Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Location:  Amsterdam School, 301 Amsterdam Drive, Hillsborough, NJ

Directions To Amsterdam School:  From points West: Route 78 East to Exit 29 (287 South toward Perth Amboy). Proceed to Exit 17 for Route 202/206 South toward Somerville. Continue to the 3rd exit in Somerville Circle and proceed down Route 206 South. Continue on Route 206 South for 6 miles. Turn left onto Amwell Road. Proceed on Amwell Road for 2.5 miles to Amsterdam Road; turn right onto Amsterdam Drive. Proceed 2 miles to the school on the right. 

From points South: Garden State Parkway or Route 1 North to Route 287 North. Take Route 287 North to Exit 14 (on the left) for Route 22 West. Proceed on Route 22 West to the exit for Routes 202/206 South. Continue to the 3rd exit in the Somerville Circle and proceed down Route 206 South. Continue on Route 206 South for 6 miles. Turn left onto Amwell Road. Proceed 2.5 miles on Amwell Road to Amsterdam Road; turn right onto Amsterdam Drive. Proceed 2 miles to the school on the right.

From Northern NJ: Garden State Parkway South to Exit 142. Merge onto Route 78 West. At Exit 29, merge onto Route 287 South toward Route 202/206 South. Follow Route 206 South signs. Continue on Route 206 South for 6 miles. Turn left onto Amwell Road. Proceed on Amwell Road for 2.5 miles to Amsterdam Road; turn right onto Amsterdam Drive. Proceed 2 miles to the school on the right.

Schedule of Events:  RAIN OR SHINE

Registration           7:30 am
10K Run                  8:45 am
5K Run                    9:30 am
2 Mile Walk            9:30 am

10K Awards            10:15 am
Kids' Sprints           10:45 am  

5K Awards              11:00 am

I'm pre-registered, what do I do when I get there?

Upon arrival find the PRE-REG tent labeled with your event (5K, 10K, Walk, Kids) and jump in the line that corresponds to the first letter of your last name. You will need to pick up your race bib, goody bag and Steeplechase Distance Run Shirt (this is in addition to your Steps Together shirt). Note that the sizes for their shirts are unisex.  Participants must take the size that they signed up for (which may be incorrect as we requested a male / female specific size - sorry!). After the race when all pre-registered participants have received their shirts, we can try to go back and swap out any necessary changes from the remaining inventory. After that, come hang out with us at the Steps Together tent, we have 2 10X10 tents along Amsterdam Drive. 

Courses:  5K & 10K are USATF certified Grand Prix Events.  Mile Clocks.  Flat and rolling through the scenic neighborhoods and landscapes of Hillsborough.  


Can I still register for the walk/run? 

Pre-registration will close on Tuesday, September 19th at midnight.  Sign up here

Anyone wishing to participate who has not registered by that date will need to register on Sunday morning at the event. However, the process is just a bit more complicated. :)  Those interested in registering the day of should bring 2 checks.  Upon arrival, participants should go to the tent labeled POST-REG with this form completed to register for the event with Steeplechase, then come to Steps Together to make your donation and pick up your Steps Together shirt.  Be sure to indicate on your Steps Together check if you are honoring a specific family. (Forgot to fill out the form, we will have copies for you race morning)


5K/10K/2 Mile Walk: One check payable to Steps Together in the amount of $25 (unless already registered as Virtual) and one check payable Somerset Healthcare Foundation in the amount of $33 ($15 if age 15 and under)

Kids Sprints:  One check payable to Steps Together in the amount of $10 and one check payable to Somerset Healthcare Foundation in the amount of $10.


Can I change events?  

If you would like to change events, say you planned on running the 10K but feel like walking, you must email courtney-newman@comcast.net before Tuesday, September 19th at midnight.

Also, if you are unable to make the race, please let us know by Tuesday @ midnight as we can change you to a virtual participants and save the money we would pay to register you in the Steeplechase Distance Walk/Run.

For changes after that date, you will need to go to the customer service tent on race day and they will direct you on how to make an event change.  It is very important to not just change races without telling anyone as it will mess up scoring for all other participants.  Each event also has a color specific bib and timing barcode. 


How many people will be in the races?

We are expecting between 800 and 1,000 participants, 1/2 of which will be wearing matching Steps Together shirts. 


Can I pick up my Steps Together shirt in advance? 

Please and wear it, post it, run with it all week to promote the team!!! 

Shirt pick up is available  now at Super Sundaes thru Saturday, September 23rd at 5PM.  Super Sundaes is  closed on Monday but open all other days from 1 to 9 PM.   Super Sundaes is located at 435 Amwell Road (near the Hillsborough post office).  

Shirts will also be available race morning. We hope that many participants will wear their shirts on race day so be sure to wear something you can slip the shirt over or easily change out of. 

Note: If you are hungry when picking up, all ice cream purchases will benefit Steps Together. Read more.


I can't make the race but want to buy a shirt, can I?

Register to be a virtual participant or stop by Super Sundaes with a $25 donation to Steps Together.  


What time should I get there?

This is personal preference.  Please know that parking could be difficult and roads will be closed intermittently for various events. You will want to leave time to get your race bib, check your bag (if desired), use the bathroom and get to the starting line with time to spare.  Lines will get longer the closer you get to event time. 


Will there be a meeting place for our team?

We will have two 10X10 Steps Together tents near the Steeplechase Check-In. Look for all the shirts and come there!


 Will there be anything for me to buy / wear?

Some of our beneficiaries will have additional items for team members to wear and/or purchase.  


Is it possible for everyone to park at Amsterdam School?

