cancel my volunteering?
We understand that life happens and sometimes you may need to cancel. We ask that you inform us as soon as you know you won't be able to attend the event so we can adequately prepare. Please contact Brett at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION:
While participating in events held or sponsored by The Valerie Fund ("TVF) "social distancing" must be practiced and face coverings worn at all times to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19. Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, TVF has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, TVF cannot guarantee that its participants, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19.
In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, individuals who fall within any of the categories below should not engage in TVF events and/or other face to face fundraising activities. By attending an TVF event, you certify that you do not fall into any of the following categories:
1. Individuals who currently or within the past fourteen (14) days have experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath among others;
2. Individuals who have traveled at any point in the past fourteen (14) days either internationally or to a community in the U.S. that has experienced or is experiencing sustained community spread of COVID-19; or
3. Individuals who believe that they may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities or the health care team responsible for their treatment.
DUTY TO SELF-MONITOR:
Participants and volunteers agree to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath) and, contact TVF if he/she experiences symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days after participating or volunteering with TVF.
LIABILITY WAIVER AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS:
I acknowledge that I derive personal satisfaction and a benefit by virtue of my participation and/or voluntarism with TVF, and I willingly engage in TVF events and/or other fundraising activities (the "Activity").
RELEASE AND WAIVER.
I HEREBY RELEASE, WAIVE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DEMANDS OF WHATEVER KIND OR NATURE AGAINST THE VALERIE FUND AND ITS AFFILIATED PARTNERS AND SPONSORS, INCLUDING IN EACH CASE, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THEIR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, AND AGENTS (THE "RELEASED PARTIES"), EITHER IN LAW OR IN EQUITY, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES OR LOSSES CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE, FAULT OR CONDUCT OF ANY KIND ON THE PART OF THE RELEASED PARTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DEATH, BODILY INJURY, ILLNESS, ECONOMIC LOSS OR OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, WHICH I, MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, NEXT OF KIN AND/OR LEGALLY APPOINTED OR DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVES, MAY HAVE OR WHICH MAY HEREINAFTER ACCRUE ON MY BEHALF, WHICH ARISE OR MAY HEREAFTER ARISE FROM MY PARTICIPATION WITH THE ACTIVITY.
ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK. I acknowledge and understand the following:
1. Participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist;
2. I knowingly and freely assume all such risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, even if arising from the negligence or fault of the Released Parties; and
3. I hereby knowingly assume the risk of injury, harm and loss associated with the Activity, including any injury, harm and loss caused by the negligence, fault or conduct of any kind on the part of the Released Parties.
*The Valerie Fund recognizes the evolving nature of the pandemic's impact and will adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions as mandated by Governor Phil Murphy and the State of New Jersey at the time of the event.
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