EVENT FAQ'S

General Information

When is the Anti-Cancer Challenge weekend?

The Anti-Cancer Challenge weekend is June10-11, 2017. Please view the schedule below for the weekend breakdown.

Saturday, June 10 2017: Anti-Cancer Challenge Festival

This is not your typical packet pickup. Enjoy live entertainment, a children’s ride, a stationary bike event, food from local vendors, craft beer and exhibits. Entry to the festival is free, so bring the whole family.

If you are interested in becoming a exhibitor at the festival, please fill out the Exhibitor Application

Sunday, June 11 2017: Anti-Cancer Challenge Ride and Run Day

Cycle for Cures

Whether you are a beginner or an avid cyclist, we have the route for you. Riders of all ages and abilities will begin their scenic ride through Orange County at Angel Stadium. Start times will be staggered based on route. All rides conclude at Angel Stadium for the finish line celebration. The fully supported ride includes well stocked rest stops and mobile support, as well as a lively festival with food and entertainment.

All riders must wear a helmet throughout the duration of the ride. All rides follow Rules of the Road, meaning you will be riding with car traffic and must obey traffic laws. Check out the Safety page for more information. 

Route details will be provided closer to the ride weekend, check back for more information.

Run for Research

Make strides for cancer research! The 5K Run will begin at Angel Stadium at 9:00a.m. The run will conclude at Angel Stadium for the finish line celebration. The 5K Run is timed, however if you're not interested in beating the clock you can conquer the miles at your own pace. 

Timing results and photos will be posted on the website after the run. Remember your bib number to look up your results. We recommend taking a picture of your bib with your cell phone so you have your number ready after 

For more information on the 5K, visit the Run section. 

Can I register the morning of the event?

Based on the route safety capacity, day-of registration may be available for some routes.

Where can I stay for the weekend? 

Ayres Hotel Anaheim
2550 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 634-2106
http://www.ayreshotels.com/ayres-hotel-anaheim

TownePlace Suites by Marriott
1730 S State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 939-9700
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/snats-towneplace-suites-anaheim-maingate-near-angel-stadium/

Do I have to pay for parking at Angels Stadium?

There is no fee for parking for the Anti-Cancer Challenge. 

What is a Virtual Participant?

You don’t need a bike or sneakers to join the fight. Become a virtual participant and set a fundraising goal, build a profile, and begin raising funds for research. Virtual participants also have access to fundraising tools and the Anti-Cancer Challenge support to reach your fundraising goal.

What if it rains?

The event is a rain or shine event. While we don’t anticipate rain in June in beautiful Orange County, California, be prepared for a challenge in the rain. 

Can I withdraw from the event?

You can cancel your participation in the Anti-Cancer Challenge. Your donation at the time of registration is non-transferable and non-refundable.

How old do I need to be to participate in the Anti-Cancer Challenge?

  • You must be 12 years of age or older to participate as a rider or stationary bike rider and do not require adult supervision. Riders years 12-18 must have a legal guardian sign a waiver at the event. 
  • Children must be ages 3-11 to participate in the Children’s Ride.
  • Volunteers must be 14 years or older to participate.
  • You can be any age to be a virtual rider.
  • Runners must be 3 years of age or older to participate in the 5K Run. Participants 12-18 must have a legal guardian sign a waiver at the event. 

Can I bring my dog/pet event weekend?

While we love our four-legged friends, dogs and other pets are not permitted to join in the weekend festivities with the exception of service animals. The event is not stocked to support pets (dog bags, water stations, etc.), it is difficult to monitor animal safety, and other participants may have allergies or phobias. Unless you have a service animal, please leave your pet at home.

RIDER QUESTIONS

What are the cycling routes and how do I choose the best route for me?

The Anti-Cancer Challenge offers multiple cycling route options. The ride is not a race, so you will be able to take your time to complete your ride. We encourage you to register for a route that you are physically comfortable riding. You may want to consider consulting with a health professional to help determine the best route for you. Please know the 100 mile route will require significant training.

All rides will depart from Angel Stadium. We have selected a scenic route through the Santa Ana River Trail and by the ocean.

For more information, visit the Routes page. 

Can I ride a recumbent or tandem bicycle?

Yes, but each rider on the tandem bicycle will need to register separately and each rider must meet his/her own individual fundraising commitment for the route that is chosen.

Where can I find training tips?

