Join Our 5K Run/Walk in Prospect Park to Fund Kids' Literacy Programs - Brooklynian

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Join Our 5K Run/Walk in Prospect Park to Fund Kids' Literacy Programs

Join Team Behind the Book on Sunday, March 29th for our first annual 5k Run/Walk in Prospect Park! The funds we raise will go to our literacy programs, directly benefiting the NYC public school students we work with. Walkers, runners, and the differently-abled are all encouraged to participate.

You can register right now at The Generosity Series (, which runs the event, provides all the tools you need to meet your fundraising goal, including your own webpage, sample e-mails, and more.

Please note that if you want to raise money for Behind the Book by reaching out to others, you should register as a "team." Your team consists of those people who donate to your effort to reach your goal. If you prefer to pay the goal amount yourself, sign up as an individual.

Date: Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Time: 7:30 AM for bib and t-shirt pickup. The race begins at 9:00 AM.

Place: Prospect Park. Enter near the Peristyle on Parkside Avenue, just past Parade Place.

How it works: Register for the race at (Again, if you plan to ask others to donate, sign up as a team. If you want to pay the $200 fee yourself, register as an individual.)

Cost: Participants commit to raising or donating at least $200. There's also a $20 registration fee per participant.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: The registration site states that if you do not raise $200 by the event date, your credit card will be charged the difference between $200 and the amount you've raised. While you're required to check a box confirming your agreement to this to continue with registration, Behind the Book WILL NOT charge your credit card under these circumstances.

Please remember, though, that Behind the Book pays $100 per participant, so please make every effort to raise and/or contribute AT LEAST $200. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Amy Berg, our Director of Development, at

Example: Jane registers as a team at Using her fundraising page, she recruits 10 of her co-workers to donate $10 each. Then she sends a sample email to her friends and family. Her brother donates $50, and three of her nephews each donate $5. She also posts links to her fundraising page on Facebook and Instagram, raising $35 from her college roommates. Voilà! Jane has raised $200 for Behind the Book!

Please register today, and start limbering up to run/walk/roll with us on March 29th!

If you have questions or need help with registration, email Amy Berg at
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