The annual Yinzer supports Light of Life Rescue Mission to bring critical resources to the homeless, addicted, and needy in Pittsburgh. Historically, the family-friendly event included a Pittsburgh-themed 5K race and 1-mile fun run with a lunch celebration provided by generous donors.
This year, due to COVID-19, we are taking the 5K digital to ensure the safety of all participants! Yinz can walk or run the Yinzer 5K (grown-ups) or Lil’ Yinzer 1-mile fun run (youngsters) on your own between August 28 and August 29, 2020 and input your time and distance manually. Registration opens July 24, 2020! When yinz sign up you’ll choose how much Yinzer swag yinz want. We went all out this year!
Our annual Yinzer costume contest will happen via social media on August 28 and 29. Be sure to post pictures of yourself in your best Yinzer attire and tag Light of Life Rescue Mission for the chance to win an awesome prize from Yinzershop.com! The winner will be announced through our social media on August 30.
This year, to get yinz even more excited, we are raffling off an Ultimate Yinzer basket filled with Pittsburgh-themed goodies, including gift cards, a wooden Yinzer sign, Yinzer earrings, 2020 Pitt football tickets, and more all valued at over $250. Every participant will receive one entry for the raffle upon registration. For every additional $5 fundraised through your fundraising page, you will receive an additional entry to win! Our raffle winner and race winners will be contacted via email on August 30.
Runners will receive an e-bib upon registration and an e-certificate upon the completion of the Virtual Yinzer 5K campaign. Runners can pick up their swag and prizes at Light of Life Rescue Mission (913 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233) between Aug. 31 - Sept. 4, 8am-4pm. Contact ametz@lightoflife.org for any questions or to make arrangements. For more information about the Virtual Yinzer 5K, visit our FAQ page.
We have several different registration options, each including different levels of Yinzer Swag:
1 Mile: $20 (t-shirt included)
3 Mile: $30 (5K, t-shirt included)
3 Mile: $40 (5K, t-shirt, medal included)
3 Mile: $50 (5K, t-shirt, medal, hat, sticker included)
Invite your friends and family to sign up and compete!
Here’s how it works:
Step One: Register to participate! Choose the registration option based on your race distance and the race swag you’d like.
Step Two: Set a fitness goal (5K for grown-ups vs. 1-mile for youngsters) that you hope to achieve by August 29, 2020
Step Three: Share your personal fundraising page on social media and with friends and family. Every $5 raised gets you an additional raffle entry
Step Four: Manually enter your race time. Between August 28-29, run your race (5K or 1-mile) and visit your Workouts page to record your distance and completion time for the chance to win a prize.
By registering, you give permission for Light of Life Rescue Mission to use and share any photos taken of you at the event.
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COMPLETED: 173 miles
TARGET: 620 miles
RAISED: $ 15,580
TARGET: $ 30,000
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Since 1952, Light of Life has been a place where hope and healing meet for men, women, and families experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction. We transform lives through the love of Christ.

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All funds raised in support of the Virtual Yinzer 5K support Light of Life’s programs and initiatives to help support the homeless and hurting men, women, and children in the Pittsburgh, PA area.
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?

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.

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.