FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why did the Women's Fitness Celebration change its name to FitOne?

In 1993, event co-founder Anne Audain's vision was to inspire women to come to the starting line and to finish the 5K distance. Over the past 20 years since the "Women's Fitness Celebration" was founded, there have been awe inspiring leaps in the participation of women in running events from the 5K distance to the marathon and then carrying their passion for running over to participation in triathlons of all distances. Nearly 60% of participants on the starting lines of all co-ed 10Ks and half marathons in the United States are now women! In collaboration with Anne, we identified an even greater opportunity for the event moving forward into its third decade. We want to inspire something even bigger, and engage our past, present and future participants as advocates of fun, healthy living! Being fit is not a destination; it is a way of life, and through FitOne our goal is to bring our communities to the starting line every September and encourage steps in a healthy direction throughout the year. Our motto is "Move For Fun, Get Fit For Life" – so we hope to see you out there playing too, because choosing to be happy is good for your mind and for your health!

Is the founder of the Women's Fitness Celebration, Anne Audain, still involved with the event?

Yes, very much so. Anne was instrumental in encouraging the evolution of the event, with FitOne representing the ultimate realization of her vision. Now serving her third term on the Running USA Board of Directors (www.runningusa.org), Anne sees the huge impact that running and walking events are having on the health and fitness of communities across the U.S.A. Anne will be the first to say she is thrilled to see the "Celebration" evolving into its third decade with a community-driven focus and women leading the way.

Does St. Luke's still own the event?

Yes. St. Luke's, as a not-for-profit , retains ownership of the event and remains the primary sponsor of the event. Moving forward with FitOne, we are committed to providing further opportunities to inspire fun, healthy living while engaging women, children and families in overall fitness and well-being – ultimately building healthier communities. Our mission at St. Luke's is to improve the health of people in our region. We are committed to always remember and honor the event's history, while evolving for the future.

Will the event still have the all-ability wheelchair wave?

Yes. We will continue to ensure that this remains an all ages, all abilities event. From toddlers to our Over 70 participants; and from our everyday wheelchair participants to those accompanied by therapy animals; all are welcomed and encouraged!

Does FitOne support a specific charity or cause?

Yes. FitOne will benefit St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, and the essential care and programs which the only children’s hospital in Idaho brings to our communities. St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital is Not-For-Profit, turning no one away ever, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. We believe every child deserves the best care, and thanks to you, more kids will get the diverse care they need, right here at home.

Will the beneficiary remain the same from year to year or will it change?

FitOne is committed to our title beneficiary, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital for the long term. Our goal is to grow FitOne to become the largest participatory fundraiser for the only Children’s Hospital in Idaho.

What percentage of my registration fee goes to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital?

Your registration fee helps defray event operational hard costs. Proceeds above and beyond event operational hard costs will be donated to Children’s Hospital. Through your participation in FitOne, individual and team fundraising and personal giving are a direct donation to Children’s Hospital. As a Not-For-Profit, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital depends on fundraising dollars to provide essential care and programming year-round.

Am I required to fundraise for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital?

You are not required to fundraise, but we encourage all participants to donate or provide support above the registration fee. Imagine if we have 10,000 participants, and every event participant raises $100 in addition to their registration fee. We could raise an estimated one million dollars to support the exceptional care and programming provided by St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital! No one is ever turned away, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Is my registration fee tax deductible?

No, your registration fee helps defray event operational hard costs and is not considered tax-deductible. However, any amount that you choose to donate to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital above the registration fee is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If I have questions, where can I go for more information?

If you cannot find the answer to your question, please feel free to email info@fitoneboise.org, or if your question is relative to volunteering, please email volunteer@fitoneboise.org or call 208.381.2221.

When does registration open and how do I sign up?

Registration opens online June 4, 2014. We will post the live link to registration on June 4, 2014.

Is my online registration secure with my credit card information?

Absolutely! Eventbrite is an industry leader in online event registration. Click HERE for information on their Security & Safety Guide.

Are refunds available?

Please check your calendar prior to registering for the event as all event registrations are NON-REFUNDABLE and non-transferable to next year’s event, NO exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, pregnancy, etc.  There are NO exceptions.  

Can I pick up my friend’s race packet?

Yes, but we encourage you both to come enjoy all the the FitOne Expo has to offer including programming, samples, fun giveaways and contests through vendors and sponsors. All registered participants will also have access to a series of free health screenings in 2014.

What do I need to bring to pick up my friend’s race packet?

Please bring a printed copy of your friend’s race registration confirmation, so we may ensure your friend has signed the required event participation waiver.

Where do I pick up my FitOne 5K/10K/Half Marathon participant number and t-shirt?

