Run Across Haiti FAQ's

A | Feb 15 | Day 0

Everyone arrives to Cap Haitien via the Hugo Chavez International Airport

A-B | Feb 16 | Day 1

Cap Haitien to Plaisance (34 miles)

B-C | Feb 17 | Day 2

Plaisance to D’Ennery (13 miles)

C-D | Feb 18 | Day 3

D’Enery to Gonaives (20 miles)

D-E | Feb 19 | Day 4

Gonaives to Saint-Marc (36 miles)

E-F | Feb 20 | Day 5

Saint-Marc to Wahoo Bay Beach (20 miles)

F | Feb 21 | Day 6

REST DAY at Wahoo Bay Beach Resort

F-G | Feb 22 | Day 7

Wahoo Bay Beach to Port-au-Prince (27 miles)

G-H | Feb 23 | Day 8

Port-au-Prince to Jacmel (FINISH LINE!) (52 miles)
 

Travel

+ ARE THERE ANY IMMUNIZATIONS BEFORE TRAVELING TO HAITI?

Yes. You will need to get your shots and they'll probably also recommend malaria pills. To do this, you can set up an appointment at your local travel clinic, your insurance provider should be able to point you to one and most county governments have one. For example, in Pittsburgh, you can go to the Allegheny County Travel Clinic. University campuses also tend to have one. Bring your immunization records and let them know you're headed to Haiti and they'll know what to do. Please also visit your PCP.

+ HOW MUCH ARE FLIGHTS?

Flights range from $600—$800 depending on when you book, when you travel and what city you are departing from. Check out expedia.com for some of the best flight options and prices.

+ WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK OUR FLIGHTS?

We will discuss flights in October/November 2018. Please wait until you hear from Work on when to book. You will fly into Cap Haitian and out of Port-Au-Prince Haiti.

RUN

+ WHAT ARE SOME TRAINING TIPS FROM THE PAST RUNNERS?

  • Be marathon ready as early as possible.
  • Mix multiple long days with rest days to prepare for the back-to-back days.
  • Do more lateral training to prepare for the mountains and switchbacks.
  • You should run hills or stairs at beginning, middle, and end of every run.
  • Do stair training.
  • Do heat training
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Protect your face with sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.
  • Listen to your body!

+ WHAT IS THE RUNNING PACE?

  • Expect at least a one-hour gap between the leader and our final runner.
  • General pace is somewhere between a 8-12 minute mile run.
  • You can run at your own pace.
  • We will not run as a group the entire time.
  • There may be times you will run by yourself, but we will have cyclists and our support trucks circling the runners.
  • We will enforce cut-off times

+ WHAT TIME WILL WE START RUNNING EACH DAY?

We’ll start the run each morning prior to sunrise at 5 AM. On longer days, we’ll start earlier to avoid the late morning heat.

+ WHAT IF WE NEED TO WALK?

There is some walking done by all runners, listen to your body when you need to slow down and walk.

+ WILL WE RUN ON PAVEMENT?

Yes. Most of the course is pavement with some off-roads.

+ WHAT IS THE ELEVATION?

You can check out the Elevation Map. 3 miles in vertical elevation up and down, biggest thing you fight is the heat!

+ HOW DO I GET ON A RELAY TEAM?

Let us know and we will match you with a team!

+ FOR THE RELAY, CAN WE RUN A PORTION OF EACH DAY INSTEAD OF A FULL DAY?

Full day. You will run 2-3 of the days.

+ WHAT IF I NEED A TRAINER?

We do have a ultra-marathon trainer we use each year for the run and would be happy to connect you with Coach Joe who is our official RAH Coach.

+ WHAT TYPE OF SUPPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE?

There will be an aid station about every 5K or so that will have water, rehydration solutions, some snacks and proteins, and medical support available. You’ll also be able to access your pack there. Each Support Crew will be assigned a certain role for the run!

+ WHAT ARE THE ROLES OF THE SUPPORT CREW?

