Event Details: Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk

Saturday, May 2, 2015, Golden Gate Park at Hellman Hollow, San Francisco, CA


Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: Hellman Hollow, 50 Overlook Drive, San Francisco, CA 94122
Registration: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Program & Activities: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Length of Event: 5K Walk (approx. 3miles)
**No open flames allowed in the park during the event

Event Day Program

9:30 – Committee Chairperson, Pamela Hamrick will open up the program with some personal sentiments about the event.

9:45National Brain Tumor Society Staff will share information about what the organization is currently working on.

10:00 – Our emcee for the day’s festivities, Helo Matzelle, author, mother and brain tumor survivor, will share her story.

10:15Survivor Photo in front of the stage. All survivors at the event are encouraged to be in the photo.

10:30Taiko Drummers will send off the walkers!

11:30 – the final walkers should be arriving – we’ll settle back into our areas and we’ll hear from Dr. Anders Persson…

11:40 – Joining us will be research guest speaker and Oligo Research Grant recipient, Dr. Anders Persson, of the Persson Lab at the University of California – San Francisco.

11:50Committee Chairperson, Pamela Hamrick & the 2015 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.

Food at the Walk
There will be a “Refreshments” tent with donated dry goods and various types of waters however, these are on a first-come, first-served basis and will not serve as a meal. It is encouraged that you 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.

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 of any kind in the lawn at the park. NO staking means not even 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. There are over 300 sprinkler heads in the lawn in the meadow and they sit just beneath the lawn so you won’t see it and you can damage it. NO STAKING. The park rangers will be looking for that. Thank you for your consideration.

Please see the site map for more information about where the team 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 will follow this route:

1. Start at Hellman Hollow
2. Head WEST on paved pathway toward polo field
3. Cross parking lot to regain path on west side of lot
4. Turn right at 41st Ave, (Chain of Lakes) remaining on east side of the street
5. At JFK Drive, turn right on the SOUTH side of JFK
6. Pass Buffalo paddock
7. Pass Spreckles Lake
8. Pass 30th St.
9. Pass Lloyds Lake
10. Right at Transverse Drive
11. Head WEST on south sidewalk of JFK Drive to paved path
12. Turn left down paved path that enters Hellman Hollow
13. Finish at Hellman Hollow

Challenges & Prizes

    Raise $100 by February 3, 2015 to earn your exclusive bracelet!

  • NEW Early Registration Prize – Register and Raise $100 by Feb. 3 to earn our exclusive bracelet.
  • Custom T-Shirts for your Team – When your fundraising team raises $500 before Feb. 13 you earn a chance to win.
  • Earn a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • Don’t forget about the $1K Club Challenge – raise $1,000 by April 30 to be entered to win a mini tablet
  • NEW Individual Fundraising Prizes to be earned too!

Visit our Challenges and Fundraising Prizes page for more details.

Thank you for your support & Good Luck!

Directions & Parking

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Public parking is limited at the site. Parking is allowed in Golden Gate Park on both sides of John F. Kennedy Drive near Hellman Hollow 50 Overlook Dr., on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan to arrive early to use those spaces. Please only park in legal parking areas.

We will have a shuttle running between 9 AM and 1 PM. From the parking lot located at 801 Stanyan St. @ Beulah (next to Kezar Pavilion) will be closed to the public and used only for our participants. When you arrive you will need to tell the attendant that you are either supporting “the National Brain Tumor Society” or are “participating in the Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk” to be allowed to enter. The NBTS has reserved the entire garage (250 parking spaces) so if you are able to park in the garage you will not incur a fee. *BE THERE EARLY*

Suggestions for those who are unable to park in the parking lot but want to use the shuttles to and from the park please park in legal parking areas in the neighborhoods – Read the time limit on the street signs. You can also park up at the UCSF parking structure (you will incur the cost to park yourself) and then walk down to the shuttle stop.

**Please note that the parking is reserved all day for our participants however, the last shuttle from Hellman Hollow to the Shuttle Stop will leave at 1pm. If you plan to stay longer you will need to secure your own way back to the parking garage.

Drop Off

There will be a designated drop off/loading area on John F Kennedy Drive near Hellman Hollow (Speedway Meadow). Look for “Drop Off” signs and orange parking cones near the entrance to the event site with the paved path.

View our detailed Site Map.

Volunteer Information

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a registration fee?

Registration for the Walk is $25. 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?

Adults are encouraged to raise a minimum of $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).
Learn more.

Do I need to register my children?

No, children 17 and younger do not need to register or pay a fee to attend the event. However, we strongly encourage you to register your children ahead of time so that we can anticipate their attendance and secure their commemorative t-shirt.

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
[Event Name]
55 Chapel Street, Suite 200
Newton, MA 02458

Are pets allowed at the event?

Pet policies vary, and are based on the rules of each venue. If pets are permitted at the venue, please keep your pets on a leash at all times. And, 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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