Parking is going to be tight and mostly likely will be filled by 10K participants first as their event is earlier.   We have arranged alternate parking (see below) and ask that many of you consider using it, car-pooling or getting dropped off.   Some people are attending with children and strollers, so we ask that you try and leave as many spots at/near the school for those with young children.  

Those local should should utilize their knowledge of side streets, speak to friends that live in the neighborhood or even consider parking on Pembroke Terrace.  Pembroke Terrace is off of Woods Road and has a bike path that leads directly to Amsterdam School.  


Where is the alternate parking?

Pheasants Landing Restaurant is located at 311 Amwell Road, Hillsborough and has 200 spots available. 

2 large sized school buses will run from 7:15 AM to 12PM to take you directly to and from Amsterdam School.   Consider using this option so you don't have to walk to your walk.  

There will not be parking at Willow Road Ball Park this year! 


If I park at the above locations, what will I do with my belongings while I’m running or walking?

The Steeplechase Distance Walk/Run offers a bag check. They will hold a bag for you marked with your race number. You can pick it up after you've finished your event.  Please do not ask to leave your bag at the Steps Together tent as we just don't have the room.  Bags left unattended also are a security concern.


Will there be water on the course?

There will be water along the run courses.   The number of water stations on the course depends on the conditions but there will be one at least every 1.5 miles on both the 5K and 10K courses.  


Will there be bathrooms on the course? 

Bathrooms will only be at the starting and finish line.  


Can I bring donations with me? 

We will be collecting donations at our tent and you can drop them off there or you can mail them to Steps Together, PO BOX 5773, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.  All checks should be made payable to Steps Together.


Where is the starting line / finish line? 

The 10K, 5K and walk starting lines are both on the North side of Amsterdam School (heading towards Amwell Road).   The finish line is in the parking lot of Amsterdam School. 

The sprints for kids will be happening on the front lawn of the school.   The children will be lined up arm to arm by age.  The 2-year olds will sprint, get their awards, then the 3-year olds, etc, etc.  The distance will increase with each age group starting at 50 yards. 


Where are the bathrooms? 

When looking at Amsterdam School there will be a row of port-o-potties to your left.  There will not be any interior bathrooms available.


Is there a party after the event?

Due to the varying distances of our events and proximity of our beneficiaries, it was difficult to plan a celebration after the walk/run.  We will however be at Pheasants Landing in Hillsborough at 4:30 PM on the afternoon of the 24th.  We invite you all to join us for a drink to celebrate our collective accomplishments. Come with your family and grab dinner with other team members. This is not a sponsored event but rather a bunch of us going to eat on the patio at the Landing at the same time.  If you are on Facebook and plan on coming, please RSVP to the following event so we can better help the restaurant plan staffing. 


My kids are sprinting but I'm doing the 5K or 10K. Will someone be available to watch them?  

There will be no childcare provided. 


Will there be a Steps Together announcement, ceremony or introduction of the beneficiaries? 

Steps Together is a team that participates in The Steeplechase Distance Walk/Run so there will be no public announcement of Steps Together.  We celebrate within our team by cheering each other on and wearing our shirts proudly.  People continue to ask why we use an established event and not do do our own race.   This option and the race venue are evaluated on an annual basis.  

Steps Together participates in established road races so that the focus can be solely on training and fundraising for each of the participating groups. The alternative would be focusing on all the details that go into putting on an road race including things like road closures, starting lines, clocks, water and course certification.  Beneficiaries also benefit as all the volunteers that it would take to put on a race are available to participate in the event and raise funds.   By participating in The Steeplechase Distance Walk/Run we are able to keep our costs constant and allow participants to participate on behalf of a specific endorsed cause all while supporting the greater cancer community in our area. 

Can I walk / run with my dog?

Unfortunately the answer is no unless for a special need in which case you need to contact us via email so we can speak with the race director.  The Steeplechase Distance Run is a USATF certified event.  For liability reasons no dogs are permitted on the course during the race.  You can however bring your dog as a spectator!


Will there be a group photo taken this year?

For those of you who have never experienced an event such as this, we like to call it organized chaos.  We have a very diverse team and due to the timing of our events, it will literally be impossible to pull together a full team photo on race day.  We do however encourage everyone to take as many great pictures as possible and email them to us after the event!


Can I be a part of Steps Together if I'm already registered for The Steeplechase Distance Run?

Sure. Come to the Steps Together tent at the race with a $25 donation (5K , 10K, Walk), $10  donation (kids sprints) payable to Steps Together with the beneficiary you are participating on behalf of and pick up your team shirt while supplies last.


Will there be food at the event? 

Yes. A participant food tent is located near the finish line. Your registration number will be needed in order to enter this area.  Please note this is allocated for participants only and provided by the race venue not Steps Together.


Will there be entertainment?

The race venue will have a DJ, random prizes, and kids sprints and tattoos. 


Are there awards?

 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall (M/F) and 5 year age groups from 14 and under to 85 and over in 5K and 10K.  Ribbons or medals will be given to all children in sprints. There are no awards for the walk.

Where can I get my 100 Mile Summer Challenge Medal? 

After the 10K goes off, the registration tent will change to the 100 Mile Challenge tent. Stop by after your race to pick up your medal. We have  a list of all registered participants and would love to see your training log if you remember to bring it. 

Is it to late to fundraise?

Never!!  Participants can still create a fundraising page.   There is still a significant time to fundraise after the event by posting and sharing your experience.


Should you have any other questions or concerns, we are available all week via email or phone.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for anything at all. 908-872-0217.  Thank you in advance for your generosity and we look forward to meeting everyone in person!