Most Common Carry Forward FAQs
Registration FAQs
Squad FAQs
Fundraising FAQs
Mission Milers FAQs
Donations FAQs
Sponsor FAQs
Event Day FAQs
Volunteer FAQs
About My Account FAQs
Virtual 5K FAQs
Guests & Spectators FAQs
Media Inquiry FAQs

 

Carry Forward 5K FAQs


MOST COMMON CARRY FORWARD FAQS

Who is Wounded Warrior Project?

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is a veterans’ service organization that is transforming the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in our communities.

Since 2003, we’ve been tireless advocates for our nation’s finest, improving the lives of over half a million warriors and their families. Click here to learn more about who we are and whom we help.

What are the registration fees?

  • Adult registration: $50
  • Adult + Pet registration: $65 (Only available for Carry Forward Virtual 5K. See Virtual 5K FAQs for more information.)
  • Children ages 6-17: $15
  • Children ages 0-5 do not need to register and will not receive a participant kit.

Please note for city events, registration fees will increase to $55 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-17 day of event.

Are there any discounts or promo codes?

  • Active military/veterans receive $5 off with promo code HONOR2024.
  • WWP Alumni participate for free. To obtain a promo code, contact us.

As a participant, what do I receive with my registration?

All registered adults will receive an official Carry Forward participant kit, complete with an event T-shirt, drawstring bag, bib, medal, and more. Registered children will receive a participant kit that includes a bib and medal.

Your registration fee also counts toward your fundraising goal. Click here to view all fundraising incentives.

How do I register my child?

At the end of your registration, you will have the option to add children ages 6-17 to your registration. Children 5 and younger do not need to register and will not receive a participant kit.

I’d like to fundraise on Facebook. What do I need to do?

First, you must register on the Carry Forward site. Once registered, you are prompted to create a Facebook fundraiser, but if you don’t create one right away, don’t worry! Click on Dashboard in the navigation bar when you are logged in to your Carry Forward Dashboard. Click the button ‘Create a Facebook Fundraiser’ and follow the prompts. This allows you to easily collect donations on Facebook and have them automatically displayed on your Carry Forward fundraising page!

What do Flag, Fitness, and Fierce mean as a way to make Carry Forward special?

You can walk, run, or jog the Carry Forward 5K. If you’d like to take your experience to the next level and show your support of our nation’s bravest in a special way, we encourage you to choose one of the following options:

Flag — Carry a flag to show support and patriotism. You may carry a flag of your choosing, or if participating in a City Series event, large 3’ x 5’ WWP and American flags and poles will be available to purchase on-site!

Fitness — Carry a weight to represent the responsibilities veterans bear while serving our country. You can participate by bringing your own weight, like a weighted vest or medicine ball. For your convenience, we also offer a weight station at each City Series event.

Fierce — Carry another person to symbolize one warrior carrying another in their time of need. There are no restrictions on alternating being carried or carrying. Most carry fireman-style, though how you choose to carry is up to you.

How do I get an event T-shirt?

Register today! Carry Forward 5K event T-shirts are included in your participant kit as part of your registration. Reminder: Your registration fee counts toward your fundraising total — and there are more exciting rewards to earn!

Are strollers allowed at Carry Forward in-person City Series events?

Yes, but we ask that strollers remain toward the back of the start line.

Is Carry Forward a timed event?

Due to the range of challenges and athletic abilities, Carry Forward is not a timed race. If you would like to track your activity while training for Carry Forward or during the event, we encourage you to download the Carry Forward app from the App Store or Google Play. The app integrates with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit. There will be a time clock at the finish line of the four in-person City Series events.

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REGISTRATION FAQS

Where do I register?

Start here. Select the event you want to join and click the Register Now button.

What are the registration fees? 

  • Adult registration: $50
  • Adult + Pet registration: $65 (Only available for Carry Forward Virtual 5K. See Virtual 5K FAQs for more information.)
  • Children ages 6-17: $15
  • Children ages 0-5 do not need to register and will not receive a participant kit.

