Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I begin?
You can register as an individual, create a team, or join a team. You can also register to volunteer at the event.
As an individual, you are pledging to participate but not fundraise. You can be a race day participant or “virtual” participant (who cannot attend the race but will receive a t-shirt in the mail after the event). You can also include a donation with your registration, if you would like.
If you create a team (many teams are in honor of a baby), you are pledging to fundraise. You’ll create your own personal page, share your story and photos, set goals, and get sponsors. With the help of social media, that’s really easy to do!
By joining a team, you are adding to the fundraising goal of that team. You are registering and participating as a member of that team. You can do that as a race-day participant or as a “virtual” participant.
You can also choose to sponsor a team to add to their fundraising goal. Click here for details.
Please register here and join us!
If you have further questions, please contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. What are the Race Options and Schedules?
Events will take place rain or shine at Woodside Green Park, 213 Camrose Court, Gahanna Ohio. Pay attention to signs, as the park is hidden within a neighborhood. The cul-de-sac at the end of Camrose Court, off Ridenour Road, opens into the park.
Registration & raffle ticket sales – 8:45-9:30 AM
Welcome – 9:30 AM
Kids’ Dash – 9:45 AM
5K/1Mile – 10:00 AM
1 Mile Walk - Immediately following the 5K
Raffle – Once everyone is back!!
3. What Does Pledging to the Run Mean, Exactly?
By committing to this event, and pledging to raise money for its success, you are helping raise invaluable funds to support stillbirth awareness, research, education, advocacy & family support.
We are dedicated to this mission and all proceeds raised from the event will allow us to build on our numerous programs. With your support, we can make a difference by supporting bereaved families and supporting research and education, specifically in Ohio.
4. How can my supporters submit payment?
Online contributions can be made by credit card on the runner’s personalized page found on our website at www.lydiesloop.org
Just make sure to tell your supporter to select your name from the list of runners.
Corporate event sponsors can pay online with a credit card, by check or be invoiced if requested.
5. How will I fundraise?
Even if you've never raised money before, our materials and strategies will make it easy for you to solicit and collect sponsorships from friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and others. Make it personal, as you want them to know that they are sponsoring YOU and YOUR efforts! Tell your story, and you will be surprised to see how quickly friends, family, and co-workers will respond to your request to help this wonderful cause. And share often on social media! Additionally, many companies offer charitable donation matching programs, so make sure to ask your sponsors to check with their employers.
6. Is the Run only for Runners?
No! The Run is designed as a day of fun for the whole family. It attracts many participants from the Ohio region, but it is also attended by family members and friends and supporters from the greater community who look forward to it as a fun community gathering.
In addition to the kids' dash, there will be also be children's entertainment. There will also be a raffle with lots of great prizes!
7. Do I have to run?
You choose whether to run or walk, a distance of 1 mile or 5k. Or you can choose to cheer on others! Strollers are welcome as are kids accompanying you. This is a family-friendly event.
8. Is there a refund/exchange policy?
Yes. If a donation was made accidentally or for the wrong amount, simply make us aware of the issue and we will be happy to make any necessary refunds, changes or corrections. Race registration fees are not refundable.
9. Is parking available? There is plenty of free parking at Woodside Green Park and in the surrounding neighborhood. Meet us at the pavilion!
10. What are the raffle prizes? We are working on this year’s prizes and will accept donations! Last year we had an American Girl doll, front row Blue Jacket tickets, tickets to COSI and the Columbus Zoo, an amazing homemade children’s play set, gift cards to The Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks, and Pigskin Brewery, a handmade memory chest, various pieces artwork honoring stillborn babies, and more. In 2016, the raffle raised $1,160.
11. Anything else?
We’ll also gather at a local restaurant as a community after the event.
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Chair of the Ohio Chapter of Star Legacy Foundation & Lydie’s Mom