Welcome to Good Grief's 2021 5K Run & Walk, Together We Remember

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Good Grief's 2021 5K Run & Walk is Sunday, June 6th, at Giralda Farms in Madison, NJ. We are so excited to be able to once again gather in person for this important date on the Good Grief calendar. Join in with your family, friends, and community as we walk and run to raise funds and awareness for everyone who is grieving. This year's theme, Together We Remember, provides an opportunity for you to walk or run in memory of a person who has died.

#IWalk4  #IRun4

Following a year full of isolation and loneliness, our event will create community, allow us to support one another, and provide many opportunities to remember and celebrate. As always, we will raise awareness and critical funds for grieving families who use Good Grief’s programs. Good Grief's mission is to build resilience in children, strengthen families, and empower communities to grow from loss and adversity. All of our programs are 100% privately funded, and our peer support programming is free of charge to all participants for as long as they need our services.

Our 5K Run & Walk is a fun, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities!

THIS INFORMATION IS CURRENT AS OF MAY 25, 2021!

How Do I Get Involved?

NNK - Good Grief 5k 2019 - Team Photos-0017v2.jpgThere are so many different ways to get involved at our 5K Run & Walk. Join us in person or virtually... walk, run, volunteer! Sponsor the event. Start a team, join a team. Fundraise. Remember. Celebrate. You can...

Register as an Individual or start a Team

Join a Team

Donate to a team, an individual, or the event

Become an Event Sponsor

Join us as a Volunteer

Event Timeline

Our 2021 event has some exciting new changes this year, while retaining the overall spirit of this special day! For starters, we have a new festival space in front of the beautiful One Giralda building on the campus of Giralda Farms. Our new festival space is the perfect place to meet family, friends, and your team before and after your run or walk! Bring camp chairs, blankets, coolers, and make a full morning of it.


Our timeline for June 6th is:

8:00 AM - 5K Check In Opens

8:30 AM - Refreshment and Activity Tents Open

8:45 AM - Runners Head to the 5K Start AreaOpening Ceremony v2.jpg

8:45 AM - 5K Run Starting Waves Begin

9:00 AM - All 5K Runners Should Be on the Course

9:30 AM - 2 Mile Walk Check In Begins

10:00 AM - Welcome Ceremony - Everyone Join Us in the Festival Area

~10:20 AM - 2 Mile Walkers Head Out to the Walk Start Area

10:45 AM - All Walkers Should Be on the Course

11:00 AM - Check In Closes

~11:30 AM - Kids Dashes: Will Begin Once All Walkers Return

12:30 PM - Refreshment and Activity Tents Close

5K Run Course

The 3.1 mile course takes you through and around the beautiful Giralda Farms complex on Dodge Drive and onto a paved traffic-free pathway. Course marshals will guide you and cheer you on! All 5K timing will feature B-Tag electronic chips affixed to your assigned bib number.

2 Mile Walk Course

This course also takes advantage of the scenic Giralda Farms complex and stays entirely on paved walking paths when outside of the property. The course is fun and safe for the entire family, with activity and water stations along the way.

Kid Dashes

Kids Dashv1.jpgKids age 11 and under are welcome to register for and take part in our Kid Dashes - a wonderful 5K Run & Walk tradition! Our youngest participants will dash up to 100 meters with their peers in this friendly competition. The younger the kiddo, the shorter the dash.

How Do I Register?

Register online through our 5K Run & Walk Website. All participants MUST register online this year. There is NO onsite registration for 2021. Online registration closes at midnight on June 2nd.

You can register to run, walk, dash, or volunteer as an individual by clicking HERE

If you want to start a team, click HERE

To join an existing team, click HERE

Registration Fees

Registration fees are as follows:

5K Run (In Person):  $30.00

5K Run (Virtual):  $25.00

2 Mile Walk (In Person):  $25.00

Kid Dash (In Person): $5.00

Our 2 Mile Walk and Kid Dashes are FREE to our Good Grief families. All children under the age of four are also free.

Does the 5K Run & Walk Allow For Teams?

