FAQ

  • Where is it? Saturday’s events are at 263 King Street (just east of Oviedo High School). Sunday’s event is across from Oviedo High School (off 426) west of downtown Oviedo….at the cemetery.
  • Where and when is Packet Pick-up? In the historic sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Oviedo at 263 King Street, Oviedo (the race location) on Thursday, October 29 from 4-7 p.m. and Friday, October 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where do we park? At the race location, but click here for some alternate ideas.
  • What do I get with my entry fee? A Rising Run Race T-Shirt that is printed not just in Oviedo, but along the 5K route, hearty breakfast of homemade buttermilk pancakes (we grind our own oat flour), eggs, fruit, delicious coffee, gourmet creamer, and a the unparalleled satisfaction of having been part of an Oviedo tradition.
  • How serious a race is this? As serious as you want it to be! This is a seeded, chip-timed race. (“Seeded” means the fastest people are asked to move to the front at the start of the race and we ask the slower people to stay out of their way. “Chip-timed” means we have a techie gadget hooked to each runner so a super-accurate computer can time how long it takes you from crossing the start line to crossing the finish line.) But walkers and untimed participants are welcome too. **To be sure you are not timed, sign up for “Untimed” as your event. You will still get a number, it just won’t have a special gadget that talks to the timing computer.**Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 4.42.41 PM
  • Can kids be in the main race? Absolutely! All kids under 14 must have a parent in the race as well. We also have FREE Kid Runs that may be a more appropriate length for younger runners (distances from 0.1 miles to 1 mile). (Donations are always welcome with free kid run sign-ups – our hard cost for each kid who enters during the free T-Shirt registration period is $9. Any little bit helps, and all proceeds go to charity).
  • Can I just buy the T-shirt? Kind of….we call it registering for the Rising Run :) If you don’t want to be a chip-timed runner, register as an untimed runner/walker to go at your own speed or skip it altogether while still contributing to the awesomeness.
  • Do you offer a military/service member/teacher discount? Yes! Thank you for your service! There is a $5 discount applied at checkout when you enter the code “MIL5” – remember to bring your ID (military, police, fire, ROTC, or otherwise) with you when you pick up your race packet, because it’s on your honor at the time of registration.
  • Is there a UCF game that day? Yes, but it’s an away game. You’ll be home in plenty of time to catch it on TV!
  • Are strollers allowed? It depends. If you’re genuinely running the race, then no, it’s just not safe. If you’re ok being at the tail end of the crowd out of the starting gate, then YES! We do ask that you stay to the edge of the path and yield to all serious runners so they can get a fair shot at winning a chicken medal! (And remember, you can win a medal too, for an awesome costume :)
  • Is there team racing? YES! We encourage you to grab a few friends to join your team. You can add as many people as you like to your team. Only the top 4 times will count toward the score. You’ll need to register yourself first….after that, there will be a place to enter your team name. You can go back after registering and add a team name too, so no need to wait until it’s all organized. Just sign up and strong-arm your buddies into it later!
  • Can I volunteer? Absolutely! We are always looking for volunteers, at The Rising and other places too! E-mail megan@oviedotraditions.org with specific questions and to be added to the official volunteer list! You may also want to join our Facebook Page and e-mail list so you’ll know when new opportunities come up.
  • How much does it cost? It depends. To run and get a number, it’s $0 to $40, depending on when you sign up and your age.  If running just isn’t your thing, don’t despair, that’s what the “Untimed” category is for. To enjoy the festivities at the hub is FREE, though donations are welcome and encouraged from all people who did not register. 100% of donations will go to restock the local food pantry and support scholarships for graduating seniors who are dedicated to our community. Please be generous if you’re able, but don’t let cost keep you away.
  •  Do I need to prove I’m poor to get free breakfast? No. There is no pre-screening process and there won’t be any people to hand cash donations to (just bins where you can drop something in if you feel like it’s the thing to do).
  • What’s for breakfast? Scrambled eggs and homemade buttermilk pancakes (using the Oviedo Woman’s Club’s top secret recipe), and delicious fruit (at the finish line). It’s a real breakfast. We’ll have coffee as well, and we ask that you bring your own reusable coffee mug if you have a place to stash it – this will help us reduce the amount of trash this event generates.
  • Where will the route take us?  The starting line is between two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. From there, we’ll run past 2 more historic buildings to the place where the Florida Atlantic Coast Line used to run (the Cross Seminole Trail). We’ll run along the now-paved tracks for a while, then loop past the old Celery Precooler (also on the National Register) before going up a hill and returning to the tracks for a final fast, flat finish. It’s a pretty route. If you’re up for some learning, you can even download an educational podcast that tells about the things you are passing by.
  • How long will it take? It all depends on you! Fast people will be able to get through the 3.1 miles in under 20 minutes. Some people may take up to 1 hour or more. The narration of the route will last about 18 minutes if you don’t pause between stops.