Please note for city events, registration fees will increase to $55 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-17 day of event.

Are there any discounts or promo codes?

  • Active military/veterans receive $5 off with promo code HONOR2024.
  • WWP Alumni participate for free. To obtain a promo code, contact us.

How old does a participant have to be to register?

Participants ages 6-17 must be registered and accompanied by a parent or on-site guardian. Children 5 and under can accompany their parents or guardians for free. They do not need to be registered and will not receive a participant kit.

What if my child wants to participate in an in-person City Series event, but I don’t want to participate?

All minors must be accompanied by an adult, parent, or guardian. The parent or guardian must agree to the waiver for their child at registration.

How do I register as part of a Squad?

During registration, you will be prompted to select whether you would like to participate as an individual, join a Squad, or create a Squad. Select “Join a Squad” and a popup will appear where you can make your Squad selection. Alternatively, search for the Squad in the top search bar and select “Join our Squad.”

How do I register as a Squad Leader?

After you choose the participant type “adult” in the registration process, select “Create a Squad.” Select your Squad type from the options listed, name your Squad, and then set your Squad fundraising goal.

How do I register as an individual?

After you choose the participant type “adult” or “child,” select “Role: Individual” and complete the registration process.

Can I register multiple people?

Each adult must register themselves with a unique email address; however; you may register a minor as part of your registration.

Are Carry Forward registration fees tax deductible?

Registration fees are not tax deductible. Personal donations to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) are 100% tax deductible as allowed by law.

Is my registration refundable or transferable to someone else?

The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable as stated in the terms and conditions. This also applies if you become unable to participate due to an injury prior to the event day. The good news is that your registration fee will go directly to helping wounded warriors and their families.

How do I change my Squad registration or add myself to a Squad?

  1. Log into your Carry Forward Account Dashboard.
  2. From your Dashboard home page, scroll down to “Event Information” on the right side.
  3. Once there, select “Change Squad Membership.”
  4. Scroll down and select the option to either create a Squad or join a new Squad.

Can I host a Carry Forward 5K in my city?

If you are interested in hosting a Carry Forward 5K in your city and bringing together your community and local businesses to help change the lives of warriors and their families, please contact us today.

 

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SQUAD FAQS

Is there a minimum or maximum number of team members in a Squad?

Nope, there is no minimum or maximum number of participants to be a Squad. However, recruiting people to join you is easy! Consider inviting your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors — everyone! Give it a try and increase your impact by setting a goal to recruit a Squad of 10 members.

How can I see my Squad roster?

Visit your Squad Page from your fundraising dashboard to see who has joined your Squad and how much they have raised.

How is a Squad Page different from my personal fundraising page?

The Squad Page tracks the overall donations raised by the Squad as a whole. Donations made to your individual fundraising page count toward your Squad fundraising goal and help you qualify for individual fundraising incentives. If you would like to earn a fundraising incentive, we encourage you to share your personal fundraising page when requesting donations.

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FUNDRAISING FAQS

Where do my fundraising dollars go?

100% of funds raised from the event support wounded warriors. About 71% of donations go to pay for programs, and the balance pays to support those programs. We are humbled to be recognized as a nonprofit organization with great impact, operating with efficiency, transparency, and accountability. We are an accredited nonprofit with the Better Business Bureau (BBB); earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, and we hold a GuideStar Platinum rating.

Click here to view our financial documents.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any additional questions by emailing us at donorcare@woundedwarriorproject.org, or calling 877.TEAM.WWP (877.832.6997).

Is there an individual or Squad fundraising minimum?

Although there is no minimum amount required, your donations ensure that no wounded warrior ever pays a penny for mental health services, career counseling, or long-term rehabilitative care. Plus, you and your Squad can qualify for special fundraising incentives!

What if I’ve never fundraised before?

We’re here to help! Start here for step-by-step instructions for jump-starting your fundraising. Your Carry Forward dashboard will contain information about the app, pre-written fundraising coaching emails, fundraising resources and guides, and more. Together, we’ll turn you into a seasoned fundraising pro.

Are there any fundraising incentives?

Yes! Carry Forward fundraising incentives are just one way of saying thank you for helping wounded warriors. All fundraising incentives are cumulative, so go for it!

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MISSION MILER FAQS

What are Mission Milers?

Carry Forward 5K Mission Milers is a recognition program for those who refuse to quit when it comes to honoring and empowering our nation’s heroes. When you return to the Carry Forward 5K year after year, you’ll earn exclusive Mission Miler gear and rewards to recognize your loyalty and dedication to honoring those who served us.

Is there any special recognition for participating in Carry Forward for multiple years?

We are so happy to have you back! For our Mission Milers who have participated in Carry Forward for 3 and 5 years, you will receive unique gear to recognize your dedication to honoring our nation’s bravest. Check out the Mission Miler page to see what you will receive.

Do I have to participate in Carry Forward consecutively or always in the same city to become a Mission Miler?

No, you will qualify as a Mission Miler as long as you participated in a Carry Forward event, whether it was a City Series, Host Your Own, or Virtual event. If you know you used different email addresses to sign up in previous years, please contact us to make sure you are included.

When can I expect to receive my additional special gear once I hit the 3-year or 5-year mark as a Mission Miler?

For Carry Forward City Series event participants, Mission Miler running belts will be available on-site on event day and pint glasses will be mailed to you after the event. Virtual Mission Milers will receive their items in the mail.

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DONATIONS FAQS

My friend accidentally made a general donation instead of a donation to my personal fundraising page or Squad. Now what?

Contact us and we can move the funds to your fundraising page.

What is the difference between a donation to my individual fundraising page vs. a donation to my Squad?

Donations made to your individual fundraising page help you reach your personal fundraising goal and receive incentive prizes. They will also populate toward the overall Squad goal.

Donations made to a Squad go to the overall Squad and not to any individuals.

How do I post an offline donation on my fundraising page?

Log in to your fundraising page. In the top menu, select “Resources.” Select “Offline Donation Form” and fill out the form. Mail your offline donations to:

Wounded Warrior Project
Attention: Carry Forward
PO BOX 758525
Topeka, Kansas 66675-8525

Once we receive your donation(s), you will see them on your fundraising page.

How do I turn in cash or check donations?

Donating online is the fastest, most secure way to make donations. For any offline donations, complete our Offline Donation Form. Do not mail cash contributions. Instead, write out a personal check for any cash you receive. Make checks out to Wounded Warrior Project, and be sure to include a completed offline donation form with each check. You can mail checks to:

Wounded Warrior Project
Attention: Carry Forward
PO BOX 758525
Topeka, Kansas 66675-8525

You can also drop off donations at the check-in tent at on-site events.

What can I do to make sure my offline donations are credited to my account?

Ensure that every donation is accompanied by an Offline Donation Form. If you have any questions regarding the status of your offline donation, please contact us.

Are donations tax deductible?

All donations are 100% tax deductible, as allowed by law, in the same calendar year the donation was given. Always rely on your tax professional to determine which deductions you (or those who donate toward your participant goal) are eligible for.

Do you accept money orders or cashier’s checks?

Yes, we accept money orders and cashier’s checks for donations.

How can I see who has donated to me?

Log in to your fundraising page. Select “Donations” from the top menu, and you’ll be shown a list of all your donations. This is a good reminder to thank every donor who has given to your fundraising campaign.

What if my donors need a receipt?

Every online donor receives a receipt via email that is sufficient for tax purposes. Offline donors receive an email confirmation when their donation is received and confirmed by WWP. Contact us if you still need to locate the receipt.

Can I split donations among multiple participants?

We are unable to split donations between multiple participants. Please have your supporters make their donation to each Squad member individually to help them earn their fundraising incentives.

What happens to my donations if I drop out of Carry Forward?

All registration fees and donations are non-transferable and non-refundable. Your donations provide wounded warriors with free, life-changing services in mental health, career counseling, and long-term rehabilitative care – all at no cost to them.

What is Wounded Warrior Project’s tax ID number?

It is 20-2370934.

