Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: 3/16/2014

 

*  Where and when is the event?

The event is on Saturday May 3, 2014.Registration begins at 8 AM.The actual walking begins at 9 AM.Plan to get there BEFORE 8 AM.I need to get everyone signed up early enough so we can get a team photo before 9 AM.

 

*  How does the fundraising work? Do I have to get sponsors?Do they pledge a flat amount or pledge per mile?

Each walker over the age of 12 needs to a raise a minimum of $25 to walk.Money can be donated individually and from sponsors as well.Pledge amounts are a flat amount of whatever your sponsor wishes to offer.

 

*  What is the total distance that has to be walked?

There really is none. We have a variety of people at the Walk with varying health conditions.Individuals decide for themselves when to turn around and go back based on how they feel.So donít let any concern about your stamina hold you back.Itís the thought that counts with this event.If you are up for distance though, there are 4, 6, and 8 mile markers.Regardless of how far you intend to walk, be sure to wear sneakers!!

 

There is also a Virtual Walker option where you can join the team as a member, raise money for the team from sponsors without walking. This is a good option for those who are impaired.

 

*  What if I get too tired to walk back?!?

Donít worry itís covered.Shuttle buses routinely patrol the course to pick up anyone wants a ride back.There are also rest stops staggered over the course of the Walk where free refreshments are provided and portable toilets reside.

 

*  What if I want to run instead of walk?

We got that covered too.There are 5K & 10K runs you can sign up for.††

 

*  What about parking and traffic?

Whatever you do, make sure you do NOT attempt to come through the Center City.The Broad Street Run is the same day and the police will completely block off Broad St.Avoid it at ALL costs!If you have to come from that way take 676.There will be many areas around the Art Museum that will be blocked off for parking.Be sure to bring coin change though because some of the spots are metered as you get further away from the Art Museum.The earlier you get down there, the better your parking situation will be.

 

*  Where do we meet at?

Our team has a dedicated tent spot to meet at.It is located at the curb right next to the Food tent.It has an "OLD CITY POSSE" blue banner with white lettering to look for.We are going to try to hang it up from the tentís tarp but it may only be possible to hang it over the side of the table. I won't know until I get there Sunday morning.It will have two tables each with an NMSS volunteer to check in our team.That means that you will not have to wait in the general lines with all the other people.

 

*  What if it rains?

Then basically we get wet.There is something like a five year waiting list for booking the Art Museum area for fundraising.So it would be impossible to reschedule it.This is an all weather event.

 

*  Where does the money raised go?

The majority of it funds MS related research.Other parts go to funding informational programs and aid programs for persons afflicted with MS.

 

*  How many people have MS?What kind of problems does it cause?

*  Over 400,000 Americans are reported as having MS.The disease attacks nerve tissue in the brain and spinal cord.This disrupts communication between the brain and muscles resulting in all types of problems such as blindness, paralysis, bowel disorder, numbness, pain, spasms, weakness, and many other types of problems.

 

*  How do I sign up for you team?

*  Click here and then follow the instructions below.You may have to temporarily disable your pop-up blocker.

*  Right after you entered all your information, there is a screen that will recap everything you entered.Make sure you click on the button at the bottom of the screen to confirm it.Sometimes people forget to do this because it appears that they are done.If you forget to do this and close the window, you will have to start all over again.After you are finished, you receive a confirmation email.

 

*  What if I donít want to walk but still want to sponsor your team?

*  You can sponsor me by clicking here.You may have to temporarily disable your pop-up blocker.There is no minimum donation amount.Every bit helps and is greatly appreciated.

 

*  What if I have trouble registering online?

You can either contact me at BobCaruso@oldcityposse.org & I will try to help.You can also contact the MS Walk event coordinator Adrienne Webb (Adrienne.Webb@nmss.org) / (215)271-1500.

*  Are other types of sponsorship opportunities available?

The event is always looking for other types of sponsorship.If you know of any interest please contact myself or Nicole.Examples are:

*  Food donations for the Walk rest stops and the lunch provided at the end.

*  Official corporate sponsorship of the event itself (i.e. donate a nominal fee and get corporate booth at the event, flags with corporations name on it, or the corporations name listed as a sponsor on the MS Walk t-shirts.

 

*  Why doesnít your team have their own t-shirts?

This is something Iíve struggled with.On one hand, it would be great to have team t-shirts.On the other, they would cost a significant amount of money that could be going into the charity instead.If anyone has an idea on how to solve this dilemma, please let me know.

 

If you have any more questions, please let me know and I will gladly add them to this section.I can be contact at BobCaruso@oldcityposse.org.