Frequently Asked Questions


Where do I park on race day?
Parking will be available at SAR High School. 503 W. 259 Street.
We encourage you to take public transportation or carpool if possible.
 
How do I begin?
Want to Participate?
Online registration will open November 22nd, 2017 and close May 1stnd, 2017 at 10 pm.
Day-of registration will take place from 6:30 am through 7:15 am at the Y.
Want to sponsor a runner? Click here for details.
If you have further questions, please contact Nadeem Kazi at Nkazi@RiverdaleY.org.
 
What are the Race Options and Start Times?
All runs will take place rain or shine:
Kids Dash: 7:30am
Half Marathon: 8:00 am
10K: 8:05 am
5K Run/Walk: 8:10 am
5k family run: 8:15 am
Toddler Dash: 7:30am
 
What Does Pledging to the Run Mean, Exactly?
By committing to this event, and pledging to raise money for its success, you are helping raise money for our Y scholarship fund. This fund will assist, financially, those families in need, wishing to send their children to nursery school, after school & summer camps as well as supporting meals and programming for seniors.
More than 1,200 runners from Riverdale and around the world, are participating in this event. Riverdale Y has set a goal of raising $50,000 to assist families in the Bronx and surrounding communities.
 
We wish you all the success possible. Train, set and achieve new goals, enjoy the race… and get all the sponsors you can, so when you cross that finish line, we will all be winners - you and all the families in need of our financial help to send their children to our Y programs!
 
How can my sponsors submit payment?
Online contributions can be made by credit card on the runner’s personalized page found on our website at www.riverdalerun.com. Just be sure to tell your sponsors to select your name from the list of runners.
 
I am concerned that I might not be able to raise funds. Will I be able to do it?
Even if you've never raised money before, our materials and strategies will make it easy for you to solicit and collect sponsorship funds from friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and others. Experience has shown that it is not only possible but enjoyable, to set and reach your goals. Please refer to the sample letters found on your personal fundraising page center, that explains the programs the Run supports, and you will be surprised to see how quickly friends, family, and co-workers will respond to your request to help this wonderful cause. Just remember to make it personal as well, as you want them to know that they are sponsoring YOU and YOUR efforts! And, as many companies offer charitable donation matching programs, make sure to ask your sponsors to check with their employers, as it will help you meet your goal ever more quickly.
 
What's so great about this event?
This event is designed as a day of fun and fitness for the whole family. It attracts more than 1,000 runners/walkers from the tri-state area, surrounding communities and as far away as Canada and Europe each year, but it is also attended by thousands of family members and friends and supporters from the community who look forward to it as a fun and exciting community gathering.
 
In addition to the races a light breakfast, snacks and beer garden and full access to the Riverdale Y for the day. All runners will receive a dry fit shirt and other great giveaways; trophies for the top five overall male & female for each race, ribbons for youth 5k finishers, and medals for all 1/2 Marathon finishers and Toddler Dash finishers.

Do You Run Alone or as a Team?
Either! Participants can run alone or create their own team to run through a challenging scenic course along the tree-lined streets of Riverdale.

I have never run a race. Will I be able to finish?
Absolutely! It might take a little training and coaching, but many of our participants are first-timer runners. Whether you decide to sign up for our 1/2 Marathon, 10k or 5k Run/Walk, we will be here to inspire you every step of the way. 

Is there a refund/exchange policy?
Yes. If a donation was made accidentally or for the wrong amount, simply make us aware of the issue within 24 hours and we will be happy to make any necessary refunds, changes or corrections. Race registration fees are not refundable.