We will have different roles and skill sets joining us on our Support Crew. They will include a medical support team, logistics leads, translators, truck drivers, operations leads, social media/ communications lead, content assistant, film crew and a bunch of cheering, smiling faces to keep us safe, organized and prepared for our runners and team! We will be hiring our family members to be a part of the support crew for 2019 to provide a seasonal job.

+ WHAT IS THE CHEER SQUAD?

The Cheer Squad joins us from Rest Day to the Finish Line. Your family and friends can apply to join us on the run as members of the Cheer Squad. They will be additional support crew along the route and at the finish line.

FUEL / LODGING

+ WILL WATER, SNACKS, AND GELS BE PROVIDED DURING THE RUN?

Water will be provided about every 5K. Some snack and gels are provided to supplement your individual supply.

+ WHAT TYPE OF MEALS WILL BE PROVIDED?

Depending on where we stay, some combination of the menu below will be provided. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions.

  • Breakfast: energy bars, bread, eggs, fruits, coffee
  • Lunch/dinner: mostly Haitian cuisine—rice and beans, plantains, salad, and a meat of some sort (usually chicken, goat, or pork). Pasta is available at some establishments. Fruits are generally served as well. Meats, pasta, rice, fruits, breads, peanut butter, potatoes, corn, and vegetables (depending on where we stay)
  • Drinks: coffee, juice, and water.

+ IS THE WATER SAFE TO DRINK?

Water in water bottles or bags on the street are also generally safe. We do not recommend drinking from any faucets, wells, or bodies of water along the way. We will provide plenty of water during the race and for all meals and rest periods. Feel free to bring a travel size filtration system if you have a sensitive stomach.

+ WHERE DO WE STAY EACH NIGHT?

Depending on the location, we will be staying at a school hour or guest house/hotel. Sleeping bag, pad, and mosquito net is required for one of the nights. We will provide a recommended pack list to all runners.

FUNDRAISE

+ HOW MUCH WILL I NEED TO FUNDRAISE AS A RUNNER FOR ACROSS HAITI 2019?

  • The Run Across Haiti is Work’s signature fundraiser and its commitment to show that Haiti is not a place to be afraid of or to be pitied. The funds raised is critical to continuing Work’s services for our families in Haiti.
  • For all runners, the requirement is to raise $5,000 to cover all meals, lodging, and snacks and some running supplements along with contributing to our 2019 Run Across Haiti fundraising goal of $300,000. This amount does not include airfare. A minimum raise of $6,000 will include all meals, lodging, snacks, running supplements, along with travel accommodations. You must let Work know prior to fundraising that you will raise for your flight as well. Work will book the flight for you.

+ WHAT IS THE BEST APPROACH TO FUNDRAISING?

  • We will help you set up a Crowdrise fundraising page!
  • Share your story—tell your family, friends, co-workers, peers, neighbors, and your community your reason for running across Haiti and your goals.
  • Provide simple instructions—let your community know how they can get involved in as little steps as possible.
  • Follow up—it takes repeating information seven times for the human brain to remember and process it. Don’t be afraid to remind your community that you’re doing the run and that you need their support to reach your goals.
  • Host a happy hour—Everyone loves a good happy hour! We’ve co-hosted happy hours in cities where our runners are coming from to help spread the word. If you’re interested in hosting a happy hour in your city, our crew will come out and support you. Call a restaurant or bar, ask for special pricing on food/drinks, invite your friends and tell them to bring $20 to donate
  • Engage your employer—Many companies offer a donation match. Does your company match any contributions? What about your family or friends’ employers? It is a tax write off and a great way to reach your goal in half the time
  • Let your neighborhood mom and pop shops support you! Stop by your local coffee shop or other small businesses in your community to see if they would sponsor your run. They can write a check to Work or donate directly on the Crowdrise page and be recognized through our social media channels.

+ WHAT IF I DO NOT HIT MY GOAL?

We will charge your credit card on file for any remaining funds that are not raised.