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HomeFront's HALLOWEEN 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk

Sunday October 31st, 2021

Princeton, NJ

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Please join us in person or virtually on October 31 to change the lives of local children who are homeless or in great need.  Details for our virtual event option are in purple, below the details for the In PERSON event:


 


IN PERSON event details:



We are excited for you to join us at our completely Halloween-themed, USTAF certified race course, at 502 Carnegie Center, Princeton.  This is a flat, scenic, and fun race course (with live music and Halloween surprises along the route).



We are requiring that everyone who is not fully vaccinated (2 doses) to wear a mask until the Run/Walk is started, and then after it is over. 


 


Pre Race Day Packet Pick Up Strongly Recommended for anyone registering for the In Person 5K Run/Walk, and encouraged for the In Person 1 Mile Walk/Run.   Pick up is Saturday, October 30 from 2-4PM at the race course: 502 Carnegie Center, Princeton.


 


Race Day Registration - From 8:30 - 9:40AM; Please arrive at 8:30AM to ensure your registration can be completed prior to the start of the events.  The entrances into Carnegie Center for the event will be closed promptly at 9:40AM. 


  


All In Person Events BEGIN AT 10:00AM


 


Online Registration Closes - 10pm October 27. 


The proceeds from this event support HomeFront's year-round 6 day a week Joy, Hopes and Dreams children's enrichment, mentoring, and tutoring programming, which over 400 children who are homeless or have experienced housing instability attend in a normal year.  The Joy, Hopes, and Dreams program includes 2x per week tutoring, art classes, field trips, STEM, coding, music, sports and fitness, life skills coaching, and college preparation.  During the summer, we run Camp Mercer, which is a trauma-informed day camp for children, who because of the instability of their housing situations would likely not succeed at other camps.  We serve two nutritious meals a day, have academic enrichment each morning, fun activities and field trips every afternoon.  Importantly, our camp and year-round programs allow parents to work while their children are safe with us.  HomeFront's kids would not have these life-changing opportunities without your help, so thank you for WALKING or RUNNING.


 


Pricing - Registration for the 5K is $35 the weekend of the Event. Registration for the 1 Mile is $25 the weekend of the Event. The 5K is a timed event, the 1 Mile is not timed.  


 


T-Shirts - Registrations after October 11 are not guaranteed a t-shirt, but extra t-shirts will be ordered so hopefully they can be provided for all registrants.


 


Make A Bigger Impact - When you register you will be able to create your own web page so you can ask friends and family to sponsor your efforts!  Please consider multiplying your impact on the lives of local children who are homeless by starting a fundraiser. 


 


Form a Team - Invite your family/friends/colleagues to join a team you start when you register.  This year your team can be a mix of in person and virtual attendees. 


 


Looking for a fun fitness challenge?  Try our Marathon Finisher EventRun or walk 23.1 miles over any period of time you choose PRIOR to the day of the HomeFront In Person 5K; track your accumulated miles at this link from now until race day and save the last 5K for the in person event.  Or, track your miles on a printable chart you can find under the RACE INFO section of this website (scroll down all the way past the sponsor logos).  Run or Walk your last 5K at the event and receive a MARATHON medal!  Be sure to select the 5K Marathon Finisher event if you'd like to participate.


 



Family Fun Activities at the In Person Event - Bring your whole family to the event.  We will have a Trunk-or-Treat, Costume Contest, Preschool 100 Yard Dash, Art Project, Fun Photo Area for Kids, a DJ and live bands.   The perfect way to kick off Halloween! 


 


Awards for the In Person Event:




  • 5K trophies awarded for top 3 male/female runners overall and in each age group:  0-14, 15-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, Over 65.



  • Certificates awarded for 1 Mile finishers who are children 



  • All registered Marathon Finisher Event participants will receive a medal.



  • PRIZES awarded for largest team, top fundraising individual and top fundraising team.




  • PRIZES for best adult and child Halloween costumes - no scary costumes please!



 


We hope to see you there! 


 


VIRTUAL EVENT DETAILS:


HomeFront learned during the pandemic that virtual events let people get involved, exercise, have some fun and show support even if they cannot attend in person.


