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Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you have to be an experienced runner to participate?
Absolutely not! This race is great for the first time walker/ runner to the competitive runner. It is a fun, family event designed for people of all ages and conditions to be able to complete the course. Water stops will be provided along the route for you to stop and catch your breath if needed. You can chose to participate in the 1 mile run/ walk which begins at 6:15 or the 5K run/walk which begins at 6:30.


I am a competitive runner. Is your course certified?
Yes. The race course USATF certification number is LA10002JF.


Where does the race take place?
The entire race course (for both the 1 Mile and 5K events) takes place along Camellia Boulevard, between Silverstone Road and Eastland Drive. Download Course Map.


What time do the roads close?
Camellia Boulevard, from Silverstone Road to Eastland Drive, will be closed from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

What’s the timeline for the event?

  • 4:30pm – Registration, Pre-Registration & Wristband Tent open in Town Square
  • 5:00pm – Kids Zone & Milesy Mart opens
  • 5:45pm – Opening Ceremonies
  • 6:15pm – 1 mile race
  • 6:30pm – 5K race
  • Post Run Party in Town Square (food & drinks available)
  • 7:45pm – Gleaux Contest (must register between 5-7pm @ Info Tent)
  • 8:00pm – Awards Ceremony
  • 8:30pm – Camellia Blvd reopens
  • 9:30pm – Event ends

What comes with registration?
Registration will include:

  • Entry to Acadiana’s Fastest 5k and Family Fun Run!
  • Gleaux Gear* -- accessories to help you gleaux
  • Gleaux- in-the-dark Camellia Crossing t-shirt*
  • Race bib - Includes pull off tabs for one complimentary serving of a food item
    and two servings of drinks*
  • Timing chips (on race bib)
  • Celebration tag to wear in honor or support of a loved one
  • The most fun and rewarding experience you can have on Thanksgiving Eve!

*While supplies last.

What do you mean by gleaux?
We are adding a gleaux element (things that glow-in-the-dark and blink) to our event this year! Your registration fee will include a few items that gleaux and blink such as a necklace and bracelets. You can help us light up the night sky when you wear your gleaux items during the run/walk. Add as much gleaux or as little as you want, but awards will be given for the best gleaux! Click HERE to see some photos.


Will you have extra gleaux items available to purchase?
Yes, we will sell specialty gleaux items in Milesy Mart on race day starting at 5:00pm in Town Square. Fun and flashy blinking LED and gleaux accessories will be available to purchase. Additionally, we will have a few volunteers to help you loop and connect necklaces and bracelets. We want to help you get your gleaux on!


How do I participate in the Gleaux Contest?
Any individual or team interested in participating in the Gleaux Contest needs to register (no cost) at the Information Tent between 5:00pm-7:00pm. At 7:45pm, contestants will return to Information Tent for the judging. Awards given for best gleaux to one individual and one team.


Do I have to fundraise in order to participate in the race?
While, fundraising is not required, it is strongly encouraged. Don’t be shy, let your friends and family know that you are walking/running in Camellia Crossing to help local families fighting cancer! It can be as simple as rounding up your registration fee, or asking 5 friends to donate $5.00. Think of the difference the additional donations can make. 100% of you’re the money raised stays in Acadiana!

I’d love to give back! How do I begin fundraising?
Fundraising is easy with online tools. Upon registering for the race you will receive your own fundraising website. Here you can get the word out be emailing through your personal webpage, or posting on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Personalize your page and set a goal.
  • Ask for donations from friends and family, these can be made on your personal web page! Donations can even be made In Memory Of, In Honor Of, or In Celebration of a loved one.
  • Tell your friends and family to spread the word.

Can you give me an idea of what an additional donation will provide?

  • A $10 donation will provide a scarf or turban.
  • A $25 donation will provide a 1-week supply of nutritional supplements.
  • A$50donation will provide a wig and hat.
  • A$75donation will provide certain durable medical equipment (ex. walker, shower chair).
  • A$100donation will provide a bra and prosthesis following a mastectomy.


How will I know where to line up for the 1 Mile start?
From Town Square in River Ranch, it’s best to walk up Stonemont Road to Camellia Blvd. The 1 Mile starts at that intersection on the City Club side of Camellia Blvd. Download Course Map


How will I know where to line up for the 5K start?
From Town Square in River Ranch, we recommend you take Silverstone Road to Camellia Blvd. The 5K starts on the overpass on the tennis court side of Camellia Blvd. Download Course Map

Volunteers holding pace signs will be placed within the starting area so you can line up according to your estimated finishing race time. We ask that you allow the competitive runners to line up towards the front while our walkers, families, and children in strollers line up towards the back. (Remember, with chip timing at the start and finish, your actual start time will be captured when you cross the start line.)


How will my run/walk time be recorded?
Our event uses start/finish chip timing, which is a digital capture of individual start and finish times. Each race bib will have two disposable chips taped on the back. (Please do not remove the chips.) The start and finish lines have mats that you will cross. The timing chips will register your time as you cross the mats at both the start and finish lines.


Will all participants be timed?
We are excited to offer this benefit to all participants ages 6 & up. Children 5 & under will not be timed. Participants who wish to be timed MUST BE REGISTERED BY 6PM. Anyone who registers after 6pm will not receive a race bib.


Can I participate in both the 1 Mile and 5K events?
Yes; however, if you participate in both and your time is fast enough to place in the 1 Mile race, you will not be eligible for awards in the 5K race.


Will water be provided along the course?

Yes, three water stations will be provided along the course. (1 mile, 2 mile & finish line)


Are strollers allowed?
Yes, we just ask that you line up towards the back. Any child riding in a stroller should be a registered participant for safety purposes. Please note that children 5 & under will not be timed.


Are dogs, roller skates, skateboards, or bikes allowed on the course?
No, anything with four legs or wheels (besides strollers) should be left at home. Our insurance does not allow us to permit these on the race course.


What is packet pick-up?
This is a designated time and place to pick up your race bib with disposable timing chips, race shirt, gleaux gear, and other information about the event. All registered participants will need to pick up their packet. Participants ARE allowed to pick up packets for other participants.


When can I pick up my packet?
Race packets will be available for pick-up during the following times:

  • Tuesday, Nov 25th from10am - 6pm at Miles Perret Cancer Services
  • Wednesday, Nov 26th from9am - 12pm at Miles Perret Cancer Services
  • Wednesday, Nov 26th starting at4:30pm at Town Square River Ranch (Pre-Registration tent)

*Miles Perret Cancer Services is located at 2130 Kaliste Saloom Road (corner of W. Martial and Kaliste Saloom Road).


Am I allowed to pick up my friend’s packet?
ParticipantsAREallowed to pick up packets for other participants.


How will I make sure I get the correct t-shirt size?
T-shirts are given out on a first come, first serve basis in terms of size and while supplies last. So, make sure to pick up your packet early!


What happens if it rains?
This event will occur rain or shine. We reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances. In that event, there will be no refunds; rather, your entry fee will be used as a donation to Miles Perret Cancer Services. Thank you for supporting families fighting cancer in Acadiana.


Is there a post race party in Town Square?
Yes! The post race party will include music, food & drinks, awards, a Kids Zone, and a photo opportunity. Download Town Square event map


Can non-race participants purchase food and drinks?
Yes. Additional food/drink wristbands can be purchased for $5.00 each and entitles the purchaser to one complimentary serving of a food item and two servings of drinks (water, soft drinks, sweet tea, lemonade, coffee, or hot chocolate). Food/drink wristbands can be purchased in advance at Packet Pickup or at the Wristband Tent in Town Square starting at 4:30pm. (Don’t forget that registered participants will receive complimentary food/drink pull-off tickets on their race bib.)


What is the Kids Zone? Is there a cost?
Yes, we have a Kids Zone intended for ages 12 and under. Activities include a giant slide, gleaux crafts, face painting, and more! The Kids Zone opens at 5:00pm.

All children need a wristband to participate in Kid Zone activities. Wristbands are $5.00 each and can be purchased in advance at Packet Pick-up or at the Wristband Tent in Town Square starting at 4:30pm.

Download a Town Square Event Map


Can my friends and family watch the race?
Absolutely! We welcome your friends and family members to come out and cheer for you along the course or even hang out at the post race party.


What awards are given on race night?
Awards are given to the fastest participants, largest team, and the best "gleaux.”


What are the race award categories?
Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place 1 Mile participants by gender.

Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place 5K participants by gender as follows:

  • Overall
  • Overall Master (ages 40-49)
  • Overall Grand Master (ages 50 and over)
  • Ages 6-8
  • Ages 9-11
  • Ages 12-14
  • Ages 15-19
  • Ages 20-29
  • Ages 30-39
  • Ages 40-49
  • Ages 50-59
  • Ages 60 and over

What team awards are given?
Awards are given for the largest team and the team that raises the largest amount of fundraising dollars.


What is the "Show us your Gleaux” award?
We are looking for someone with the best gleaux! Get creative and show us your gleaux! (Visit our Gleaux Info page for inspiration.)


TEAM INFORMATION:

How many people do you need to create a team?
You must have 5 or more people to make a team. There is no maximum size limit. Teams can be formed from groups of co-workers, friends, families, or a combination of these. The more the merrier!

Is there a fee to register a team?
No, there is no extra cost involved to start a team. The registration fee will be the same per participant based on age.

Our team hasn’t registered yet. How do we form one? (Team Deadline TBD)

  1. The person forming the team will be designated as the Team Captain. So, begin by picking a team captain.
  2. Team captain will register the team by choosing "Start a team” on our REGISTRATION PAGE 
  3. From here, you will need to enter your team name and team fundraising goal. (Award given for the largest fundraising team.)
  4. After the team captain registers and starts the team, others can be added from here or can be added at a later date by selecting the "Join a Team” option.

Our team has been registered. How are new members added?
There are two ways team members can be added:

  1. Personal webpage/ Team page - Team members can be added through your own personal webpage, or your team page. This is a helpful tool in recruiting team members and to use as a fundraising tool. Click on the email link to invite your friends and family to join your page, or copy and paste the link into your facebook or twitter page and share with all of your friends.
  2. Search for Team – Team members can click "Join a team” on our REGISTRATION PAGE.
    From here, they will search for the team name and continue with the registration process.

Do teams have to walk/run together?
There is no "relay” component, so teams can walk/run the race together or separately. You choose! So rally your team together, and join us in giving thanks one step at a time.


Does our team have to fundraise in order to participate in the race?
While, fundraising is not required, it is strongly encouraged. It can be as simple as rounding up your registration fee, or asking 5 friends to donate $5.00. Together with your team, you can make a difference in the lives of local families fighting cancer! 100% of your donations/money raised stays in Acadiana! Set a team goal, and make a much greater impact than you could alone.


Here is an idea of what an additional donation could provide:

  • A $10 donation will provide a scarf or turban.
  • A $25 donation will provide a 1-week supply of nutritional supplements.
  • A$50 donation will provide a wig and hat.
  • A$75 donation will provide certain durable medical equipment (ex. walker, shower chair).
  • A$100 donation will provide a bra and prosthesis following a mastectomy.


We’d love to give back! How do we begin fundraising?
Team fundraising is easy with online tools. Each person that registers for the race online will receive their own fundraising website. Teams will also receive an additional team fundraising page. Donations can be made on individual or team pages! Donations can even be made "In Memory Of”, "In Honor Of”, or "Celebrating” a loved one.


Can team members be added after the deadline?
Unfortunately, no. This deadline allows us to have time to prepare all participant packets by team so that only one person has to pick up the team packets. However, individuals can sign up through race day, and still walk with their team members. Money raised/donations will not be added to the team count and the size of the team cannot be changed. Race packets will be under that individual’s name vs. the team name.


Who picks up the team packets?
Team Captains, or a designated representative, will be responsible for picking up packets and t-shirts for the team during Packet Pick-up and getting them to their team members. Packets not picked up during Packet Pick-up will be available in the Pre-Registration tent in Town Square starting at 4:30pm. Download Town Square Event Map



 

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