Event Details: Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk

Saturday, May 13, 2017, Crissy Field in San Francisco, CA


Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Location: Crissy Field, 610 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
Registration: 8:30 – 10:00 AM
Walk start & end: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Live Band Plays: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Fundraising Prizes & Awards: 11:30 – 12:00 PM
Program & Activities: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Length of Event: 5K Walk (approx. 3 miles)
**No stakes in the lawn

Event Day Program

8:30 – Registration Opens

9:00 – The emcee will open up the stage program.

9:05National Brain Tumor Society Staff will share information about what the organization is currently working on.

9:10Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Honor & Celebrate Tent. This is an elective ceremony for people to join if they want to honor a loved one who has passed away. We will take just a few minutes to read a poem and listen to the harp and reflect on their memory.

9:20Survivor Photo in front of the stage. All survivors at the event are encouraged to be in the photo.

9:30Survivor Guest Speaker

9:35Caregiver Guest Speaker **NEW** we will invite a caregiver to share their story and gratitude for all of your efforts.

9:40Research Guest Speaker

10:00Taiko Drummers will send off the walkers!

11:00Mojo Workin’ Blues Band will play for us as walkers return and again after all of the awards are distributed. We hope you’ll stay and enjoy the tunes!

11:30The 2017 Planning Committee Members will close out our program by announcing our final fundraising numbers and will distribute fundraising prizes.

Top team and top individual fundraisers will be acknowledged during the closing ceremony.

Rain or shine the event will go on!

Regardless of weather, layered clothing, windbreakers, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended.

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Food at the Walk
There will be a “Refreshments” tent with donated dry goods and various types of beverages however, these are on a first-come first-served basis and will not serve as a meal. We are also working diligently to secure a couple food trucks for your convenience. We will update the website with which trucks will be onsite when we hear back from them.
Another option is to bring a blanket, pack a picnic lunch and find a spot on the lawn to enjoy with your teammates and the rest of the walkers. You may plan to BBQ with your team however, if you use charcoal you must provide a means of loading out all your used coals. You will NOT be allowed to dispose of them at the park in any of the trash facilities. If you or someone you know is able to make a donation to the refreshments tent please reach out to

Team Area
Many teams will bring a pop up tent and blankets and plant themselves on the lawn. Any and all teams area welcome to do so however, there is NO staking in the lawn of any kind allowed. This means not even a stake the size of a nail is allowed to puncture the lawn. If you want to bring a tent you must plan to use sandbags or other means to hold it down. The park rangers will be looking for that. If you are a team that wants to earn a 10×10 tent or table and chairs through fundraising please take a look at the bottom of the Fundraising Challenges page for more information. Thank you for your consideration.

When you arrive and check in your team you can ask a volunteer for more information about where the teams are invited to set up. There will be 200 chairs set up in front of the stage for your use during the event program.

Walk Route
The Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk route is here. We will line up to head west toward the Golden Gate Bridge along the promenade. Please note the promenade surface is compacted granite. We will then turn and head back east just before the warming hut and walk back on the path along Old Mason Rd., which is asphalt. We will walk passed our event site and continue on past the protected marsh land until we can turn left and then we turn left again which puts us back on the promenade to head west again back to the start. Heads up – we will cross a short wooden slat bridge here to cross over the bay which feeds the marsh. We will cross where we started the walk and end at the top of the hill at our event site. There will be a photo wall set up for teams to take a post walk pic! In total our walk is 2.46 miles (just shy of a 5k).

The walking path is open to the public so we will have our area coned off to provide the safest experience as possible. We will have a “Wave Start”, which means we will let groups of 500 walkers onto the path in 5 minute intervals. Once you are all out on the path we ask that you stay in our coned area for your safety and for the safety of the public. We want our mission to been seen while respecting the public space.

If you need to leave the event early or by a certain time, then we encourage you to line up in the front of the walk line when we announce the time to get ready to walk. We know Crissy Field will serve us well for years to come and we look forward to walking with all of you on May 13th!

Directions & Parking


There are many forms of public transportation in San Francisco. Please check schedules for the various methods to confirm they will be available during the times that you need them in operation. The following websites are great tools.

Public parking is limited at the walk site.

We recommend parking in the Free East Beach Parking Lot or the Free Marina Green Parking Lot and walking to the event site. Metered parking is available along Old Mason Street on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan to arrive early to use those spaces. Please only park in legal parking areas and obey all posted rules. Parking is at your own risk.

There will be NO shuttle service this year. Those requiring handicapped parking or those who require special accommodations please email as early as possible but by no later than Monday, May 1, 2017 to coordinate.

Drop Off

There will be a designated drop off/loading area on Mason Drive at the Sports Basement Parking lot near the airfield, which is our event site. Look for “Drop Off” signs and orange parking cones and or ask the parking attendant at Sports Basement for assistance.

Bike Parking
There will be a bike parking area located off of our Volunteer Tent for the convenience of our participants and volunteers who want to cycle to the event. In order to park your bike in this area you MUST bring your own bike lock to secure it. This parking is at your own risk.

Volunteer Information

Interested in volunteering for this event? Learn more about volunteer opportunities

If you have any questions about any of the above listed information please don’t hesitate to reach out to you Event Director, Jenifer Prentiss at

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a registration fee?

Registration for the Walk is $25 for adults 18+ years and older, Free for 17 years and younger. Every registered participant is eligible to receive an event t-shirt day of the walk. Upon registration, you will receive a personal fundraising page and useful online tools to help you jumpstart your efforts. Even after the event is over, you will still have access to your personal fundraising page, allowing you to maximize your impact in the fight against brain tumors.

Am I required to fundraise a minimum amount?

There is no “minimum” fundraising required outside of the registration fee for adults. However, we encourage our participants to raise $500 or more to help fund the discovery of a cure and better treatments for brain tumors.

Where do Brain Tumor Events funds go?

Proceeds from the event support research to find a cure for brain tumors, public policy advocacy, and patient information to make sure the critical needs of the brain tumor community are met, through the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS).
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Do I need to register my children?

We strongly encourage you to register your children ahead of time so that we can anticipate their attendance and secure their commemorative t-shirt. There is no fee associated with registering a minor, they are welcome to attend and enjoy the event but if you would like a t-shirt they do need to be registered to the event.

I plan to participate to support one of my friends and their team. Do I still have to register?

If you are walking you must register to participate. If you plan to attend as a cheering section, you do not need to register. Registration is open the day of the event.

Can I walk and volunteer?

Yes! If you plan to walk and volunteer, please register as a Participant & Volunteer.

What are Matching Gift Programs?

Many employers have matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Ask your employer or HR department for more information. Generally, you will be asked to complete and submit a form to NBTS for approval. This form can be sent to the above address.

To whom do I make checks payable?

All checks can be made payable to the National Brain Tumor Society. If you wish to support a Walk participant, please complete this form and send to:

National Brain Tumor Society
Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk
55 Chapel Street, Suite 200
Newton, MA 02458

Are pets allowed at the event?

Dogs are allowed at Crissy Field and along the walk route. Please keep your pets on a leash and clean up after your pet at all times. If your pet does not do well in large crowds, please consider leaving them at home. Please do not leave your pet in your car during the event.

Will I receive an event t-shirt?

All registered participants, volunteers, and survivors receive a t-shirt.

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