Please pick up your t-shirt, participant number, and other event materials at the FitOne Expo on Thursday, September 18, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. & Friday, September 19, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the Boise Centre, corner of Front & 9th Streets (Map). T-shirts and participant numbers are also available for pick up the morning of the event at the late registration booth in Capitol Park, starting at 6:30 a.m. If you unfortunately miss the event, you may pick up your race materials at the FitOne office starting Wednesday, September 24. FitOne Office: 300 West Main Street, Suite 100 in Boise
Business hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Should I register my child for FitOne?

Yes! FitOne is all about families and to prove it – all children ages 12 and under are FREE if they register prior to the start of event week on September 15th.  Though all children 12 and under are free – THEY MUST STILL BE REGISTERED TO BE ON FITONE COURSES AND TO RECEIVE A T-SHIRT AND RACE BIB.  All children under 18 must officially register, and have the waiver signed by a parent for insurance purposes. Participant race numbers serve as your proof of purchase. Participant race numbers must be worn on the front, outermost layer of clothing for quick and easy reference by race personnel.

Should I register others for the event?

If you are someone’s legal guardian, yes, please register them. If you are a team leader, please encourage others to register themselves and make sure they choose your team in the online registration process. Participants over 18 years of age must sign their own waiver. When you register others and utilize your personal email address or home address instead of theirs, we have trouble getting the waivers signed.  Where possible, please encourage others to register themselves, it is quick and easy.

What Wave should I register in?

Please click HERE for all Wave information.

Can I run with my child in a stroller during FitOne?

Yes, we welcome strollers in both the Orange-Family Wave and our competitive stroller wave. Participants registering in the competitive stroller wave must use proper running strollers/joggers. Those coming to compete with umbrella and other everyday strollers will be reassigned to the Orange – Family Wave to ensure safety for little ones. Remember, ALL participants on the FitOne courses must be registered and wearing a race number – this includes children in strollers. Age group awards are given to those ages 18 and up. All non-competitive strollers must participate in the Orange-Family Wave.

Will the event still have the all-ability wheelchair wave?

Yes. We will continue to ensure that this remains an all ages, all abilities event. From toddlers to our Over 70 participants; and from our everyday wheelchair participants to those accompanied by therapy animals; all are welcomed and encouraged!

How much money did FitOne raise for Children’s Hospital in 2013?

Combined participant and sponsor proceeds equaled a $70,000 donation to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

Where did the money come from?

FitOne raised the money through several different means:

• Proceeds from participant and sponsorship revenue above event hard operational costs;
• For the first time ever, anyone could join the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital 5K/9K Team for an additional $10 fee, which was a direct donation to Children’s Hospital;
• Teams could choose to fundraise for Children’s Hospital;
• 15% of FitOne merchandise sales were designated to Children’s Hospital.

What are considered event hard operational costs?

There are inherent costs associated with producing the FitOne event. These are costs such as:

• City and permitting fees
• Police, security and emergency support services
• Event infrastructure, signage and equipment rentals
• Venue rental fees
• Shuttle buses
• Participant bib numbers, t-shirts and awards
• Neighborhood notifications and traffic control

Does FitOne staff get paid out of my registration fees / Are salaries included in these event hard operational costs?

No. FitOne staff work in a year-round capacity for St. Luke’s, and are compensated by St. Luke’s as their employer.

How much of my entry fee contributed to the donation?

All participant and sponsor revenue collectively went towards event operational hard costs and all proceeds above and beyond are donated to Children’s Hospital.

  • For example, there are inherent hard costs relevant to each participant, like event t-shirts.
  • And – there are inherent hard costs required to produce and host an event like FitOne, such as police, city fees, permitting, security, etc.
  • We will continue to take steps to minimize event hard costs and identify cost efficiencies, while maintaining a high-quality experience for our participants and draw more regional and hopefully national participation with the addition of a destination half-marathon.
  • All fundraising/donation dollars through the online registration platform are a direct donation to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

What will the money be used for or allocated to?

The money will go towards programs that work to improve physical activity, nutrition and education to promote lifelong healthy habits; ultimately creating healthy children who become healthy adults.

• Through these efforts we can make the healthy choice the easy choice.
• We can work with various sectors to affect change in our areas of impact.
• And we can work with our medical providers to improve dialogue and decision making around the importance of healthy lifestyle choices.

Thanks to the participants and sponsors of FitOne, more kids will have access to these programs. 

What are examples of those programs?

YEAH! (Youth Engaged in Activities for Health), Bogus Basin Summer Camp, the Be Well Now Festival and the Star Track program represent some of the programs engaging our community to create healthy people and healthy places. 

• On the horizon for fall 2014 are new programs like school based nutrition with St. Luke’s MSTI (Mountain States Tumor Institute).
• All supported programs work to improve physical activity, nutrition and education to promote lifelong healthy habits; ultimately creating healthy children who become healthy adults.

What is YEAH!?

