General Race Information
Q. When is the Race?
A. The Race will be held on October 22, 2016. The Race start time will be at 8 a.m.
Q. Where is the Race?
A. The Race will be held at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo. The start line for both the 5K and the 1 Mile Fun Run is on Main Street in front of the Hilton Garden Inn.
Q. How much is the registration fee?
Early-Bird Rates (through August 31 at 4 p.m.):
Child (ages 14 & under)- $10
Sleep In for the Cure/Phantom Participant- $20
Timing Chip- $5
Regular Online Rates (Sept. 1- Oct. 14 at 4 p.m.):
Child (ages 14 & under)- $15
Sleep In for the Cure/Phantom Participant- $25
Timing Chip- $5
Walk-Up Registration Rates (October 19-21, noon to 7 p.m. at Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau):
Child (ages 14 & under)- $25
Sleep In for the Cure/Phantom Participant- $30
Timing Chip- $5
Race Day Registration (6:30-7:30 a.m. at Registration Tent at Fairpark):
All participants- $35, cash only
No timing chips available on Race Day
Q. Is my registration fee tax-deductible?
A. No, your registration fee helps defray the costs of producing the Race and is not considered tax-deductible. However, any amount that you choose to donate above the entry fee is tax-deductible.
Q. What is included in the registration fee?
A. You will get a Race number, a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® t-shirt, and a great feeling!
Q. How can I register?
A. You can register online by clicking here. You can also register in person at Walk-Up Registration October 19-21 at the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau from noon to 7 p.m. Please enter thorugh the doors facing the Hilton Garden Inn. Registration is also available at the Registration Tent on Race Day from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Only cash will be accepted on Race Day, and no timing chips will be available on Race Day. If you have questions, please call 662-377-4903.
Q. How will I receive my Race packet including t-shirt?
A. Packet Pickup will be at the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau October 19-21 from noon to 7 p.m. Enter through the doors facing the Hilton Garden Inn. Please go to the Pre-Registered table to pick up your packet. Team captains or a designated team member may also go to the Pre-Registered table to pick up their team box at this time. Team boxes will not be opened for individuals to pick up their items. Discuss with your team captain about when and where to pick up your packet from them.
Q. How long is the Race?
A. The Race is a 5K route, which is approximately 3.1 miles. The Fun Run is a shorter route option (approximately 1 mile). You may choose to walk or run either route, but remember that only the 5K route is timed. Click here to see the Race routes. If you are unable to walk or run, you can still register and join us on Race day. We are always looking for people to cheer on our runners and walkers. There will also be entertainment provided at the stage during the Race, and you are welcome to visit our sponsor booths.
Q. What are the Timed Awards for the 5K?
A. Awards will be given in the following categories: Open, Grand Masters, Masters, and Breast Cancer Survivor as well as the overall winner in the survivor division and 14 age divisions. The overall 5K winner in the men and women's open division will each receive an American Airlines certificate which may be redeemed for 25,000 AAdvantage miles. Limit one per household.
Q. What is Pink the Streets?
A. You can show your support of breast cancer awareness and the Race for the Cure in October by decorating your home, yard, or business. You don't have to be on the Race route to Pink the Streets. In fact, it would be a great way to show your support for a friend or family member who is currently or has gone through breast cancer. We challenge everyone to support the Race and raise awareness by participating in Pink the Streets in October!
Q. How can I become a volunteer?
A. The success of the Komen North Mississippi Race depends heavily on the support we receive from our volunteers in the months leading up to the Race and on Race Day. There are many ways you can get involved, for more information, click here.
Q. Are pet and strollers allowed at the event?
A. Pets are prohibited from the event, but strollers are permitted. We ask that all participants with strollers line up at the back of the crowd at the Start Line.
Q. What if it rains?
A. Komen holds the right to cancel or change the date or location of the Race in its sole discretion, including in the circumstance of extreme weather. It is likely, however, that the event will happen rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.
Q. Does the Komen Race for the Cure® require fundraising?
A. You are not required to fundraise, but we do encourage all participants to fundraise above the entry fee. Just Imagine the IMPACT - If every Race participant raises just $100 in addition to their registration fee, we would bring in an additional $400,000 to support local screening, treatment and educational programs in our community!
Q. Does the money raised stay right here in our community?
A. Yes! Up to seventy-five percent of the net income from the Race stays right here in our community to fund vital breast cancer health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs.
The remaining twenty-five percent supports Komen’s national research and training grants program
Q. Where do I send donations?
A. Mail to: Susan G. Komen North Mississippi, P.O. Box 801, Tupelo, MS 38801
For donations on behalf of an individual participant or a team, please include that information on the memo line of your check.
Q. Is there a deadline for fundraising?
A. All donations on your behalf that are received by October 21, 2016 will be credited to your fundraising total. We will be accepting donations on Race Day, but to have your funds guaranteed to count toward fundraising awards, please submit them by October 21.
Q. When will I receive my fundraising incentives?
A. Your fundraising incentives are calculated based on the total fundraising dollars you have collected. Incentives are mailed after the close of our Race fundraising season, and you can expect to receive your prize sometime in November. The top fundraising individual and top fundraising team in each category will be recognized on Race Day.
Q. What are some ways I can fundraise for my team/my individual goal?
A. We have plenty of ideas on our Fundraising Tips page!
Q. How do I form a team?
A. We encourage you to recruit 10 or more people to be on your team. The registration deadline for everyone to be registered on your team is Friday, October 7 at 4 p.m. You can form a team or join a team online. For more information, contact us at (662) 377-4903 or email@example.com.
Q. What are the benefits of a team?
A. Forming or joining a team multiplies the fun you will have on Race day. You can create a team to celebrate a survivor or honor someone you have lost. You can also create a corporate team and get your entire company involved. Some teams create team t-shirts to be visible in the crowd on Race Day. As a team you can also qualify for Team Awards. To learn more check out the Team Rewards page.
Q. Do teams have to fundraise?
A. Teams are not required to fundraise, but we strongly encourage fundraising. Fundraising as a team can be fun. Click here to get a list of fundraising events your team can do. Remember, all individual fundraising counts toward the team's fundraising total! Additionally, we are not able to provide the much-needed breast cancer services to the medically underserved in our community without your fundraising help!
Q. One of my team members registered as an individual when they meant to join my team. How do they correct this?
A. We can make the correction for you if it is before the team registration deadline of October 7 at 4 p.m. Please call 662-377-4903 to get this corrected. If it is after the deadline, we cannot add the person to your team. This person can, however, participate with your team on Race Day. They will need to pick up their packet individually at Walk-Up Registration, and their individual fundraising will not count toward the team total.
Q. Can donations made to a team be split or shared among team members?
A. We can soft credit different team members manually with donations made to a team, however this is not possible during the donation process online. You will need to contact our office at 662-377-4903 for donations already made online. If a donation is mailed into the office, please indicate who should be soft credited with the donation.
Q. Will there be an area for my team to meet-up on Race day?
A. We recommend your team captain choose a location around Fairpark for your team to meet-up on Race Day. There are different landmarks around the area. There are also several parking areas that may serve as a good location. Also, if your team qualifies to set up in the Team Tailgate area, the team's tailgate booth would be an ideal location for you to meet.