FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR THE WALKATHON

What is a Walkathon?

A walkathon, also known as walking marathon, is a type of school fundraiser in which participants raise money by collecting pledges for walking the course. This year marks BCS’s 16th annual Walkathon. The BCS Walkathon is a community-building event where we all come together and make or reconnect with friends. Kids get a big work out and have tons of fun. Grown-ups come to support the children and socialize with each other. It’s a fun day for a great cause. All donations received go to the BBC to support our children. What does the Walkathon support?

What does the Walkathon support?

In past years, the walkathon funds have supported kilns at both campuses, MPR improvements, lunch tables and accompanying shade structures, water fountains, play structures, the bi-annual BCS Invitational Junior Olympics and much more.

When and where is this year’s Walkathon?

The Walkathon will be held on Saturday, October 12th on the track at the BCS South Campus from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Check-in will begin at 8:30 am.

Do I need to be there at 9:00 AM? Do I need to stay until 2:00 PM?  Is this a drop-off event?

The Walkathon hours are from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with check-in starting at 8:30 am. Many families come and go as their schedules permit. Some families will be there for the whole day. Do what’s best for your family. THIS IS A FAMILY EVENT, NOT A DROP-OFF EVENT. YOU OR ANOTHER GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT AT ALL TIMES WITH YOUR CHILD(REN).

Who needs to register to participate in the Walkathon?

All children, between the ages of four and 18 must register, pay the registration fee, and receive permission in order to participate in the Walkathon. This includes all BCS students, siblings, and alumnus. Siblings under the age of four can register for free. Parents/Adults do not need to register or pledge to walk with your child(ren). You are encouraged to register online. This is much easier than waiting in line on the day of the event.

How much is the registration fee, and what does it cover?

The registration fee is as follows:

$45 - Between September 20th and September 30th registration is $45 per participant. This guarantees you a 2019 Walkathon T-Shirt.

$45 - Between October 1st and October 10th. T-shirt is not guaranteed.

$50 - Day of Registration - No T-shirt.

Each registered participant also gets a complimentary hot dog and popsicle at concession when they present their lap card.

Who gets a Walkathon T-shirt?

To be guaranteed your BCS Walkathon t-shirt, you must register online on or before September 30th. Early registration closes at 8pm on September 30th. After that, you can continue to register, but will not be guaranteed a t-shirt. In fact, we’ll have very few extras to give out to participants that register after September 30th, so it is a good idea to go to the registration page early.

Can I order additional t-shirts?

Yes, but only before September 30th. The registration page allows you to order and pay for additional t-shirts, at the time of registration. This option will not be available after September 30th at 8pm, in order to facilitate t-shirt ordering and production.

What is the registration deadline?

We strongly encourage everyone to pre-register online.

There are 2 pre-registration deadlines:

• September 30th, 8pm: Last day to register online and be guaranteed a free Walkathon T-shirt. Also last day to order and pay for additional Walkathon T-shirts.

• October 10th: Online registration closes.

Registration on the day of the Walkathon will be available for $50.

If you register after September 30th, you will get a Walkathon T-shirt only while supplies last. Registering online before September 30th will minimize waiting time when you arrive at the event. You can get your lap card and get onto the track quickly.

What is our fundraising goal and how are the funds used by the school?

Our fundraising goal is $40,000 this year. Even one pledge of $35 per participant, in addition to the registration fee, will help us reach our goal. The funds area used directly by the BBC toward programs, initiatives and events to support the school and teachers.

What is the pledge page?

Students/participants can use the Friends and Family pledge page and link to solicit pledges from sponsors such as parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, or anyone that is appropriate. Sponsors can choose a flat pledge and then pay online via their credit card.

Where should I park?

Please park in the large lot shared by BCS and Blach, or on the non-residential side of Covington Road. If you need to park on the residential side, please be considerate of our neighbors and do not block their driveways or mailboxes.

What should I expect when I arrive?

When you get to the BCS Walkathon, go to the registration table to check in and get your child’s Walkathon “lap card” and bracelet. As soon as you’re done, you’re ready to start walking the course! If you did not register online, you will need to register at the Walkathon registration table. We strongly encourage you to register and make your pledge early!

Can I come to the Walkathon on October 12th if I haven’t registered?

Yes, but the registration fee goes up to $50. You are strongly encouraged to register online ahead of time so that on the day of the event we can process your students quickly and get them on the track.

How long is the course?

The course is a 1/4 mile loop around the Blach/BCS South Track. The terrain is grass and dirt track. There will be stations around the course for water, orange slices, and water sprays to cool off the participants.

What is a punch/lap card? How will I know how far my child walks?

