Frequently Asked Questions

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How long is a 5K?

5 kilometers = 3.1 miles. You can run or walk it. It is not timed.

How long is a 10K?

10 kilometers = 6.2 miles. You can run or walk it. It is not timed..

Do I have to run / walk in order to attend Omar's Dream Run?

No, you do not need to run / walk to participate in the event. This is a fun event, you are always welcome to join, support the cause and encourage the participants.

Do I need a PayPal account to register for the run?

You don’t need a PayPal account to register. When registrants click on “Submit” button, there is an option to use a credit or debit card.

Is there deadline for registration?

There is no registration deadline. You can register up to the day of the run.

However, we encourage participants to take advantage of our early registration pricing.

Pricing:
$35: Aug. 18th thru Sep. 16th
$40: Sep. 17th thru Oct 14th

Can I show up at the day of the run and register at the park?

Absolutely! You can register on the day of the run at the park or online through our website.

However, we encourage everybody to register early and take advantage of early registration pricing.

I have registered. What happens next?

There is nothing else needed once you have received your confirmation for registration. Show up on Run day with your signed waiver!

We will be sending out communication(s) about early check-in and any updates as we get closer to the run.

Can I check in early and pick up my race packet?

Yes, there will be two early check-in days this year.

1. Tuesday, October 9th at Evergreen Village Square (4:00PM – 7:00PM)

2. Friday, October 12th at Evergreen Village Square (4:00PM – 7:00PM)

Look for Omar’s Dream sign near the fountain!

Address: 4055 Evergreen Village Square, San Jose, CA 95135

Do I need a waiver and how do I sign it?

Yes, each participant is required to sign a waiver to participate. Please, bring a signed waiver with you on run day or early check-in

Can I check in for someone else?

Yes, but please bring their registration confirmation and signed run waiver with you.

Where can I park?

Hellyer Park has plenty of parking for all participants in the Buena Vista and Cottonwood group area parking lots.

Parking is $6. Please bring $6 cash in order to speed up the process and allow everyone ample time to get to the main area and check in.

Are there bathrooms on the course?

Yes. Bathrooms are located near the start/finish area.

There is facility for accessible bathrooms as well.

Race Changes: Switching from a 5k distance --> 10k distance or vice versa

Before the early checkin: If you would like to switch the distance, please email this request along with first name and last name of the registered runner to info@omarsdream.org.

After the early checkin: If you decide to switch the distance, please checkin at the registration desk on race morning and we will switch the Bib for you.

What time does Omar's Dream Run begin?

The 10K Run will start at 10:00 a.m., and the 5K Run will start at 10:15 a.m. If you have not taken advantage of early check-in, you will want to arrive by 9:00 a.m. on race day to pick up your bib, t-shirt and awesome surprises!

Can I buy a t-shirt on race day?

Yes, you can buy t-shirts at the park for $10 each after the run starts.

Is there an award for winning the race?

There will be medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in men, women and youth categories.

In addition, we will have post-run snacks and ice-cream for all participants!

Will there be somewhere to leave my sweatshirt/warm up clothes?

Yes, there will be a designated location near the check-in area where you can leave your non-valuable items for storage during the run.

Please bring a bag to store your belongings. Please do not leave valuables in your bags, as we are not responsible for these items.

Can I volunteer?

We love volunteers. And, in fact, we are fortunate enough to have tremendous support from our Community.

Please, fill out the volunteer registration form under “Ways to Help” section or send an email to info@omarsdream.org to inquire about volunteering opportunities.

Is there a time limit to finish the race?

Participants should be prepared to maintain a continuous pace.

We expect the participants to complete the course by 12:00 noon. You will have plenty of time to finish. Please be safe and have fun!

Can I wear headphones?

Yes, but please keep the volume low enough so that you can hear other runners or instructions from event personnel.

We also ask that you remove them when you reach the Aid Station and in a large crowd. Above all, safety first!

Can I bring a stroller?

Yes. This event is designed to be family friendly, so strollers are permitted on the course.

Safety must always come first. Please be cautious with your stroller, so as not to trip or collide with other participants.

Can I bring my pet(s)?

For your pet’s and the participants’ safety, please leave pets at home.

Will the run be cancelled if it rains?

No. The race will take place, rain or shine. We recommend people to check the weather beforehand and dress appropriately.

Do you issue refunds?

No. We are raising funds to support Omar’s Dream Program. We presume that, by having visited our site and registering, you are here for the same purpose.

All of Omar’s Dream Run proceeds will go to fund Omar’s Dream Program.