Frequently Asked Questions about Walk the WAVE
What is Walk the WAVE?
We wanted to provide an option for our supporters who are not cyclists so in 2016 we launched Walk the WAVE. Walkers will enjoy The WAVE signature Spirtridge Park rest stop before returning to celebrate at the Finish Line festival. The route is approximately 6km, a scenic out-and-back walk to the Park. This event is for women only, just like our WAVE Ride. However, children of both sexes aged 11 & under are allowed to participate with a complimentary registration. Invite your non-riding friends to join your team!
When do I get my Walk packet?
You can pick up your packet and bib number on event day at packet pickup. We also have early packet pickup the day before, on Saturday, September 16 from 8am - 1pm at Bellevue College Campus, Building L. WAVE staff and volunteers will be on site to answer questions at both times.
Do I need to fundraise in addition to paying the registration fee in order to Walk the WAVE?
No, fundraising is not required. We are delighted to have you ride or walk in our event! But please consider this:
Your registration fee goes towards your fundraising dollars, and monies raised through fundraising support The WAVE Foundation’s Discover Your Power program. This program is committed to empowering young people through training in relationship violence education, sexual assault awareness and self-defense.
Fundraising is easy and most people are very happy to give to such a worthy cause, and we offer Fundraising Tips and Incentives for participants and teams! There is also really good information available on-line. Many of our "competitors" (other local organized events) provide great fundraising ideas, too :-)
Why should I register early?
Registration price increases as we get closer to the event date SO SIGN UP TODAY for the lowest price possible. Take advantage of training events for all levels, receive email updates on events and activities. Only the first 1,000 registered participants receive a Cycle the WAVE gift bag (includes a dry-fit shirt and our signature WAVE Water Bottle).
I would love to walk, but am unable to afford the registration fee. Is there help available?
Yes, scholarships are available for those needing assistance. Print and complete this Cycle the WAVE Scholarship Application form and email or send in completed application.
Can my male friends Walk the WAVE?
What makes our event unique is that it is for Women Only. Those boys, as much as we love them, will change the dynamics of our social experience.
Truth is, the men in our lives also wanted to ride when we started this event in 2008, and now they are thrilled to be event volunteers and support our riders by changing flats, standing on corners, giving directions and providing help and encouragement. We would love for your male friends to volunteer on event day and/or become your fundraising partner. Please get them involved! Thank you for understanding.
Are there hotels near the start line?
Yes, we can recommend a couple hotels located in Eastgate, Bellevue (a 5-minute drive o short bike ride to the start/finish line). The Silver Cloud Bellevue Hotel is a 4-star hotel. The Days Inn Bellevue is a 2-star hotel with cheaper rates. There are no special WAVE rates. Please check out any discounts you would normally use when booking accommodations (AAA, etc).
Will there be day of event registration?
Although we encourage pre-registration, yes, if you decide at the last minute to join us, come on down. As a reminder, registration price is higher on event day.
I thought I could walk, but now I can’t. Can I get a refund?
Sorry, no refunds. We do add your fee to our Fundraising dollars so you are making a real difference in our community. Fundraising dollars go directly to helping raise Awareness, educate people about domestic violence and our Discover your Power Program. Also, if you let us know in advance we can put your registration towards our scholarship program that will allow a survivor to participate on your behalf.
Can I transfer my registration to a friend or have my fee applied to next year's event?
Sorry, no. We are not set up to handle either of these requests.
Where does my registration fee go?
All profits from the event go to The WAVE Foundation (Women Against Violence Everywhere) to support programs that raise awareness and educate people about domestic violence, and support our Discover your Power Program. This program is committed to empowering young people through training in relationship violence education, sexual assault awareness and self-defense.
Grant funds go towards assistance and care for domestic violence victims. Last year’s grant recipients are highlighted on our WAVE Foundation website. Click here.
How much money was raised last year?
In 2016, The WAVE Foundation granted $35,500 to five different agencies, including Discover Your Power. Over the past nine years we have granted more than $1 Million to agencies and programs in Washington State, thanks to help from people just like you!
Sadly, I can’t ride this year, can I still be involved?
We will miss you! If you’re in town, you may be interested in volunteering. Please email Sherry@thewavefoundation.org.
What does Cycle the WAVE stand for?
WAVE stands for Women Against Violence Everywhere. We are Against Violence Everywhere. Because it can happen to anyone. You can learn more about us at The WAVE Foundation.
I know someone who would like to sponsor Cycle the WAVE, who should they contact?
Food related sponsors: contact Event & Operations Manager, Peter Verbrugge at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other inquiries: contact Development Manager, Sherry Fadely, email@example.com, or call the WAVE Office at 425-284-9901.
Is there anything special planned at the end of the ride?
Absolutely! Our Finish Line Festival is not to be missed! There will be fabulous food, a wine & beer garden, and a variety of vendors with samples to try and merchandise for sale. Don't miss our photo booth and spa, and MANY happy riders sharing tales of their day! This year the Wine & Beer Garden will stay open until 4:00pm.
Is the route strenuous?
The 6km Route rambles along paths and streets that undulate slightly, heading east downhill to Spriritridge Park, then slightly uphill for the way back. We had many families with strollers participate in 2016 without any issues.
How will I navigate the course?
All routes are marked with Walk the WAVE signage. We will also have course monitors walking the course to help anyone who may need assistance.
Is there a map of the event I can use on the day of the walk?
Yes, the 2017 is being adjusted slightly, but a final route map will be available for download, and each walker will receive a map at packet pickup.
What kind of refreshments will be at the rest stop?
The Spiritridge rest stop consistently offers a variety of great food and treats, and a special Flower Power station. Our enthusiastic WAVE volunteers will be there to cheer you on! Please check the route support page for further details closer to the event.
What time does the WALK start?
Walk registration and day-of-event packet pickup opens at 9:45am. Walkers may depart anytime between 10:00-10:30am.
What are the Finish Line Festival hours?
Approximately 11:30-3:30pm. The Wine & Beer Garden will be open until 4:00pm. Be sure to leave on time to make sure you are able to make it back to enjoy the festivities.
I still have a question.
For registration, team and fundraining questions, please email WAVE Registrar Marci Imbriaco at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For logistics or other questions about the event, please contact Event Manager, Peter Verbrugge at email@example.com or call 425-284-9901