Each child will receive a card with his/her name, teacher name, and grade. The card has numbered circles designating laps. The card gets attached to a necklace, and the participant wears it around his/ her neck. Each time the child completes a lap (1/4 mile), the child will hand their card to a parent volunteer who will be at the lap line with a hand held hole-puncher and the adult will “punch” the corresponding number on the card. When the participant is finished, the number of punched holes will designate the total distance walked (i.e., 20 laps completed = 5 miles). Lap cards are also used for receiving complimentary refreshments (popsicles and hot dogs) at concessions and tracking whether the participant has had his/her photo taken.

What are these bracelets I’ve heard about?

On every 4th lap (completion of a mile), your child gets a color-coded bracelet to mark their progress. Many children collect these bracelets. Others trade them away. But all the participants get a bracelet every mile as a reward for walking in the BCS Walkathon.

How many laps should my child walk?

Every child is different. Some have the endurance, motivation, and perhaps training to walk for the entire time, with breaks throughout the day. Others choose to walk a few miles, and spend the rest of the day cheering on their friends and socializing with one another. AS A PARENT, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MONITOR YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH AND ENSURE THAT HE/SHE DOES NOT WALK BEYOND HIS/HER LIMITS. BE SURE YOUR CHILD IS HYDRATED AND FED, AND ENCOURAGE MULTIPLE BREAKS FROM THE WALKING AND THE HEAT.

Is the Walkathon a competition between students?

No. Every child walking in the Walkathon should walk as much as they want, as long as they want, and as long as you can be there. There are individual awards for reaching 20, 30 and 40 laps, but there will not a top walker awards this year. Remember, first and foremost, the Walkathon is a community building event and a fundraiser for our school.

Are there prizes?

Yes! The theme of this year’s Walkathon is “Walk With A Little Help From Your Friends.” To encourage community spirit we will be awarding two classrooms on each campus who raises the greatest amount of money via pledges a pizza party at their Winter Class Party provided by the BBC!! One pizza party will go to a kinder through 3rd grade class and another will go to either the 4th or 5th grade class. Also, the one classroom on each campus with the most percent participation will earn a pizza party at their Winter Class Party compliments of the BBC. Additionally, every child who raises $50 and $100 above their registration fee will receive an individual award for their school support.

Can I walk with my child?

Of course! In fact, you and your whole family can walk together. Or, you can get together with other families to walk together. Or, you can organize a bunch of families to walk together so that parents can take turns on the Walkathon course! Many groups of friends will walk or run together. This is an event in which every combination of walking scenarios will occur.

Can I walk with a stroller on the track?

Yes.

Besides walking with my child, what can I do to support my child?

Please support your child in gathering pledges by sharing the Friends and Family link via email, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, or through Facebook messenger. 

Besides walking the track, are there any other activities for my child?

Yes! Your child can visit the Fun Stations at the Walkathon! They can check out Crazy Hair, Face Painting, Nail Polish, and Tattoos. Plus, have your child bring some quarters so he/she can pick out some fun prizes from the Walkathon Pocket Lady, who will be walking around the event.

What do I do when we are ready to leave?

When you are ready to leave, say good bye to your friends, run back for your forgotten water bottle and hat and head out. You can keep your lap card and your tags and bracelets as mementos of your fun day walking with your friends

Are pledge contributions tax-deductible?

Pledge contributions should be tax deductible.

Online payment will be made to Bullis Booster Club (BBC), which is part of a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The BBC’s tax id is 463439920.

However, the registration fee may or may not be tax deductible. Please consult a tax professional.

What about other sporting event conflicts such as soccer, swimming meet or football game?

All LASD schools are holding their Walkathon on this same day. Many organized sporting events may adjust their schedules accordingly. PLEASE NOTE: NO EXTRA LAPS WILL BE AWARDED FOR STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN OTHER ORGANIZED SPORTS ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT. LAP PUNCHES ARE AWARDED ONLY FOR THE LAPS COMPLETED AT WALKATHON.

What should I bring?

Bring refillable water bottles, hats, sunscreen, chairs, blankets, food, drinks, and anything else that will make you and your family comfortable on the Walkathon viewing field. BRING SUN CANOPIES AND UMBRELLAS IF YOU HAVE THEM AS THERE IS VERY LITTLE SHADE AT BCS SOUTH. There will be lots of good food and drinks for sale, so be sure to bring cash! A complimentary hot dog and popsicle will be provided for registered participants!

Can I bring my dog or other pet?

Pets are not allowed at the Walkathon. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your fellow community (and your pets) please leave your pets at home.

What else can I do to help?

The BCS Walkathon is parent volunteer driven effort. In order to make it successful, safe and fun for our students, we rely heavily on volunteer support. If you have not done so already, please consider signing up for a shift (or two).

Still have questions?

Please contact Sarah Kunz at sarah@kunz.ca.