I cannot participate in the run/walk, can I donate instead?
We would love your participation. But, we welcome your donation and are very much thankful for it. Click here to pledge an amount and support Vibha's cause.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes. Receipts will be mailed to your house.
How does The Dream Mile run/walk work?
Walkers and runners are all ages and participants can walk as individuals, families, groups, work teams and more. Refreshments are available before the Walk and Run and throughout the course, and volunteers are stationed along the Walk route to ensure that walkers stay on course.
How long is the Run/Walk?
There is a 5K path, a 10K trail and Half Marathon route.
Can my kids participate?
Yes. Given that Vibha’s vision is to provide a brighter future for underprivileged children, it makes perfect sense to get your children involved. However, parental discretion is advised for distances. And, of course, the Carnival provides a wide range of games and activities for children.
What should I wear?
Comfortable shoes, a hat, sunglasses and extra sunscreen. Serious runners wishing to participate in the Race should wear their running gear.
Is the Run/Walk a race?
Yes, The Dream Mile is a Race with USATF certified trail and Timing provided by a professional firm. Winners in each category will receive medals as prizes. However if you do not wish to run, you may still walk the trail at your own pace. We just request the "walkers" to please give way to the runners so they may be able to keep their timing.
What happens if it rains on the day of the event?
The event goes on. If it rains hard and it becomes too difficult to run/walk, the route will be shortened.
Is this Race stroller friendly?
Yes, you can bring your kids in the storller. However please be mindful of other runners and stay towards the side on the trail.
I cannot run. Can I just walk?
Yes, Dream Mile is walker friendly. We encourage all participants to train in an effort to complete the race within the race end time which is 11 AM.
How do I register for the Dream Mile?
You can register Register online or offline. For offline registartion, see next question.
Register at the venue on the day of the event at 6:30AM.
Send us an e-mail for more info.
How does offline registration works?
For offline registration, download the form from here. You can submit the form in one of following ways:
- Mail Us: You can send this registration form via mail. As per race option selected, kindly enclose a Check payable to: Vibha or Help Them Grow, Inc
Mailing Address: Help Them Grow, Inc. dba Vibha, 1030 E EL Camino Real #424, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
- Paypal: Scanned copy of completed registration forms can be accepted. Please email email@example.com
Can I register/pay on the day of the event?
Yes, it is possible to pay on the day of the event. However, we prefer if participants pre-register since that will give us an idea of the expected number of participants.
If you still want to, please plan to be at the venue earlier.
Fundraising / Pledges
What is a Pledge?
A pledge is an amount that is donated by an individual who wishes to support out cause.
How can I raise pledges?
Please click here for more information. Then click the 'Set Up Your Fundraiser' button on the top to setup your own pledge page.
Are pledges a must?
No, they are not a must, but pledges are a very important part of the Run/Walk. Pledges constitute a significant portion of the funds raised through the Run/Walk. Pledging is one way of showing you support the cause. Becoming a fundraiser is another – not only are you saying you wish to support the cause , but you also help us spread the word by trying to involve your friends and family.
How is the money raised through pledges used?
The money you raise through the pledge drive is used to directly fund child development projects.
What is the Carnival?
The Carnival is a fun-filled event for all ages, with various games and activities. It will include game stalls, face painting, mehndi and lots of other fun activities to provide a relaxing and festive atmosphere after the Walk. There will also be some entertainment and music for a post Walk celebration.
Will there be food?
Yes, there will be some light refreshments and picnic food available.
Is this only for children?
No, The carnival is for everyone. However, most of the activities are geared toward children.
Are there any kids activities planned?
We don't have a 1.5 K walk for the kids. There will be lots of games after the walk to keep the kids occupied.
How many people will be there?
We expect around 1500 participants including children and 100+ other volunteers and spectators.
Can I bring my pets for the race? How about if on a leash?
We are fond of pets but we will not allow them on the trail for the comfort and safety of other Dream Mile runners.
Will photos be takes along the course and at the finish line? How do we receive it?
Yes, photos are taken along the course and at the start and finish line. Link to the pictures will be posted on http://www.thedreammile.