I've never done a marathon or half-marathon before. Can I do it?
Absolutely! Thousands of people every year decide to do their very first marathon or half-marathon. Team Spina Bifida will provide you with a marathon training program to help you train.
I've never raised funds before. How hard is it?
Fundraising is the easy part! Most likely, you are joining Team Spina Bifida because someone you know is affected with SB. Your story is a natural way to spread awareness and raise funds for SBA. Team Spina Bifida will provide you with all of the tools you need to be successful in your fundraising efforts.
Is there a fee to register with Team Spina Bifida?
Yes. The registration fee is nominal and varies by the event. This covers the cost of the racing shirt, the online training program and fundraising program.
If I sign up now and something comes up preventing me from doing the event, will I still have to raise the minimum amount?
No. By registering for Team Spina Bifida, you are indicating your intent to participate and raise the funds necessary for the event. With registration, you will have access to a marathon training program, and all of the fundraising tools you need, including your online personalized web page.
Approximately 60 days prior to your event, you will be required to "recommit" to the event. At this point, we will begin making travel arrangements, registering you for the event, etc. If "something comes up" and you will be unable to compete in the marathon (due to training, fundraising, or other life event), you will have the opportunity, during "recommitment," to transfer to another event or drop out completely. Any funds raised (minus a $150 transfer fee) can be transferred to a different event or to another participant. No refunds are available for donors if you are unable to complete the event.
What is Recommitment?
Recommitment is a process that occurs approximately 60 days prior to event. During recommitment, participants commit to raising the minimum funds for the event. It is required for all participants to indicate their commitment to the event. At this point, you should feel comfortable with the training and fundraising to know that you will be able to complete both.
Participants who recommit are required to provide a credit card in the event that they do not meet the fundraising minimum. If you do not feel comfortable recommitting, (training isn't going well, fundraising isn't going well, or other life event has occurred), you can decide to transfer to another event or drop out completely.
How long do I have to raise the funds?
All funds must be received by SBA no later than 30 days after the marathon. At this point, any participant who has not yet met the fundraising minimum will be charged for the balance on their credit card provided during recommitment.
I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Please email Christopher Vance, Special Events Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be happy to answer any questions you have.