COVID-19 and CHaD Fundraising Events

The 2021 CHaD HERO will be a hybrid event. The majority of the event will take place virtually from September 19 - September 26, 2021, with an in-person 5K Run planned for September 26, 2021 in Hanover, NH. *Please note that the live portion of the event is contingent on CDC, state, local, Dartmouth College, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health guidelines at that time.

As of September 10, 2021, we have received the green light to do a masked, mass start 5K Run. However, we will continue to collect the information needed for a staggered start 5K Run, in the event that we need to pivot to that once again. When you register, you will be asked your pace per mile for a 5K, your expected finish time, and (if applicable) the name of a family member or partner who you will be running with. (For a staggered start 5K Run, any duos planning to run together must enter the same anticipated pace/finish time to ensure that you are paired together for the start.) We plan to cap In-person 5K Run registration at 1,000 total participants. Spectating is discouraged. We are also unable to provide day-of registration.

Health and Safety Expectations for the 2021 CHaD HERO In-Person 5K Run

After taking a break from the in-person CHaD HERO last year, we are incredibly excited to be hosting an in-person 5K Run this year! However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires us to take necessary precautions to protect ourselves and those who participate in the CHaD HERO 5K Run. In order for us to have a safe, fun experience at the CHaD HERO, please help us in the following ways:

  1. If you are ill leading up to the CHaD HERO, please do not attend.

  2. If you are not vaccinated, please consider participating in one of our CHaD HERO virtual activities.

  3. Masks are required in all indoor spaces for all participants and in some outdoor areas regardless of vaccination status -- this includes bib pick-up, food tent, on buses, and at the start and finish lines. You may remove your mask outdoors when at least 6 ft. of distancing is available, but please wear a mask around others.

  4. Please use hand sanitizer often, especially where provided at the food tent entrance before handling food.

All participants should be aware of the possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19. Although the CHaD HERO event is being held as a hybrid fundraising event this year to reduce this risk, each participant should be aware that the risk of serious illness and death does exist. For this reason, in order to help protect the health, safety and welfare of all event participants and the community, Dartmouth-Hitchcock requires all participants in the CHaD HERO to comply with CDC guidance and public health authority recommendations relative to COVID-19, including mask-wearing and practicing social distancing while participating in the CHaD HERO. In addition, we ask any event participants who believe that they have been exposed to COVID-19 or who are experiencing any symptoms of illness such as a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell to consider alternative ways of demonstrating their support of CHaD and the CHaD HERO event, including making a direct cash donation to CHaD.

CHaD Community Fundraising

Our programs make CHaD as unique as the 95,000 kids we serve each year. We need you to help sustain them both.

COVID-19 has changed the way we fundraise. In March 2020, the CHaD Battle of the Badges hockey game was played without an audience, the impact of which was a loss of $60,000 for our young patients. We have continued to experience fundraising shortfalls due to the pandemic. In addition to providing pediatric COVID-19 care, our needs are increasing, particularly around family support and our programming for victims of abuse. We are grateful for community support in all forms.

COVID-19 Resources