"Track FAQ's" - Frequently Asked Questions
What is Track Friday?
Track Friday is a national, community-based movement held on the day after Thanksgiving to mobilize people to support charitable giving. Participants run laps at nearby tracks or parks to raise awareness and funds for causes that they care about.
How did Track Friday begin?
The original Track Friday, held in in 2012, was the result of a single fundraising campaign started by one of Track Friday's founders wishing to support a local New Jersey FoodBank in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The response from friends, family, and the community was overwhelming and resulted in 25 fundraisers generating over $22,000 for relief-oriented charities. Read more about Track Friday's history here.
How do I participate in Track Friday?
It's easy! Simply make a commitment to go for a walk or run on Track Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), and donate any amount to any charity via our National Team Fundraising Page on Razoo by creating your own fundraiser or supporting one that's already there. It's your choice! On Track Friday, head to a publicly-accessible track or park to put in your laps! Use social media to spread the word about your efforts and help grow the movement. Learn more about participating here.
How do I support charities with Track Friday?
Track Friday participants support their favorite cause either by making a donation to a campaign started by any Track Friday fundraiser, or by starting a fundraising campaign of their own on our National Team Fundraising Page on Razoo. Participants that wish to make an impact beyond their individual donation are encouraged to start their own campaign and set their own goals. Either way, there's no minimum required donation, no fundraising target, and YOU choose the charity!
What charities can I support?
Track Friday participants can support ANY registered 501(c)(3) charity available in Razoo's extensive non-profit database. One goal of the original Track Friday was to encourage donors to do their homework before donating to Sandy Relief efforts. We encourage using resources such as Charity Navigator to make informed decisions. We do not endorse use of the Track Friday concept to raise money for any private cause or fund that cannot be verified, and do not wish to see our brand used to promote political campaigns.
Why does Track Friday use Razoo for collecting donations?
Razoo is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit that hosts an extensive database of non-profits and offers a free personal fundraising page that has the lowest processing rates in the industry. By using Razoo, Track Friday participants do not have to handle any money, and donors can donate with confidence. Learn more about Razoo here.
What's so special about running or walking on a track on Track Friday?
The original Track Friday was held after Hurricane Sandy, and at the time, many roads were still closed or had damage that made group running hazardous. The local High School track was selected because it was a safe, traffic-free environment that was open to the public. While we like to keep tracks at the center of the theme, people can and should participate anywhere that is safe and publicly available. Be sure to follow our Rules for Track Friday Meetups if you do wish to participate on a track or coordinate a larger group.
How do I find a track to participate on?
Contact your township or local high school to find out if your local track is publicly available on the day after Thanksgiving. If you wish to coordinate a group or a meetup, you may be required to request a track permit or get written permission. If you have any doubts, just go find a local path to participate on. Do not trespass! Be sure to follow our Rules for Track Friday Meetups if you do wish to participate on a track or coordinate a larger group.
Any other questions? Contact us and ask!