Race FAQ

All are welcome to lace up and join our 5K or 1.5 Mile Fun Run in Parsippany, NJ on Saturday, October 19, 2019 hosted by Liquid Church! Not only will you get the opportunity to participate in a chip-timed race, you’re taking steps to bring clean, safe, drinking water to the people of Rwanda – a country striving to be the first in Africa with 100% access to clean water.

Clean water has the ability to change lives! It’s the foundation for all other levels of development. For the millions of thirsty people in Rwanda, safe water can ultimately transform their health, safety, education, and livelihoods. Now, that’s making an impact! 

The Run For Rwanda takes place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Parsippany, New Jersey. The address for your GPS is 299 Webro Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054. Check out our Schedule of Events for a breakdown of the big day.

In addition to our Run For Rwanda 5K, we’re hosting a 1.5 Mile Fun Run (about half the distance) on Saturday, October 19th. We believe this option provides an opportunity for more people to participate and help bring clean water to Rwanda. So, go ahead and self-select which race is best for you and your friends. And if you find it more fun to walk or to bring your baby stroller, you’re welcome to do so!

We are running in Parsippany – starting on Webro Road, traveling along Pomeroy Road and Wood Hollow Road – 1 loop for the Fun Run and 2 loops for the 5K. See our course map below.

The Run For Rwanda raises vital funds to support the Clean Water Cause. Specifically, the Run For Rwanda will help us complete our WASH program (water access, sanitation, hygiene) in the Ruhango district, while positioning us to help new families in another region of the country – Busasamana. Your participation in the Run For Rwanda will help to bring clean water to the thirsty in this beautiful “Land of a Thousand Hills!”

Why Rwanda? The people of Rwanda have an ambitious goal of becoming the first country in Africa with 100% access to clean water. Right now a third of Rwandans are drinking dirty water because they have no other option. That water makes them sick, keeps children from getting an education, and adults from earning a good living. The good news is… clean water can transform lives and your participation makes a difference.

All are welcome to participate – all ages and stages! Invite family and friends to join you – they can run or walk and even bring a baby stroller. Or they can always serve as your personal cheering section – not only will they have fun encouraging you along the way – they’ll enjoy our expo and indoor funtivities for kids.

Yes. You may walk or use a stroller in both the 5K and Fun Run. We simply ask participants with strollers to please start near the back of the group to avoid obstructing other runners.

No. Generally speaking, pets are not welcome to run or walk alongside participants on the racecourse unless they are service animals. 

No. For the safety of our participants – no bikes, rollerblades, or scooters of any kind are welcome on the racecourse. The only “wheels” allowed belong to wheelchairs and strollers.

There will be three water stations at the first and second mile point and at the start / finish line.

Absolutely! We’d love to have children run/walk with family and friends. Additionally, children will enjoy the indoor funtivities! Please note that children age 6 and over should register to participate. Children age 5 and under are free.

Yes. If you want to create a team for the 5K or Fun Run, go for it! This is simply a fun way to band together for a good cause! When you register for the Run For Rwanda, you’ll be taken to our RaceWire registration page and will have 3 registration options that include “Join A Team” or “Create A Team.”

We are partnering with RaceWire – who is operating an awesome registration page for the Run For Rwanda. Click here to access RaceWire and begin the registration process. Here you’ll select whether you’re running as an individual or want to join/create a team. You’ll enter your personal information and finally submit your payment to participate.

5K Registration Cost: 

  • Early bird registration runs from August 18th – 25th ($25). 
  • Online registrations runs from August 18th – October 17th ($35). 
  • Day-of race registration opens at 8:00am ($40). 

1.5 Mile Fun Run Registration Cost: 

  • Online registration runs from August 18th – October 17th ($15). 
  • Day-of race registration opens at 8:00am ($20).

If you want to grab your Bib before race day… you are welcome to do so on Thursday, Oct 17th anytime from 9:00am – 5:00pm at Liquid Church located at 299 Webro Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054. On race day, check-in opens at 8:00am.

  • Race Check-in and Registration @ 8:00 AM (remains open until race time) 
  • Expo & Funtivies Open @ 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM 
  • 5K Starts @ 9:30 AM 
  • 1.5 Mile starts @10:30 AM 
  • 5K Awards @ 11:00 AM 
  • Download the full Schedule of Events

Awards will be given to the top three participants in each age group (14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over) and gender. Those awards will be handed out at 11:00am on race day.

  • 5K participants will receive a dri-fit race shirt, timing bib, and finishers medal. 
  • 1.5 Mile Fun Run participants will receive a timing bib and finishers medal. 

We have space for you! Parking will be available onsite and in the surrounding area. A parking team member will guide you to available parking upon your arrival.

We will have an outdoor expo and indoor family-friendly funtivities running throughout race day (8:00am – 12:30pm). This is a great way for both racers and spectators to spend a little time before or after the race.

Yes. All registered participants in the 5K and Fun Run receive free bagels, fruit, coffee and water.

Yes. There is free coffee available for spectators.

We will have ample bathroom facilities available for runners and spectators. The Liquid Church building will be open and our indoor bathrooms will be available. Additionally, portable toilets will be available outdoors and closer to the racecourse.

Yes. We are hoping for sunshine, but will hit the pavement even if it rains. Please plan to join us rain or shine!

Fundraising is an optional opportunity for runners to multiply their impact and support the Clean Water Cause and the people of Rwanda. We’ve put together a special Fundraising Toolkit to help you get started!

Yes! Anyone is welcome to fundraise and support the Run For Rwanda and Clean Water Cause. Please click here to create your personal fundraising page. Simply scroll to the bottom and click the button that says “Sign Up To Fundraise” to get started.

It’s easy to make updates and changes to your personal fundraising page. Click here to login and get started. Once logged in, scroll to the bottom of your page where you will see the upcoming events you’ve signed up for. Underneath the event you are fundraising for, you will see a dollar sign icon ($). Click that icon to access your fundraising homepage.

Thanks for asking! Anyone can support the Clean Water Cause and the people of Rwanda through a donation. Funds raised will provide clean water wells, sanitation access, and hygiene training to the people of Rwanda in the region of Busasamana. Click here to make a donation.

Additionally, if your business or corporation would like to partner with Liquid Church and the Clean Water Cause, we’re offering a variety of sponsorships. We’ve put together a special Sponsor Guide to help you explore all the options!

Finally, we need event volunteers to help make the Run For Rwanda a spectacular experience. There’s room for you on one of our teams! Please click here to explore your options and register to serve with us. 

Event Volunteers are needed to make the Run For Rwanda a spectacular experience and there is a place for you on one of our teams… which include a Race Course Team, Race Services Team, Expo & Funtivities Team, Clean Water Cafe Team, Set-Up and Teardown Team. We even have a Thursday Set-Up team for those of you unable to join us on Saturday… there are plenty of options! We would love to have you and your family serve with us. Volunteers age 13 and under are encouraged to serve with their parent(s) on the family-friendly Thursday Set-up Team or Saturday Course Team. Simply click here to explore your options and register to serve with us. 

If you’re interested in sponsoring the Run For Rwanda, we invite you to review our Sponsor Guide to help you explore all the options available. For questions or to partner with us, please connect with the Run For Rwanda Event Director, Kenya Sharpe, at Kenya@LiquidChurch.com

Around the world, 663 million people still lack access to clean, safe, drinking water. At Liquid Church, Clean Water is our global cause – and we envision a day when every person on the planet has access to clean, safe, drinking water! That’s why we’re committed to sending financial support and manpower to countries around the world. By participating in the Run For Rwanda, you are helping to bring clean water to the thirsty – thank you! To learn more about the Clean Water Cause and how to get involved, click here. 

Rwanda is a country still healing from the horrific 1994 genocide that killed 1 million poeple in 100 days. Rwandans have embarked on an incredible journey of grace and forgiveness that’s helped stabilize the country for a new generation. But, approximately one-third of Rwandans still lack access to safe drinking water, which is essential for true, lasting progress. Clean water is the foundation for all other levels of development. For the millions of thirsty people in Rwanda, safe water can ultimately transform their health, safety, education, and livelihoods. 

That’s why the people of Rwanda have set an ambitious goal: to become the first country in Africa with 100% access to clean water. We are committed to coming alongside them to help Rwanda reach the finish line!

Funds raised through the Run For Rwanda will support the Clean Water Cause.Specifically, the Run For Rwanda will help us complete our WASH program (water access, sanitation, hygiene) in the Ruhango district, while positioning us to help new families in another region of the country – Busasamana. Your participation in the Run For Rwanda will help to bring clean water to the thirsty in this beautiful “Land of a Thousand Hills!”

Liquid Church is hosting the Run For Rwanda. Liquid Church is one of New Jersey’s fastest-growing Christian churches. Officially launched in 2007 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, the church’s vision and mission is to “Saturate the State with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” with 7 campuses in Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset, and Union Counties. Each week, more than 5,000 people experience Liquid Church’s worship services in New Jersey and around the globe through Church Online. As part of its global outreach, Liquid provides clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor, with hundreds of completed wells in several countries including El Salvador and Nicaragua – and most recently, Rwanda! Liquid Church’s innovative approaches to outreach and ministry have been spotlighted by CNN, FOX News, and The Today Show. www.LiquidChurch.com.

Absolutely! Anyone can support the Clean Water Cause and the people of Rwanda through a donation. Funds raised will provide clean water wells, sanitation access, and hygiene training to the people of Rwanda in the region of Busasamana. Click here to make a donation online.

Additionally, checks and money orders are payable to Liquid Church. Please put “Run For Rwanda” in the memo line. You can mail your donation to:

Liquid Church
299 Webro Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Feel free to reach out to our event team with questions. Simply email us at RunForRwanda@LiquidChurch.com