_The 2023 Optometry Cares Run/Walk:
Join us for the virtual 5K run/walk to support Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation! You can participate anytime between Saturday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 29 - just map your course, lace up your shoes and go for a walk or run! You may complete the race wherever you would like but please remember to practice safe social distancing.
Step 1: Register for $30. Sign up today and invite friends, family and colleagues to join. Don't forget to click on the link after registering to share the race on your Facebook – this will save you $1 off your registration fee.
You can also create your own fundraising team! Just click the "Fundraise" button to learn more.
Online registration closes on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:59PM CDT.
Step 2: Complete the 5K. Whether it’s outside, on a treadmill, or even doing laps around your house, lace up your shoes and have fun!
Please note that you do not have to complete the challenge on June 26, as long as you upload your results by Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:59PM CDT (more info in Step 3).
Step 3: Submit your time. You may post your results from now until Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:59PM CDT. Share your favorite moments/pictures/videos along the way by tagging Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation on Facebook!
Please note that we will not be having overall or age group awards for virtual participants so uploading your results is optional. However, we encourage a little friendly competition and the top runners will have bragging rights!
How can I set up a Fundraising Team for Optometry Cares® to help increase support?
After I create a Fundraising Team, how do I invite my friends to join my Fundraising Team?
1. Visit https://www.raceentry.com/
2. Click “log in” on the top right
3. Enter your account information and select ‘log in”
If you don’t remember your password, you can use the “Reset Password” button
4. Go to the “Fundraising For” section and select your “Fundraising Team” name, this will take you to your team’s fundraising page
5. Go your address bar and copy the address at the top, you can share this link with your friends and encourage them to:
i. Click the “Donate” button to make a one-time donation towards your team goal
ii. Click “Join” so they can start fundraising for your team as well
iii. “Register” will just register them for the virtual race. Note that it will not actually group your registration in a team – teams are only for fundraising.
New to virtual runs? Check out this page or this 2-minute video for general info.
Not sure where to run? Create your own course! Please see the below possibilities!
For road routes (be mindful of traffic): https://www.google.com/maps
For off-road routes: www.alltrails.com
Or use your favorite smartphone/smart watch app!
Will I receive any swag? Yes! Each participant will receive a unisex super soft poly blend T-shirt and a medal. When you register, you will be asked to provide your t-shirt size, please see below size options.
Where do I upload my time? Go to "Manage My Registration" towards the top of the page and then click “Submit Race Results”. Participants may post results beginning through Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:59PM CDT.
Where do I share my photos and videos? We would love to see your photos and videos so please tag us on Facebook by using the #OptometryCares5K hashtag!
Thank you! Your generous support helps Optometry Cares® — The AOA Foundation to fulfill its mission of expanding eye care awareness, education and research to eye and vision care to everyone in the United States in order to enhance human performance and quality of life.
-) 2023 race registration is open • Registration Information