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FAQs about 2024 Steps for Life Virtual 5k

Q: What is a virtual run and walk?
A virtual run or walk is an event that can take place at a location of your choice and either be completed all at once or over time.

Q: How does the Steps for Life Virtual 5k work?
Participants can complete their 5k (3.1 miles) any time between now and Monday September 30, 2024 @ noon ET, and in any location they choose! Once you complete your 5k, simply email your results to to be eligible for a Top Finisher medal.

Submit your completion time to
You can track your 5k using a wearable activity device or a phone app. Please submit a screenshot of your time and distance by Monday September 30, 2024 @ noon ET.

Q: Should I still form a team and fundraise as I did in the past?
Absolutely! You can form a team, send out emails, and track your progress on your personal and/or team page. Check out the Fundraising Guide for some ideas on how to get started!

Q: I registered for the $60 level. When will my swab kit arrive?
This level is to add a donor to the registry. If you would like us to mail you a kit so you can swab and be added as a donor, we are happy to do so. Please email and let us know. Otherwise, this will be used for someone else.

Q: Who can participate?
Everybody and anybody! There is no age limit and there are no restrictions. Grab your shoes and run, jog, walk, or skip - it doesn’t matter. Just get out there and get moving!

Q: Do I need to submit my time and photos in order to receive my shirt?
No. For the $40 and $60 levels, shirts will be sent out in batches beginning in early October. Please allow 7-10 days once mailed.

Your registration will serve as your participation. However, if you want to qualify for one of the Top Finisher Medals, we encourage you to use a wearable activity tracker or time yourself with a phone app. When you are finished, please submit your time to

Send us your photos and share on social media using #GiftOfLifeVirtual5k #StepsForLife @giftoflifemarrowregistry

Q: What is the schedule of events?
Registration: Open until Monday September 30, 2024 @ noon ET
Kick-Off Ceremony: Sunday September 15, 2024 @ noon ET on our Facebook page
Submit Times by: Monday September 30, 2024 @ noon ET
Closing Ceremony: Monday September 30, 2024 @ 7 PM ET on our Facebook page

Q: Will I be timed?
Only by you! You are welcome to time yourself however you’re comfortable. When you complete your 5k, please submit your time to

Q: Is there a certain course I need to run?
No. Run, jog or walk on the road, trail, or treadmill. Participate in your own race and at your own pace!

Q: What are the awards categories?
Awards will be mailed to individuals in the following Top Finisher categories. Be sure to submit your time to by Monday September 30, 2024 @ noon ET. Winners will be announced during the Closing Ceremony on Monday September 30, 2024 @ 7 PM ET on our Facebook page.

Q: If I qualify as a Top Finisher, when will I receive my medal?
You will receive your Top Finisher medal after the winners are announced during the Closing Ceremony on Monday September 30, 2024 @ 7 PM ET on our Facebook page. Medals will be mailed to your registered mailing address.

Q: Can I get a refund if I no longer wish to participate?
Unfortunately, refunds are not available and we hope you will consider switching your registration fee over to a donation to Gift of Life.

Q: I don’t live in the United States, can I still participate?
Absolutely! A Virtual 5k means you can participate anywhere in the world!

Q: I'd like to make a donation. Where can I do that?
Start by heading to the Sponsor Runner page and search by Individual, Team, or make a general event donation.


Still have questions? Email us and we’ll answer any questions you have.

Still have questions?

Email our National Events Coordinator, Jody at