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I have questions about registering for Blue Needs You 8K Run

Registration is handled by Zippy Reg, an AREEP company. Most answers to your registration questions can be found here.

When does online registration end?

Online registration closes 4/11/2018 at 11:59 p.m. or when 600 participants have registered, whichever comes first. Limited registrations may be available on race day.

Why is there a cap on registration?

We work in close conjunction with the Saratoga Springs Police Department, to ensure the safety of all participants, city residents and visitors. Registration is capped at 600 runners.

Can I register to run on race day?

There is a cap on registration at 600 runners therefore we cannot guarantee race day registration. Check back often or visit our Facebook page to see how many runners have registered.

Is my registration fee refundable?

In the unlikely event of a weather cancellation, your registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please know that your registration fee is a donation to Code Blue Saratoga that directly supports the program’s participants. If we have to cancel we will make arrangements to have you pick up the race tee. We will send an email announcement as soon as we determine the course is unsafe.

Why are you asking me to fundraise? Doesn’t my registration fee support Code Blue Saratoga?

Your registration fee directly supports emergency shelter services at Code Blue Saratoga and we thank you for choosing to support us through this race. Fundraising is completely optional. Every dollar you raise above and beyond your registration fee helps the organization continue their mission of offering restriction free emergency shelter during hazardous weather. Sharing your support of our mission with friends, family and coworkers helps us get the word out about these critical services, so we thank you for helping us in any way you can.

Share our GoFundMe page and let friends and family know why you “Run for Blue”

I'm not participating in the race, but I would like to help raise money. How do I do that?


Fundraising for Code Blue is easy and user friendly. Simply share our GoFundMe page with your friends and family on Facebook. You can also email a link to the page and ask friends and colleagues to donate.

How do I get the word out to friends and family?

Thank you for taking this step!

Asking your friends and family to support your run can be daunting but You are raising funds that will help individuals with safe shelter and a hot meal during hazardous winter weather.

Start by visiting our GoFundMe page. You can simply share the link by copying and pasting it on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. Don’t be shy — remind friends you are helping us raise money. People get busy and tend to forget. Another great way to spread the word is by emailing your friends. Face to face is always best so we’ve made it as easy as possible to spread our message. Simply remember Go Fund Me + Code Blue Saratoga. A simple Google search will direct donors to the page. Don’t forget to tell your supporters why you Run for Blue.

What should I do if someone wants to make a donation to support my walk or run, but they don’t want to do so online?

We have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of your supporter’s online donations however we understand some may not be comfortable making an online donation. If your supporter wishes to make a donation in your honor please have them mail it with the following information:

Code Blue Saratoga – Blue Needs You
PO Box 3089
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

In honor of: {Your name, mailing address, city, state and zip code}

What does it cost to participate?

Your race registration is a direct contribution to support chronically homeless individuals utilizing Code Blue Saratoga’s emergency shelter services.

Early Registration
By April 1 – $30

After April 1 – $35

Kids under 10 are free

Why are you asking me to wear blue on race day?

When you register to participate in the Blue Needs You Run you are doing so much more than just competing in a run! You are providing safe shelter and temporary respite from the cold for adult individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in the Saratoga Springs region. Seeing 600 runners make their way through the East Side of Saratoga Springs wearing blue is going to grab the attention of non-participants and potential supporters. This exposure helps us garner the support we need to continue our mission. Wear BLUE on race day to show solidarity in your support of Code Blue Saratoga.
Don’t forget to be creative and have fun!

How safe is the course?

We ensure safety with road closures, and we work with Saratoga Springs Police Department, and many volunteers to provide adequate coverage throughout the course. Medical personnel are nearby in the event of an emergency.

What if it's snowing, raining or 90 degrees on race day?

Mother nature can be fickle when it comes to Spring in the northeast. Your safety on the course is in the forefront of our minds through every step of the planning process. We work closely with the Saratoga Springs Police Department and ARE Event Productions to ensure participants are safe on race day.

In the event of a weather related cancellation your pre-paid registration fee is non-refundable. Please know that your registration fee still benefits those who utilize Code Blue Saratoga’s services and we thank you for that!

When does the event begin, and where is it?

Hampton Inn

Packet Pickup
Friday, April 13, 2018 – 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Race Day – Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Hampton Inn A/B Ballroom
25 Lake Avenue (please use High Rock Ave entrance to the left of the revolving doors)
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Kids Fun Run
Line up: 7:45 a.m.
Race start: 7:55 a.m.

Start/Finish Line:
High Rock Pavilion
113 High Rock Ave.
Saratoga Spring, NY 12866

Opening Remarks/Line Up: 8:15 a.m.
Race start: 8:30 a.m.

Start/Finish Line:
High Rock Pavilion
113 High Rock Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Can a friend or family member pick up my packet?


Yes! Absolutely.

Are dogs allowed?

Unfortunately, we do not allow dogs in this run.

Will there be a place I can leave my bag or jacket?

There is ample amount of parking at the High Rock Ave. lot which should ensure most participants will be close to their vehicles for the start/finish of the race. The Hampton Inn ballroom will be used as home base but we will not have a specific area for coat/bag check. The Hampton Inn or Code Blue Saratoga is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

How do I get to Hampton Inn Saratoga?

The beautifully situated Hampton Inn is located just one block from the start/finish of the race and serves as a home base for this event. For directions please use:

Google Map

How do I get from the Hampton Inn to the start/finish line?

If you choose to pick up your packet on race day exit the hotel ballroom on the High Rock Ave. side of the hotel and turn right heading north. The kids fun run will take place at 7:55 a.m. so please use the sidewalk on the east side of High Rock Ave. and continue heading north toward the start/finish line at High Rock Pavilion.

Is there free parking available?

Saratoga Springs has several parking lots in the vicinity of the start/finish line that are free to use. Please keep in mind that there will be several road closures in effect until the last competitor has crossed the finish line.
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Where is the awards ceremony?

Awards will be given to all children participating in the Kid’s Fun Run at the conclusion of the 400 meter race. The awards ceremony for 8K participants will be at High Rock Pavilion after the last participant crosses the finish line.

Are you going to feed and hydrate me?

But of course!

I'm not from the area, what is there to do in Saratoga Springs?

Traveling to Saratoga Springs for the Blue Needs You Run? Saratoga Springs’ mantra is Health, History and Horses but it has so much more to offer. Why not make a festive day or weekend of it? Come on Thursday or Friday and enjoy the spas, restaurants, shops, and galleries offered in Saratoga Springs. Please visit the Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce to discover where to stay, where to eat and where to shop while you are here!