Reference our Training page for tips to help you achieve your goal. We also encourage you to join a team, complete regular training rides or connect with other participants on our Facebook page to train together.

What kind of support is provided on the route?

We will have rest stops every 10-20 miles where you can hydrate, rest, grab a snack or seek mechanical or medical support. We’ll also have SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles on course if you need help and/or a lift back to Angel Stadium for any reason.

What do I need to know about rider safety and the rules of the road?

All riders need to follow the rules of the road, meaning the roads are open to car traffic and all riders are required to follow the same laws as vehicles/ drivers (e.g. stopping at stop signs and traffic lights). Visit our Safety page for more information.

Every rider is required to wear a bike helmet. Volunteers will be checking for helmets at the start line, and Ride Marshalls will make sure they are worn for the entire ride.

Can I allow someone else to ride in my place?

Your registration as a rider in the Anti-Cancer Challenge is not transferrable. Even if you cannot ride in the Anti-Cancer Challenge for any reason, including any illness or injury that may limit or preclude your participation, you will not be able to allow another person to ride for you.

Does my registration fee count toward my fundraising commitment?

Yes, when you register you kick off your fundraising with a $50 donation. The donation counts toward your fundraising goal. 

Is my registration fee and donations refunded if I withdraw from the ride?

You can cancel your participation in the Anti-Cancer Challenge. The donation made at the time of registration is non-transferable and non-refundable. You can update your participation status as a virtual participant by writing to Anti-CancerChallenge@uci.edu.

Donations made in support of your ride are also non-transferable and non-refundable.

What is the minimum fundraising commitment for my route?

Achieving the fundraising commitment associated with your route helps to further the Anti-Cancer Challenge goal to find cancer cures and save lives. While you are only required to meet your fundraising commitment, we encourage overachievement. The individual commitments are as follows:

  • 10 mile- commitment to raise $500 for cancer research
  • 30 mile- commitment to raise $500 for cancer research
  • 60 mile- commitment to raise $1,000 for cancer research
  • 100 mile- commitment to raise $1,000 for cancer research

What if I don't reach my fundraising commitment?

If you don't reach your fundraising goal by Thursday, June 8, 2017 your credit card will be charged for the remainder of your fundraising commitment. We recommend you get started on your fundraising commitment early so you have plenty of time to reach your goal. If you increase your fundraising goal to exceed your fundraising commitment, you will only be charged for the remainder of your fundraising commitment, so set your goal high!

For example, if your fundraising commitment is to raise $1,000 but you increased your fundraising goal to $1,500, if you have only raised $900 by the deadline of June 8, 2017, $100 will be charged to your credit card.

Check out the Rider Fundraising Guide for more information. 

How do I get started fundraising?

The Anti-Cancer Challenge has great tools to help you reach your fundraising commitment. Once you register, we will provide you with a fundraising guide and contact you to walk you through the fundraising process. With easy steps and support, you will be rolling in no time!

Check out the Rider Fundraising Guide for more information. 

When is my deadline to hit my fundraising commitment?

If you don't reach your fundraising goal by Thursday, June 8, 2017 your credit card will be charged for the remainder of your fundraising commitment. We recommend you get started on your fundraising commitment early so you have plenty of time to reach your goal. If you increase your fundraising goal to exceed your fundraising commitment, you will only be charged for the remainder of your fundraising commitment, so set your goal high!

For example, if your fundraising commitment is to raise $1,000 but you increased your fundraising goal to $1,500, if you have only raised $900 by the deadline of June 8, 2017, $100 will be charged to your credit card.

The Anti-Cancer Challenge will allow you to raise funds until Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:59p.m. to count towards Top Fundraiser Clubs. 

Check out the Rider Fundraising Guide for more information. 

Do I need a credit card to participate?

Yes, your credit card is required at registration to pay your non-refundable donation. This credit card will be charged for your fundraising commitment should you not meet your fundraising commitment. If you are unable to fundraise the full amount, any remaining balance will be charged to your credit card on file on Thursday, June 8, 2017. 

What should I bring with me on ride day?

  • Any donations you still need to turn in. Don’t forget to include the Offline Donation Form for each payment.
  • Rider bib and other information from your Rider Packet
  • Water bottle
  • A cycling helmet
  • Weather- appropriate clothing
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Any needed medication and insurance card
  • Cell phone for emergencies
  • Driver’s license or other identification
  • Your bicycle!