The St. Luke’s Children’s YEAH! Program focuses on healthy eating, physical activity, and positive behavior changes for children aged 5-16 years, through 8-week and 12-week programs that engage the entire family.

What is the YEAH! Bogus Basin Summer Camp?

The YEAH! Camp is a continuation of the year-round YEAH! Program, and is open to kids ages 9 – 16 years.

• The day camp is filled with outdoor exploration activities, Iron Chef competitions, and individual and team skill building.
• The week provides great opportunities to make friends, learn about healthy lifestyle activities and nutrition, and how it relates to being well and staying well.
• The camp culminates with a challenge hike for all campers.
• Camp staff includes an exercise physiologist, dietician, nurse, social worker and peer counselors to ensure the camp experience is fun and educational.

What is the Be Well Now Festival?

The Be Well Now Festival is an event put on by St. Luke's Children's, and is held in conjunction with the Boise State Spring Scrimmage festivities. 

• It is held at Boise State's Caven Williams Sports Complex.
• Families are invited to be part of all sorts of fun activities while learning about healthy eating and being active year-round.  Whether you like to Zumba, do a healthy school lunch dance, compete in spring training drills, or take part in Iron Chef competitions, this free event has something for everyone.

What is the Star Track program?

The Star Track program is a first step in a concerted effort, to engage and positively impact communities across Idaho in their efforts to be healthier communities.

• Through a partnership with Star Elementary and the City of Star, St. Luke's built an outdoor track this past summer to help improve recreational access as well as create more opportunity in a rural community to get out and be healthy, all while feeling safe.  
• In the fall of 2013, the Star Track program held an 8-week run/walk program which happened before the school day.
• Community members logged nearly 2,000 miles on the track in the month of September alone!
• A second 8-week program will begin in the spring of 2014.  
• The program will also bring quarterly educational talks to community members as well as provide health screenings at a variety of local events.  

Who decides how the money will be used or allocated?

Allocation of funds to specific programs will be managed through the Childhood Obesity Initiative Council for Excellence (CHOICE).

• CHOICE is a coordinated leadership group focused on tackling this huge health care concern. 
• All supported programs work to improve physical activity, nutrition and education to promote lifelong healthy habits; ultimately creating healthy children who become healthy adults.

Will the money always go to these same programs?

All supported programs will work to improve physical activity, nutrition and education to promote lifelong healthy habits; ultimately creating healthy children who become healthy adults.

What is the goal for next year?

Our goal is to annually grow our participation numbers, fundraising efforts and sponsorship revenue, so that ultimately we can grow our donation to Children’s Hospital from year to year.

Will Children’s Hospital always be the beneficiary of FitOne?

FitOne is committed to our title beneficiary as St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital for the long term. Our goal is to grow FitOne to become the largest participatory fundraiser for the only Children’s Hospital in Idaho.

How many people participated this year?

FitOne had 5,000 participants and over 600 volunteers in 2013.

• 236 Teams
• 30 Teams raised money directly for Children’s Hospital
• 27 Teams participated in the Healthy Schools Cup pilot program to win money for their P.E. Programs
• Over 100 people joined the Children’s Hospital Team

When is the FitOne event in 2014?

September 18 – 20, 2014

Is my registration fee tax deductible?

No, your registration fee helps defray event operational hard costs and is not considered tax-deductible. However, any amount that you choose to donate to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital above the registration fee is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Am I required to fundraise for St. Luke's Children's Hospital?

You are not required to fundraise, but we encourage all participants to donate or provide support above the registration fee. Imagine if we have 10,000 participants, and every event participant raises $100 in addition to their registration fee. We could raise an estimated one million dollars to support the exceptional care and programming provided by St. Luke's Children's Hospital! No one is ever turned away, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

What percentage of my registration fee goes to St. Luke's Children's Hospital?

Your registration fee helps defray event operational hard costs. Proceeds above and beyond event operational hard costs will be donated to Children's Hospital. Individual and team fundraising and personal giving are a direct donation to Children's Hospital. As a Not-For-Profit, St. Luke's Children's Hospital depends on fundraising dollars to provide essential care and programming year-round.

How can I help support St. Luke's Children's Hospital?

Individuals and self registration team participants are encouraged to create online fundraising campaigns in support of our event beneficiary, St. Luke's Children's Hospital! Share your commitment to the health of Idaho children with your family, friends, and coworkers.

If you would like to donate, but cannot attend this year’s event please consider giving directly to our annual campaign. Join the St. Luke's Children's Hospital Team! Your St. Luke's Children's Hospital Team registration fee includes an automatic $10 direct donation to benefit Idaho’s only children’s hospital and the families it serves, and you'll receive a special event shirt in honor of your team participation! This team shirt will be in lieu of the standard event shirt.

What do the 2013 participant shirts look like?

