"Race for Home" - May 4, 2019

Family-Friendly 5K Fun Run in Seattle's Seward Park

Event Registration: Opens January 1, 2019

We invite you to run alongside us in our family-friendly 5K fun run, where all abilities are welcome to run, walk, stroll or roll. Participants join together to celebrate at the finish line with music, food, fun, child-friendly activities and prizes.

WACAP brings over 40 years of family-building and expertise; you bring your team and enthusiasm for our mission. Proceeds from "Race for Home" support, through corporate sponsorship, individual and team fundraising and entry fees, the work of WACAP to find permanent homes for children waiting in U.S. Foster Care and internationally.

Event Details & FAQ

WACAP Families and Supporters at Race for Home 5K Fun Run - Seward Park

2018 Fun Run Photos

Story from Race Day


The Race for Home is a successful event thanks to our wonderful volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2019 Race for Home, please contact Mary Duncan.

WACAP Race for Home 5K Thank You Volunteers Photo Collage - Seward Park


Interested in Being an Event Sponsor? Learn more about Race for Home Event Sponsorship by contacting Melissa Reese at melissa.reese@wacap.org or 206-922-1516. 

Wear Blue for National Foster Care Month and 5k Run Fun Race for Home

Event Details

What are the race logistics? What? When? Where?

We will be holding the 2019 WACAP Race for Home at Seward Park! View the Course Map here. Water stations, restroom facilities and staff/volunteers are available to make sure everyone has a safe and fun time. Enjoy!

  • Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. 
  • 5K start is at 10:00 a.m. 
  • Our afterparty, with music, food, activities, and fun will last through noon.

What is the registration fee?

  • Early-bird prices are $35 for individuals and $30 per person for teams (5 or more) – by March 5.     
  • Regular prices are $40 for individuals and $35 per person for teams (5 or more) – before event. 
  • Day of Race prices are $50 for individuals and $40 per person for teams (5 or more).  
  • There are no registration refunds.

How old do you have to be to participate?

We encourage and welcome racers of all ages and abilities. As we say, join us to "run, walk, stroll or roll." Children and those needing assistance must have parental or caregiver supervision

What time should my team arrive?

Arrive 30-45 minutes prior to event start. Please enjoy our family friendly activities like face painting and Build-a-Costume booth for kids, get into your best blue costumes before the race begins. Please allow time for parking at the venue.

Will I be timed?

We will not officially time participants. You are welcome to wear a timing device to time yourself. This is a 5K fun run for all ages and abilities, emphasis on family and FUN!

Is there a gear check area provided?

There will be a free gear check area for personal items. Bags must be small enough to fit in a regular brown paper shopping bag. WACAP is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Can I bring my pet?

At WACAP, we love pets. This event, however, is geared toward families including members of all ages and abilities. For everyone's safety, we ask that you leave your pets at home. 

What swag will I receive as a registered racer?

All participants receive a tech material, event t-shirt on race day, as specified on their registration. To guarantee your selected size, we encourage you to register before April 1st.  Please see links to manufacturer sizing guidelines before ordering. There will be no size swapping on event day. In addition, racers will receive a race bib and a "virtual" race packet with offers, coupons, and other benefits from local businesses. We will also have an afterparty with music, food, and fun activities for the whole family.

Will my photo be taken?

WACAP will have event photographers on-site during the event capturing the best moments. Your registration includes consent for you and your family to be photographed at the event. These photos can be used by WACAP for promotion of future events and on social media. If you would like your team photos taken, please find one of our volunteers to capture a photo on your own phone/camera.

Do I need to wear a costume?

Costumes are not required, but you are encouraged to join the “sea of blue” participants who will dress up, decorate themselves and proudly wear the color that represents Foster Care Awareness Month. Face painting, build-a-costume booth for kids, and more will be part of our family activities on-site. There will be a costume contest at the event and prizes will be awarded.

Where can I pick up my Race Packet before the event?

Packets can be picked up at 8:00 a.m. on race day. Each packet will include a race bib and t-shirt. All other packet items will be "virtual" and stored online.

I have friends that are not participating, but still want to be involved. What can they do?

They can volunteer at the event! They can be a “Virtual Racer,” support your team fundraising or start their own fundraiser.

Will there be food at the event?

Yes. Our sponsors are donating healthy snacks and WACAP will provide water stations for participants. We encourage families to bring additional favorite snacks and accommodate personal dietary restrictions.

Can I wear a baby backpack or bring my child in a stroller or other wheelchair?

Yes. Baby backpacks, strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the course to accommodate all families, ages and abilities. Bicycles, scooters, wagons and non-necessary wheeled devices are not allowed on the course.

Absolutely! You can use the graphics and flier below. We encourage you to also find us on Facebook and twitter and our blog, then like and share content from those pages as well.

Can you answer questions? I need help with the registration and fundraising online platforms.

Yes, email wacap@wacap.org or give us a call at 206.575.4550, and we will happily walk you through it.

What is the $50 fundraising minimum?

All participants are required to fundraise a minimum of $50.00. This is in addition to the race registration fee. Upon registering online, every participant will be directed to our event fundraising site which will be set up after January 1, 2019. For the purpose of participants reaching the fundraising minimum, all donations raised by the team will be considered evenly split among all team members. If you are a member of a race team, we encourage you to reach out to your team captain for the name of your team and further information about the race and about WACAP.

Why is there a $50 fundraising minimum?

This race is one of WACAP's two fundraising events each year.  All of WACAP's adoption services are covered by fees, but we have significant need for donations which help us find families for waiting children in all countries we serve, including those youth in U.S. Foster Care. Donations help us tell their story so that we can change their story.  We also use donations to help us offer support to families and adoptees after an adoption occurs, to keep them strong. You can learn more about our work on our blog or www.wacap.org 

Is there a donation collection deadline?

The deadline for fundraising is the morning of race day: 5/4/2019 at 8:00 a.m. for consideration of prize awards. However, we will continue to process donations after that time.

Can I earn incentive prizes for fundraising?

Yes! We encourage participants to build fundraising teams and compete for who can raise the most dollars to help accomplish WACAP's mission of finding families for children. Prizes will be given for most funds raised by a team, most funds raised by an individual racer, and most funds raised by a "virtual racer." (We'll also have prizes for costumes, so dress in blue with your most creative accessories!)

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