For any other questions, please contact the Jim Tracy 5k to Defeat ALS Staff & Committee firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How do I register? A: You can register online in three ways: 1. Join a Team -- If you are joining an existing team that a friend started, you can search for the team name and register as a participant on the team. 2. Start a Team -- If you plan to be the team captain of a new (or new to 2022) team and are ready to hit the pavement, you can start a new team during registration. 3. Join as an Individual -- If you are signing up to walk or run on your own, you can register as an individual.
After you pass the first page of registration, you will be able to sign up as a runner, walker, virtual participant, or volunteer.
Q: What are the costs involved? A: Each participant will pay a registration fee to secure their entry into the 2022 Jim Tracy 5k to Defeat ALS. This registration fee helps to pay for the expenses incurred to participate in the event (food and support on event-day, permitting, etc.). To find the registration fee schedule, please visit our Event Details Page here.
Q: Do I have to fundraise? A: It is suggested that participants fundraise a minimum of $100 by the day of the event. If you are a first-time fundraiser or are interested in learning more, check out our Fundraising Tools. Our staff is another resource for you and we will be here for you at every step of the way! Don’t hesitate to reach out and we can come up with a fundraising plan together!
Q: What happens if I am not able to raise $100 by event-day? A: Ultimately, if you do not reach our suggested minimum we will not penalize you for it, but we appreciate your sincere effort as the funds you raise directly support the Golden West Chapter of The ALS Association's efforts to find effective treatments and cures for ALS.
Q: My friends might start a team, can I register as an individual now and switch to their team later? A: Of course! We can easily move you onto a team if you choose. Just email usand let us know!
Q: Do I have to join a team? A: Nope. You can participate as an individual – or on a team! Whatever works best for you.
Q: When does the event start? A: Here is the current day-of schedule *
7:00 AM - Volunteers Arrive 8:00 AM - Day-Of Registration Opens 8:15 AM - Check-In / Bib Pick-up Opens 8:50 AM - Line Up at the Start Line Arch 9:00 AM - Race Begins 10:00 AM - Awards Ceremony
* Schedule is subject to change. Be sure to keep up to date with the day-of schedule and event details by visiting our Event Details page.
Q: Is there a deadline for online registration? If so, will I be able to register at the event? A: The deadline for online registrations is by Noon (pacific time) on Friday, April 22. We encourage you and your friends / family to register as early as possible to make the biggest impact for our ALS community. If you are not registered before this deadline, you will be able to register at the event on Sunday, April 24. To see the registration schedule, please visit our Event Details page.
Q: Can I participate in the Jim Tracy 5k to Defeat ALS if I am under 18? A: Yes, all ages are welcome. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their participation waiver during registration.
Q: What if my family or friends want to join me? A: The more the merrier! In fact, why not start a team? If you need any help getting a team started, don't hesitate to email us!
Q: What happens if the Jim Tracy 5k has to transition into a virtual event? A: In the event that the Jim Tracy 5k to Defeat ALS has to transition into a virtual event, your registration fee will turn into a much-needed donation to the Golden West Chapter of The ALS Association and will also count toward your fundraising total (and earning our awesome Jim Tracy 5k fundraising incentives!).
Q: What are the COVID-19 Safety Protocols for this event? A: For detailed information regarding our safety protocols for this event, please visit our COVID-19 Safety Protocols page here.
Q: What are the route options? A: This year we are offering both a timed 5k race, as well as an option to walk the 5k or our 1 mile route. All of these routes start and end together in Golden Gate Park. To see the routes, please visit our Event Details page.
Fundraising and Financial Questions
Q: What is the deductibility of my donors' contribution? A: The ALS Association Golden West Chapter is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Registration fees are not accepted as tax deductible.
Q: What is the Jim Tracy 5k to Defeat ALS's Tax ID? A: We will be using the Tax ID for The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, which is 95-4163338.
Q: How do I turn in donations made by cash or check? A: Please download the donation form and include it to ensure we give your team full credit for your fundraising efforts. You can mail your donations to the Golden West Chapter office:
The ALS Association Golden West Chapter Attn: Jim Tracy 5k to Defeat ALS PO Box 7082 Woodland Hills, CA 91365
Q: Is it safe to mail cash? A: It is NOT safe to mail cash. If you would prefer to convert it to a check to mail to the office, please include the donation form so that we can mail acknowledgement letters to your supporters.
Q: What if my donors need a receipt? A: Donors who make an online donation via our website will receive an email confirmation that can be used for tax purposes. Those who send checks valued $100 or more will receive a thank you letter by mail that can be used for tax purposes. If you have a donor who needs a receipt, please let us know and we will be happy to provide one. Also, if you turn in donations within 2 weeks before or after the event, please let us know if one of those donors needs a receipt.
Q: Do matching gifts count? A: Yes! Employer matching gifts are a great way to double your fundraising. For detailed information about matching gifts, please click here.
Q: Where does the money go? A: We work hard to make sure every dollar you donate has maximum impact on the fight against ALS. From patient programs to cutting-edge research, your fundraising efforts for the Jim Tracy 5K to Defeat ALS will never go to waste. We pride ourselves in functioning with a high standard of efficiency. Click here to learn more.
Q: What is a Personal Page? A: Your Personal Page is an online promotional tool to use when asking your friends and family to join your team or make a donation. Once you're registered, a personal page is automatically created for you. You can customize this page with photos and your personal story by logging into your Participant Center. Our staff is here to help you every step of the way.
Q: How do I login to my Participant Center? A: To login to your Participant Center, you will enter your username and password into the Participant Center Login Area at the top right of the event’s website. Once you’ve entered your username and password, you will be taken to the homepage of your Participant Center.
Q: What if I forget my username or password? A: If you do not remember your username that you set up during registration, just contact our staff and they can look it up for you. If you do not remember your password, the link under the login area will help you reset your password – or you can always give us a call!
Q: Do I have to change my Personal Page? A: You don't have to, but we know from experience that the participant’s personal touch makes the page more compelling to prospective donors. Be creative and have fun with it. Please know we are here to help you do this.
Q: How do I change my personal fundraising goal? A: Login to your Participant Center. At the top of that page, you'll see your current goal and a link to change it directly below it. Or you can contact us and we can do it for you.
Q: How can I see who has donated on my behalf? A: Login to your Participant Center. Click the Progress tab at the top of the page, then scroll down to view your donor list. You can also download a list of your supporters from this page.
Q: How can I see who is on my team? A: Login to your Participant Center, then click on “View Team Roster” from the navigation on the right side of the page.
Here are some helpful videos to help you navigate your Participant Center: