Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Race for Our Community?
When and where does this event take place?
How can I get involved?

How do I register?

How much fundraising will I have to do?



When and where does this event take place?

Race for Our Community 2013 is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013. 

Check-in for runners, walkers and dogs will be between 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. at 2 Washington Street between Battery Place and Morris Street. The 5K Run will begin at 11 a.m., and the walks shortly thereafter. 

2 Washington Street ("A" in the map below) is easily accessible by several subways:  1, R, 4, and 5.


Who is Community Access?

Community Access is a New York City non-profit that assists people with psychiatric disabilities in making the transition from shelters and institutions to independent living.  It provides safe, affordable housing and support services and advocates for the rights of people to live without fear or stigma.  For more info, check out the About Community Access section of this website.

What is Race for Our Community?

Race for Our Community is a Community Access fundraising event that includes separate 5K races for men and women, a 1-mile Charity Walk and Dog Walk, and, afterwards, a “Party at Battery Park.”  It's a fun-packed, fully-inclusive event open for everyone to attend—aspiring athletes, mental health consumers, families, pet lovers, and other caring community members. 

The Party at Battery Park celebration—for participants and guests—will include:

  • Award ceremony
  • Good food
  • Music
  • Face painting for kids
  • Dog treats
  • Games and giveaways

How long will it take?

Really fast runners can complete a 5K (3.1 miles) run in under 15 minutes—but for most people 20 minutes and up is more realistic.  It varies from one person to the next, of course, but walking this same distance would likely take closer to an hour. 

The Party at Battery Park, which follows the 5K run/1-mile walk portion of Race for Our Community, will be in full swing between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 



How can I get involved?

There are four main ways you can get involved.  You can: (1) run or walk 5K, (2) join our 1-mile walk with your pet dog or (3) without a pet dog, or (4) sponsor someone else’s participation.  Whatever is the best option for you, we hope you can join us!

Is this event open to people of all ages?

Absolutely!  Not only is Race for Our Community a great event for pet lovers, it’s also family-friendly too.  Just the same, our 5K race is open to runners of all abilities—from professional athletes to plucky first-timers, as well as folks who prefer to walk.

How do I register?

As soon as we confirm the date of Race for Our Community 2013, you will be able to register in one of two ways: (1) online, or, (2) by completing a one-page registration form, via mail. Either way, we'll be on-hand to help with any aspect of the registration process.

No registration is required for the block party portion of this event.

Does it cost anything to participate?

Yes, to cover the costs of hosting this event, there will be a standard $40 registration fee for each 5K runner, and a $25 registration fee for each 1-mile walker/dog walker. In some instances, discounts will be available - including for early registrants.

How much fundraising will I have to do?

When you register to participate in this event, you will have the opportunity to establish your own personal fundraising goal—which you can then continue to track on your own personal fundraising web page.  We suggest a ballpark fundraising goal of $150—adjusting this amount up if you think it won't be much of a stretch, or down if it seems unrealistic (either way, check out our Fundraising Toolkit for some tips to get you started).  

As much as we encourage Race Day participants to help raise money for our cause, however, it is not required: you do have to pay a registration fee to participate as either a runner or a walker in this event, but you won't be obliged to do anything additional.

Where does the money go?

All proceeds from this event will enable Community Access to make an even bigger difference in helping to end homelessness, and transform the lives of our most vulnerable community members: individuals recovering from psychiatric disabilities, people who have been homeless, young people aging out of foster care, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, veterans, and victims of trauma and abuse.

Here are some examples of how:

  • $50 offers hot meals for a participant
  • $100 helps provide substance abuse counseling services
  • $250 supports health and wellness programs and counseling for a participant
  • $500 provides supplies and instruction for a participant in our art program
  • $1,000 provides counseling, GED participation, computer classes, and financial literacy training for an East Village Access participant
  • $2,500 enables an individual to participate in our Howie the Harp job-training program in Harlem

What happens if I register, but am then unable to participate?

We would hope that you continue to support the important work of Community Access, and, of course, you'd be more than welcome to participate in other future Race for Our Community events.  In order to cover the administrative costs of hosting this event, however, registration fees are non-refundable.

What’s the best way for me to tell others about this event?

Get creative...  Word-of-mouth, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, and good old-fashioned email (!) will all help to make Race for Our Community an event to remember.  Check out the Get Social section of this website (using the drop-down menu above), and, if you haven't already done so, "Like" Community Access on Facebook: your one-stop place for Community Access news, photos, and more!



To whom should donation checks be made out?

Please make all checks payable to “Community Access, Inc.”

Where do I mail donations?

Attention: Development Department
Community Access, Inc.
2 Washington Street, 9th Floor
New York,  NY 10004

Note: clearly write the name of whom you are sponsoring on the check or on a separate piece of paper; otherwise, your donation would be credited as a general donation.



What should I do to start raising funds for Community Access?

There are lots of fun and creative ways to raise money for our cause—check out the Fundraiser Toolkit section of this website for some hints and tips to get you started!

What is Kintera?

Kintera is an online service provider offering internet fundraising solutions to charitable organizations.  Through the website you can register for the event, collect donations from family and friends, and more.

How can I customize my personal fundraising page?

