Benefiting Spinal Cord Injury Research at the Reeve-Irvine Research Center


When and where is this event held?

The Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run is hosted annually on Thanksgiving morning at Yorba Regional Park (7600 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA, 92807).  Go here for map.  Race start times are as follows: 7:00 AM – 10k run (timed); 8:00 AM – 5k run/walk (timed & untimed); 9:00 AM – 100-yd tot trot; 9:10 AM – kids 1k fun run (untimed).

How much does the race cost?

Depends on which event you’re signing up for and when you register. Updated rate schedule for 2017 will be available soon.

How do I register?

Registration for our 2017 race celebrating our 10th anniversary will open shortly!  You will have several choices: 1) Register online (link TBD); 2) register in person at any of the pre-race registration / packet pick-up events that will be hosted during the week of the race on Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 PM at Duke’s Café in Savi Ranch (23030 Eastpark Dr., Yorba Linda, CA 92887); or 3) register in person at the event on race day morning starting at 6:00 AM.

What is the ‘virtual run’ and how does it work?

Our 5k virtual run is for those who cannot attend the event in person on race day but would like to be part of the event.  When you register as a virtual runner, you run your own 5k race — whenever and wherever you’d like — before the end of the calendar year in which the actual event takes place.   Give us the deets of your ‘race’ — either by emailing us at or by posting to our Facebook page — and you will receive an official Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run event T-shirt, a custom-diecast finisher medal, and a race bib recognizing your virtual participation.  All items will be mailed out to you in the weeks following the actual event.

I am having trouble registering online or did not receive a confirmation email. What should I do?

Contact us by phone at 657.201.9498 (please leave a message if no answer) or by email at

How do I create a team or sign up as part of an existing team? And what does being on a team get me?

We offer discounts to teams/groups of eight or more and additional perks for teams of 40 or more. We are also hosting several team challenges with prizes for the biggest team, fastest 5k and 10k teams, and highest fundraising team. If you are interested in starting a new team, please contact us ahead of time to be given your unique team discount code for you and your team members to use. Go here for complete details.

I’ve registered and paid but won’t be able to participate. Can I get a refund or transfer my bib to someone else?

Although we cannot issue refunds, we do allow transfers at no cost.  Please go here:

Are the courses certified?

Yes, both the 5k and the 10k courses are USA Track and Field (USATF) certified.

Is there a course time limit?

Technically, no. But for the 10k and 5k chip-timed events, if it takes you longer than two hours to complete the 10k or an hour to complete the 5k, we do not guarantee that the electronic timing system will still be operational (the finish line will be up until the last participant crosses, but your finish time may not be electronically recorded after 9:00 AM). And if you are participating in the 10k at a pace of ­15 min/mile or slower, please be advised the La Palma and Yorba Linda Blvd intersection will no longer be closed to vehicular traffic to allow participants unimpeded crossing; you will need to cross with the signal lights and follow all prevailing traffic laws.

Are strollers and dogs allowed on the course?

Yes and yes . . . we do ask, however, that dogs be kept on a short leash under owners’ control at all times and that slower runners/walkers please start at the back of the field so as not to impede faster participants, keeping in mind that this is a running event, not an obstacle course. :-) Our participants’ safety is our first and highest priority!

Where do I park?

FREE parking is available inside Yorba Regional Park (YRP) starting at 5:30 AM.   Access to the lots is via the main park entrance from either eastbound or westbound La Palma Ave until approximately 6:30 AM when eastbound La Palma Ave will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to the start of the 10k run.  Thereafter vehicles will be allowed to enter the park from westbound La Palma Ave only when the course is clear of runners.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  A special event parking pass is required to park free at YRP for Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run on Thanksgiving morning.  If you pick up your race materials at registration / packet pick-up on Monday or Tuesday at Duke’s Cafe or Wednesday at the Bear Pit, and you are planning to park inside YRP on race day, you will be given a pass at that time.   If you are picking up your bib at the event, please be sure to bring your race confirmation email with you and look for event staff as you approach the park entrance — they will verify you are entering the park for the race and will give you a pass then.  Please show the parking pass to the booth attendant as you enter the park and display it in your vehicle during your visit.  Entry to the park without a pass is $3/vehicle.

Free parking is also available in various residential areas and church parking lots north of La Palma within half a mile of the event staging area and start line. Please go here for more details.

Is there a place to stash my stuff during the race?

Yes! There will be a continuously staffed gear check booth on race day near the registration area for all race participants. Please attach the gear check tearoff from your bib to your bag. You will need to show your bib to the gear check attendants after the race to claim your belongings.

Where do proceeds from this event go?

Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run is hosted by ResearchforCure, a 501(c)(3) charity that supports spinal cord injury research at the Reeve-Irvine Research Center (RIRC) at UC Irvine. All of our event proceeds are paid directly to RIRC via ResearchforCure (tax ID/EIN #68-0478281).  No one on the Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run or ResearchforCure staffs is paid or otherwise compensated for their professional services and the time and effort it takes to bring this annual Thanksgiving Day event to the community.

How does the fundraising thing work?

During the registration process, you will be asked if you would like to fundraise for the event. If you select ‘Yes,’ you will be able to fill out a short form to establish your own fundraising account and will be emailed instructions and a unique link you can provide to family, friends, and colleagues asking them to donate on your behalf. Your fundraising page can be personalized with your own message and photos. If you’d simply like to make a donation yourself when you register – with or without signing up to fundraise — that option is available as well.

Can someone fundraise without registering to run or walk in the event?

Yes! Go here to bypass the event registration page and establish a fundraising account.

Can I get my bib and T-shirt before race day?

Yes, you can pick up your bib, T-shirt, and goodie bag at one of our pre-registration / packet pick-up events the week of the race on either Monday or Tuesday from noon to 7:00 PM at Duke’s Café in Savi Ranch < or> on Wednesday from 2-6 PM at the Bear Pit gym at 5578 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807.

Can I have someone else pick up my race materials for me?

Yes.  One person may pick up race packets for everyone residing at the same address or with the same last name. If picking up for a friend/neighbor/colleague, please bring a copy of his/her confirmation email with signature and a copy of his/her driver’s license or other valid form of photo ID (a photo of it works, too).

If you are registered as part of a team/group of eight or more, one person may pick up for the entire group; please email Michelle at by Sunday (the day before our first packet pickup event) if you would like to take advantage of that service.

Are course maps available?

Yes, please go here to for 5k and 10k course descriptions and maps.

I have questions that aren’t answered here. Whom do I contact?

You can email us at or call 657.201.9498.