Frequently Asked Questions
What the @!%* is this?
The VFW 805 .1K is a fun, zany, wacky, all-ages, family event put on by Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 in downtown O'Fallon, IL to raise funds for the VFW National Home for Children and the Post 805 Troop Support Fund. At the length of about one city block, it is a short distance that anyone can finish in pretty much any manner that matches their skills and abilities. The short distance is long on impact as much of the funds raised are sent directly to the VFW National Home for Children to assist veteran and military families. VFW Post 805 is the Home of the Original VFW .1K. In 2014, the VFW Post in Naperville, Illinois saw ours and has held its own .1 K every year since. Several other posts have hopped on the .1K bandwagon and the VFW National Home has also hosted an annual .1K fun run since 2017. We are proud this super-fun idea has caught on, as well as to say that over $180,000 has been raised to help veterans and their families through the VFW .1K fundraisers that have been held so far. With your help, we can keep adding to those numbers.
When and where is the race?
Due to the crowd size and distancing restrictions in place as of the writing of these FAQs and the situation being so fluid, we were left with no choice but to hold our .1K virtually this year. If you’ve completed our grueling course in previous years, you already know the distance of .1K is between the Caboose down First Street and the front of the VFW. You are welcome to use that as your course any time you’d like to but please note that no streets will be closed for the .1K and you should be aware of traffic at all times. With the race being virtual, you also have the freedom to measure out your own .1K and complete it however you’d like! Don’t forget to use the tag us on Facebook or Instagramso we can celebrate with you!
Why .1 K?
Why not? We're putting on this whole thing to help veteran and military families. Helping military and veteran families should not be difficult or painful.
Just how far is .1K?
.1K is one-tenth of a kilometer, 100 meters, just over 328 feet, about 109 yards. It is a distance that anybody can finish. You can run, walk, hop, skip, jump, crawl, or dance and still finish the race. We believe everybody should race at their own pace.
What does it cost to enter?
Each registration costs $20. We will still accept registrations up to and including our virtual race day (September 5) but the cost on race day will be $25. Please note there is an extra $2 charge for each shirt size 2XL or 3XL regardless of when you turn in your entry. Online registrations are processed through RunSignup and any associated fees are charged and retained by RunSignup.
Is there a family or group registration?
Yes, the more the merrier! You can click HEREto register yourself, your family, or a group for the .1K. Online registration fees are calculated on the total, so register as many people as you want at the same time to save on fees. The team registration for up to six people costs only $90, add additional people for only $15 per person, but please note, Team registrations must be done all at once. Please note that there is an extra $2 charge for each t-shirt size 2XL or 3XL regardless of team or individual registration.
What do I get for my entry fee?
You'll get a really cool T-shirt for the .1K fun run. You’ll get a 0.1 race window decal (like all of those other crazy marathon runners have), and you’ll get a numbered racing bib. You’ll get to participate in a fun, outdoor event. You’ll get to tell your family, friends, and the IRS that you made a charitable donation. VFW 805 is a 501c(19) organization and the VFW National Home for Children is a 501(c)3 organization. Both are fully eligible for tax-deductible donations.
What do I have to do to sign up?
Registration is open now. You can print the registration form and mail or take it to the VFW Post in O’Fallon, IL. The
mailing address is 221 West First Street, O’Fallon, Illinois 62269. Please make any check payable to VFW Post 805 ATTN .1K. We also have registration forms available at the Post 805 Canteen at the same address. To ensure that you get the complete race packet with the really cool T-shirt, race bib, and race window decal you should be sure to register during early registration, which ends Sunday, August 30. You can also register and pay online.
What if I miss the Early Registration Deadline?
Once early registration closes, we will do our best to make sure that everybody has a chance to get a T-shirt and a window decal but can’t make any guarantees. To be sure that you get a full race packet that includes your desired T-shirt size, you should register early. Early registration ends on Sunday, August 30. We will still accept registrations up to and including our virtual race day (September 5) but the cost on race day will be $25. Please note there is an extra $2 charge for each shirt size 2XL or 3XL regardless of when you turn in your entry.
What if I already registered, or am not sure if I already registered?
We know it’s been a weird year! Just as our Race Directors, volunteers, and sponsors were ramping up for the originally scheduled run, the plug got pulled and everything was shut down. We’ve been playing the waiting game with many starts and stops along the way and we appreciate you hanging in with us and being flexible! (Being flexible is also considered “training”, by the way.) Regardless, if you already registered we are still holding your registration. If you aren’t sure, whether you registered online or not you can check your status on the Runsignup site.
When can I pick up my race packet, 0.1 sticker and really cool T-shirt?
