What is the application process to be selected to be part of the team?
We ask all runners (including our alumni runners) to complete an online application. Along with your contact information and running experience, we’re interested in knowing why you want to run for Boston Children's Hospital and your fundraising goal and plans. Once you submit your completed application, we'll contact you directly.
What’s the difference between a standard and registered/own entry?
A registered runner is an athlete who already has a waiver for the Boston Marathon. A standard runner is an athlete who is applying to use one of our waivers to participate in the Boston Marathon.
As a registered runner, why should I fundraise for Boston Children’s Hospital?
Boston Children's Hospital changes lives every day. We need the support of runners like you who recognize what a special place this is. As a registered runner, your fundraising minimum is $2,000 and you’ll have access to all of our perks as part of our team!
Where can I fill out an application?
Apply here »
What are the costs associated with running the Boston Marathon?
In addition to the required fundraising commitment, all runners are responsible for paying their own race registration fee of $360. You will also need to submit a non-refundable $150 deposit and credit card number upon acceptance to the team. Note: The $150 deposit does not count towards your fundraising commitment.
What is a Patient Partner?
The Patient Partner program pairs up kids who are current or former patients with runners to help inspire them. Do you already know a patient that you’d like to run for? We’d be happy to sign them up for the program so they get all the benefits of being an official Patient Partner. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Where does the money go?
Your funds help Boston Children’s change the future of healthcare for every child, here and around the world. Through the Every Child Fund, we treat the whole child, support families and fund research to end all childhood diseases. Your efforts bring us one step closer.
How can friends/family/colleagues donate my run?
Your supporters can donate to your run by:
- Giving online by credit card on your personal fundraising page. The link is: www.milesformiracles.org/boston. (Click on ‘DONATE’ then type in the participant's name under ‘Search for a Fundraiser’). Please note: only $5 or more can be given online.
- Making a check out to Boston Children's Hospital. Put your (runner's) name on the memo line and mail it in a donation envelope.
- Giving you cash. You write a personal check or get a bank check and mail it in an envelope. Note: Make sure to write your donor’s information on the envelope so we can add them to your fundraising page.
What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising commitment?
Every runner who is accepted onto the team provides their credit card information. You’ll have until May 16, 2018 to reach your fundraising commitment. If you’re not able to reach the commitment by that time, your credit card will be charged the difference.
Will donors who give by check or cash appear on my personal fundraising page?
Yes. Our gift processing team will add all donations we receive in the mail to the honor roll on your personal fundraising page and your total will be updated. Note: Offline donations may take 5-7 business days to be reflected on your page.
How should I send my check donations to Boston Children’s?
Team members will receive a packet that includes several gift envelopes. For every check you receive, please write your name (name of the runner or Patient Partner) in the "Memo" section of the check to properly credit your fundraising efforts. Please mail in donations as soon as you receive them so we can properly credit your total. If you need more envelopes, please contact us at email@example.com. All checks should be made out Boston Children’s Hospital.
Do you send acknowledgement letters for contributions?
Yes. Boston Children's Hospital acknowledges all gifts of $250 or more and sends receipts for these gifts per IRS guidelines. All online gifts will receive an automatic receipt.
What are Miracle Makers? How do I become one?
Miracle Makers are runners and patient partners who go the extra mile in their fundraising efforts for the hospital. You'll find more information about Miracle Makers here.
One of my donors made a one-time gift, but why does their bank statement say their gift is recurring?
Some banks will label this gift transaction as recurring even if it is not. If your donor would like to confirm that they made a one-time gift, they may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer any coaching?
Yes. We have three dedicated coaches who work with runners of all levels and running ability. They'll provide you with proper training and offer targeted clinics to help you train. You'll receive more information directly from the coaches if you are accepted to the team.
Do you organize any training runs?
Yes. Our team meets every Saturday morning in the Greater Boston area.
Do you provide hotel room blocks for Marathon weekend?
No. We do not provide hotel rooms. We recommend making hotel reservations right away because the hotels sell out quickly. Visit the official marathon website at www.bostonmarathon.org for hotel information.
Are there any activities planned for Marathon weekend?
Yes. We host a reception for all the runners and patient families on the Saturday before the race.
How do we get to the starting line on Marathon day?
Our private buses leave from the Westin Copley to bring runners to our indoor facility at the start of the marathon course. This indoor facility is only for Boston Children’s runners, so friends/family won’t be permitted to join you there.
What if I don’t want to take the team bus on Marathon day?
The BAA also provides buses for marathon runners. Information about the BAA buses or where runners can be dropped off on Marathon Monday will be provided to you directly from the Boston Athletic Association. If you take the BAA buses, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to walk to our indoor facility due to security measures.
Where can my family and friends go on Marathon Monday to watch the race?
Boston Children’s has 3 designated cheering sections on Marathon Monday: St. Paul’s Church in Wellesley, The Hills of Chestnut Hill, and St. Mary’s in Brookline.
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