Team Perriwinkle.jpgYes! In fact, we encourage you to Start or Join a team in memory of your special person! The more the merrier when it comes to team size. Ready to build your super team? Gather your friends, family, fellow Good Griefers, quaranteam, and pod squad and build the ultimate 5K Run & Walk team!

I Am Registered. Now What?

Check your email! You will receive an email confirming your registration and giving you instructions on how to access and customize your Participant Center and Personal Page. Your Participant Center allows you to quickly and easily customize your peer-to-peer fundraising page, send emails to your network, and connect to your social media platforms.

Can I Participate In Memory of Someone?

We have so many ways to celebrate your person who died, both before and during the 5K Run & Walk! We encourage you to:

Submit a photo and name to our Memorial Wall. Our Memorial Wall will grow online in the weeks leading up to event day, and it will be displayed during the 5K Run & Walk under the activities tent. We will also have other special activities to do that will allow everyone the opportunity to remember, reflect, and celebrate their person.Memory Wall v2.jpg

Decorate a special Run Memory Bib or Walk Memory Bib to wear on race day. Who do you run or walk for? Memory Bibs will also be available on June 6th in the activities tent and on our 2 Mile Walk course at activity stop #1.

Join us for our Welcome Ceremony on June 6th at 10 AM - either in person at Giralda Farms or via livestream. You'll have a chance to hear from some very brave Good Grief kids who will share their stories and experiences with you. This is a meaningful moment you won't want to miss.

Create custom team t-shirts in memory of your person. Or make a team sign! Or design team masks! There are so many special ways to remember and celebrate your person.

Finally, share your participation and support on social media using the hashtags #IRun4 or #IWalk4.

Where is the Event? 

Our annual event takes place at Giralda Farms in Madison, NJ. GPS Address: Dodge Dr. and Madison Ave. (Route 124), Madison, NJ 07940.

Where Do I Park?

Parking is located on site at One Giralda. Enter the Giralda Farms complex off of Madison Avenue. Signs and volunteers will direct you to the parking garage located under the One Giralda building. For individuals with accessibility issues, there will be a drop off zone near the One Giralda building before the parking garage. Please note there is no vehicle traffic permitted within our festival space! If you need to make special arrangements or accommodations, please contact Coach Heather ASAP!

Is There a Festival Area?

Our festival site is in front of the beautiful One Giralda building. Our new festival area features wide open spaces, with lots of green areas for you to gather with family, friends, and your team. Feel free to bring along camp chairs, blankets, a picnic, Frisbee, football, etc. to the festival space and set up your spot for the day. The area includes check in, our Welcome Ceremony, a DJ, porta-potties, sanitation stations, refreshments, activities, and our Memorial Wall. It is easily accessed from the parking garage, and the 5K and 2 Mile start and finish lines.

Our refreshment tent features snacks donated by Herr Foods, bananas and oranges from Wegmans, coffee donated by Starbucks of Morristown, bagels donated by Original Bagel with cream cheese, and waters donated by Stop & Shop of Madison. We will also have a limited selection of gluten free snacks.

Please note - Good Grief is not responsible for items left unattended while you are on the festival grounds.

Do I Have to Fundraise?

During this time, our community needs Good Grief's services more than ever. The end of the pandemic may be in sight, but the impact and grief it has caused will be felt for years. We need to be able to continue providing programming and support to the individuals, schools, and communities we serve. Your fundraising helps us deliver uninterrupted support to these families during this unprecedented time of loss and grief.

The 5K Run & Walk is a peer-to-peer fundraising event, and we encourage each individual participant to commit to raising at least $100. The overall goal for this year's event is to raise $150,000 to help support our mission. Good Grief builds resilience in children, strengthens families, and empowers communities to grow from adversity and loss.

How Do I Fundraise?

Your Participant Center has all of the tools you need to make your fundraising efforts quick, easy, and fun. Customize your participant page with a special photo and tell your story. Then engage your network. We have all of the tools and templates you need to get started. The keys to fundraising success are:

Ask - Email, social media, calls, texts - it doesn’t matter how you ask, it just matters that you do!