If you register early your race packet will be ready for pick up on September 5 between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. If for some reason you are unable to pick up your packet on September 5, your packet will be held at the VFW until Sunday of the following week. After this window of opportunity has closed, the contents of your packet will be dismantled and used at the discretion of the Race Directors.
Is there an age limit to enter the race?
No, there is not. Because the race is benefiting veterans and veteran families in our community, as well as the VFW National Home, an organization for veterans and military families, we think it is important to allow anybody to participate. Kids T-shirt sizes Small, Medium, and Large are available if you register early.
Can I bring my dog or other pet?
Since this year’s race is virtual, of course you can! You can take a dog, cat, snake, turtle, goat, chicken, or llama and we encourage you to do so. If you decide to do the course in O’Fallon (from the VFW to the Caboose or vice-versa), note there will be no street closures so please be careful. If you come up to the registration area, please always have your pet leashed (no flexi leads) and under your control. Please note: Only service animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability can be brought inside the VFW Post.
What if I am not a serious runner?
Then this is the race for you!
What if I am a serious runner?
Then this is the race for you! At a distance of .1K this is likely to be your best race finish time ever. That's something to be proud of! One experienced marathon runner exclaimed after the 2nd annual .1K, “This was my first .1K but it won’t be my last!” One local running club double-dipped by running a 10-mile race earlier in the day, and still completed the
.1K. They had finished both runs by 10:01 AM!
What should I wear to the race?
? Please remember that the spirit of the day is to help support veterans while having fun, so we suggest you wear something fun! We hope you’ll help put the FUN in our .1K FUNdraiser! Make sure you tag our Instagram or Facebook page on any pictures you post of you completing your .1K!
Will there be food? And drinks?
Due to the restrictions in place at the time of the writing of these FAQs and the situation being so fluid we are not planning to have food associated with our .1K this year. As of the writing of this FAQ the VFW Canteen/Bar is open, and there are any number of local restaurants, many who have added outdoor dining options. Our VFW and our neighboring businesses have been struggling through this trying time and we invite you to patronize to the extent that you feel comfortable.
How can I become a supporting sponsor of the race?
There are various sponsor levels for the race listed on the home page. At the bottom of that page you will see a button called “Interested in Becoming a Supporting Sponsor?”. If you click there and fill out the form, race organizers will contact you as soon as possible to provide more details and gladly accept your sponsorship.
What else can I do to help?
Spread the word and encourage registration and/or sponsorship. We are supporting two very worthy organizations who have continued to help veterans and their families despite the challenges at hand. You should also consider contacting the VFW and/or the VFW National Home for Children at their websites listed below to learn more about them.
What are you going to do with the money raised at the .1K?
When we started the VFW 805 .1K in 2014 it was to raise money to help the incredible mission of the VFW National Home for Children. Because that was the reason for this crazy event to begin with, we’ll still send much of the money raised to the National Home. Post 805 is proud of its history of helping veterans in our own community, so the remaining funds will be donated to the Post 805 Troop Support Fund to help local veterans and their families when they are in need.
What do you do with my information?
When you register for the .1K, we securely collect certain information which is used to compile your race packet, and to contact you if we have any questions or important announcements. We will not, under any circumstances, share your information with outside organizations, except where applicable by law. We do not sell, communicate, or divulge your information to any outside mailing lists. We use Runsignup (and in some cases PayPal) to process payment of your online registration fees and/or donations and we do not receive any of your financial information in the process.
What is the VFW National Home for Children?
Founded in 1925 the VFW National Home for Children serves as a living memorial to America’s veterans by helping our nation’s veteran and military families during difficult times. Our Race Day is usually planned around the Home’s annual Awareness Week. You can find out more about them at their website www.vfwnationalhome.org.
What is VFW Post 805?
Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 in O’Fallon, Illinois is one of the most active and successful posts in the State of Illinois. As one of 6,400 VFW Posts throughout North America and the European and Pacific continents, in 2018 VFW Post 805 was in a highly-select group of less than one percent of VFW Posts to receive the National Outstanding Community Service Post Award (63 total awarded); and one of only three percent of all VFW Posts to achieve All- American status (199 total awarded). Post 805 and its Auxiliary were commended for volunteering in excess of 3,000 community service hours and directly disbursing over $25,000 on programs, projects, and community service efforts in the VFW 2018-2019 year; and providing an additional $60,000 of In-Kind donations to the local community. In addition to its 2018-2019 honors, the Post has been awarded as an All-American Post six other times and has been awarded as an All-State Post each year since 2008. All proceeds from bar and food sales, hall rentals, and video gaming machines are used to keep the Post’s doors open and to help veterans in the community. Learn more at the Post 805
What if my question was not listed?
If you have other questions about the .1K run or about VFW Post 805’s other activities, please Click here to contact the race staff and we’ll respond to you as soon as we can.