Frequently Asked Questions

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My organization is interested in receiving a charitable grant from the CDPHP® Workforce Team Challenge. Is there an application process? When are charities selected?

The Charity of Choice application is usually posted to the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge website ( in late November or early December for the following year’s event. Selections are made in January.

What is the minimum size for a team?

A team of one is perfectly acceptable! To qualify for scoring, however, you will need a minimum of four participants (four females or four males, or two males and two females for a coed team).

How do I create a team for my company? What is the associated cost?

There is no cost for the initial set-up of your team on our registration site. The registration fee for each individual participant on your team is $24.

Please verify that your company has not previously registered a team by clicking here.

If your company did not participate in the Workforce Team Challenge last year, please follow the steps below to create your team:

  1. Go to the team management portal and click on the green Create Team button.
  2. Make note of the four-digit team captain code that appears in the blue box. You will need to use this code whenever you log in to the team management portal.
  3. Complete the form below the blue box and be sure to click Save Company Information once all fields have been completed.

Once you complete these steps, your team will be activated, and you (if you will be participating) and your teammates will be able to register by going to the online registration page.

If you have any trouble please e-mail

What should I do if I registered but haven’t received confirmation of my registration?

Please either reach out to your team captain to confirm your entry or check your registration status by clicking here and entering your confirmation code. Alternatively, you can e-mail

Can my company register more than one team?

No. A team is defined as ALL the persons from your company who are participating in the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge, so only one team and one team captain are allowed per organization. You may, however, submit an unlimited number of four-person teams (four females or four males, or two males and two females for a coed team) for scoring purposes.

Can family members also participate in the race as long as they pay the registration fee?

We’re sorry, but this event is limited to employees of an organization or company. Family members are welcome to volunteer, though.

I’d like to volunteer. How can I help, and who should I contact to sign up?

Thank you! We are always in need of more volunteers to hand out water on the course, serve as course marshals, and distribute post-race refreshments, among other tasks. Please contact Patrick Cremmins, our Volunteer Coordinator, at for more information.

Our company is encouraging employees who are not running or walking to volunteer at the race. Is it possible for our staff to volunteer at one location?

Thanks! We are always looking for more volunteers. Please contact Patrick Cremmins, our Volunteer Coordinator, at He will try to assign people from your company to one volunteer post. Possibilities might include passing out water at the finish line or at one of the mid-race water stops, working together as course marshals, or handing out refreshments.

Where can I sign the Participant Release form? In previous years, a PDF of the Participant Release form and safety information was available on the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge website, but I’m not seeing it on the website this year.

The Participant Release form and the safety information are reviewed by each participant as part of the registration process. Individuals must check a box agreeing to these items before they can proceed with registration. Since participants must read those documents at that stage, the information does not appear on the event’s website.

When will the notice of event parking restrictions be available?

We must receive confirmation from the Albany Police Department (APD) before we can post a notice of parking restrictions. Although we don’t anticipate substantial changes from last year, it will likely be early May before this information is finalized.

We would like to enter our company in the T-shirt contest. Are we required to include the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge logo in the design on our company’s shirt?

No, you are not required to use the race logo on your T-shirt. However, your shirt would not then qualify for consideration in the category of Best Use of the CDPHP® Workforce Team Challenge Logo or Name. Your T-shirt would be eligible for consideration in the other categories: Most Colorful, Most Creative, Most Corporate, Most Humorous, and Most Inspirational.

What is the process for picking up race packets?

All the bibs (race numbers) for your company’s team will be included in a single packet. Your team captain will be able to pick up your team’s packet on the day before the race (Wednesday, May 17, 2017) between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on the Concourse level of the Empire State Plaza, or the day of the race (Thursday, May 18, 2017) on the Plaza between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

May I wear a backpack, knapsack, or rucksack on my back during the race?

Unfortunately, no. For security reasons, backpacks will not be allowed on the course.

May I run or walk with my child or push a baby stroller during the race?

Unfortunately, no. To ensure the safety of race participants, neither baby strollers nor children younger than 16 years of age are allowed on the course.

May I run or walk with my pet?

Sorry, but no pets are allowed on the course. Only service dogs are permitted.

Are participants’ finishing times adjusted to account for the congestion at the start of the race?

Yes! The results at the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge are based on two times: a gun time and a net, or chip, time. Your gun time is recorded from the moment the starting gun or horn sounds to when you cross the finish line. The net (chip) time accounts for any time you may have lost at the start of the race: it is recorded from the time you cross the starting line to when you cross the finish line.

Can our company or organization set up a table, booth, or tent, or at least a banner, at the Empire State Plaza on race day, as a home base for our team?

Unfortunately, you are not permitted to bring your own table, booth, or tent onto the Plaza. It is wise, though, to identify a central meeting location for your team, and we do allow teams to display a team banner at your chosen location.

Will there be water before, during, and after the race?

Before the race, there will be water on the Plaza, near Agency Building 1. During the race, there will be two water stops on the course, as well as at the finish line. After the race, we provide bottled water with the refreshments.

If I forget what the categories for the T-shirt contest are, can I find them listed in the website?

Yes. Information about the T-shirt contest is provided in the Event Info section of the race website.

Can our race T-shirt include a design for both the front and the back of the shirt?

Yes! You may submit both the front and the back of the T-shirt as your entry in the T-shirt competition, if you choose.

Is there a minimum age for being able to participate in the Workforce Team Challenge?

Yes. Team members must be at least 16 years of age on race day, as well as employees of the company/organization whose team they’re on.

What time can we start getting our T-shirts on race day?

Our T-Shirt Coordinators arrive around 2:00 p.m. on race day. Participants may begin picking up their shirts at 3:00 p.m., but not before. The distribution of race T-shirts is separate from that of race packets.

What snacks are provided for runners and walkers?

Our refreshment bags typically contain snacks like granola bars, pretzels or cookies, and fruit.

Is there a suggested donation amount for the race’s charities of choice?

A contribution of any amountóto the extent that your means allowówould be most appreciated! We just ask that you give something, especially considering that, if every participant and volunteer contributed even $1 to each of the charities of choice, we would raise more than $20,000 and make a significant positive impact on our community!