You can customize your fundraising web page in two ways: (1) by uploading a photo, and (2) by writing a personal message.  You can do either of these things as soon as you register, or later—and you can change your message and photo at any time. 

Note: registering will automatically result in you getting a personal fundraising page, whether or not you opt to subsequently use it.  This means you'll have a unique website address (URL) to share with other people.

Will Kintera help me keep track of who has donated to me?

Yes.  Your personal fundraising web page will include a scrolling list of everyone who donates to you, and you'll also receive an automatic email notification every time someone makes a donation in support of you (you can opt out of receiving these emails, if you prefer not to get them).

Note: if someone chooses to make a donation in support of you anonymously, you will only see that a donation has been made and not who made it.

Is my information secure?

Yes.  Kintera has made every effort to protect your information.  It uses industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the internet.

What if I need some technical support?

The Kintera system is designed to be as user-friendly as possible—but if ever you could use a helping-hand, contact Jon Curtis via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone: (212) 780-1400, ext. 7218.



What are the health benefits of running/exercise?

The benefits of getting into running can be endless.  For starters, it’s an easy way of improving your physical health. Running regularly will improve your cardiovascular wellbeing, making your heart and lungs healthier.  It can also help you lose weight—especially if combined with a healthy diet.  There’s even a lot of evidence that shows how running increases bone density in some people, which can help guard against osteoporosis.

And then there are the mental benefits of keeping fit.  Regular exercise can help boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal, and can also be a great stress reliever.  For many, it’s been shown to combat depression, too.

What’s the best way of preparing for the big day?

No matter how much running experience you have, there are plenty of different ways to train for a 5K run, and to adopt a more healthy lifestyle.  Visit the Runner/Walker Training Tips section of this website for some top tips to get you going.  And take a look at our Health & Wellness Guide, to see how Race for Our Community can play a role in helping you to be fitter, healthier, and happier!

What should I wear for a 5K run?

You don't need a lot of expensive equipment to get started in running.  However, there are certain things that can make your running more comfortable and enjoyable—especially if you get used to your gear over time, during training.

  • Footwear
    It is important that you have suitable footwear for running.  Most sports manufacturers have a range of specialist running footwear to suit different running styles.  Why not visit your local specialist running retailer or sportswear store so that they can recommend the most suitable footwear for you.  (If it’s a good store, they might also be able to offer some advice on many other aspects of your running such as local running routes and running clubs.)
  • Clothing
    The right clothing can make your running a more comfortable experience.  Sports manufacturers have developed specialist fabrics that provide “moisture management”—drawing moisture (sweat) away from the skin—to keep you relatively dry during your runs.  Shorts and a t-shirt will suffice in most weather conditions.  But when it gets colder think about layering—perhaps a long sleeved t-shirt and a wind- or rain-proof jacket.  Full length running tights are also an option.
  • Equipment
    Sport specific eyewear offers protection from sun, wind and insects during training.  Suitable sunglasses should be lightweight and should ideally have wrap around protection.  Some also offer interchangeable lenses and a head hugging fit for maximum comfort.  Sun screen is also important for sunny days, even when it's not so warm.  And many people like to listen to music while they run.  Small digital music players are very light and can be strapped to your arm: remember, though, that if you are listening to music you will be less aware of your surroundings and take extra care when crossing roads or paths to ensure that there are no cars or cyclists approaching.


Can I bring my dog to the Party at Battery Park?


What kinds of food and refreshments will be available?

For all Race Day runners and walkers, we'll make sure that water is readily available, plus fresh fruit and bagels. And afterwards, at the "Party at Battery Park," all sorts of food and drink will be on offer—sampling plates, healthy snacks, some freebies, dog treats, and more.

Will there be any event keepsakes available, as a memento of my participation?

Most definitely!  In addition to Race Day t-shirts, we'll also have Community Access mugs, tote bags, and pens. Plus many copies of C, the in-house magazine of Community Access.

Where is a parking garage close to 2 Washington Street?

State Pearl Garage
1 Battery Park Plz #2
New York, NY 10004

This is about a 5 minute walk to the morning registration tables at 2 Washington Street.  The cost is $20 for the day.


Will I have to sign some kind of legal disclaimer before participating in this event...  (you know, in case it results in my being injured or some such thing)?

In short, yes.  When you register for Race for Our Community you'll be asked to "agree" to the following legal statement:

By agreeing to this Waiver and Release, I understand the intent thereof, and I hereby agree to release from responsibility and waive all claims against the Community Access non-profit organization, the organizers of the Race for our Community Run/Walk event, corporate sponsors, cooperating organizations, and any other parties connected with this event in anyway, or person, singly or collectively, for any blame or liability, demand, injury, harm, loss of property, or damage I might sustain as a result of participation in the Race for our Community Run/Walk and activities associated therewith. I fully accept and assume all risks and all responsibility for losses, costs and damages I incur as a result of my participation in this event. I certify that I have read this waiver, fully understood that I have given up substantial rights by agreeing to this waiver and have acknowledged this waiver freely of my own will and accord. I confirm that the information provided to be correct. I agree that I will adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by Community Access and the Race for our Community Run/Walk event.

I also give full permission for the use of my name and photograph in connection with this event.