FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions or need help, please email us at info.usa@marymeals.org or call 800-385-4983.

When can I run the race?

The great part about a virtual event is that you can participate any time that works for you! We recommend you participate around the Thanksgiving holiday between Monday, November 22 and Sunday, November 28 as we’ll be sharing and promoting the race on our social channels during that time.

Where is the race taking place?

Thanks to the virtual format, you’re welcome to participate anywhere! While most races make a huge production about location, Mary’s Meals USA loves the idea of you and your team participating in Run as One in your own neighborhoods, parks, and local communities. Besides, you may decide that you want to be creative and “run” on the elliptical at the gym or “dance” in the kitchen to support Run as One. Every little act of love is welcomed and encouraged!

Do I have to build a team?

Not at all! You can sign up as an individual and know that you are participating in an awesome virtual event that helps children across the world with hundreds of other Mary’s Meals supporters. We would love it if you shared your virtual race on social media and tagged @MaryMealsUSA or use #MarysMealsRAO.

How can I tell my friends and co-workers about this race?

We want as many people to know about the mission of Mary’s Meals as possible and this event is meant to be an easy and fun way to spread the message! You have the option to create a team during registration, which would be a great tool to invite your friends, family or co-workers. After registration, we will provide you with links to share through email and on social media. Take it one step further and organize an informal gathering and run or walk your “race” together!

How much does it cost?

Register by Sunday, November 7 to receive the early-bird rate of $20. After November 7, registration is $25. Youth registration is $15. You can also register as a family (for a household up to 5) for $60.

What is in my race packet?

Your packet will include a limited edition Run as One 2021 t-shirt and race bib. We encourage you to wear your shirt year-round to help us raise awareness for the children who benefit from Mary’s Meals!

Information on my registration confirmation is wrong. What should I do?

Please email us at info.usa@marysmeals.org or call 800-385-4983. We’ll help you get things sorted right away!

Why is this event called Run as One?

We Run as One because we are one Mary’s Meals family. Mary’s Meals values all members of our family whether they are the children who receive a meal at school, the volunteers who prepare the meals, or the folks who organize grassroots fundraising efforts here in the United States. The unique element about Run as One is that people can share their little acts of love and feel solidarity with the children Mary’s Meals feeds. There are various distances people can choose to take part in, ranging from small to large, and participants can relate these distances to the distances some children have to make to get to school.

I love social media! How can I connect?

Glad you asked! Like us on Facebook (@MarysMealsUSA) and follow us on Instagram (@MarysMealsUSA) or Twitter (@MarysMeals). We encourage you to upload your favorite photos from the virtual event and tag us or use #MarysMealsRAO.