Get Social - Connect on social media to fulfill your fundraising goals. Use the hashtag #IRun4 or #IWalk4. Always include a link back to your participant center.

Tell Your Story - Share why you fundraise for Good Grief and why you are involved with the 5K Run & Walk.

Set and Share Goals for yourself along the way. Example: When I reach 50% of my fundraising goal, I’ll dye my hair blue, shave my beard, wear all pink for a day, etc.

Follow Up - Send reminders, and don’t be afraid to ask again.

Thank Everyone, Often - Find a reason to say thank you to your network, and always send a thank you when someone makes a gift, and then again at the end of the event.

Do I Get an Event T-Shirt?

Yes! All participants will get an event t-shirt! Runners, walkers, dashers, volunteers - t-shirts for everyone!

Ways to Get Involved

Volunteers v2.jpgRegister

Start or Join a Team

Fundraise

Donate

Sponsor 5K Run & Walk

Volunteer

Spread the word

Share on social media #IRun4 or #IWalk4

What are the COVID 19 Safety Protocols?

Effective the week of May 24th, outdoor mask and social distancing mandates will be fully lifted in NJ. Keeping in mind that certain zones within our festival area and along our 2 Mile Walk may get crowded, please bring a mask and be prepared to wear one if you would feel more comfortable doing so. We will have hand washing stations near our porta-potties and hand sanitation stations throughout the venue.

Smile! You May Be on Camera... and Drone... and in a Livestream!

Our 2021 5K Run & Walk will feature on-site photographers, a drone capturing images and video of our event, and a livestream. By attending our 2021 event you are consenting to your image being used in Good Grief marketing materials, including, but not limited to, social media platforms, websites, press releases, and other printed or digital materials. 

Are Donations to Good Grief's 5K Run & Walk Tax Deductible?

Yes. Good Grief, Inc. is a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization, Federal Tax ID #20-0514996, and as such all gifts made to Good Grief are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

Where Does the Money We Raise Go?

Good Grief is 100% privately funded and our programs are free to all of our families. All funds collected from race registration, fundraising efforts and sponsorships go directly to support the children and families we serve.

Can I Bring Strollers/Scooter/Trikes/Wagons?

Wagon Baby v2.jpgYes. For the 5K Run, only jogging strollers are welcome.

For the 2 Mile Walk, you are welcome to walk with “extra wheels”, especially if you bring little ones!

If you have extra wheels, no matter the type, please start a good distance from those around you and walk across the finish line. This protects the ankles and toes of the runners or walkers around you.

Will There Be Bag Storage On Site?

No. Please only bring what you need for the 5 Run and 2 Mile Walk. If you choose to bring items for picnicing in the festival area, please note that Good Grief is not responsible for unattended items.

Are Dogs Allowed?

For the health and safety of our four-legged friends, dogs are NOT allowed at this event.

What's the Rain Plan?

The 5K Run & Walk takes place rain or shine. Think positive…Think dry! But follow the next few steps and be prepared, just in case...

Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly!

In the case of lightning, a tornado, or other unsafe conditions, we will delay the 5K start times, Welcome Ceremony, and the start of the 2 Mile Walk. An announcement will be made, and participants will be directed to go into the parking garage until the storms pass.

In the event of a pre-event delay (before 7:30 AM), we will send an email to all registered participants and post updates on the 5K event website and social media platforms.

If I Can’t Make It, Will You Refund My Registration Fee? 

If your plans change, or you are unwell, we will convert you to a virtual participant. You can join our livestream on June 6th, and then run your 5K when you are feeling better. Registration for this event is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Who is the Race Management/Timing Company?

Proudly managed by Sports A/R. For event info call 908-245-3000 or email tears@practicehard.com. Timing & Scoring is provided by Best Racing Systems and results will be found at www.bestrace.com. Mobile results will be available immediately on event day.

I Have a Question Not Answered Here!

If you have additional questions, just ask Coach Heather!!  Thank you!!