  • What if I can’t walk/stand that long? Sign up as an “untimed” walker to get a cool T-shirt come cheer on everyone else, enjoy breakfast, and watch the actors on stage as they tell about Oviedo’s past. If you are in a wheelchair and interested in doing the loop, but unable to propel yourself, we have a few able-bodied Scouts who would be willing to push you around. We do need to know in advance, so please let us know.
  • How can you give everyone free breakfast, even if they didn’t sign up to run or walk? What if the “extra” people don’t donate?  We believe that those who can afford breakfast will treat it like a morning at a regular restaurant and “pay” for their meals (including a “tip”). If we are wrong, then we will be especially glad to have the generous support of Publix Super Markets Charities (who is sponsoring breakfast), The Townhouse Restaurant (who is sponsoring coffee), and others in our community who believe that everyone deserves a hot breakfast and a chance to gather with neighbors to learn more about Oviedo.
  •  Is this a churchy thing? Not really. Churches have been an integral part of shaping Oviedo’s history, and First United Methodist Church of Oviedo is one of the oldest churches in town. Between its sanctuary being listed on the National Register of Historic Places and its members being willing to open their doors for the event, it seemed like a sensible hub for The Rising. There won’t be a sermon or anything, but if you would like to talk to someone about anything, there will be trained counselors available to talk (and possibly pray) with you.
  • I heard you guys will have Boy Scout/Girl Scout patches. Is that for real?  You heard right. We’ll have a 3×3 inch patch available for $4 to those who sign a pledge stating that they have completed the most educationally substantive portion of the race route (about a 1.5 mile loop). We will also have a scavenger hunt at the race hub to encourage kids to meet this year’s featured founders, who will be roaming around during breakfast in costume. We encourage adults to have the kids with them complete this scavenger hunt as a pre-requisite for getting the patch (our requirements are simply that you sign a pledge stating you walked the tour though).
  • Do I need a “ticket” to attend? No, but please click over to our Facebook Event Page and say you’ll be coming, then ask your friends to do the same. We want to make sure we have plenty of food!
  • Will there be vendor spaces? Can my group put up a tent? Yes and yes. Contact Megan Sladek for details on becoming a vendor or securing a tent location for your group. Space is limited, but is available for a reasonable donation to the cause.
  • What are you raising money for? Scholarships for local students and food for the local pantry at HOPE Helps. At The Oviedo Preservation Project, we believe that preservation of the body (preventing hunger) and mind (enhancing education) are essential to helping our community thrive.
  • What is the Twilight Tour? It’s our “traditional” Cemetery Tour that happens at the real live cemetery across from Oviedo High School at 6 p.m. on Sunday night. The 5K run was added in 2013, but the cemetery tour has been happening since 2006. We couldn’t fit any more people at the cemetery, so we added these events on Saturday so more people could meet the town’s founders.
  • How much does going to the Twilight Tour cost? There will be no “ticket taker,” but your $3+ per person donation (or $10 per family) dropped in the bins located around the tour is very much appreciated!
  • Is this a family-friendly thing? Is it scary?  Yes (it is family friendly) and not exactly (scary). We are encouraging everyone to dress up like a historical person for the run (and costume contest!), and the actors from Sunday night’s Twilight Tour will also be there to mix and mingle with people over breakfast. These “Featured Founders” will tell tales based on real history, and there really were wars and disease and things like that.
  • Should we wear costumes? At the run on Saturday, absolutely! Wearing a costume makes both running and walking a lot more fun.  There’s a costume contest going on and you’ll want to win it!  But on Sunday night for the Twilight Tour, we suggest that you wear long sleeves, long pants, and bug repellant and skip the costume.
  • Is there a costume contest? Is the sky blue? Of course there’s a contest! You can’t win it with blood, guts, or creepy things though. Those automatically disqualify you from winning. Fluffy and clever are great, and you get lots of bonus points with the judges if you dress up as someone from history! Check out the costume categories to strategize!
  • Will it be dark by the end of Sunday Evening’s Twilight Tour? Yes. You may want to bring a flashlight for the last portion of the tour. Light is important for a majority of the tour so you can learn more about the cemetery and its features – that’s why we start when you can still see where you’re going. We’ll hand out glow sticks for the kids.
  • Can kids come? Absolutely! All of TOPP’s events are crafted with an eye toward entertaining kids. We go to great lengths to make history come alive for the whole family!
  • Where should I park for Sunday’s Twilight Tour? Along the street on Aulin Avenue and Clark Street (the roads closest to the cemetery)
  • Will there be mosquitos? It’s very likely. You’ll probably want to wear long sleeves and pants or mist with some bug spray before arriving.
  • What if I get hungry? We always have snacks at our events, so stick around!
  • What if I need to use the bathroom at Sunday’s Twilight Tour? There is a thick patch of woods immediately adjacent to the cemetery where, if you are nimble, you will be able to find a private nook in nature to relieve yourself. Better yet, just plan to join us Saturday morning. We’ll have tons of bathrooms available at the show that happens immediately after the 5K :) Plus the actors will be on a stage with fog and there will be chairs. And did we mention a community breakfast? Saturday’s a good time :)

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