 


Our Virtual Halloween Run/Walk will allow you to sign up as an individual or join any team and participate from home or anywhere you'd like. 


 


Virtual Run/Walk Events Details - 




  • Registration is Open until midnight October 31.



 



  • Print Your Bib - We will send you a link to your fun HomeFront Halloween bib so everyone you see while out on Halloween will know you're out supporting local children who are homeless.  



 



  • Virtual Kick Off - On October 31 watch our "event kick off" video from wherever you are, starring HomeFront's adorable kids kicking off your Run/Walk or Dog Walk . We will send you the link a week before race day.  Then head outside for your run, walk, dog walk or onto your treadmill.



 



  • Take a Photo - Don't forget to post a photo of yourself/family/dog to our Facebook event page (extra points for costumes!!!).  Last year it was so much fun to see all the virtual participants' photos! We will send you the link for the event a week before race day.



 



  • Do The Monster Mash!  Last year we also LOVED seeing the videos our runners and walkers posted of themselves to our Facebook Event after they finished running/walking of them singing "We Are The Champions."  This year, we'd love you to take a video clip of yourself or family singing some of "The Monster Mash." You feel a little silly doing it, until you realize everyone who did it looks silly and it's so fun to watch!!



 



  • Optional: Post Your Results - Some people like to enter their times from their runs to RunSignUp or photos from their Strava App to have a record of what they did.  If you would like to do so, click this link



 



  • Virtual Events - You can Run/Walk a 5K or 1 mile, or complete a Marathon Challenge Event.  A Marathon Challenge means you complete the distance of a full marathon over time (a little every day or week).  This website will allow you to track your miles for your Marathon Challenge or post your results for your virtual 5K or 1 mile at this link. 



 



  • T Shirts -  You will have the option to pick up or have a t-shirt sent to you if you'd like. More details will be provided as you register.  T-shirts will not be guaranteed unless you register by October 11.



 




  • Make A Bigger Impact - When you register you will be able to create your own web page so you can ask friends and family to sponsor your efforts!  Please consider multiplying your impact on the lives of local children who are homeless by starting a fundraiser.



 



  • Form a Team - Invite your family/friends/colleagues to join a team you start when you register.  This year your team can be a mix of in person and virtual attendees.




 


The proceeds from this event support HomeFront's year-round 6 day a week Joy, Hopes and Dreams children's enrichment, mentoring, and tutoring programming, which over 400 children who are homeless or have experienced housing instability attend in a normal year.  The Joy, Hopes, and Dreams program includes 2x per week tutoring, art classes, field trips, STEM, coding, music, sports and fitness, life skills coaching, and college preparation.  During the summer, we run Camp Mercer which is a trauma-informed summer camp for children.  Because of the instability of our kids' housing situations, many would likely not succeed at other camps.  We serve two nutritious meals a day, provide academic enrichment each morning, and fun activities and field trips every afternoon.  Importantly, our camp and our 6 day per week year round programs allow parents to work while their children are safe with us.  HomeFront's kids would not have these life-changing opportunities without your help, so thank you so much for WALKING or RUNNING.


 

Race Distances

Price Register
VIRTUAL "Marathon" Challenge $30.00 until Register »
VIRTUAL 1 MILE Fun Run/Walk $25.00 until Register »
VIRTUAL 5K $30.00 until Register »
IN PERSON - "MARATHON" 5K FINISHER EVENT $30.00 until Register »
IN PERSON - Preschooler 100 Yard Pumpkin Dash $10.00 until Register »
IN PERSON - 1 MILE Fun Run/Walk $25.00 until Register »
IN PERSON - 5K $30.00 until Register »
Run/Walk 5K (non- marathon) Click to Find Out Register »
Full Marathon Finisher - 5K Click to Find Out Register »
Half Marathon Finisher - 5K Click to Find Out Register »
FULL Marathon Finisher - 1 Mile Click to Find Out Register »
HALF Marathon Finisher - 1 Mile Click to Find Out Register »
1 Mile FUN RUN or WALK Click to Find Out Register »

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Start Location

502 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ

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