TEAM QUESTIONS

How many people do I need to start a team?

Teams are comprised of two or more people. However, we encourage you to rally at least ten team members for your team. Teams may include riders of any distance, 5K runners, virtual participants, stationary bike riders, or volunteers.

How do I start a team?

Have your team name ready before you begin. Start your team registration by selecting Form a Team on the Register page. By starting a team, you become a Team Captain. Once you complete registration, you can log in to your participant center to invite team members. Let team members know to select your team when they register as an individual rider, runner, volunteer or virtual participant. 

Can a 5K runner, virtual rider, stationary bike rider, or volunteer be on my team even though I am a rider?

Yes, we welcome anyone who is willing to fundraise for cancer research to join a team. All 5K runners, virtual riders, riders of any distance or pace, and volunteers are encouraged to form a team. Get everyone involved to create a cancer free world.

Can members of a team ride different routes/ distances?

Yes, teams can include riders of any distance or pace, 5K runners, virtual participants, stationary bike event riders and volunteers on a team. Team members select their participation at the time of registration. Get everyone involved to create a cancer free world.

Can I transfer my donations to another team member?

No, donations made to an individual team member can only go toward that team member.

Can I form a team of volunteers?

Yes, teams of volunteers are welcome. You can also invite riders of any distance or pace, 5K runners, stationary riders and virtual participants to join your team. 

5K RUN QUESTIONS

How far is a 5K?

5K is 3.1 miles.

What if I can't run the whole thing?

No problem, this 5K Run is walker friendly. Most people on the course will alternate running and walking. Some participants will walk the whole way. Whatever your speed, join us in creating a cancer free world.

Is the 5K Race timed?

Yes, this race is timed. However, if you are not interested in beating the clock, you can take a jog, take a brisk walk, or even a leisurely stroll for cancer research.

Keep in mind runners line up according to how they think they will finish- fast runners in the front, slow runners in the back, walkers behind runners. This prevents congestion on the course. You want to be amongst the participants who will be running, or walking, the same pace as you. You don’t want to be passed by a crowd of people, and you don’t want to be dodging and weaving around people slower than you.

Here is a quick guide to help you line up:

  • 9 min or less/ mile: Head straight to the front of the line, you are fast!
  • 9-10 min/ mile:  Quick runners line up just behind the fast runners in the front.
  • 10-12 min/ mile: You are a jogger, head to the middle of the line.
  • Run/ walk mix: If you plan to mix jogging and walking, head back behind the joggers in the middle of the line.
  • Walkers/ strollers: Stay to the back of the line and take your time.

I am new to racing, what is a bib?

A race bib is a number that you pin to the front of your shirt so race officials know you are an official participant. You also want to make sure photographers on the course clearly see your bib so you can use your bib number to find your race photos. You will also use your bib number to check your timing after the race.

It is important to have your bib securely fastened on your shirt so you are not uncomfortable during the race. When you pick up your race packet, you will be given a race bib, four safety pins, and a timing chip. Position your bib on your shirt and pin one corner at a time starting with the top of the bib. It is best to positon the bib across your abdomen and not your chest. Make sure the bib is not too low as it will move a lot if it is close to your legs.

Once I complete the race, how will I know my timing?

On race day you will receive a bib and a timing chip. The chip will monitor how long it takes you to complete the 5K. After the race, visit Anti-CancerChallenge.org and look up your timing. You will need your bib number to retrieve your timing. You may want to take a picture of your bib with your cell phone after the race to have your bib number easily on hand.

Do you have awards?

Yes, we will have awards the day of the event. You must be present at the event to receive your award. Sorry, we do not mail awards.

  • Best team jersey/ shirt (includes all teams, not just runners)
  • Most spirit (includes all teams, not just runners)
  • Largest team (includes all teams, not just runners)
  • Top Fundraising Team (includes all teams, not just runners)
  • Best overall: first male and female across the finish line for the 5K run

How do I stay safe on the course?

EMT’s are on site in case an emergency arises. Participate in the event at your own risk and you must agree to the waiver before participating.

Can I participate with a medical condition, or while pregnant?

Consult with your doctor to determine your participation in the event. Medical advice is best left to your personal or family doctor.

Are baby joggers and strollers allowed on the 5K Run?

If you choose to run with a baby jogger or stroller, you must line up in the back of all the runners. It is your responsibility to make sure the jogger or stroller does not impede other runners.

