Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) is transforming our annual Pleasanton Run for Education into a VIRTUAL RACE with an added Back-to-School gathering to celebrate our community in August. We hope you’re as excited as we are about these new community activities!
Our goal: encourage as many people as possible to run/walk/hop/yoga, etc. to accumulate over 7,500 virtual miles and race around the USA. So sign up now, create or join a team (such as your school teacher and classroom) and share with friends, relatives and work colleagues to support our schools. Although the focus of our spring event is no longer fundraising — it's "friend"raising — we greatly appreciate any additional donations at the time of registration. By donating to PPIE's Virtual Race 2020, you are supporting key staff and programs to benefit our 15 public schools, 15,000 students and 9,400 school families!
What is PPIE’s Virtual Race 2020?
We are going to band together as a community, get some exercise and support our schools. PPIE's Virtual Race 2020 takes place where you are and when you want, anytime between April 1 and April 19, 2020. And you don’t have to run if that’s not your thing! Walking, biking, swimming, yoga, dance party... you choose the activity you want to partake in and track your fitness using a mobile app. Our goal is to collectively run/walk/dance/jump, etc. for 7,750 miles, which is the distance of a community grand circle tour from Pleasanton to Seattle over to Chicago, then to New York, Orlando, New Orleans and then back home! The easy-to-use app will enable you to join teams, update your miles (via running, dance steps, etc. - see the conversion chart below for reference) and upload photos for awards (see below for details).
What about social distancing?
Registrants can participate outdoors, but will need to maintain “Social Distancing Requirements” by maintaining at least a six-foot social distance from other individuals. If you’d rather stay indoors, that’s ok too!
How much does PPIE’s Virtual Race 2020 cost?
Because we do not want cost to be a barrier for participation, the entry fee for PPIE's Virtual Race 2020 is very low - only $10 for the Virtual Race or $20 for the Virtual Race + Run Shirt. (PPIE is sponsoring all PUSD teachers so that they will have access to the Virtual Race app at no cost - and we encourage them to form class teams!) All registrants will also receive a Pleasanton Run for Education medal and entry to the Back-to-School Event in August. We recognize the financial uncertainty families are facing right now. We do not want financial stress to prohibit you from participation, so if you find yourself unable to contribute, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure you have access to the Virtual Race app regardless of ability to donate.
What does the run shirt look like?
We hope everyone registers for a shirt - they are a beautiful blue color this year!
Can I register my whole family at the same time?
Yes & no. If your whole family is registering for the Virtual Race + Run Shirt ($20 each), then you can register everyone at the same time. If your whole family is registering for the Virtual Race only ($10 each), then you can register everyone at the same time. However, if some family members want the run shirt and others don’t, you will have to do two separate transactions. All options are easy!
How do I share my excitement about PPIE’s Virtual Race 2020?
Sharing photos on social media - #PPIERace2020 - and submitting photos to our campaign scrapbook page will make this tons of fun for everyone and help you recruit friends and family to participate! When registering, you can also easily invite friends and family to join - and become part of a team.
What kind of awards will there be for PPIE’s Virtual Race 2020?
For PPIE's Virtual Race 2020, we have developed some fun award categories. Awards will be based on either miles accumulated OR the photos/hashtags you submit to our campaign scrapbook page - see below for details. As always, there will also be Spirit Awards to our school sites with the most participation.
PHOTO-based awards - awarded by our elite panel of judges based on photos shared in Charity Footprints Scrapbook by April 20th. Be sure to add these hashtags when posting so we can sort your photos.
#Sweatiest/Wettest (dousing yourself with water is allowed!)
*Miles per Team
*Miles per Teacher Team
*Miles per Individual
*Largest Virtual Team - based on # of participants
*Largest Teacher Team - based on # of participants
How do I sign up for a team?
Sign up for a team - it’s easy! Anyone can add a team name. Or you can join other teams around the community (team names are added to a pull down menu as they are formed). Teachers may be forming class teams for their students so look out for that! Note that each person can only join 1 team.
If I am tracking fitness activities other than walking, running & biking, how do I log them in miles?
We want to encourage all kinds of fitness activities for PPIE’s Virtual Race 2020. Here’s a chart for you to equate 1 mile with time spent on various activities:
*Each physical activity/time spent listed above equals 1 mile. So, when entering miles in the Charity Footprints app for any of these activities, simply divide the time you spent on the activity by the number of minutes from this chart for that activity. Then plug in the number of miles - be sure to round up!
What is the Back-to-School Event?
As part of your registration, we will host a fun Back-to-School event in August - with food, fun activities, an award ceremony for our Virtual Race participants, and a chance to pick up your medal and run shirts! Date/Location is TBD.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
PLEASANTON PARTNERSHIPS IN EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation, a community-based organization, exists to enhance learning experiences for students of the Pleasanton Unified School District through a partnership of business, education and the community.
In 2013, the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) held the first "Pleasanton Run for Education," and in just a few short years, the event has become Pleasanton's premier family-focused fitness fundraiser.
To date, the event has raised over $700,000 for Pleasanton schools. In 2019 alone, thanks to the generous support of our community, volunteers and participants, the event netted over $115,000.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Charity Footprints?
Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.
Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.
What is the campaign registration fee?
Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.
The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.
How can I create my fundraising page?
Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.
While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.
I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?
All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.
Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?
The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.
That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.
Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.
Who can I contact if I need help?
You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.
How do I change or switch my team?
If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.