Miles for Miracles
Runner's World Heartbreak Hill & Festival


Miles for Miracles Program | Fundraising


What is the application process to be selected to be part of the team?
We ask all 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. Once you submit your completed application, we'll contact you directly.

What’s the difference between a standard and registered (own entry) runner?
A registered runner is an athlete who already has a waiver for the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill & Festival. A standard runner is an athlete who is requesting use of one of our waivers to participate in the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill & Festival.

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 qualified runner, your fundraising minimum is only [fundraising minimum for registered] and you’ll get a lot of added perks for being part of our team, including experienced coaches, training and event day benefits!

Where can I fill out an application?
Applications are accepted online by following this link. If you have questions, contact us at

What are the costs associated with running the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill & Festival?
In addition to the required fundraising commitment, all runners are responsible for paying their own race registration fee. You will also need to submit a non-refundable [$deposit amount] deposit and credit card number upon acceptance to the team. Note: The deposit does not count towards your fundraising commitment.

(For pp events only) What is a Patient Partner?
The patient partner program pairs up kids who are current or former patients with runners to help inspire them. Please visit the patient partner page for more details. 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.

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Where does the money go?
All funds go to the Children’s Fund. This fund supports the hospital’s areas of greatest need, including patient care, innovative research, caregiver education, and community health programs.

All funds support the New Balance Obesity Prevention Center. The Center is dedicated to helping families, health care providers and community organizations end childhood obesity.

How can friends/family/colleagues sponsor my run?
Your supporters can sponsor your run by:

  • Giving online by credit card on your personal fundraising page. The link is insert short URL. (Click on ‘DONATE’ then type in the runner’s name under ‘Search for a Fundraiser’). Please note: the online gift minimum is $10.
  • Making a check out to Boston Children's Hospital.  Put your name on the memo line and mail it in a donation envelope.
  • Giving you cash.  You write a personal 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 July 10, 2014 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 team will add all donations we receive in the mail to the sponsor list on your personal fundraising page and your total will be updated. Note: Offline donations may take 7-10 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 All checks should be made out Boston Children’s Hospital.

How can I use social media in my fundraising campaign?
Online social networking with email, Facebook and Twitter are great ways to promote your run. You will find tips and examples on how to use these resources here.

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 is the Children’s Champions Club? How do I become a member?
Children’s Champions Club members are runners and patient partners who go above and beyond in their fundraising efforts for the hospital.  You'll find more information about the Children's Champions Club here.

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Do you offer any coaching?
Yes. We have two dedicated coaches who work with all levels of 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 once you are accepted to the team.

Do you organize any training runs?
Yes. Our team meets every Saturday morning.

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