ABOUT NICOLE PODKOWA 5K WALK/RUN CAMPAIGN
As we lead our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our patients, employees and community remains our top priority. For this reason, Southcoast Health’s 2021 Nicole Podkowa 5k Walk/Run will be held as a virtual event.
 
Although we will miss seeing everyone in person, we can all still come together in support of a great cause!
 
Proceeds raised through this event will support the Nicole Podkowa Cancer Patient and Caregiver’s Assistance Fund. This unique fund supports patients being treated at the Southcoast Health Cancer Center and their families who are in need of financial assistance to help with utility payments, food, housing, transportation, cancer related supplies and other necessities.
 
How to Participate in the Virtual 5K:
 
Unlike a traditional race, this Virtual 5K takes place where you are and when you want!
 
Run or walk your 5K anytime between the time you register and Sunday, October 31, 2021. Our official kick-off celebration will be on Friday, October 1st , but we encourage you to participate all month long in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
 
Step 1: Register using the form below. By completing the registration form, you are agreeing to both the media and liability release information found at the bottom of this page.
 
Registration Fee:
  • $35 adults
  • $25 youth (under 18 years of age)
  • $50 friend (includes 1 adult registration and an additional donation to the Nicole Podkowa Patient Family & Caregiver Fund)
 
Each registered participant will receive a long-sleeve Podkowa 5K race shirt as a thank you, along with other items!
 
Step 2: Pick-up your race shirt during designated pick up times. If you live outside of Massachusetts and/or Rhode Island and would like a race shirt mailed to you, you must contact philanthropy@southcoast.org or 508-973-5353. Race shirts available while supplies last.
 
Pick up locations:
 
Step 3: Download and print out your race bib. Your bib will be emailed to you in the confirmation email you receive upon registering.
 
 
Step 4: Invite your family and friends to join you in completing this virtual 5K and encourage them to register!
 
Step 5: Spread the word on social media! Hashtag #Podkowa5K2021 and tag @SouthcoastHlth when you post videos and photos of you participating is the 5K to encourage and inspire others.
 
Participants can submit their time (picture of fitness device time) to philanthropy@southcoast.org for the top finisher in the following categories:
  • Top Male
  • Top Female
  • Top Senior Male (65+)
  • Top Senior Female (65+)
 
Winners will receive a special prize from The More Store!
 
Step 6: Join us on Facebook for a special kick-off message from Southcoast on October 1st at 4pm (EST)!
 
Want to sponsor this campaign? Sign up here!
 
Thank you to all who supported the 2020 Nicole Podkowa Virtual 5K! Over 400 registrants along with countless donors and sponsors helped to raise over $40,000 for the Nicole Podkowa Patient Family & Caregiver Fund.
 
 
OUR COMMUNITY
FITNESS GOAL
COMPLETED: 5,280 miles
TARGET: 10,000 miles
FUNDRAISING GOAL
RAISED: $ 36,105
TARGET: $ 30,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints across the United States!
HOW IT WORKS
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
SOUTHCOAST HEALTH
Our Promise:
Exceptional Care from People Who Care.

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How Your Participation Helps
Proceeds raised through this event will support the Nicole Podkowa Cancer Patient and Caregiver’s Assistance Fund. This unique fund supports patients being treated at the Southcoast Health Cancer Center and their families who are in need of financial assistance to help with utility payments, food, housing, transportation, cancer related supplies and other necessities.
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.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign.

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

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.