Is Your 5K a Fundraiser?

Many organizations hold 5K races as fundraising events.

With a good group of volunteers and local businesses to provide financial and material support, a race can make a large contribution to your organization’s budget.

While volunteers and generous businesses are essential, you also need to attract as many runners as possible.

With many races to choose from, how do you make your race stand out?

Most runners choose a race because of the date or a friend is running it. With multiple choices, how do you get more runners to your race?

A few years ago I developed the “My First 5K” medal for first time runners.

The My First 5K medal is a great way to add something unique to your race. 

As a registration add-on item it is easy to offer the medal to your runners and increase fundraising at the same time.

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Often first timers are children and their parents are more than happy to buy a medal for them.

It’s a wonderful way to celebrate a first run and a great way to encourage a child to keep on running.

Adults also buy these medals for themselves, their spouse, friend, or even their parent. The first person to buy a My First 5K medal was a woman who had just retired and was beginning her running adventure.

My First 5K Medal

My First 5K medal, runners medalWhen the My First 5K medal is a registration add-on item, usually 6% of registrations will include a medal. 

Races that support a school or youth club, and Holiday themed races have higher participation rates.

How does the My First 5K Medal work?

  • Place the My First 5K Medal on your registration as an option
  • When selected, a fee of $9.95 is added to the registration total
  • Your organization keeps $4.00 for each medal
  • We send to you a medal and bib sticker for each runner who orders one
  • You do not need to collect money, design or budget for medals
  • After your race, send $5.95 to Omni Running for each medal sold

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The red bib sticker helps your volunteers identify each runner who is getting a medal.

You can give the medals at the finish line or call the kids up for their own awards ceremony.

I usually give the medals at the finish line. Most races place the sticker on the bibs before race day and keep a list of the bib numbers as back up.

We take the risk out and put the profit in to offering medals

If your race awards finisher’s medals, it’s a challenge to order the right amount. The My First 5K medal eliminates the guess-work: you get the medals ordered and paid for by your runners when they registered. 

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No upfront costs: Instead of buying medals, runners pay for them during registration. You pay after your race.

Always the right number of medals: We provide the medals your runners ordered and you never end up with extra medal, or disappointed runners.

High quality medals: These custom 2″ medals are similar to marathon medals.   

Increase fundraising: Offering a medal for first time runners is an excellent way to increase your registrations

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