The frequently asked questions (FAQ) section will be updated as more and more questions arise from our participants.


General Questions

Q1 - Will I get a 2021 World War II finisher medal?
A1 - The first 1,000 people to register regardless of whether you register for the Virtual 5K or the In Person events will get a 2021 finisher medal. We only purchased 1,000 medals this year because there were so many unknown factors regarding COVID-19. Finisher medals are usually purchased three to six months before an event. 50% of participants in events like this wait until the last thirty days before the event to register. As a result, that forces a race director to make an educated guess based on historical data how many people he needs to order finisher medals for. We appreciate all of our participants understanding this and we encourage everyone to sign up early to ensure they will get a 2021 finisher medal.

Q2 - Do I get any finisher medal at all if I wasn't one of the first 1,000 people that registered?
A2 - Yes! We have over 800 finisher medals left over from 2019 and over 100 finisher medals left over from 2020. We will gladly give you one of those.

Q3 - Why can't you reorder 2021 World War II finisher medals?
A3 - It takes 12 weeks from the time we place our orders until the time we get the finisher medals. You will be waiting until Thanksgiving 2021 for your medal and Running To Honor will have to pay additional shipping costs to mail everyone their medals. We hope this doesn't happen and encourage everyone to register early. The finisher medal is nice but supporting a Veterans charity is really what should make your heart full regardless of whether you got a medal or not.

Q4 - How will I know if I am one of the first 1,000 participants registered?
A4 - The race director will be posting updates on social media and through email about how close the event is to having 1,000 participants so it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone once we reach 1,000 participants. The first 1,000 participants will receive a 2021 World War II bib. Everyone after number 1,000 will receive a different race bib. This will help the finish line staff know whether to give you a 2021 World War II finishers medal or a different finishers medal. I know that might not make everyone happy, but I can't stress enough to REGISTER EARLY! There is such a long lead time for additional medal orders and additional costs with shipping medals in and then shipping them out to participants that didn't get a medal that we just have to draw the line somewhere.

Q5 - How can I donate to support the cause?
A5 - There are several ways that you can donate? The preferred method is through our Facebook fundraiser located here 2021 Running To Honor 5K Fundraiser. We also encourage everyone to start their own Facebook fundraiser benefiting Running To Honor to help spread the word and increase our reach across social media. If you log into your EnMotive account there is also a section under each event you are registered for where you can view your personal fundraising page from the "Actions" pull down menu. We also take donations through PayPal and Venmo by sending the donation to the PayPal/Venmo email address of RunningToHonor@gmail.com

Q6 - What color is the participant shirt going to be this year?
A6 - We have a picture of a red participant shirt listed on the main race page but the shirt color has not been finalized. We are hoping to be able to get red participant shirts, however with COVID-19 wreaking havoc on supply chains across the world our manufacturer can't tell us what shirt colors will be able this far out from the event. Regardless, we will do out best to make sure you get the best color shirt that we can secure.


In Person Events
Q1 - Are the in person events still taking place given the current situation with COVID-19?
A1 - As of this moment the event is still planned to take place. We will be following all the proper precautions as recommended by government officials to make this event safe and fun for all. See the COVID-19 section below for more information to specific questions regarding the topic.

Q2 - Can I walk or run with a stroller?
A2 - Yes.

Q3 - Can I walk or run with my dog?
A3 - Yes. However, your dog cannot be aggressive, must remain on a leash and under your control at all times. There are some 5K events where pet owners turn their dogs loose to see if the dog can beat the lead runner with the leash dangling behind the dog as it runs. This is not safe and will not be tolerated. Please keep control of your furry family members.

Q4 - Can I sign up for the 5K to walk but then change my mind and turn left (instead of right) at the 1 Mile-ish walk turn off point?
A4 - You can do this however we respectfully ask that you inform the EnMotive timing services staff at the finish line that you did this so they can remove you from the age group award for the 5K. Otherwise it will look like you ran the 5K really fast.



Virtual 5K

Q1 - When will my Virtual 5K packet be mailed out?
A1 - The Virtual 5K packets will be mailed out the week of July 19th. The packages will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail and a tracking # will be emailed to the address that you registered for the event with once the package has shipped.

Q2 - What if I don't receive my Virtual 5K package?
A2 - If you were provided a USPS tracking # you should check the status on the USPS website. If the USPS website indicates the package has been delivered then you should file a claim with USPS at this link: https://www.usps.com/help/claims.htm. If you never received a USPS tracking # from us, please contact the Race Director at RunningToHonor@gmail.com for further assistance.

Q3 - What if my Virtual 5K package arrived with damaged or missing items?
A3 - While this likely isn't the fault of Running To Honor, we do care that you receive all of your items in good condition. Please file a claim with USPS at this link: https://www.usps.com/help/claims.htm. Also be sure to let us know at RunningToHonor@gmail.com that your package arrived in damaged condition or was missing items.

Q4 - What is included in my Virtual 5K packet?
A4 - You will receive a participant shirt, a finisher's medal (if you were one of the first 1,000 people to register) and a race bib.

Q5 - Do I actually have to walk or run in a Virtual 5K?
A5 - You don't have to do either. No one is going to check on you and make you prove to them that you did it. This is all based on integrity and the honor system. You make your own decisions about your life not me.