My donation hasn’t posted yet. What if it’s lost?

Double-check to make sure you added the donation as an offline donation first. Then allow 14 business days for us to receive the check and approve the donation. If the donation is not approved within 14 business days, please contact us.

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SPONSOR FAQS

How can I become a sponsor of Carry Forward?

Let’s talk. We can customize your sponsorship to meet your needs while supporting wounded warriors. Please contact us.

I’d like to donate goods or services to Carry Forward. Now what?

First off, thank you! We’d love to talk to you. Please contact us.

My company would like to start a Squad. How do I set this up?

Contact us and we’ll help you get set up!

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CITY SERIES EVENT DAY FAQS

What happens if it’s raining on the event day?

Carry Forward is a rain-or-shine event. However, in the event of severe weather or other circumstances impacting the event, you will receive updated event information and delay or cancellation notifications through email, text, and Wounded Warrior Project social media channels. So, be sure to find and like us!

How do you decide which cities will host Carry Forward?

Our vision is to grow a strong community of champions for wounded warriors all over the country.

Until we come to your community, join this powerful movement as a Carry Forward Virtual 5K participant. Choose your own route and run/walk it on your own timeline, no later than December 15. Create a fundraising page to encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to join you in supporting wounded warriors.

Can I walk at Carry Forward?

Yes, all athletic abilities are welcome!

Will there be Carry Forward merchandise at the event?

Yes! Make sure to stop by the merchandise tent to get your exclusive Carry Forward and WWPTM gear! Large 3’ x 5’ WWP and American flags and poles will be available for purchase.

Can I check in for my family and friends?

Only Squad Leaders can check in and pick up participant kits for their entire Squad. Otherwise, each person is required to pick up their own items and show photo ID.

Can I bring my dog?

Thank you for understanding that only service animals are allowed at Carry Forward in-person City Series events.

If you’re interested in participating in a Carry Forward Virtual 5K, you may select Virtual Adult + Pet in order to register yourself and one pet. When you do, your furry friend will receive their very own bandana!

Can I give my bib to someone else?

Registrations require a photo ID at pickup and are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Can I register on the day of the event?

Yes, there will be on-site registration on the day of the event. Registration fees will increase to $55 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-17.

Can I bring my drone to the event?

Personal drones will not be permitted on event day. Videographers and photographers will be on-site to capture the day.

Can we bring our own tent or large umbrella?

For the safety of all participants and due to some permitting and local regulations, we are not able to allow or accommodate personal tents or umbrellas.

Can I pick up my packet before the event?

Each city will have their own packet pick-up dates and times. More information will be emailed to participants and posted on the website closer to event day.

What health and safety precautions will there be on event day?

To ensure the health and safety of our participants, the following guidelines are followed at the Carry Forward 5K:

  • Carry Forward follows the health and safety directives, guidelines, and policies of each venue/city.
  • If you are walking or have a stroller, please line up toward the back to allow runners to head out first.

We appreciate your cooperation in making this a fun, safe, and enjoyable experience for all participants.

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VOLUNTEER FAQS

I want to volunteer, but you’re not in my city. What can I do?

Put the WWPTM mission in motion by creating your very own Carry Forward Virtual 5K.

We have a large group (of 8, 10, 20, or more) that would like to volunteer! What’s next?

We would love to host a group of 8, 10, 20, or even 30 volunteers! Contact us directly so we can customize the volunteer experience.

Can volunteers fundraise?

Absolutely! We are grateful for your additional support for wounded warriors through fundraising. Contact us to learn more about fundraising.

Can my kids volunteer?

Volunteers are very active and engaged during Carry Forward and the event moves quickly. We can accommodate ages 14 and up for volunteer roles. Parents of volunteers ages 14 to 17 will be required to sign a waiver.

Is there a fee to volunteer?

There is no registration fee for volunteers. Your warm smile and passion for helping runners and walkers have a memorable day are all you need to be a great success.

Do I volunteer all day or in shifts?

We are happy to have you and happy to accommodate your availability! The Carry Forward team will work with you to assign meaningful roles and shifts.

