General Race Information

Q. When is the Race?
   A. The Race will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017. There are 2 start times: the competitive (timed) Race start time is 7:30am on the boardwalk.  Race for the Cure (recreational) event begins at 8:30 on Atlantic Blvd. The other important time to know is 7:45, the start time for the Survivor/Thriver Parade.

Q. Where is the Race?
   A. The Race will be held at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Neptune Park at 31st and Atlantic Ave.

Q. How much is the registration fee?
   A. Current and Race Day costs are listed:

VIP: $100; Race Day N/A

Adult: $35; Race Day $40

Survivor: $40; Race Day $45

Youth: $15; Race Day $20

Virtual: $40; Race Day N/A

Q. Are there any additional costs?
   A. No, however there are optional add-ons to your registration. Current and Race Day costs are listed:

Commemorative Medal: $15; Race Day $15 (If available)

Chip timing: $5; Race Day $5

Mailing: $7; Race Day N/A

In Honor Sign: $35; Race Day N/A

In Memory Sign: $35; Race Day N/A

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!

VIP participants receive a Race bib, a Susan G. Komen Tidewater Race for the Cure® t-shirt, a designated parking space, a sign along the race course and a commemorative medal!

Virtual participants will receive, by mail, Race materials, a memento to be announced, and if you are a survivor you will receive a survivor t-shirt.

Q. How can I register?
   A. You can register online by clicking here. You can also register offline by downloading this form and mailing to the address below:

6363 Center Drive, Suite 205
Norfolk, VA 23502

Q. How will I receive my Race packet including t-shirt?  
   A. Registration packets can be picked up in person at Race EXPO or Race morning. EXPO is held at The Lake Wright located at 6280 Northampton Blvd, Norfolk, Friday, October 13th from 10am-8pm. For participants who selected to have their race packets mailed at the time of registration, the packets will be mailed on Wednesday, October 4th.

If you are a Member of a Team with 10 or more people, your team captain can pick up for the team.  Check with your captain.

Q. If I paid to have my race packet mailed, when will it be sent?
   A.  Race packets will be mailed, to those who requested and paid for mailing at the time of registration, on Wednesday, October 4th.

Q. How long is the Race?
   A. The Race is a 5K route, which is approximately 3.1 miles. There is also a shorter route option, as we are on the oceanfront, at any time you can cut through to the boardwalk and cross the finish line. You may choose to walk or run either route. 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.

Q. Why are there two different start times?
   A. The competitive 5K run, and the recreational Race for the Cure 5K have been separated for the safety of the participants. After completing the 7:30am race you are welcome to walk or run with friends and family in the 8:30am Race for the Cure.

Q. Do I have to Run the Race?
   A. No, most of our participants walk the course. 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.

Q. How can I become a volunteer?
   A. The success of the Komen Tidewater 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.

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. In the unlikely possibility the event is cancelled, there will be no refunds; rather, your entry fee will be used as a donation to Komen Tidewater’s Race for the Cure® and becomes tax deductible.

Fundraising FAQ

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 $500,000 to support local screening, treatment and educational programs in our community! In 2016 we were only able to provide about 45% of the requested funds — let’s work together to fund 100% in 2017!

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. Click here to print a donation form or here for multiple donations. You can mail or bring your donation to: 6363 Center Drive Bldg. 6, Suite 205, Norfolk, VA 23502.  You may also bring your donations to Expo (packet pick-up) or Race.

For donations on behalf of an individual participant or a team, please include that information with your check.

Q. Is there a deadline for fundraising?
   A. All donations on your behalf that are received by Friday, November 17, 2017 will be credited to your fundraising total.

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 about 4 weeks after you redeem your coupon. Prizes are not cumulative.

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. To be considered an official team, you will need 10 or more registered members by the morning of Monday, October 9, 2017. You can form a team or join a team online. For more information, contact us at 757-490-7794 Ext 102 or race@komentidewater.org.

If you are having difficulty — try these steps:

  1. Go to Komentidewater.org.
  2. Click on the Events Tab.
  3. Click Race for the Cure in the drop down menu.
  4. On the Komen Tidewater Race for the Cure® page, click the register button.
  5. On the new page click the start a new team or the Join or re-form a team button. 
    • If you are starting a team for the first time use the start a New Team button, 
    • If you have had a team in the past 6 years, use the Join or Re-form a Team Button.
  6. For NEW Teams you will be asked to enter your team name, if there is already a team with that name, you will be prompted to choose a different name.
  7. If you are re-forming the team, make sure to check the box to designate you as the team captain, as a member can re-form a team without being the captain. 

10 or more registered members, any participant type, by October 9, 2017 qualifies the team as an “Official Team”.

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. 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.

Q. Are team photos taken on Race Day?
A. Yes, teams are photographed on a first come first basis. When your team is assembled, proceed to the photograph area, located behind King Neptune. Photographs will be available on the Komen Flickr page. Photographers are volunteers and the photos will be made available as soon as they are received in the office.

Q. One of my team members registered as an individual when they meant to join my team. How do they correct this?
   A. Please contact the Komen Tidewater office at 757-490-7794 or race@komentidewater.org to get this corrected.

Q. Can donations made to a team be split or shared among team members?
   A. We are unable to split or transfer donations between individual and team accounts.

Q. Will there be an area for my team to meet-up on Race day?
   A. There is a Team Tailgate area on Race day. Being included in the tailgate area is a team incentive, to learn more visit the team page. If you are not eligible for the tailgate area, we recommend you selecting a place to meet, sending it out to your team members. You might also want to bring a balloon or some other item that can be seen above the crowd. My team meets at the Yellow Smiley Face Balloon; pink is not a good color if you want to be seen.

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Event Day Information

2017 Susan G. KomenŽ Tidewater Race for the Cure

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Neptune Park

31st & Atlantic Avenue

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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