FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Registration | Fundraising | Teams | Day of Event | Website

Registration

Why is there a registration fee?

The fees help us cover the cost of hosting the event. All registered walkers will receive a Walk t-shirt and enjoy family fun, arts, crafts, face painting, live entertainment, lunch, great giveaways and a beautiful walk along the Charles River. If you need to cancel, contact us at bostonchildrens@charitydynamics.com or 888-758-3288. Please note that registration fees are nonrefundable.

Can I register on the day of the event?

There will be NO onsite registration on event day this year. We require all interested participants to register online by Friday, June 8th at 3pm in order to enjoy the festivities on Walk day. Registering in advance also gives you time to fundraise before the Walk, so you’ll have more to celebrate on Walk day.

My whole family is walking. Does everyone have to register?

Yes—for planning purposes we require that all walkers register. All registered walkers receive a t-shirt and bib number to show they’re part of the Walk on event day.

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Fundraising

Where does the money go?

Funds raised through the Eversource Walk for Boston Children's Hospital will benefit The Every Child Fund—helping us fulfill one goal: to give every child a healthy future. Every penny goes directly to support Boston Children’s lifesaving work and the families who need us most.

What is the fundraising minimum?

The suggested fundraising minimum for all adults (13 and older) is $200. Adult walkers are asked to meet the minimum by July 1. We make it easy: Log in to your Fundraising Center to check out some tips and tools that will help you kick-start your fundraising!

What are Miracle Makers?

Miracle Makers are adult walkers (13 and older) who raise $1,000 or more and child walkers (12 and under) who raise $500 or more. Along with many thanks from Boston Children's, walkers who achieve Miracle Maker status by May 7th will receive a special bib number, Miracle Maker t-shirt and special recognition at the Walk. All those who achieve Miracle Maker status by the July 1 fundraising deadline will be invited to a special reception in the fall.

How should I send my donations to Boston Children's?

Please encourage supporters to donate online through your personal fundraising page. If they prefer to write a check, please mail your donations to 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215, Attn: Boston Children’s Hospital Trust Walk Team, or use the donations envelopes provided in your welcome packet. If you need more envelopes, please contact us at bostonchildrens@charitydynamics.com or 888-758-3288. All checks should be payable to Boston Children's Hospital. Please note, we cannot accept cash donations.

Do you send acknowledgement letters for contributions?

All gifts made through your fundraising website will be acknowledged by email to the donor after the gift has been made. Boston Children's will acknowledge all gifts of $250 or more and send receipts for these gifts.

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Teams

How do I form a team?

Team captains can create a team during the registration process. All Walk teams must have at least five members to receive team benefits.

How do others join my team?

All team members must register to walk. During registration, walkers can join your team by searching for and choosing the team's name.

If I register before my team captain, can I still join his or her team?

Yes. Once your team captain has registered, go to your personal fundraising page and click the "Join a Team" button. You won't have the option to join the team until he or she has registered.

Can I join a team after I've completed the registration process?

Yes. At any time after you register, you can click the "Join a Team" button on your personal fundraising page.

Will my team get a team banner?

We'll provide a team banner to any team of five or more members that raises $2,500 or more by May 7th. We'll send you the banner ahead of time so you can decorate it and then walk proudly on event day.

Where will my team receive their t-shirts?

Walkers who are registered on a team of 5 or more people by May 7th will have their t-shirts mailed to the team captain prior to the event. Please note: the team captain must select this option during registration. All other walkers will be able to pick up their t-shirt at the event.

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Event Day Details

What time should I arrive?

All walkers are welcome to start their walk as early as 9:00am. 2-mile walkers can start their walk up until 11:00am. 6-mile walkers must start by 10:30am. Any walkers starting after 10:30am will need to walk the 2-mile route.

You’ll have more time to enjoy food, activities and entertainment once you cross the finish line.

How should I prepare for the Walk?

We encourage you to stay hydrated before, during and after the Walk by bringing your own water bottle. (We'll have plenty of water, too!) Dress according to the day’s weather and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat to cover up.

How do I get to the Walk?

The walk starts and ends at DCR Fiedler Field (just steps from the Hatch Shell). Getting there is easy. You can take public transportation or park at CambridgeSide for free and take a complimentary shuttle bus to the event site. View directions.

What is the Walk route?

The walk route runs along the scenic Charles River. The 2-mile walk keeps you on the Storrow Drive side of the river (both there and back) while the 6-mile walk takes you across to the Memorial Ave. side of the river and back over the Mass. Ave. bridge. There will be three water stops along the route to keep you hydrated.

What security measures are in place?

Walker safety is a high priority for us. Security personnel and police officers are present throughout the property and along the Walk route.

Can I push a stroller or wheelchair?

Absolutely—this is a family-friendly event.

Can I jog, rollerblade or bring a scooter?

For everyone's safety, we ask that all participants walk.

Can I bring my dog?

We love dogs, but unfortunately pooches are not allowed to participate in the Walk. Service dogs are welcomed.

Must I start at the official starting time?

All 2- and 6-mile walkers can start as early as 9:00am. There will be rolling starts throughout the morning. 2-mile walkers can start their walk up until 11:00am. 6-mile walkers must start by 10:30am. Any walkers starting after 10:30am will need to walk the 2-mile route.

Pre-walk activities—including kids crafts, team photos, roving magicians, facepainters and more—begin at 9:00am. Post-walk, enjoy BBQ, kids activities, music and more!

Can I bring donation checks?

Yes. You can drop them off at the Donation Drop Off Tent.

I didn’t receive my Walk t-shirt yet. Can I get mine on Walk day?

Of course! Please arrive 45 minutes early to pick up a t-shirt at the T-shirt Pickup Tent. You need your bib number to get your shirt, so visit the Pre-Registered Bib Pickup Tent first, if you didn't receive your bib in the mail. If you’re part of a Walk team, reach out to your captain to see if he/she has a team shirt for you.

Anything else I need to know?

Please leave large bags, backpacks and valuables at home unless they are completely necessary.

Wear your bib on the front of your shirt. Safety pins will be provided at the Information Tent.

There will be lots of walkers, so pick a place to meet your teammates in advance. One option: Meet at the Team Photo Area and get your complimentary team photo, once everyone has arrived.

Bring your camera or smartphone so you can share photos! Don't forget to use our hashtag, #WalkforBCH.

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Website

What is a Fundraising Center?

Your Fundraising Center allows you to communicate with potential supporters, track your fundraising progress, and more.

How do I get a Fundraising Center?

Your Fundraising Center is automatically created when you register for the Walk. Keep your eyes peeled for an email with the link to access your Fundraising Center and your login credentials. You can always access the Fundraising Center by visiting the Walk website and clicking the "Log in" button in the header.

Can I personalize my page?

Yes, we hope you will! The more personal your page, the more effective it is. You can personalize it several ways:

  • The page you're assigned contains a generic photograph. We urge you to upload your own photo or even create your own mini gallery!
  • The standard page includes a general message about why people participate in the Walk. We encourage you to replace this message with your own personal statement, tell your story, and explain why you walk for Boston Children’s Hospital.

How do people donate to my page?

Once they arrive at your page they can click the Donate button.

What else can I do with my Fundraising Center?

You can build an email address book, send personal messages to potential supporters, and a lot more. You can also track your donors and their mailing addresses to make sending a thank you note easy!

Volunteers

See our Volunteers page for more information.

Why isn’t the discount code that I have working on registration?

Discount codes are case sensitive and only apply to adult registrants.

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