You must take extra precaution for your safety, your child’s safety, and the safety of other runners around you. We reserve the right to pull any person from the race who is endangering other runners or themselves.

Can I bring my dog/ Pet to run with me?

While we love our four-legged friends, dogs and other pets are not permitted to race in the 5K Run with the exception of service animals. The course is not stocked to support pup runs (dog bags, water stations, etc.), it is difficult to monitor doggie and runner safety, and other runners may have allergies or dog phobias. Unless you have a service animal, please leave your pet at home.

Can my family and friends come to watch me run?

Spectators are welcome free of charge. But why not invite them to join you? If they are not interested in taking a walk or getting on a bike, they can always join as a volunteer.

What kind of support is provided on the run?

Water stations and first aid will be available along the 5K course.

What is the fundraising commitment to participate in the 5K Run?

5K Runners have a fundraising commitment of $50, which is made as a self donation at the time of registration. However, we hope to raise as much money as possible for cancer research, so don’t be afraid to increase your goal. The more you raise, the more you earn. Check out the incentives on the Top Fundraiser Club page for more information. Runners have access to fundraising tools to make fundraising easy and fun.

Check out the Runner Fundraising Guide for more information. 

Does my registration fee count towards my fundraising commitment?

Yes, the donation made at the time of registration kicks off your fundraising and counts towards your fundraising commitment. 

How do I get started fundraising?

The most important step towards your fundraising goal is setting up your participant profile in the Participant Center. Once you register, you can set up your personal profile and get started fundraising. Don’t forget to download the Runner Guide with tips and tricks to get you started fundraising. You can also review our Donation FAQ’s. With easy steps and support, you will be making big strides in no time!

Can a 5K runner start a team?

Yes, 5K Runners can start teams. To start a team, begin your registration and select START A TEAM to set up your team information. Have your team name ready before you begin. By starting a team, you become a Team Captain. Let team members know to select your team when they register. Teams may include runners, riders of any distance, volunteers or virtual participants.

Is there an age minimum to participate in the 5K Run?

All 5K Run participants must register, and must be 3 years of age or older. Any 5K Run participant under the age of 18 should have adult permission and supervision on site during the event. All 5K Run participants will be required to accept the terms of a waiver.

What should I bring with me on run day?

  • Any donations you still need to turn in. Don’t forget to include the Offline Donation Form for each payment.
  • Runner bib, timing chip and other information from your 5K Run Packet.
  • Water bottle.
  • Weather- appropriate clothing.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Any needed medication and insurance card.
  • Cell phone for emergencies.
  • Driver’s license or other identification.

Can I register the morning of the event?

Based on the course safety capacity, day-of registration may be available.

What if it rains?

The 5K Run is a rain or shine event. While we don’t anticipate rain in June in beautiful Orange County, California, be prepared for a run in the rain.

Can I withdraw from the event?

You can cancel your participation in 5K Run. Your registration fee is non-transferable and non-refundable.

Is my donation refunded if I withdraw from the the 5K Run?

You can cancel your participation in the 5K Run. the donation you make at the time of registration is  non-transferable and non-refundable. You can update your participation status as a virtual participant by writing to Anti-CancerChallenge@uci.edu.

Donations made in support of your run are also non-transferable and non-refundable.

Can I allow someone else to run in my place?

No, your registration as a 5K Run participant is never transferrable. Even if you cannot run for any reason, including any illness or injury that may limit or preclude your participation, you will not be able to allow another person to run for you.

PARTICIPANT CENTER QUESTIONS

What is a participant center?

Every registered participant has access to a personal fundraising page; we call this a Participant Center.

The Participant Center allows you to manage your personal web page and fundraising activity. You can share your personal webpage with friends and family, by simply clicking on a link in an email, text, or Facebook post. This page is a way to share with others why you are participating in the Anti-Cancer Challenge, and it makes it easy for people to donate.

Your Participant Center also includes email templates asking for donations and sending thank you emails. It also allows you to view donation progress, and add a photo or video to your fundraising page.

VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT QUESTIONS

What is a virtual participant?

Don’t want to ride or run but still want to beat cancer? Ditch the bike and the sneakers to join us as a virtual participant to fundraise without breaking a sweat. Set a fundraising goal, build a profile, and begin raising funds for research. Virtual participants also have access to fundraising tools and Anti-Cancer Challenge support to reach your fundraising goal.

Is there a registration fee to become a virtual participant?