COVID-19 Related
There are a lot of questions and concerns regarding what COVID-19 precautionary measures we are taking to safely conduct the in person 5k walk (or run) event. As we have seen here in Michigan, our Governor has issued several executive orders on short notice in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It doesn't matter whether you agree with the executive orders or not. The executive orders are orders (in some cases they are just guidance) and individuals and organizations can be fined and have charges brought against them if they do not comply with the executive orders. One day your business could be open and at 3:00 p.m. a new executive order is issued from the Governor requiring your type of business to close effective  11:59 p.m. that same day and that is all the notice you have to work with before you close things down again.

Keeping what I said above in mind, we are still planning to conduct this event in person as long as it is permitted based on current government executive orders and rules until new information is issued which states this type of event is prohibited. We have received all the appropriate approvals from the City of Taylor to conduct this event. Other 5K events have been safely conducted in the state of Michigan recently without any issues.

We will be updating this section frequently as new information becomes available and guidance changes. It is still too far out from the event date to say that what we are dealing with today is what we will be dealing with tomorrow. please check back for the most current information.


Q1 - Can I transfer from the in person event to the Virtual 5K?
A1 - Yes. You need to log into your EnMotive account at https://runningtohonor.enmotive.com/users/account. Once you are logged in scroll down to the "Current and Upcoming Events" section and then click on the "Actions" pulldown menu and select "View Registration". On the view registration page you can click on "edit" next to the category section to change your category that you are registered for to a different category like Virtual 5K. The page will also tell you how much additional money it will cost to make the change. This additional charge is the cost of shipping plus the difference between the price of the in person event and the Virtual 5K. Like any 5K event, the closer we get to the event the more the price increases in an effort to get people to sign up early to avoid the price increase (this could be a whole different topic on the reasons why this is this way in itself). It is easy for an event to make the decision to switch from in person to virtual event. However, it is hard for the event to absorb the additional shipping costs that weren't built into the original price of the in person registration cost. Some organizations have gone into debt converting everyone to virtual because they didn't anticipate the total cost of mailing out all the in person shirts, medals etc to each participant.

Q2 - What if I remain registered for the in person event and the government says that we cannot hold the event.
A2 - If this scenario happens, I will convert everyone registered for the in person event to be "virtual". We will still hold the packet pick up at the Wyandotte Veterans of Foreign Wars (located at 633 Ford Ave, Wyandotte Michigan 48192) Monday (7/26) through Thursday (7/29) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Exact instructions will follow through email and on social media a week before the event. You can 

Q3 - What will I be receiving at packet pick up?
A3 - You would receive your participant shirt and race bib. You will get your medal at the finishline (the traditional way that you should get it!)

Q4 - Why not just cancel the event all together and save yourself the hassle of all the contigency plans?
A4 - Great question! Our Veterans are depending on us to raise funds to support their respective Veterans Service Organizations (VSO). Fallen Soldier and Fallen Veteran families are depending on us to help keep the memory of their loved ones alive. It isn't a matter of pride or raising money over safety or politics. It is a matter of remembering our Nation's heroes and raising money to help support our Veterans who struggle to fit into society every single day. They fought for us in much tougher conditions than COVID-19 will ever be. Memorial Day 2020 and 2021 was already cancelled for many people. Independence Day 2020 was already cancelled for many people. We need to honor our Fallen Soldiers and Fallen Veterans in a safe and responsible way. Not holding the event simply allows the memory of these brave individuals to fade into the distance and just become a name written on a tombstone somewhere. The event must go on as long as it is permitted by the government. If the government ties our hands and cancels the event then we will comply as law abiding citizens.

Q5 - Will everyone be gathering inside the Sheridan Pavilion like last year?
A5 - Most likely no. Based on all the research I have seen published by the government, COVID-19 cannot survive outside of the human body in direct contact with UV rays from the sun. That means the sunlight kills the virus once people exhale. That is why it is important to maintain 6 feet away from other groups of people so that the virus cannot travel from your body, through the air into someone else's body. We will likely be holding the pre-race ceremony where we say the names of our Fallen Soldiers and Fallen Veterans at 7:00 a.m. outside of the Sheridan Pavilion in the parking lot to give people enough room to distance themselves from each other.

Q6 - Will I be required to wear a mask before, during or after the event?
A6 - No unless it is required by executive order from the government. There will be no one from the race staff telling people to put masks on. If you are concerned about being exposed to the virus we recommend that you either switch to the Virtual 5K or pick up your shirt, medal and bib at packet pick up, show up to the event before 7:00 a.m. to see the names and faces of all our Fallen Soldiers and Fallen Veterans on the honor signs (maintaining a safe distance from others) and then walk or run on your own later that day at a place of your choosing to "earn" your finisher's medal.

Q7 - Will there be a water station on the course this year?
A7 - Texas Roadhouse in Taylor has generously volunteered to staff a water station at the 1.5 mile mark on the course.

Q8 - What drinks or food will be available at the finish line?
A8 - Bottled water and cookies will be available at the finish line. We are also in the process of trying to line up a food truck which would distribute free samples to our participants as well.

Q9 - Will there be the famous Maniaci's Tacoccioli pasta at the finish line?
A9 - We are working on that! More to come soon!

Q10 - What should I do after I cross the finish line? Can I hang around?
A10 - You can do whatever you want! Look at the displays, read the names of our Fallen Soldiers and Fallen Veterans or cheer other participants on as they cross the finishline. Just respect your distance between people (generally 6 feet)

Q11 - What about the age group awards? Are they still being handed out?
A11 - We are still giving out age group awards following the last person completing the course. However due COVID-19 there will be no awards ceremony (which i think most people prefer not having an awards ceremony anyways based on past feedback that we have received)




As stated earlier, this list will continue to grow as we get asked more questions and more information becomes available. Please email any questions that you have to RunningToHonor@gmail.com




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