Have questions about the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk? Look here first. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please contact us.
What time does the Walk start?
At 8:00 am, check-in and registration begin at the Manhattan Beach Pier. The Exhibitor and Kid Zone also will begin.
At 9:00 am, the on-stage program starts, complete with exciting, high-energy performances.
The Walk begins at approximately 9:30 am, following the program.
Where is the start and finish line?
The Walk starts by the Manhattan Beach Pier. Participants walk south towards Hermosa Beach, turn around at the Hermosa Beach Pier, then return to the Manhattan Beach Pier.
How long is the Walk?
The Walk from Pier to Pier and back is about 3.5 miles.
Where should I park?
WE HEARD YOU! For 2022 participants who encountered long shuttle lines, we’re very sorry. We did not anticipate such a huge increase in the numbers last year, and even our additional shuttles couldn’t accommodate the crowds. So we’ve added MORE shuttles for 2023, and we hope the wait will be much more reasonable this year. Details will be available soon.
As many of you know, parking at the beach can be challenging. Arrive early for spots on Manhattan Avenue and check this site for lot information: www.downtownmanhattanbeach.com/mapparking. Please note: Manhattan Beach Boulevard will be closed from the Pier to Manhattan Avenue for the Pumpkin Races!
Will there be food and water, and is there a charge?
Yes, there will be free hydration stations for all participants to access. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO BRING YOUR OWN REUSABLE WATER CONTAINER! Our goal is to eliminate single-use containers and plastic water bottles. Food is available for purchase at any of the restaurants in downtown Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. Click on their websites for more details: www.downtownmanhattanbeach.com/ and www.trulyhermosa.com.
Are dogs allowed at the Walk?
Yes, friendly dogs are allowed at the Walk. Dogs are welcome on The Strand and surrounding city areas if they are leashed. Please make note of any city ordinance and signage regarding dogs in and around the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Will there be any services for emergencies throughout the day?
Yes, the Manhattan Beach Fire Department and ambulance teams have been informed of the event and will be available when needed.
Where do I get my pumpkin and racing kit?
To learn more about the Pumpkin Races, visit www.citymb.info.
Is there a fee to register?
Yes, registration is $30 for each walker. Younger children can also be registered if you’d like them to receive a walk T-shirt and gift bag (while supplies last).
If I have pre-registered, do I need to check in somewhere?
Yes, check-in tables will be at the Manhattan Beach Pier’s lower parking lot off Manhattan Beach Boulevard (open at 8:00 am). You must check in to receive your gift bag and T-shirt.
We will also offer early check-in on Friday, October 27 (11 am to 6 pm) and Saturday, October 28 (11 am to 4 pm). You can receive your swag bag and T-shirt (while supplies last) at the following locations:
- Manhattan Beach Skechers retail store
- Torrance Skechers retail store in Del Amo Mall
- Big 5 Sporting Goods in Torrance at 17542 Hawthorne Boulevard
- Promenade on the Peninsula in Palos Verdes (near the fountains and across from Good Stuff Restaurant)
Watch for early check-in updates on the home page, and an email if you're registered, as we get closer to the day of the Walk.
Can I register on the day of the Walk?
Yes, registration tables will be at the Manhattan Beach Pier’s lower parking lot off of Manhattan Beach Boulevard at 8:00 am. On-site registration is $35. To avoid the rush, we recommend registering online.
I registered as a virtual walker. Can I still get a swag bag?
Yes, you may pick up your swag bag, while supplies last, at any of the pre-check-in locations. We do not mail swag bags.
I registered as a virtual walker and changed my mind—I want to walk in person now. Do I have to tell anyone?
No, you may simply show up to walk. However, we recommend that you pick up your swag bag at one of the pre-check-in locations HERE.
For all questions regarding registration or school team participation, please contact Kira Alcomindras at The Friendship Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 214-6677, M-F from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
For all questions concerning corporate sponsorship, corporate sponsor walk teams, and registration, please contact Amy Trell at email@example.com or (310) 318-3100 x1186.
What can I do if a check is written out to me personally?
If a donation check has been written out to you, you may endorse the back of it and mail it in with a completed donation form found here.
Can I mail in a cash donation?
We prefer donations made via check or credit card and do not recommend mailing cash. However, if using cash is your only option, you may drop it off with a completed donation form at the following location:
Attn: Amy Trell
330 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
How quickly can I expect an online donation to post to my fundraising page?
Any donation made online should post to your fundraising page immediately. If your donation does not post within 24 hours, please contact us.
Where can I find my donation form to download, print, and mail?
You can download it by clicking here.
Where can I find a list of the people who have donated to me?
Log in with your username and password to your fundraising page. On your page, there will be a list of all your donors as well as your team members’ activities.
Can I make a donation to a registered walker or team?
Yes, just enter the person’s or team’s name on the donation page.
How does the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk use the contributions?
Proceeds from the Walk will go toward The Friendship Foundation’s ongoing programming for children with special needs, as well as our education foundations. [If you are donating to an individual or team, the money you donate will go to their designated organizations.]
As a donor, you may choose one of three options:
1. Select one organization
2. Select two organizations to split your donation
3. Divide your donation equally among all seven organizations
Where should I mail donation checks?
Please print and complete the donation form found here and send with a check to:
Attn: Amy Trell
330 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Who should I make my check out to?
Please make all checks payable to: The Skechers Foundation. Please make sure to include your completed donation form.
Are donations tax deductible?
All monetary donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
For Canadian donations made online with a credit card, will the amount entered be in U.S. dollars?
Do all donors who mail their donations receive a receipt?
Yes, anyone who makes a donation, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt, which will be mailed to the provided address.
Do all donors who contribute online receive a receipt?
Yes, anyone who donates online, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt via email.
What is the tax ID number for the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk and how can I get it?
A tax ID number identifies a group as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Many donors will request this number to validate their donation as tax deductible. You should use Tax l.D. 27-3158320 (Skechers Foundation).