Raised$0
Goal$1,250,000

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, e-mail us at 5K@njsharingnetwork.org or call our 5K Hotline at 908-514-1761.

Registration & Contributions

Q: How do I sign up for the 5K Celebration of Life events?

A: The simplest way to sign up is online at www.NJSharingNetwork.org/5K. Here, you will be able to choose between three different event dates and locations during the registration process. After you successfully sign up, you will be able to easily personalize your fundraising page and send it out to your friends and family. 

Q: How much does it cost to register for the 5K?

A: Registration fees will increase after online registration closes.

$30 per person (15 and older)

$15 per person (14 and younger)

*$5 additional charge per person effective noon on Friday before event, Saturday and day-of event.

Q: What is the registration deadline for the 5K Celebration of Life events?

A: Online registration will end at noon the Friday before event day. Please check the website regularly for more up-to-date information. However; participants can register onsite at each of the events.

Q: How can I retrieve my Username & Password if I forget either of them?

A: Accounts from previous years are no longer valid. Please create a new account for the 2017 5K Celebration of Life. For further assistance, please feel free to contact our 5K hotline at 908-514-1761 or 5K@njsharingnetwork.org.

Q: Is there a minimum age or skill level to participate?

A: The 5K Celebration of Life events are family-oriented events and we encourage people of all ages and skill levels to participate. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian sign a waiver on their behalf if they will be participating in the walk and/or the race.

Q: I already registered as an individual. Can I still join a team?

A: Yes, please contact our 5K hotline at 908-514-1761 or 5K@njsharingnetwork.org and we can assist you in updating your individual or team status.

Q: I registered for the USATF Certified Timed Race, but my family is walking. Can I do both?

A: Yes, all registered certified race participants are welcome to join the walk at 10:00am.

Q: How do I begin fundraising?

A: There are many fun and easy ways to fundraise. The best way is to personalize your fundraising page online with your story and pictures and send the link out to family and friends. Be sure to include why this cause is so important to you. Visit Team Captain Central for more FUNdraising tools and tips!

Q: What are personal and team fundraising goals? 

A:  During the sign up process, our website suggests a fundraising goal for teams ($1,000) and participants ($250). You will not be held accountable for reaching these fundraising goals. Fundraising goals will appear on your team or personal page to encourage contributors to help you support our mission. You can change your personal or team fundraising goals anytime, by logging into your Participant Center.  

Q: Are fundraising incentives inclusive of registration fees?

A:  Per IRS codes, registration fees are not tax deductible because they cover the fair market value of the event. They will not count towards fundraising incentives.

Q: What are the fundraising incentives, and when will I receive my prize?

A: You will receive your prizes at the conclusion of the 5K Campaign; on or around July 31st. Fundraising Reward Levels are below:

* ($5,000.00 + ) 
Participants who raise $5,000 and over through their Personal Fundraising Page will receive a $300.00 gift card code to NJ Sharing Network's online store. 
* ($2,500.00 - $4,999.00) 
Participants who raise $2,500-$4,999 through their Personal Fundraising Page will receive a $200.00 gift card code to NJ Sharing Network's online store. 
* ($1,000.00 - $2,499.00) 
Participants who raise $1,000-$2,499 through their Personal Fundraising Page will receive a $100.00 gift card code to NJ Sharing Network's online store. 
* ($500.00 - $999.00) 
Participants who raise $500-$999 through their Personal Fundraising Page will receive a $50.00 gift card code to NJ Sharing Network's online store. 
* ($250.00 - $499.00) 
Participants who raise $250-$499 through their through their Personal Fundraising Page will receive a $25.00 gift card code to NJ Sharing Network's online store. 

Q: How can I see who has contributed to my team or personal fundraising page?

A: Please log into your Participant Center using your Account Username and Password. Under the Progress tab, you will be able to view all contributions made to your personal page as well as send thank you notes to your contributors.

Q: Can I upload a photo to my team or personal fundraising page?

A: Yes. The image, no larger than 4 Mb, will be automatically resized to fit in a 300 x 400 pixel space. The Personal Fundraising page layout does not support a second photo. 

Q: To whom should I make checks payable?

A: All checks should be made payable to NJ Sharing Network Foundation, Memo: “5K” 

Q: Are contributions tax deductible?

A: All contributions to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation are tax deductible however, per IRS codes registration fees are not tax deductible because they cover the fair market value of the event.

 

Event Information

Q: What is the course route?

A: Course Routes will be posted on our website leading up to the events. Make sure you check back regularly for up-to-date information. Note: The New Providence and Long Branch event sites feature a USATF Certified Timed Race in addition to the 5K Walk. The Paramus site features a 5K Walk & Fun Run - this event is not timed.

Q: Am I guaranteed a race shirt?

A: All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a race shirt. All other registered participants will be given race shirts on a first come, first served basis.

Q: How do I get directions to each event site and where do I park?

A: We will be posting parking maps and additional information on the website soon. Please check back regularly for up-to-date information.

Q: What if it’s raining?

A: The 5K Celebration of Life events are rain or shine! Registration fees are non-refundable.

Q: Will there be a place for me to store my belongings?

A: We will have a secure bag check available, but due to the size of the event, we can only offer limited space. Please plan in advance to ensure your belongings are secured.

Q: Can my pet participate?

A: Due to the volume of participants and for everyone's health and safety, the local law enforcement jurisdictions at all events have mandated no pets on premises.

Q: What are matching gifts and how will they help me reach my fundraising goal?

A: Some companies offer their staff members a chance to match gifts that their employees make to certain charities. Matching gifts programs vary from company to company. Be sure to contact your Human Resources department to find out if your company offers a Matching Gifts program, how the program in your company works and to obtain the proper forms needed to submit in order for your matching gift to be counted towards your final individual fundraising goal. Please visit the Matching Gifts section of this website for an easy search link that allows you to search for your company's matching gifts policy.

Q: What is the Foundation’s EIN number?

A: The NJ Sharing Network Foundation’s EIN number is 20-2737719.

Q: How can I learn more about organ and tissue donation, NJ Sharing Network, or getting more involved?

A: Visit NJ Sharing Network at www.NJSharingNetwork.org to learn more about our mission and work to save lives through organ and tissue donation. Also, be sure to visit our tent on walk/race day!