1. Things You Should Know:
    • The minimum age to participate is 10 years old on race day.
    • Full rules and information about the B.A.A. 5K can be found here.
    • The fundraising minimum is $1000, although we encourage you to raise as much as possible. While some of our runners fundraise independently, we encourage runners and guides to work together to hit their fundraising goal! See our fundraising tips below.
    • The race entry fee is $55, payable by credit card. We will contact you directly with information how to complete your registration with the B.A.A.
    • All runners will have to pay an entry fee for the B.A.A. 5K
    • Team gear includes a tech shirt
  2. Fill out the signup form on this website and select a training date. We will contact you to confirm your registration, obtain your credit card information, and match you with a sighted guide if you don't have one already.
  3. As soon as you've received confirmation from the Blindfold Challenge, you should start fundraising. We'll send you a link to our online fundraising platform.
  4. Other Ways To Participate
    • If you're interested in being a sighted guide, contact Andrea Croak
    • If you'd like to help raise money but don't want to run blindfolded, feel free to register for the B.A.A. 5K as a regular participant, plan a virtual run or walk, or join our cheering squad. Contact us and we'll set you up with a fundraising page.

Fundraising Tips

There are many different ways to fundraise for the Blindfold Challenge, and we provide support as needed to help participants meet their goal. Here are some tips to get started:

  1. After creating your fundraising page, send an email to all your family and friends telling them why you decided to take on the Blindfold Challenge, and ask them for their support. Be sure to provide the link to your fundraising page in the email so they can easily donate online. View sample fundraising email.
  2. Share your fundraising page link on social media: your Facebook friends and Twitter followers might want to support you, too. Post photos from blindfold practice runs and trainings and status updates to build excitement before your race.
  3. Host a fundraising event. Invite friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, etc. to a party where they can donate in person. Restaurants and bars will often accommodate fundraising events at no cost if you ask. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us if you'd like our help.
  4. Start a blog. If you're training to run the 5K, whether blindfolded or as the guide, keep a blog to share training updates and photos. Include fundraising updates so your blog readers can keep up with your progress, and feel involved in the process. Easy-to-use blog platforms include Wordpress.com and Blogger.com. See a previous participant's blog.
  5. Don't be afraid to just ask for donations! Follow-up your fundraising email with personal calls to your family members and friends asking them if they'd like to donate. You'd be surprised how many will say yes!