Fun for the whole family
Frequently asked questions
When and where do I pick up my race packet?
Lifeline of Ohio office: 770 Kinnear Rd. Columbus, OH 43212.
Stay tuned for the packet pick up schedule!
How long will the online registration be available?
Online registration will be open until 7 p.m. the day before the race.
Can I register and pick up my packet at the same time?
Yes! Stop by Lifeline of Ohio at 770 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 43212 during any of the packet pick up times.
What if I can’t pick up my packet before race day?
You may ask someone else to pick up for you. If you do, please give them your confirmation so that we have accurate information.
Or, you will be able to pick up your packet onsite at the Genoa Park 303 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215 between 6:30-8:00 a.m. If other accommodations need to be made, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, t-shirts will not be available on race morning.
Can I register on the day of the race?
Yes! The registration fee goes up after July 1, and you may not receive a shirt, but you will still be given a race bib with chipped timing (5K participants only) as long as you are registered by 8 a.m. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.
General Race Questions
Can I bring my child in a stroller?
Yes! We would ask that you are careful and considerate around other walkers and runners. If they are six and under and also participating in the Kids and Mascot Dash at 8 a.m., they need to be registered in order to receive a medal. If they are not walking or running in either event, they do not need to be registered. For registered participants, the smallest t-shirt available is a youth x-small.
Can I get a shirt if I’m not participating in the race?
Unfortunately we are only able to provide a race t-shirt to registered participants. However, limited quantities are available to participants. Quantities and sizes are available on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to get to Lifeline of Ohio at 770 Kinnear Rd. Columbus, OH 43212 early to get a shirt!
Am I allowed to bring my dog?
Sorry, animals are not allowed on the route.
I’m not sure if I can run or walk a 5K. What if I can’t finish?
For those that are unable to walk or run the 5K, we also offer a Family Fun Walk which is an approximate 1 mile loop. For medical emergencies along the route, our race team, police, and medics will be there to support you—even if it means bringing you back to the finish line.
Will my time be recorded during the 5K?
All registered 5K participants will receive a race number with chip timing. Timing information will be available on the Dash for Donation website within 24 hours following the race.
What if it’s raining?
The event will take place rain or shine!
Family Fun Walk and Mascot Dash
If I’m participating in the 5K, can I see my child participate in the Kids and Mascot Dash?
Yes. The Kids and Mascot Dash begins at 8:00 a.m. The 5K begins at 8:15 a.m. in the same area.
How long is the Mascot Dash?
The Mascot Dash is approximately 100 meters.
Who can participate in the Kids and Mascot Dash?
The Mascot Dash consists of local mascots from the community and children six and under.
How long is the Family Fun Walk?
The Family Fun Walk is approximately 1 mile long.
Team or Team Challenge Questions
If I have family members who want to do the Family Fun Walk or Kids and Mascot Dash, can they still be on my team?
Yes, but there is no discounted rate. The individual will need to select the appropriate event type (Family Fun Walk or Kids and Mascot Dash) and then select the team name they would like to be on.
I registered on a team. How do I get my packet?
If you registered on a team, your Team Captain may choose to pick it up and distribute to you. Your Team Captain will communicate this to you. If you register and join a team after the registration deadline, you will be responsible for picking up your packet individually.
Where and when are team pictures being taken?
We will be sending out the final locations and times prior to race day to each Team Captain.
How do I create a team during registration?
- Navigate to the Race Page of the race
- Click Sign Up to begin the registration process
- Enter in all participant information and click Continue
- First, you need to create a Fundraiser
- Click Become Fundraiser
- Enter in a name for your Fundraiser
- Enter in a goal for your new Fundraiser
- Add a message to describe your Fundraiser
- Now you will create the Fundraising Team
- Enter in a name for your Fundraising Team
- Enter in a goal for your new Fundraising Team
- Add a message to describe your Fundraising Team
- Now select any donation levels that you would like to donate towards your Fundraiser
- Select who this donation will be on behalf of
- Click Continue
- Complete your registration
How do I join an existing fundraising team?
To join an existing fundraising team, simply select the team you would like to join from the “Fundraising Team” drop-down menu during the third step of your registration process.
How do I create a fundraising team URL?
The option to create a custom “Fundraising Team Page URL” can be found after the fundraising team is created. Simply go to your “Profile”, click “My Fundraisers”, and then select “Edit Fundraiser” on the fundraising team. Here you can create a custom “Fundraising Team Page URL”, which allows for easier sharing of your fundraising team page amongst friends and family. Simply enter in text that is unique to your fundraising team after “https://runsignup.com/”, and remember that spaces are not permitted in a URL. The URL must contain only alphanumeric characters, underscores (_), or dashes (-).
How do I create a fundraising team image?
The option to upload a “Fundraising Team Image” can be found after the fundraising team is created. Simply go to your “Profile”, click “My Fundraisers”, and then select “Edit Fundraiser” on the fundraising team. Here you can upload a “Fundraising Team Image” by clicking on “Choose File” and selecting one from your computer.
Celebration Wall Questions
How do I submit my story for the Celebration Wall?
There are several ways for you to submit your completed story for the Celebration Wall. You may email your completed story to us at email@example.com, mail your completed personal story and a photograph to Juli Kunselman at 770 Kinnear Rd. Columbus, OH 43212, or bring it to the office when you pick up your race packet(s).
Where will my personal story be hung up?
Your personal story will be located at the race/start finish line on the English Plaza at 303 W. Broad Street.
How big can my personal story be?
Due to space limitations, we ask that each story be limited to 400 words and no larger than 12×12 (scrapbook size paper), including pictures.
Food and Water, Hotels, and Parking Questions
Are there restrooms/water stations on the route?
There will only be port-a-johns located near the race start/finish. There will be two water stations on the route to keep you hydrated. There will be a limited supply of water available at the start line, so if you need to have water with you at all times, please plan to bring some with you. We will have plenty at the finish line, too!
What type of food do you offer after the race?
Join us on the English Plaza for post-race snacks, including Cheryl’s Cookies, fresh fruit, and granola bars. Be sure to check out our expo at the finish for other food and giveaways!
Is there free parking?
Unfortunately, no, but there is convenient parking at COSI and surrounding lots for a fee of $5. For more information, please visit: sciotomile.com/parking.
Fundraising and Contribution Questions
What will my contribution/fundraised money be going towards?
All funds raised for the Dash for Donation will benefit Lifeline of Ohio’s Bereavement Services and Donor Family aftercare program. To learn more or to make a contribution, please visit dashfordonation.com/contribute.
Am I required to make a contribution/fundraise?
Contributions are not required, but we encourage you and/or your Dash for Donation team to set a fundraising goal or to make a contribution.
How do I make a contribution?
Go to dashfordonation.com/contribute and click “Click Here to Contribute Now”
There you will be directed to either select a team’s fundraiser to contribute towards or you may make a contribution on your own. If you wish to make a contribution through the mail (please do not send us cash), send checks made out to:
Lifeline of Ohio
Attn: Dash for Donation
770 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
Please indicate if your contribution is in honor/memory of an individual, a race participant, or race team.
Will my contribution be acknowledged for tax purposes?
Yes, you will receive an acknowledgment for your contribution following the Dash for Donation.