Frequently Asked Questions

Event Details

When and where is the On Our Sleeves 5K?

The On Our Sleeves 5K hosted by the Columbus Crew with lead support from our founding partners, Big Lots and Nationwide is a community run and walk to grow awareness, break stigmas, and raise funds for On Our Sleeves, The Movement for Children's Mental Health. 

Date and Time: Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 9 A.M.
Packet Pick-Up Opens at 7:30 A.M., Program Starts at 8:40 A.M., Race Starts at 9 A.M.
Location: Lower.com Field, 96 Columbus Crew Way, Columbus, OH 43215
Parking: Reserve a Parking Spot here.
5K Course Map: Start and finish your race at Lower.com Field and enjoy your walk or run through the heart of Downtown Columbus.

Virtual registration is available for those who cannot make it to Columbus on May 4, 2024.

Early-Bird Packet Pick-Up HIGHLY ENCOURAGED

Date and Time: Monday, April 29, 2024, from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. and Tuesday, April 30, from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M.

Location: Lower.com Field
96 Columbus Crew Way, Columbus, OH 43215

Please review the Crew's A-Z guide for inofrmation on what is allowed in Lower.com Field and the plaza. Strollers are permitted.

 

Registration

What is the registration fee?

General Registration: It’s $1 to register for the On Our Sleeves 5K with a commitment to raise or donate a minimum of $50 total on or before May 5, 2024 at 11:59 P.M. PST. If you do not meet this requirement by the deadline the card or account that you used to register as a participant will be charged the remaining balance on May 7, 2024. Registration for kids ages 5 to 12 is $25. All participants (virtual or in-person) will receive a t-shirt and a medal. You will also be eligible for exclusive On Our Sleeves gear as you reach fundraising milestones, receive access to our personalized fundraising portal, and more! Please see VIP Columbus Crew Cup section below for information on registration fees for that team. 

 

Fundraising

Why is fundraising a crucial part of the On Our Sleeves 5K?

On Our Sleeves is on a mission to give expert-created resources to all U.S. communities so everyone can understand and promote mental health for children.

Every dollar raised helps us create and provide these valuable resources. Gifts fund educational content research and creation, lesson plans for schools, and activities for families, coaches, and organizations.

What online fundraising tools are available for participants?

Each participant can create a personal fundraising page on our event website. We have provided free online tools to help you share your personal story to inspire others to give on your behalf. Check out the fundraising guide and tool kit here. Once you register, you will have the option to connect your fundraising page to your Facebook account to start a fundraiser on your personal Facebook page.

How can my supporters make a donation?

  • Send them the link to your personal fundraising page
  • They can search for your name on OnOurSleeves5K.org
  • If they prefer to write a check, it can be made out to On Our Sleeves. Please ask them to include the participant's (your) name in the memo or on a separate note so that we can attribute it to your fundraising efforts.

Contributions may be mailed to:
Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation
Attn: On Our Sleeves 5K
PO Box 16810
Columbus, OH 43216-6810

Are donations made on my behalf tax deductible?

Yes, all donations are 100% tax deductible. Registration fees for the event are not tax deductible.

On Our Sleeves is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 88-4419089)

Will On Our Sleeves acknowledge my contributors?

The Foundation will send a gift receipt and acknowledgement letter or email to anyone who makes a donation on behalf of an On Our Sleeves 5K participant.

How can I find out if my company offers a matching gift?

First, check to see if your company has a matching gift program for health organizations. The website, MatchingGifts.com can be helpful in determining which companies match donations. Complete a matching gift form (available from your company's Human Resources department) and send it in with your donation.

How can I check my personal fundraising totals or that of my team?

You track your fundraising efforts via the Participant Center. This tool allows you to log on and review your pledges any time of the day. When a donation is made online, it is processed automatically and added toward your fundraising goal. Donations made by check or money order will be processed and counted toward your total within 10 business days after it is received by the On Our Sleeves team.

What is the deadline to turn in pledges and donations?

We will accept donations until 11:59 P.M. PST on May 5, 2024. If you do not meet this requirement by the deadline, the card or account that you used to register as a participant will be charged the remaining balance on May 7, 2024. Please review the page here for the deadlines for specific fundraising incentives.

What are my incentives?

You can view all the fundraising incentives here.

When will I receive my fundraising incentives?

Fundraising closes on May 5, 2024. Incentives will be available for pick up (additional details to come.) If you are unable to pick-up your items, they will be shipped to you within 6 weeks of the 5K and sent to your registered address. If you are a virtual participant, you will also receive your race shirt and medal at that time.

What can the On Our Sleeves 5K team provide to help me with my fundraising and/or event?

  • Fundraising Toolkit, including: timelines, FAQs, fundraising tips, helpful templates and more
  • Your own personalized fundraising page
  • Resources for fundraiser organizers to educate their donors on the impact of their gift
  • Letter of support/authorization to validate the authenticity of the fundraiser
  • Tax ID or Employee Identification Number (EIN) for donation purposes

What are items the On Our Sleeves 5K team and Nationwide Children’s cannot provide?

  • Our sales tax exemption number
  • Raffle license
  • Insurance or liability coverage
  • Mailing list of donors and/or vendors
  • Nationwide Children’s stationery
  • Funding or reimbursement of your expenses
  • Celebrities, professional athletes or team mascots for your fundraiser
  • Publicity (newspaper, radio, television, etc.)
  • Guaranteed attendance of physicians or hospital staff
  • Guaranteed staff participation at your committee or planning meetings
  • Guaranteed volunteer support at your fundraiser
  • Solicit businesses or vendors for support
 

Big Lots Associates

How can Big Lots associates participate?

Big Lots associates can participate virtually or in person for the On Our Sleeves 5K and fundraise along the way! This is a great opportunity to engage your team as advocates for children’s mental health and promote wellness. We invite Big Lots team members to join their team here.

 

VIP Columbus Crew Cup Team

How can Columbus Crew fans participate?

On Our Sleeves and the Columbus Crew are on a mission to make mental health a part of the upbringing of every child. We invite Crew fans to join the VIP Columbus Crew Cup 5K team to support their efforts. Join the Crew team here. To join this VIP team, it’s $1 to register with a commitment to raise or donate a minimum of $250 on or before May 5, 2024, at 11:59 P.M. PST. If you do not meet this requirement by the deadline the card or account that you used to register as a participant will be charged the remaining balance on May 7, 2024.

 

Virtual Participation Details

How do I complete my 5K as a Virtual Participant?

Complete your 5K walk or run now through May 4, 2024 and track your mileage in your Participant Center. Fundraising closes on May 5, 2024. Shirt, medal, and additional earned incentives will be available for pick-up (if local). Additional details to come. If you are unable to pick up your items, they will be shipped to you within 6 weeks of the 5K and sent to your registered address. See step by step instructions here.

Please contact the On Our Sleeves 5K team via email at Fundraise@OnOurSleeves.org or phone at 866-317-5437.

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