What is the Gaza 5K walk/run?
The Gaza 5K walk/run is a fun, family-friendly event that brings Americans together to show solidarity with the people of the Gaza Strip. The event attracts people of all ages, runners, walkers and those passionate about Palestine, and Gaza especially.
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 is 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?
No. 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 race being held? Where do I park?
See our list of cities and dates here.
How do I register?
Register and set up your fundraising page through Classy.
What do I get with registration?
Registrants get a UNRWA USA tote bag, sponsor swag, and a race bib with your assigned number. Prizes are awarded to individuals that reach specific fundraising goals.
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 encourage you to pick up your packet prior to race day. Packet pick-up locations will be finalized closer to race day, and you can also pick up your packet at the 5K the morning of. If you are doing race day pick-up, arrive one hour before start time so you have enough time.
Can I fundraise for the Gaza 5K?
Absolutely! The Gaza 5K supports UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP), which provides psychosocial support to Palestine refugee children in Gaza. When you register for the race, a customized fundraising page will automatically be created. Customize the page to tell people why you’re participating, and start fundraising with social media and email tools.
Do my registration fees contribute towards my overall Gaza 5K fundraising goals?
No. Registration fees are solely for your participation in the event. Any additional donation you give to your page or others contribute, however, goes towards your fundraising page.
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.
What is the inclement weather policy? Will the race be cancelled if it rains?
Our event will go on as planned, rain or shine, unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Parks Department. In the unlikely event that they make that decision, we will immediately inform registrants via email.
Can I be issued a refund if I cannot attend the race or the event is cancelled?
No. Because all funds go directly on to UNRWA’s 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 at least five days prior to the race.
Can other organizations pass out flyers and/or pamphlets at the Gaza 5K?
No. Due to park rules, no solicitation of any kind is allowed at the Gaza 5K.
Is there a coat check or storage space at the Gaza 5K?
Storage space for personal items is not be available at the park, so please leave your valuables at home.
Can volunteers also be registered participants?
No. We need all hands on deck, so 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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions not answered here.