Frequently asked questions
General Race Questions
What is a virtual race?
A virtual race is a race that can be run or walked from any location you choose. You can run or walk wherever you want, whatever distance you want, whenever you want, and time it yourself. You can complete the miles alone or safely with others. There is so much freedom to make this year’s Dash your own!
Do I have to do a 5K or a 1K run or walk?
One of the fun aspects of this virtual race is the freedom of your run/walk distance! We welcome any distance, from a walk to your mailbox to an ultra-marathon. However, if you’d like to submit your 5K time (more info below), you must do the 5K distance of 3.1 miles. Please note though, if you want to receive a finisher’s certificate (see below) or be eligible for any awards, you must submit your time or say you completed it between July 10 – July 17.
Can I submit my virtual walk/run time?
Yes! You will need to “opt in” at registration for this feature, which is only available for our 5K participants. You can post your time, or see all runners results, by visiting the “Results” page or by clicking here.
Can I walk or run on a different day?
Yes! You can walk or run from wherever you are on any day you choose. We encourage everyone to participate between July 10 and July 17 to create a bigger sense of community, but it’s totally up to you.
Can I register the day of the event?
I registered as an individual. Can I still create or join a team?
Yes! If you registered as an individual during the registration process, you can still create or join a team later by logging into your personal account. Go to the RunSignup page and sign in (icon in the top right corner). Once signed in, go to your Profile (icon in the top right corner again). Scroll down to “Fundraisers” and click “edit fundraiser” for the person you’d like to move to a team. Scroll down to “create or join a fundraising team” and either select an existing team from the drop down list or follow the prompts to create a new fundraising team.
Can I mail in a paper registration form rather than registering online?
Sorry, but registration must be completed online. However, if you have a problem registering online, please call Juli Kunselman at 614-384-7375 and she can assist with registering you over the phone using a credit card.
How do I start my own team?
To start your own team, simply go through the standard registration process. Follow the prompts through registration and when prompted in step three, to “Create or Join a Team” join an existing team from the drop down or create a team, select “Create a Team.”
Fundraising and Contribution Questions
Do I have to fundraise?
While the Dash for Donation is our biggest fundraising event of the year, we DO NOT require all participants to fundraise. During the registration process, you will be required to fill out a fundraiser profile, but you can input a $0 amount for your fundraising goal.
How do I donate to a team or individual?
To donate to a team or individual, visit the donation page here. You can search by name or scroll through either the individual fundraiser names or team names until you find who you’re looking for. Click “select” and then either choose one of the donation amounts listed or enter your own, and then proceed with payment.
What do I do with money I have collected offline?
Donations collected in person/offline can be sent in the mail (please do not send cash), please indicate if your contribution is in honor/memory of an individual, a race participant or race team.
Send contributions to:
Lifeline of Ohio
Attn: Dash for Donation Contributions
770 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
To whom should checks be made out to?
Checks should be made out to Lifeline of Ohio. If you are submitting a donation, please be sure to include the team or fundraiser’s name in the memo.
Celebration Wall & T-shirt Questions
Is there a Celebration Wall this year?
This year’s Celebration Wall will be a virtual wall posted on the Lifeline of Ohio Facebook page. Those interested in sharing a photo and a couple of lines about why they participate can send those items to email@example.com or complete a template and send back. Stay tuned for the template to be shared!
Can I make my own team t-shirts?
Please do! We encourage teams and individuals to either decorate their race t-shirt or create a new custom t-shirt to show their support of our cause. Many donor and recipient families choose to decorate their shirts in memory or in support of their loved one. Check out photos from past events for ideas. Since we won’t be able to see any customized t-shirts in person, please take a photo or video and email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime leading up to Dash week. We will compile all submissions for a special wrap up video.
Are there awards?
This year, all participants who submit their 5K time will have the option to print a “finisher’s certificate” after the virtual race. Every participant will receive a finisher’s medal following the race.