What time are the events?
Event details can be found here.
Can I still register for the walk/run?
Pre-registration will close on Wednesday, September 21st at midnight.
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. See payments amount below as they are event specific. Upon arrival, participants should go to the tent labeled POST-REG to register for the event, then come to Steps Together to make your donation and pick up your shirt while supplies last. Be sure to indicate on your check if you are honoring a specific family.
FEES AS FOLLOWS:
5K/10K/2 mile walk: One check payable to Steps Together in the amount of $25 and one check payable Somerset Healthcare Foundation in the amount of $33.
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 training went bad so you'd like to do the 5K or walk...You must email firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday, September 21st at midnight.
If you are unable to make the race, please let us know as we can change you to virtual and save the money we would pay in the race registration fee.
For changes after that date, you will need to go to the customer service tent on race dayand 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.
How many people will be in the races?
We are expecting between 800 and 1,000 participants.
Can I pick up my Steps Together shirt in advance?
Please and wear it all week to promote the team!!! Note that the women's shirt are running smaller than we expected so you are able to size up or change to a men's style if you would like. To ensure every team member gets their size, we are not selling short sleeve shirts to the general public until 9 AM on Sunday AM.
Shirt pick up will be available Saturday, September 17th from 8:30 to 10:30 AM at our last Saturday morning team training @ Amsterdam School.
Sunday (9/18) through Saturday (9/24), the shirts will be available at Super Sundaes in Hillsborough. Super Sundaes is located at 435 Amwell Road (near the Hillsborough post office). The store is CLOSED MONDAY but you can stop by between the hours of 2 and 8 any other days that week.
Can't make those? Grab your shirt 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.
Long Sleeve shirts will be available for a $20 donation.
I can't make the race but want to buy a shirt, can I?
Sure! Long sleeve shirts are available now for a $20 donation. Short sleeve shirts will be available for sale to the general public after 9 AM on Sunday, September 25th.
What are the times of the events?
Registration 7:30 AM
10K Run 8:45 AM
5K Run 9:30 AM
2 Mile Walk 9:30 AM
10K Awards 10:10 AM
Kids' Sprints 10:45 AM
5K Awards 11:00 AM
Where do I go when I get to Amsterdam School?
Every person needs to check in with Steeplechase whether they are pre-registered or registering that day. This is because a race number is required to participate. You will also receive a Steeplechase Distance Walk/Run Shirt and goody bag. (This is in addition to your Steps Together team shirt - yes, 2 shirts!)
Pre-Reg: Find the line that corresponds to the first letter of your last name for the event that you are participating in.
Day of Registration: Stand in the Post-Reg line.
Please note that youth size shirts are reserved for kids participating in the sprints so participants who ordered a youth size in the 5K / 10K / Walk will be asked to take a adult small shirt. Our team had significant demand for 2XL and 3XL shirts which are not normally offered. They do have some 2XL but they will be available on a first come, first serve basis. After supplies run out, those who ordered those sizes will be asked to take an XL. This is in regard to your Steeplechase Run/Walk shirt, not your Steps Together shirt.
After signing in with Steeplechase, come on over to the Steps Together tent to pick up your Steps Together shirt (if you haven't done so already), shop our beneficiary "flare" and just hang out with the team. We will have 2 10X10 tents along Amsterdam Drive.
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. Ideally we’d like to deal with as little cash as possible at our tent. We will still take cash but ask that when possible to please bring checks or exact change to purchase these items. All items and sizes are while supplies last and include shirts, hats, bracelets and magnets.
What is the address and driving directions for the event?
Amsterdam Elementary School, 301 Amsterdam Drive, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
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.
Is it possible for everyone to park at Amsterdam School?
No. 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?
Should you opt for the alternate parking site, we have two locations available. Please utilize these parking options!
The Baseball Complex on Willow Road is located at 530 Willow Road, Hillsborough and has 200 spots available.
Pheasants Landing Restaurant is located at 311 Amwell Road, Hillsborough and has 200 spots available.
4 large sized school buses will run from 7:15 AM to 12PM (2 from each location) to take you directly to and from Amsterdam School. Use this option so you don't have to walk to your walk.
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.
Is there a course map?
Walk: Will follow the 5K map but will not make a left on Petrick Farm Road. Participants will continue on Mack and loop back on Burniston to Amsterdam.
Course Marshals will direct you on all courses!
Will there be water on the course?
There will be water along the course. 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. Water will be at the 1 mile mark on the walk course.
Will there be bathrooms on the course?
Bathrooms will only be at the starting and finish line.
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.
Can I bring my sponsorship donations made via check with me on event day or should I mail them?
Whichever is easier... 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.
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 25th. We invite you all to join us for a drink to celebrate our collective accomplishments. This will be a cash bar, cash menu event. (well not cash really but Steps Together did not prearrange food) If you are on facebook and plan on coming, please RSVP to the following event so we can better help the restaurant plan staffing. https://www.facebook.com/events/772593536213915/
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. Face painting may also be available.
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.
Is it to late to fundraise?
Never!! Participants can still create a fundraising page. Click here to create yours. 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!