What if I have to cancel?

Let us know through the contact form.

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ABOUT MY ACCOUNT FAQS

I forgot my username and password.

Contact us, and we’ll help you.

What is a personal fundraising page?

When you register for Carry Forward, a personal fundraising page is automatically created for you. You can personalize your page with a special URL, your photo, and your story. It’s where your supporters will come to donate. Your communications hub is located on this page as well. You can send emails, post to social media, and track your fundraising progress.

How do I change my personal fundraising goal?

How do I change my Squad, join a Squad, or change to an individual participant?

Log in to your personal fundraising page with your username and password. Select "Dashboard" from the top menu. Scroll down and select "Change Squad Membership" under Event Information on the right-hand side of the page.

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VIRTUAL 5K FAQS

What is a Virtual 5K?

You choose the location and date — Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veterans Day, your birthday, or any time of year that works for you — and decide if you want to organize your 5K as a solo run or neighborhood stroll with friends, or go all-out with an epic, community-wide fundraiser.

Do I need to time myself/my Squad?

Due to the range of activity types and athletic abilities, Carry Forward is not timed and you are not required to input your time on the site.

Can I register my pet to participate with me?

Yes! Virtual Adult + Pet registration is $65, and in addition to your participant kit, you will receive a Carry Forward bandana for your furry friend!

What do I get with my registration for the Virtual 5K?

All registered adults will receive an official Carry Forward participant kit complete with an event T-shirt, drawstring bag, bib, medal, and more. Registered children will receive a participant kit that includes a bib and medal. Registered Virtual Adults + Pets will receive a Carry Forward bandana for your furry friend in addition to the participant kit.

Your registration fee also counts toward your fundraising goal. Click here to view all fundraising incentives.

When should I expect my Carry Forward participant kit?

Within 3-4 weeks after registering, we will mail you an official Carry Forward participant kit. Fundraising incentives will be sent separately within one month of hitting your fundraising goal.

When do I hold my virtual event?

All virtual events and fundraising must take place between January 16 and December 15 for you to qualify for your fundraising incentives. During registration, you will be asked to enter your Carry Forward 5K event date and update it on your dashboard if anything changes.

How do I change my Virtual 5K event date?

Log in to your personal fundraising page with your username and password. Click on the drop-down arrow at the top and select “Account.” Scroll down and click on “Edit Info” to update your virtual event date.

Does my entire Squad need to run on the same day/together?

No, your Squad does not need to run on the same day or in the same place. You can walk or run together or complete your 5K independently.

Where can I do my Virtual Carry Forward event?

The sky’s the limit! Complete your 5K on your own time and wherever you’d like, whether it’s on a treadmill, running track, park, or city streets — you pick!

Where can I share my virtual event photos?

Share your photos, videos, and event day stories on Facebook and Instagram, we’d love to see them! Be sure to tag us, @wwp, and use the hashtag #wwpcarryforward.

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GUESTS & SPECTATORS FAQS

Is there a fee for spectators?

There is no charge for cheering crowds, only admiration. If you are interested in cheering along the course route, please contact the Carry Forward team. We will work with you to identify the best cheering spots!

Where can spectators park?

In the same area as participants, and parking is FREE! Check back on your event city page a few weeks before your event for a map for parking.

Is the opening ceremonies area ADA accessible?

Yes. We will have arrangements for all ADA participants and spectators.

Can spectators see me on the course?

We highly recommend you plan to meet up at the finish line to celebrate your great accomplishment!

Can spectators bring their own food and beverages?

No. We suggest fueling up at the food and beverage tent on site.

Can we bring our own tent or large umbrella?

For the safety of all participants and also due to some permitting and local regulations, we are not able to allow or accommodate personal tents or umbrellas.

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MEDIA INQUIRY FAQS

Are you interested in doing a local story with a wounded warrior, or about Carry Forward?

Please contact us, and let us know if you are on deadline in the contact form.

Are you interested in doing a national story on Carry Forward?

To contact someone in public relations, click here.

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