Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions

1. How far is a 5K?

A 5K is 3.1 miles. 

Did you know that 4 miles is the average distance someone in our community walks to get to the nearest high school?

2. Do I have to fundraise to participate?

Because this 5K walk/run is a fundraising event we are asking each participant to commit to raising at least $50. For every $500 you raise, you will be entered into a raffle to win a $300 gift card to Target. When you register, you will be asked to create a simple fundraising page that you can share with your friends or even post on your Facebook page. It’s easy and really goes a long way to helping us have a greater impact in Malawi.

3. If I want to fundraise but I’m not comfortable using my online page, can I do it offline?

Yes, you can fundraise offline. Once you register and create your race page, you have the option to raise money offline. Simply download, print and fill out this form. When fundraising offline, your sponsors can pledge an amount and send it to Pamoza later or they can give you their pledge and you send it in to Pamoza. You can also have your sponsors donate on Venmo (search for pamoza-international), CashApp (search for $Pamoza), or by check (make it out to Pamoza and mail to P.O. Box 23804, Philadelphia, PA 19143). Please ask your supports to put your name plus Pamoza 5K in the memo.

 4. What if I am not a runner or have never done a 5K before?

Since this is a walk or run event, you do not have to worry if you are not a runner. You can still participate by walking. Our Miles for Malawi event is a fun run/walk that is great for the whole family.

5. If I participated in the Pamoza 5K last year, do I have to create a new account?

You do not have to create a new account if you participated in our 5K last year. Just use your username (the e-mail you used to create an account last time) and password to log back in. You will still need to personalize some things again like your fundraising page.

6. How do I get to Smedley Park on public transportation?

If you are using public transportation, you can take the 101 trolley and get off at the Papermill Road station, then look for signs for our event. The trolley will drop you off right in the park. Visit for the trolley schedule. 

For the in-person 5K:

1. When and where will the 5K take place?

The event will take place on Saturday, June 4th 2022 at Smedley Park, 20 Papermill Rd, Springfield, PA 19064. Please arrive by 9 am to check-in. Start time is 10 am.

2. Can I register at the 5K event? 

Yes, you can register on site at the event but the registration cost will be $10 extra. So adults will pay $40 for on-site registration and kids will be $20.

3. Is parking available?

Yes, there is plenty of parking available at Smedley Park.

4. Is this a rain or shine event or is there a rain date?

We hope to have good weather, however, if it rains then our rain date will be June 5th, 2022. Same time and same location.

5. What is your COVID protocol?

We ask that anyone who has been exposed to COVID or has had symptoms remain home. Masking is optional. Anyone who would like to practice additional precautions is encouraged to maintain physical distance from their fellow runners and walkers. We will have hand sanitizer and face masks available at the event for those who want some.  

6. What should I do if I registered for the in-person 5K but now want to switch to the virtual event?

Please contact us at to let us know of the change. We would like to provide you with your shirt, which you would have received at the actual event. Depending on when you contact us, you might not be able to receive your shirt until after the event. 

For the Virtual 5K

1. What is a virtual 5K?

A virtual 5k is a walk/run event that can be completed at your own convenience, with anyone, and anywhere instead of a typical 5K where you have to show up at one physical location at the same time. This is an ideal option for anyone who is not available for the in-person event or anyone who wants to take extra precautions against COVID-19.

2. When is the registration deadline?

In order to ensure that you receive your t-shirt for the virtual run/walk, please register by 11:59 PM on May 8th, 2022. Any virtual registrations after that date may not receive their shirts on time.

3. When will the virtual 5K take place?

You can complete your virtual 5K anytime between May 22 through June 4th, 2022. You can also choose to complete your 5K prior to that timeline as long as you finish by June 4th, 2022. 

4. Do I have to walk/run all 3 miles at one time? 

If you are doing the virtual race, then you don’t have to walk/run all 3 miles at once. You can choose to split up the distance across different days. You can also choose to walk/run more than the 3 miles if you want to challenge yourself. 

5.  Do I have to report/track my results?

Reporting and tracking your results is optional, but we are asking all virtual participants to take a picture of themselves in their Pamoza shirt and upload it on our 5K site or e-mail it to If you would like to report your results, you can click the ‘results’ tab on our race website. There, you can report how long it took you to complete the 3 miles. If you don’t have a device for tracking your time and distance, you can use an app on your smartphone like Map My Run or Map My Fitness. 

6. What should I do if I am registered for the virtual 5K and would like to switch to the in-person event?

If you are registered for the virtual event and would like to switch to the in-person event, just send an e-mail to Switching events is not an issue as long as we know to expect you. Please make sure to bring the shirt you received in the mail. 

7. What do I do about my bib number? Do I need to wear my bib?

During registration, you were given a bib number. If you would like to, you can print it and wear it when you do your virtual 5k, but it is not required.

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