No, a donation is encouraged to participate as a virtual participant. This donation is tax-deductible to the maximum allowable extent and will help kick-start your fundraising efforts.

What is the fundraising commitment to become a virtual participant?

A fundraising commitment is not required for virtual participants. At the Anti-Cancer Challenge, we hope to raise as much money for cancer research. We encourage you to set the bar high!

Can a virtual participant start a team?

Yes, virtual participants can start teams.  Have your team name ready before you begin. Then start your registration and select Form a Team to set up your team information. By starting a team, you become a Team Captain. Let your team members know to select your team when they register.

VOLUNTEER QUESTIONS

How do I register to volunteer?

Register online to become a volunteer. Volunteers can also participate on teams with other volunteers or riders.

Is there a registration fee to volunteer?

No, there is not a registration fee to volunteer.

Is there a fundraising minimum to volunteer?

Volunteers are encouraged, but not required, to fundraise. We encourage every volunteer to donate $25. Volunteers have the ability to create a profile, and have access to the Anti-Cancer Challenge fundraising tools. Volunteers have the ability to make a big impact, so get started fundraising today—you may be surprised how many people are excited to support lifesaving cancer research.

Can a volunteer start a team?

Yes, volunteers can start teams.  Have your team name ready before you begin. Then start your registration and select Form a Team to set up your team information. By starting a team, you become a Team Captain. Let your team members know to select your team when they register.

Is there an age minimum to volunteer?

All volunteers must register, and must be 14 years of age or older. Any volunteer under the age of 18 should have adult permission and supervision on site during the event. All volunteers will be required to accept the terms of a waiver.

Please refrain from bringing small children during your volunteer activity. If you would like to have your family join you at a start, rest stop, or finish line, we encourage them to come and cheer on riders or runners but please arrange for another adult to monitor children during your volunteer shift.

What types of volunteer opportunities are there?

We have a wide variety of volunteer positions available before and during event weekend. After you register, we will contact you to schedule the right position and time for you. 

What if I need to switch jobs or cancel?

The Anti-Cancer Challenge depends on our volunteers to ensure a safe and successful event. If you are unable to volunteer after you have committed to a job, or if you need to change your position, please contact us at Anti-CancerChallenge@uci.edu.

What should I wear when I volunteer?

When you check in for your shift, you will receive an Anti-Cancer Challenge volunteer t-shirt. Please wear your t-shirt during your volunteer shift. Wear lightweight fabrics, comfortable closed-toe shoes, and don’t forget sunscreen. All activities will be outdoors and volunteers will likely be on their feet for a majority of their shift. You may also want to bring sunglasses, a water bottle, a hat, or layers to plan for inclement weather.

There will not be a place available to store your personal belongings. Please keep your personal belongings to a minimum and plan to keep track of them throughout your volunteer shift.

Do I need to bring my own snacks and meals during my shift?

A meal and water will be provided to volunteers. If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please plan accordingly.

SPONSORSHIP/ CORPORATE PARTNERS QUESTIONS

How can my company become a sponsor?

Contact the Anti-Cancer Challenge Executive Director, Jennifer Sarrail, at (714) 456-8553 or jsarrail@uci.edu.

What are the benefits of becoming a sponsor?

As an Anti-Cancer Challenge corporate sponsor, you will receive mass marketing and media exposure, collateral, direct mail and promotions, and on site and post event benefits. We work with each of our corporate partners to increase visibility, enhance customer loyalty, market to a target audience, showcase good corporate citizenship and provide opportunities to engage employees.

Is it possible to contribute goods, services, or time as opposed to financial sponsorship?

Yes, in addition to underwriting event costs, you can contribute in the following ways:

  • Donate goods or services: Your organization may be recognized as an in-kind sponsor based on the level of expense-reducing contribution.
  • Create a team: join co-workers, business friends and clients to ride, run or volunteer and fundraise together as a corporate team. As a corporate sponsor, you can:
    • Pledge your employees registration fees
    • Donate to your employee riders
    • Promote the ride in common areas of your building
  • Volunteer as a group: encourage colleagues to join the event as a volunteer or host a rest stop.
  • Matching Gifts: an easy way for participants to double their donations. Please contact us if you would like to be included on our Matching Gift list.

Contact the Anti-Cancer Challenge Executive Director, Jennifer Sarrail, for more information at (714)456-8553 or jsarrail@uci.edu.

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