Join us for our 2nd Annual Virtual 5K Run/Walk Event! The event will take place over a two week period, October 7th, 2017 through October 22nd, 2017. Participation has never been easier and you will be benefiting a much needed cause while helping us raise awareness for Polymicrogyria(PMG)! 100% of the net proceeds will go directly to PMG Awareness Organization (PMGA) to continue fulfilling its mission by supporting the children and families who are affected by Polymicrogyria.
What is a Virtual 5K Run/Walk Event?
A Virtual 5K Run/Walk Event is an event that can be accomplished by running, walking, cycling, skating, etc., ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! This is an event that can can be done on a treadmill at home or at the gym, at the beach, with friends or alone, in the evening or at the break of dawn…it’s your choice! Complete the distance (3.1 miles) all at once or break it up into small increments throughout the two weeks. You have the flexibility and convenience of choosing when and where you would like to accomplish the distance, as long as it is completed within the time frame listed above.
Can I create a team (Fundraiser) in honor of my own child who is affected by Polymicrogyria?
YES! It is greatly encouraged to create a team in honor of your child! Not only does it make this event much more personal and meaningful to the individual family, it also encourages friends and family to rally behind you and show their support. Setting up a team (fundraiser) for your child can be done during the registration process (see below for explanation on how to set up a fundraiser through RunSignUp.com) It is also considered a fundraiser because this option will allow registrants to also give extra donations to the team (100% of all donations given, go directly to PMGA) if they so desire. Once your team (fundraiser) is created, feel free to share it with everyone you know and ask them to join. They will then be able to register for the event and join your team! There will be prizes given at the end of the event for the most donations per team as well as the team that generates the most donations!
How do you register for the “Be The Key” Virtual 5k Run/Walk Event and what is the cost?
Registration is easy! Simply go to https://runsignup.com/BetheKeyVirtualRun. Select the sign up option and complete the required information. During the process, you will have an option to purchase an event t-shirt as well as an opportunity to make additional donations to a specific team or just a general donation. The cost of registration is $25.00 per participant plus a $2.50 processing fee. This fee includes your race bib and a custom designed silver plated race medal, which will be mailed to you.
Can I purchase additional “Be The Key” event t-shirts after I have registered and what is the cost?
YES! To purchase additional “Be The Key” event t-shirts, simply click here! The cost per t-shirt is $18.00 + processing fee. Youth and Adult sizes are available.
What if I am physically unable to participate in the event, but would like to contribute in some way?
That’s okay! We would still love for you to participate! You can simply register for the event and you will still receive a race bib and medal in the mail. Feel free to purchase event shirts, make donations to the organization or to a specific team and post pictures on our event Facebook page showing your support!
Can I host my own “Be the Key” 5k Virtual Run/Walk Event in my local area?
YES! We highly encourage everyone to come together for this event! Find local PMG families in your area or join another event that someone else is hosting and GET CONNECTED! Feel free to meet in a park, have a BBQ, spend time with other PMG families and their children, and complete the 5K together! Get creative! Make signs, wear your event t-shirts and/or costumes etc. Other venue ideas for hosting an event would be local churches, schools, beaches etc. (Please make sure to check with the venues because some require that you send in applications to use their sites).
PMGA would like to encourage everyone to make their event special and unique! The whole idea is to connect with other families and raise awareness about Polymicrogyria!! If anyone needs help locating families in their areas or if you want to know if there is any other families holding an event in your area, please contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie at email@example.com and we will do our best to get you connected as soon as possible!
Can I get reimbursed if I host my own “Be the Key” 5k Virtual Run/Walk event?
Holding your own event usually means that you, as the host, will incur some additional charges (venue applications, food, drink, banners, etc.) This year, you WILL be eligible for expense reimbursement IF your event meets these specific qualifications:
- To Receive Up to $200.00 In Reimbursement Costs – Your Team/Event must generate 20 registrants through
RunSignUp.com AS WELL as $500.00 in additional donations through your team. This is done through the
Become A Fundraiser feature in RunSignUp.com. You also must submit/post photos on the day of your
event on the PMGA’S 2nd Annual Virtual Run/Walk Event Facebook Page Receipts MUST be submitted for expenses to
eligible for reimbursement. Please note that only expenses up to $200.00 will be reimbursed.
- To Receive up to $100.00 in reimbursement costs – Your Team/Event must generate at least 10 registrants
through RunSignUp.com AS WELL as $250.00 in additional donations through your team. This is done
through the Become A Fundraiser feature in RunSignUp.com. You also must submit/post photos on the day
of your event to the PMGA’S 2nd Annual Virtual Run/Walk Event Facebook page at Receipts MUST be submitted for expenses to
be eligible for reimbursement. Please not that only expenses up to $100.00 will be reimbursed.
(Many companies will donate items to organizations who are holding events. If you would like to request donations for certain items such as drinks, food, cake etc., please contact Robin or Katie and we will email you an “In Kind Donation Request” form that you can use).
Please submit expense receipts to:
PMG Awareness Organization, Inc.
15642 Sand Canyon Avenue
Irvine, CA 92619
OR email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I sign up as a fundraiser through RunSignUp.com to generate donations for my team?
The process of becoming a fundraiser is simple! Click on https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/50528/BecomeFundraiser Select “Become a Fundraiser”. Input the requested details. Select Submit. Use the URL you created to promote your fundraiser via social media and through email!
For those teams who have people who would like to donate to your team by giving a manual donation (payment by check) rather than donating to your team online, please have them send a check to the address listed above. Please make sure they write the team name on their check or attach a note informing us of which team they are donating to, and we will gladly get that amount added to your team total!
Am I eligible for any prizes?
PMGA will be giving away 3 prizes this year to the Team (individual that set up the team) that raises the most donations through “Become a Fundraiser” feature in RunSignUp.com. Prizes will be a $250.00 Visa Gift Card for first place, a $150.00 Visa Gift Card for second place, and a $100.00 Visa Gift Card for Third Place. There will also be random prizes given out to individuals for posting event photos on the Event Facebook page (prizes to be determined). So don’t forget to post your photos of yourself or your team completing the event!
PMGA thanks each and everyone of you for your participation and willingness to make this a huge and successful event! If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! TOGETHER we WILL Unlock the Mysteries of Polymicrogyria!