Can I walk the 5K or do I have to run?
Either! Whatever you feel comfortable with. Walk, run, skip, jog, or a combination of all. Just come out and participate!
What is the difference in signing up as a team or as an individual?
When you sign up as a team (5+) you receive a $3 per person discount. Each team also comes up with a team name and we will award the most creative team name on Race Day. We will also award the team with the best costumes. So get creative!!!
Are strollers allowed?
Certainly! Miss Harper will be in one! However, we do ask that anyone pushing a stroller start behind all runners and walkers for the safety of everyone participating.
Can children participate?
Yes! We encourage all ages to participate in the Harper's Heart Run. We do ask that each person be a registered participant though. Registered participants have paid the registration fee, as well as signed a waiver or a waiver has been signed on their behalf.
Can I register on Race Day?
Yes, but we suggest registering ahead of time. That way you can guarantee your spot as well as your t-shirt size. Race Day registration will end at 7:30 a.m.
Can I see the course?
Yes, below is the link to the 5K Course map. We are thankful to the organizers of the Magnolia Festival 5K for getting this course USATF Certified this year and allowing us to use the same course map and certification.
What is included with my Harper's Heart registration fee?
Each paid participant will receive a Harper's Heart Run t-shirt. All partcipants excluding virtual runners will receive a Participant package full of a wide variety of goodies from our sponsors including pens, bracelets, cookies, coupons, and your race day bib. Runners will also have access to our Runner's Expo for post-race refreshment and will be registered for one of our many door prizes that will be given away post race.
Where and when do I pick up my Harper's Heart Run race packet?
Packet pickup will be Thursday, September 27th at Buffalo Wild Wings in Gardendale from 10am - 7pm.
What is chip timing?
A chip is placed on your race bib that times your start time and finish time. When you cross the starting line, it registers that you've started and when you cross the finish line, it clocks your time. Because you may not cross the start line for a couple of minutes, this captures your accurate race time. To be eligible for awards, you must be chip-timed. All 5K participants will be chip-timed. There is no additional fee.
What happens in the event of inclement weather on race day?
The Harper's Heart Run will go on, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, there will be no refunds. All proceeds will still be donated to Children's of Alabama.
I registered, but now something's come up and I can't participate? Do you offer refunds?
Unfortunately all registrations are non-refundable, but we will be glad to mail you your t-shirt!
Why are you donating the proceeds to Children's of Alabama?
If Harper would've been born approximately 30 years ago, we would've been told to enjoy our baby while we had her because there was nothing that they could do to save her. Thanks to miracles the Lord has performed in her body and the advancements made in congenital heart defect (CHD) research, our baby girl has a hope and a future. There is no way to "cure" Harper's heart. This is a path that Harper will be on for the rest of her life. And with further advancements in CHD research, there will be better options for her in the future than there are even now.
Also, we have such a strong support system of family, friends, and complete strangers. But there are so many others who don't have that around them. This is something we can do for EVERYONE affected by CHDs, not just Harper.
CHD Research is grossly underfunded in America. Only a fraction of a penny of medical research funding is designated to CHD research.
Also, please review the Runner Information form here: