We Can Run, Walk & Roll FAQs
Q: Is this race only for participants in wheelchairs or teams?
A: Absolutely not. This is a competitive 5K race for participants of all abilities. Our race is for runners and walkers competing individually and those who are differently-abled who may compete by using a wheelchair, either assisted by a team or unassisted. If assistance is required, up to three people can be registered as pushers. Also, we encourage people to participate if they would like to walk either the 1-mile or 5K distance.
Q: What are the age limits for kids who want to participate?
A: Children must be 5 years old to participate as a runner or walker. Children who are less than 10 years old who are participating must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the race. Children less than 5 years old may be pushed by an adult in a jogging stroller.
Q: Will there be age brackets for results and prizes for each bracket?
A: Age Brackets are as follows:
5K Men and Women:
- 70 & over
1-Mile Men & Women:
- 70 & over
Q: Will there be a rain date or alternate date in the event of inclement weather?
A: The start time of the race may be adjusted for weather concerns. Running is an all-weather sport, so we hope to continue the race on the day as planned.
Q: If I need runners to assist me during the race pushing my wheelchair, how do I find a team?
A: Please contact one of the CCH staff members listed on the Contact Us section at the bottom of this page.
Or, on the registration form, indicate that you need someone to push you and CCH staff volunteers will help you coordinate a team – including giving you a chance to meet your team and practice with them in the month leading up to the event, if possible.
Q: What if my pusher cannot run the whole race?
A: We can assist you in finding additional pusher(s) for your team in order to meet your team’s running abilities. Please indicate you need an additional team member on your registration form.
Q: How do I volunteer to help with this great event?
A: Please contact one of the CCH staff members listed in the Contact Us section at the bottom of this page.
Q: What if I need a wheelchair appropriate to participate in the race?
A: We can provide one for you to train in and participate in the day of the race. Please indicate the equipment you need on your registration form and we will contact you.
Q: If I can propel my own wheelchair, do I have to have a pusher?
A: No. We are encouraging people with all ability levels to participate. Team registration is only needed if you are not able to propel your chair yourself.
Please prepare for the race by training for the distance of your choice. This race is intended for self-propelled wheelchairs (for those who are able) or for team members who push wheelchairs. Please do not use electric wheelchairs or scooters.
Q: Can a wheelchair participant “roll” with or without assistance for part of the race and then walk part of the race?
A: Yes, we anticipate allowing participants to walk part of the race if they desire, particularly across the finish line in the stadium with onlookers cheering them on at the completion of the race!
However, safety of all participants is our top concern and an entrant will need to either have the appropriate assistance or team members to support this part of the race to ensure they do not endanger their own or others’ safety.
Q: Where will parking be located?
A: There is parking on the west side of Memorial Stadium and also north of the Pawnee Plunge waterpark inside Pawnee Park. Both locations are close to the starting line of the race. There are handicap accessible stalls marked in both parking lots. We will have attendants directing traffic the morning of the race and access will be closed just prior to the start of the race for the safety of participants.
Q: What’s the course like?
A: The course is a flat 5K (3.1 mile) or 1-mile distance which winds through Pawnee Park West and East and ends inside Memorial Stadium. There will be plenty of opportunity for spectators to see participants at several points during the 1-mile or 5K races.
Participants in both races will start and finish at the same locations. A course map is available by calling 402-562-3333.
Q: Will there be aid stations at the race?
A: Columbus Community Hospital will be providing health care professionals at aid stations along the route of the race for anyone needing assistance. The aid stations will include water for participants during the race. For emergency situations, Midwest Medical Transport Company will be providing EMS coverage on-site.
Q: Where do I find the registration form for this event?
A: Registration is now done online through the main We Can Run, Walk & Roll page of our website.
Registration forms will also be distributed throughout the Columbus area before the event.
To register a wheelchair team or if you would like a hard copy of the registration form mailed to you to fill out and return with payment, please contact one of the We Can Run, Walk & Roll event organizers listed below.
For more information on We Can Run, Walk & Roll, visit the main We Can Run, Walk & Run page of our website
or contact representatives from the event’s planning committee.
The committee is made up of several CCH staff volunteers, including:
Doug Janssen, PT, DPT
Director of Rehabilitative Services
Rehabilitative Services at the Wellness Center
Jill Zaruba, OTR/L
Wiggles and Giggles Clinic Supervisor
Wiggles & Giggles Therapy for Kids™