Adult participants will receive a soft, wicking microfiber material, technical t-shirt.

 

What do the 2013 volunteer shirts look like?

All volunteers will receive a soft, wicking microfiber material, technical t-shirt. Official FitOne merchandise will be available at the FitOne Expo!

What are the sizes of the FitOne participant t-shirts?

2014 Shirt details and sizing information coming soon.

 

What does the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Team t-shirt look like?

2014 St. Luke's Children's Hospital Team t-shirt details coming soon.

 

How far is a 5K?

It is 5,000 meters or the equivalent of 3.1 miles (a little over 12 times around a running track). *Course map

Do you offer a shorter distance?

The FitOne.2 is 1.2 miles and runs along the Greenbelt from the Boise Library to Ann Morrison Park. The FitOne.2 avoids the hill leading to the Boise Depot and rejoins the regular 5K Course just prior to the finish line.

Where are the restrooms?

Over 100 portable toilets are distributed conveniently in Capitol Park (Start Line), along the FitOne courses at the Boise Library, Boise Train Depot and inside Ann Morrison Park.

Is water provided?

The main water station is located at the Boise Train Depot.  Bottled water is also available at the Finish Line Party. The 10K has an additional water station along the Boise River Greenbelt near Broadway Ave, and the Half Marathon participants pass through a total of 5 water/aid stations.  If you require additional water, we encourage you to carry it with you.

What if a participant needs medical help?

First Aid stations are located in Capitol Park, at The Cabin: A Literary Center, at Half Marathon aid stations, at the Boise Depot and inside Ann Morrison Park.  Mobile medical volunteers are located along the course for assistance. Ada County Paramedics provide back-up services to all three events.

What time should I be at the start line for the 5K?

Every 5K participant should be in place no later than 9:00 a.m. The first wave will begin at 9:20 a.m.

Where can I park in downtown Boise for the FitOne Expo and FitOne 5K/10K/Half Marathon?

Please click HERE for directions and parking information.

Are there age-group awards and finisher medals?

Yes. Age group awards will be awarded to those registered in the 5K competitive run and competitive stroller categories. All 10K and Half Marathon finishers will receive a FitOne finisher medal, and we will also award the top male and female runner in each five-year age group!

Where is the awards ceremony?

The awards ceremony begins shortly after 10:00 a.m. on the main stage in Ann Morrison Park. Once you enter the park from the finish line, keep moving through to the main park area for your breakfast, then continue towards the main stage for some great, live entertainment. Participants over 70 years old and age group winners will be recognized during the awards ceremony.

Where can I get my results and event photos?

Watch for a confirmation email in September that will allow you to opt in to all live results and social media services. You may also opt in at the FitOne Expo during packet pick up. ChronoTrack Live enables real-time mobile results, allowing you to track yourself or any other participant on the course. With mobile results you can search for participants by name or bib. The results show individual’s pace, split and finish times, overall results and age group placing. ALL participants over the age of 5, in all three events, will have a stickered timing chip included on their bib at no extra cost, so you can take advantage of some fun new ways to share your race day experience through ChronoTrack! Through ChronoTrack Live we are able to offer participants access to course photos and video.
CLICK HERE FOR 2013 RACE RESULTS

Is there a lost & found area?

Yes. Lost & found is located just inside Ann Morrison Park off Americana Blvd at the Information/Volunteer Check-in tent. After the event, Lost & Found will be located at the FitOne office (starting Monday morning following the event).

Is there a reunion area?

Yes. Reunite with your friends and family at the reunion area (near the circle of trees inside Ann Morrison Park off Americana Blvd to your left. Look for flags with the first letter of your last name and prearrange with your family and friends to meet you there. Lost children will be accompanied by two official event volunteers to the Information/Volunteer Check-in tent for pick up by parents. 

What is NOT allowed on the course?

For safety reasons, the following are NOT allowed on the course, please: dogs, bicycles, rollerblades, scooters (non-motorized, gas or electric) and skateboards.

Can I bring my dog?

For safety reasons, dogs or pets of any kind are NOT allowed. We do recommend taking your pup out for See Spot Walk in October as a pet friendly alternative!

How far is a 10K?

It is 10,000 meters or the equivalent of 6.2 miles (a little over 24 times around a running track). *Course map

How far is a Half Marathon?

It is approximately 21.1 kilometers or 13.1 miles. *Course map

What time should I be at the start line for the 10K?

Every 10K participant should be in place no later than 7:45 a.m. The 10K is a corralled start to ensure peak performance for all. The 10K will have only one start signal at 8:00 a.m.

What time should I be at the start line for the Half Marathon?

Every Half Marathon participant should be in place no later than 7:15 a.m. The Half Marathon is a corralled start to ensure peak performance for all. The Half Marathon will have only one start signal at 7:30 a.m.