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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your support of our 3rd Annual “Run for Great Schools” 5K and Fun Run!

Our 5K Run/Walk will begin promptly at 8:30 AM behind The Oaks Shopping Center, crossing over Interstate 280 on the Don Burnett Bridge and ending in Memorial Park . . . for awards, raffle prizes, and more fun!

Our Kids Fun Run is an untimed event that is great for younger children. Located in Memorial Park, the Kids Fun Run begins around 9:30 AM. All Fun Run participants will receive a special medal for their participation.

Registration Details

How do I register?
Where can I pick up my Bib packet?
Can I sign up on the day of the race?
Are there refunds?
Who benefits from the net proceeds of the race?

Race Details

Where does the race start?
Where can I get a course map?
What is the schedule for the morning?
Where can I park?
Will the race be timed?
Will there be awards?
Can parents run with their children in the Fun Run?
How does the raffle work?
What if it rains?

Safety/Medical

Are strollers allowed?
Can my dog run with me?
Can I ride my bike or use a scooter or skateboard?
Where can I find restrooms?
Will medical assistance be available?
Will there be drinking water on the course?

Registration Details

How do I register?

Register online
• Online registration closes on August 24th, at 12 midnight.
• Register by August 15th to be sure that you get a “Run for Great Schools” T-shirt!

Where can I pick up my Bib Packet?

• Bib Packet pickup will be in the Board Room of the Administrative Offices of the Cupertino Union School District located at 1309 S. Mary Avenue in Sunnyvale at the following times:
Thursday, 8/24, 4-7 PM
Friday, 8/25, 12-7 PM
• No additional check-in is required if you pick up your packet on Thursday or Friday before the race.

Can I sign up on the day of the race?

• Late registration is available on August 26th from 7 AM – 8 AM.
• Late registration fees are $45 for the 5K Run and $25 for the Kids Fun Run.

Are there refunds?

No refunds are available for non-participation.

Who benefits from the net proceeds of the race?

The kids of the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD)! For 30 years CEEF has provided over $17 million in funding support for art, music, science, and technology programs in all 25 elementary and middle schools of CUSD. That’s 19,000+ students! Your participation and contribution is making a difference in the community. Thank you!

The proceeds from this year’s Run for Great Schools 5K/Fun Run will be used to enhance the music program in our schools!  CEEF has launched two new music campaign programs to support district-wide TK-8th grade music in CUSD in 2017 and these proceeds will be dedicated to the new music campaign.

Race Details

Where does the race start?

• The “Run for Great Schools” 5K Run Start Line is located behind The Oaks, 10100 Mary Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014.
• The Kids Fun Run is in Memorial Park, near the 5K Run Finish Line.
• If you are walking the course, please stay to the right to allow for runners to safely pass.
• Traffic may be present on all streets, so please be mindful of your surroundings and follow all directions of the 5K personnel.

Where can I get a course map?

Course map

What is the schedule for the morning?

7:00 AM Bib Packet Pick-Up Opens
8:30 AM 5K Run/Walk Begins
9:30 AM * Kids Fun Run Begins
10:00 AM * Awards Ceremony and Raffle Drawings
*Approximate start time

Where can I park?

• Memorial Park/Quinlan Center (limited): 10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
• Senior Center Lot (Accessible Parking Only): 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
• Abundant Life Assembly of God Lot (limited): 10100 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
• De Anza College, Lots B and C or the Stelling Parking Garage  (permits for all of these lots are $3): 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 Any vehicle without a permit parked at De Anza College will be issued a parking citation.
• Some additional parking may be found on the street near the Start Line.  DO NOT park in the Oaks Shopping Plaza near the start line as the parking spots in that plaza are needed for the businesses that are open that morning.  A security guard will be monitoring usage of the lot that day.

Will the 5K race be timed?

• Yes. Silicon Valley Endurance will time the race. Time chips are on each bib.
• Please keep the chip on your bib until after the race.
• You can either choose to keep or discard your bib after awards are presented.

Will there be awards?

Yes. Following the Kids Fun Run, awards for the 5K will be announced by category in Memorial Park. Awards will be distributed to the top three finishers in each race division:

Male: Ages 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Female: Ages 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Can parents run with their children in the Fun Run?

• Parents are encouraged to cheer on their runner(s) from the sidelines.
• Parents also are allowed to run with younger participants who may need extra encouragement.

How does the raffle work?

• All participants can be entered into the raffle for fun prizes by putting their bib tearoff into the Raffle Box at the CEEF table at the Finish Line. You must be present to win.

What if it rains?

The “Run for Great Schools” will take place, rain or shine. Refunds will not be given if it rains on race day.

Safety/Medical

Are strollers allowed?

Yes. Feel free to bring the little ones and push them! Strollers will begin at the back. Please let faster runners/walkers pass you on the course.

Can my dog run with me?

For safety reasons, we do not allow dogs on the course.

Can I ride my bike or use a scooter or skateboard?

For safety reasons, these items are not allowed on the course.

Where can I find restrooms?

Porta-potties will be available in the Senior Center Lot (near the Finish Line) and at the far end of Memorial Park.

Will medical assistance be available?

Medical help will be available at the first aid station located at end of the course in Memorial Park.

Will there be drinking water on the course?

Yes. A water station will be located near the corner of Homestead Road and Mary Avenue.  Participants will also have access to water at the finish line.