What is the Gaza 5K walk/run?

The Gaza 5K walk/run is a fun family-friendly event with the aim of bringing members of the American community together to show solidarity with those suffering in Gaza. The event attracts people of all ages, runners, walkers and those passionate about Gaza. 

What does the 5K support? 

Proceeds from the Gaza 5K fund UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP) to help empower vulnerable refugees in Gaza, especially children, to better cope with the extreme challenges they face on a daily basis. Through the program, UNRWA provides school counseling, group sessions, and even at home counseling for those in need who are unable to travel. Learn more here

How long is a 5K walk/run?

A 5K course measures 3.1 miles long. 

I’m not a runner, can I still take part? 

Yes, the 5K is open to runners and walkers alike! 

Can I bring my kids? What about dogs? 

Yes! Bring the whole family, even your furry four legged family members. Strollers are welcome!

Can I ride my bike? 

Unfortunately, Parks Department regulations do not allow participants to ride bikes on the 5K course. 

Is the race timed? 

Yes! The race is professionally timed for all participants. 

When and where is the Chicago race being held? Where do I park?

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Diversey Harbor

9:00 am - Packet pickup opens
9:30 am - Program begins
10:00 am - Race begins

We recommend you point your GPS to 2601 N Cannon Drive Chicago, IL 60640

It is recommended that you take public transportation to get to the race site. Please visit the CTA's trip planner: transitchicago.com/planatrip

How do I register? 

Register and set up your fundraising page through our online platform

What do I get with registration? 

Registrants get a packet, an UNRWA USA tote bag, a Gaza 5K t-shirt, and a bib with your assigned number. 

Is my registration tax-deductible? 

No. Registration fees are not tax-deductible, however, any donations that you make to your own fundraising account may be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

When can I pick up my registration packet? 

We strongly encourage you to pick up you packet prior to race day:

Thursday, April 27, 4:00-7:00 pm
Moraine Valley Community College
Building M (enter from the 111th street entrance) 
9000 W College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Packet pick-up will be in the lobby of the main entrance of the building.

Friday, April 28, 4:00-7:00 pm
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street (between Lake and Randolph)
Chicago, IL 60601

If you're picking up for another runner or team, please have the full name(s) of the other runners and their shirt sizes. The race is chip-timed for runners, so don't forget to bring your race bib with you to wear on race day! Runners will not be timed without a bib. 

If you cannot attend packet pick-up, we will have your packet available the morning of the 5K. You must arrive no later than 9:00 am to pick up your packet on race day.

Can I fundraise for the Gaza 5K? 

Absolutely! The Gaza 5K supports UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP) to provide psycho-social support to children in Gaza. We urge participants to raise as many funds as possible! When you register for the race, a customized fundraising page will automatically be created for you. You can customize the page to tell people why you’re participating and you can start fundraising through your page’s social media and email tools. 

Can I make my own team? 

Yes! You can form your own team with friends and family to raise even more funds for the children of Gaza. It is very easy to do when you register. You can also choose to join a team that already exists! 

I can’t make it, or I don't live in the area, can I still make a donation? 

Of course! You can register as a virtual runner/walker and start raising funds! You can also make a donation to any team or individual on the registration page. 

In event of inclement weather what is UNRWA USA’s policy about Gaza 5K cancellations? 

Our event will go on as planned, rain or shine, unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Parks Department. If the parks department makes that decision, UNRWA USA will immediately inform registrants via email. 

Can I be issued a refund in the event I cannot attend the race or event cancellation? 

Because all funds go directly on to CMHP in Gaza, no refunds will be issued for the Gaza 5K.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else? 

Yes. If you're registered for the race, you must communicate this to the Gaza 5K staff by 5 days prior to the race.

Can other organizations pass out flyers and/or pamphlets at the Gaza 5K? 

No, unfortunately due to park rules no solicitation of any kind is allowed at the Gaza 5K. 

Can volunteers also be registered participants? 

No, volunteers are not allowed to be registered participants. If you’re interested in volunteering, apply here

What if I have a question that is not answered here?

Please email our Events Officer, Sarah Gayoso at sarah@unrwausa.org for any questions not answered here.