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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is the Race day schedule?
  2. How much is the registration fee?
  3. Do I have to fundraise?
  4. What is the Race route?
  5. Where is Packet Pickup? And what is a “packet’?
  6. Can I pick up Race packets for others, as well as myself?
  7. If I registered for the 5K Race can I change my mind and walk, or vice versa?
  8. How many members does it take for a team?
  9. If I register a team does everyone have to pay or is it one price for the team?
  10. If I form a team can my company or organization pay the registration fees?
  11. Does a team have to walk together or can some people run and some walk?
  12. Can my team design our own t-shirt?
  13. What is the difference between Team Packet PACKUP vs. Team Packet PICKUP?
  14. How does my company or organization become a Race sponsor?
  15. Can I bring a dog?
  16. Can I ride a bike, scooter or rollerblade at the Race?
  17. Can I bring a stroller?
  18. What if I am not able to walk that far? Do you have wheelchairs? Any special arrangements for survivors?
  19. How do I volunteer?
  20. How do I turn Friends for the Cure® money (donations I collect) in?
  21. Is my donation deductable?
  22. How will donations be used?
  23. Are there nearby hotels?

 

  1. What is the Race day schedule? 
    Race Day Schedule - Arrive early! Street closures begin at 7:00 a.m. 
    6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m Team MEET open
    7:00 a.m. Packet Pickup, Registration, Survivor Café, Children's Area and Sponsor Booths open
    8:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony - Survivor & Memorial Recognition
    9:00 a.m. Competitive 5K Start (women and men)
    Following 5K Walk Start (women and men)
    10:30 a.m. Closing Ceremony - Racers and Team Awards

    Click here for the Calendar of Events.

  2. How much is the registration fee?
    Click here to view individual registration or team registration fees. We continue to offer advantages to teams, special youth and senior pricing and have maintained free entries for children 5 and under.

  3. Do I have to fundraise?
    Fundraising is very important to our mission: ending breast cancer forever. It is strongly encouraged but not required. Donations are tax deductible. Proceeds support local breast cancer screening, treatment support and education programs (75% of net) and breast cancer research grants made by Susan G. Komen for the Cure (25% of net). Information on the 2015 Friends for the Cure program, now in development, will be added soon.

  4. What is the Race route?
    Check back soon for the 2015 Race route map.
  5. Where is Packet Pickup? And what is a “packet”?
    Packet Pickup dates, times and locations will be posted soon. “Packets” include your Race bib (number), t-shirt (excluding children 5 and under), survivor shirt and cap (breast cancer survivors only) and other information

  6. Can I pick up Race packets for others when I get mine?
    Yes, just give volunteers the names of those you wish to pick up packets for (and be sure to let those people know to avoid confusion). Please note, however, no one can register for someone else (other than your own minor children) because each waiver must be signed by the registrant her/himself.

  7. If I registered for the 5K Race can I change my mind and walk, or vice versa?
    Yes, you can change your mind the morning of the Race and switch from Race to Walk, etc.

  8. How many members are required for a team?
    A minimum of 10 members is required for a team.

  9. If I register a team does everyone have to pay or is it one price for the team?
    Each team member must pay a registration fee. Children 5 and under are free, but must be registered. And, even though the kids are free, each registered child counts towards team numbers that may win your team an award! Click here to view team registration fees.

  10. If I form a team can my company or organization pay the registration fees?
    If your organization plans to pay for team member fees, please set up your team, and then email raceforthecure@karmanos.org requesting pay later arrangements.

  11. Does a team have to walk together or can some people run and some walk?
    Team members do not have to walk or run together; participate in whichever event you wish on Race day (5K Run and 5K Walk). And, you can change your mind the morning of the Race and switch from Race to Walk, etc.

  12. Can my team design our own t-shirt?
    Yes.  T-shirt guidelines will be listed in the 2015 Team Captain Kit. Check back soon for a downloadable copy. 

  13. What is the difference between Team Packet PACKUP vs. Team Packet PICKUP?
    Team Packet Packup- Help packup Team Race Packets and take yours home a week early! You MUST help pack to get this extra week advantage. And, you get lunch!

    Team Packet Pickup- Pick up your Team Race Packets.
    Packup and Pickup dates, times, and locations will be posted soon. These are the only times and locations for Captains to pick up their team members' packets.

  14. How does my company or organization become a Race sponsor?
    Please contact our Komen Detroit office for more details on how your company or organization can become a Race sponsor: raceforthecure@karmanos.org or call (248) 304-2080. 2013 Race sponsorship details can be found here.  2014 sponsorship opportunities are now available.

  15. Can I bring a dog?
    For everyone's safety, pets (leashed or unleashed) are not permitted. Service dogs are not considered pets and, accompanying their human partners, are most welcome.

  16. Can I ride a bike, scooter or rollerblade at the Race?
    Not unless you are a paramedic or Detroit Police officer. For everyone's safety, bikes, rollerblades and scooters are not permitted.

  17. Can I bring a stroller?
    Strollers are allowed; however, for safety, we ask that you stay towards the back and to the sides of the Race route. Check back soon to view a map of the Race route. Children 5 and under are free, but must be registered.

  18. What if I am not able to walk that far? Do you have wheelchairs? Any special arrangements for survivors?
    Thank you to Binson's Home Health Care Centers, Inc. for providing wheelchairs, on loan for Race day. And, if you are a breast cancer survivor not feeling quite up to a 5K, you are welcome to ride on the Survivor Trolley. To reserve a spot on the Trolley or a wheelchair, email raceforthecure@karmanos.org or call 248-304-2080

  19. How do I volunteer? 
     Over 1,000 volunteer opportunities are available on Race day. Many shifts allow volunteers to participate in the Race as a runner or walker (for which you must register separately). We couldn’t do it without our wonderful volunteers. Volunteer Signup will open soon. Please check back.

  20. How do I turn Friends for the Cure® money (donations I collect) in?
    The deadline for the 2015 Friends for the Cure® donations is July 1.  Any donations received after July 1, 2015 will count toward your 2016 Friends for the Cure® fundraising efforts.  Manual donations, (checks not cash), submitted on paper Friends for the Cure forms can be mailed at any time to: 4100 John R, Mail Code: VE01RF, Detroit, MI 48201 Attn: Detroit Race for the Cure®.

    Please make checks payable to: Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®. TOP 

  21. Is my donation deductable?
    Yes. All donations to the Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® are tax deductable to the fullest extent of the law. Registration fees are not tax deductible.

  22. How will donations be used?
    Komen's mission is to end breast cancer forever. Net proceeds from the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure are distributed as follows: 75% to local breast cancer screening, treatment support and education programs serving low-income, un- and underinsured people in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties; 25% funds breast cancer research grants made by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For information on grants click here. Komen is proud of its 3-star rating by Charity Navigator  which is America's largest independent evaluator of charities and meets the standards of charity accountability by the Better Business Bureau. For more on this, visit here.

  23. Are there nearby hotels?
    Keep checking back soon for discounts on hotel stays and other metro Detroit deals.TOP