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Q. What is Steps for Students?
Steps for Students is an annual event benefiting the 56 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Over the last 17 years, this exciting day of family fun has brought together our Catholic community for a Sunrise Mass, sanctioned 5K race and a post-race party in the Catholic School Village. In 2022, over 5,000 joined us on Race Day and over $900,000 was raised to fund the unique needs of each of our Catholic schools.
Q. When is Steps for Students?
Our 18th Race Day is February 11, 2023, but the fun starts in August 2022! Schools have fun incentives for students to participate in and other Steps for Students activities.
Q. What does Steps for Students support?
The Steps for Students fundraiser help supports the needs in our Catholic schools within the Galveston-Houston area and the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP). We are one of the largest networks of Catholic Schools in the private school systems in the State of Texas. The registrants can join a school team of their choice and ask for donations on behalf of the school. All undesignated registration fees or pledges support the ATAP. The Archdiocesan is committed to our educational mission of the Church in keeping Catholic schools accessible, available, and affordable to all families.
Q. How have schools used their Steps for Students funds?
The funds may be designated to address the priorities of each school as determined by the school Principal. Some schools use their funds to provide tuition assistance to families in need, to improve their technology and facilities. You can contact your school office to learn how your school plans to use the funds raised through Steps for Students.
Q. What is all included in my registration packet?
Runners who register for the Timed 5K, Untimed 5k, or Family Fun Run will receive a t-shirt, bib, and RaceJoy app. Those that register for the Hit the Snooze for Students will only receive a t-shirt.
Q. When is packet pickup?
Q. Is there a virtual option?
Yes, this option Hit Snooze for Students is available for those who would like to participate virtually. Participants who choose this option will only receive the official race t-shirt.
Q. Sunrise Mass - What time does it begin? Do I have to dress up for Mass? Can my pastor concelebrate the Mass?
The Sunrise Mass will take place at 7:00 a.m. before the race. There will be plenty of time after Mass ends for you to get lined up for the race. Because of the event, there is no need to bring a change of clothes for Mass. However, out of modesty and respect for the liturgy, we do ask that appropriate attire be worn to cover up tank tops and running shorts (ex. shirt with sleeves, sweatpants, warm-up pants, etc.). Priests seeking to concelebrate the Mass should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Where should I park?
Street parking is available near the race location. We will share additional parking options as we get closer to the event.
Q. I have a student at more than one school. How do I fundraise for more than one school?
Each registration transaction can only have one Fundraising Team so you will need to split your registrations up to choose different Teams. Example: Mother and son register together and choose Fundraising Team A and then checkout together. In a second transaction, Dad and daughter register together and choose Fundraising Team B and then checkout together.
Q. What is RaceJoy?
RaceJoy is an experiential app that will make your virtual run more enjoyable. The app will track your progress and give you mileage alerts along your course. Your friends and family can download the app and track you on your run, as well as, send you Cheers through the app. We are providing RaceJoy free to all our participants.
Q. Where will my school be located in the Catholic School Village?
The village map will be posted closer to Race Day.
Q. My schedule has changed and I cannot attend Steps for Students. Can I get a refund or transfer my registration to another runner?
If you are unable to attend the race, thank you for your donation. Refunds will not be issued. If you would like to transfer your registration to another runner, please use the Contact Form under the Race Info tab or send an email to email@example.com
Q. What happens if it rains on race day?
Steps for Students is an all-weather race unless there is an immediate safety concern issued from the City of Houston weather news, we will run/walk rain or shine. If the weather is severe, we urge you to look at our Facebook page and the Steps for Students website for immediate updates the morning of the race.
Q. Can I bring my pet to the race?
Unfortunately, due to the large crowd of runners and walkers, our furry babies are not allowed on the day of the race. Service animals are welcome.
Q. Are strollers allowed?
Yes, participants with strollers will line up behind the walkers to ensure that everyone is safe.
Q. What is RunSignUp?
RunSignUp is a registration and fundraising platform that helps nonprofits to raise money, engage donors and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. RunSignUp is used by over 15,000 organizations around the country.
Q. Do I need to create an account with RunSignUp?
Yes. The benefits of creating an account include having your tax receipts collected in one location, being able to track your donations, follow the charities you support, and engage in future volunteering and donations. Your tax receipt is emailed immediately upon processing your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record.
Q. Can I make donations or register via a mobile device?
Yes! Simply visit www.steps4students.org on your mobile device.
Stumped our Frequently Asked Questions?
No problem, email us your additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org