"Run for our children so they can stop running from war." Run for War Child USA
(385 days ago)
Relay Basics: United Relay 101
Can I wear headphones during the run?
Sure. Though because we care about your safety we’re only allowing runners to use OPEN EAR headphones during their stage.
Can I send a check donation instead of donating online?
Yes, of course. Please make checks payable to the United Relay of America Fund and send to:
United Relay of America Fund, Suite B1L, 420 12th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11215
How do I contact other runners?
You can send a message to another runner via their profile page. Once you’ve established contact you’ll be able to swap email addresses and cell phone numbers.
How much does it cost?
It costs $50 to run a standard stage and $25 for a group stage. Registration fees will be used to cover the organizational costs of the United Relay of America with any surplus donated to the charity partners.
How will we know if the relay is on schedule?
You can track the relay’s progress online via our live map. The GPS device attached to the baton will update its location on the map every 15 minutes. All runners must carry a cell phone and keep in close contact with the people running two stages before and after them.
Is there a support vehicle?
A United Relay crew will be driving the routes from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles meeting in New York City, catching up with the relay at various points. They will not be following the relay 24/7. You are required to arrange for a friend or family member to support you during your run.
Should I get the media involved?
Sure thing! Get in touch with your local paper, radio and TV stations and tell them what you’re doing and why. And, if you’ve got contacts who can help put the United Relay of America on the national news agenda too - terrific!
Should I notify the local police?
Depending on where you’re running you might like to get in touch with the local Sheriff or police patrol officer to let them know what you’re going to be up to. They may even be able to provide a vehicle escort if required.
What if I am unable to run my stage?
You must notify the organizers immediately by emailing [email protected] with the subject line ‘URGENT: I CANNOT RUN MY STAGE’. If you are the lead runner on your stage and no other runners have signed up to join you, please do your best to help find a replacement runner. We regret that no refunds on registration fees can be given.
What is a group stage?
Group stages take place in major cities along the route. They are shorter and designed to encourage mass participation.
Where does the money go?
All pledges and donations made via the United Relay of America website will be collected by the United Relay of America Fund, a fund of Arms Around the Child. Pledges and donations made to this fund will be passed on to the beneficiary charities to help change the lives of children, families and communities around the world. Arms Around the Child is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN# 45-4389547
Who are Concern Universal?
Established in 1976, Concern Universal is an international development charity that has helped over 43million people in Africa, Latin-America and Asia lift themselves out of poverty. Concern Universal has an in-house team with specialized knowledge in coast-to-coast relays across America and have developed the idea of the United Relay of America. Concern Universal has funded and organized this event.
Who can run?
Anyone can run, provided they're able to maintain an average pace of 11 minutes per mile for the duration of a stage. U18s must run with a responsible adult and have signed authorization from their legal guardian.
Will the relay run to time?
It is the joint responsibility of all runners to keep the relay running to time. Please do everything in your power to prevent delays. We’re all relying on you!
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