FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Miles for Miracles Program | Fundraising | Training | Race Weekend

MILES FOR MIRACLES PROGRAM

What is the application process to be selected as part of the team?
All interested runners (including our alumni runners) must complete an online application. Along with your contact information and running experience, we’re interested in learning why you want to run for Boston Children's Hospital and your fundraising goal and plans. Once you submit your completed application, we may contact you directly to speak further.

What’s the difference between a standard and registered/own entry?
A standard runner is an athlete who is applying to use one of our waivers/bibs to participate in the Boston Marathon. A registered/own entry runner is an athlete who already has a waiver/bib for the Boston Marathon.

As a qualified/own entry 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/own entry runner, your fundraising minimum is $2,500 and you’ll have access to all of our perks as part of our team!

If I’m registered for the Virtual Boston Marathon, can I still fundraise for Boston Children’s?
Yes! You can join our team as a virtual runner with a fundraising minimum of $1,000. You’ll have access to all of the team perks and benefits leading up to the marathon.

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 Boston Athletic Association race registration fee of $370 and $25 COVID-19 precautions fee. Runners on a Boston Children's bib 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 run@chtrust.org for more information.

What happens if the marathon is cancelled?
If the marathon is cancelled, Boston Children’s will follow the Boston Athletic Association’s guidelines and determine the best course of action for our team. Registration fees and donations are non-refundable.

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FUNDRAISING

Where does the money go?
Your funds help Boston Children’s change the future of healthcare for every child — here and around the world.

How can friends/family/colleagues donate to 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, complete the check donations form on the website and include it in an envelope with the check.
  • 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 or include the check donation form 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 September 23, 2021 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?
Download and complete the check donation form and mail it in with the checks. 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. All checks should be made out to Boston Children’s Hospital.

If your donors mail their checks directly, ask them to download and complete a check donation form on the website and mail the checks to:

Boston Children’s Hospital Trust
Attn: Gift Services
401 Park Drive, Suite 602
Boston, MA 02215

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 bostonchildrens@charitydynamics.com.

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TRAINING

Do you offer any coaching?
Yes. We have dedicated coaches who work with runners of all levels and running ability. They'll provide you with a training schedule and offer team practices 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. Group runs are subject to change based on COVID-19 gathering precautions and guidelines.

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RACE WEEKEND*

Do you provide hotel room blocks for Marathon weekend?
No, we do not provide hotel room blocks.  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 celebration for all of the runners and patient families on the Saturday before the race.

How do I get to the starting line on Marathon day?
The start will be a rolling start for 2021.The Boston Athletic Association will assign runners a time to board buses in Boston based on their marathon start time and wave. Buses will take runners to Hopkinton where they’ll have a few minutes before starting the marathon.

What if I don’t want to take the team bus on Marathon day?
If runners choose to be dropped off in Hopkinton, they will have to follow protocols and guidelines from the Boston Athletic Association on where to do so. It’s possible runners will have to walk a distance to get to the start line.

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.

*All race weekend festivities and logistics are subject to change based on COVID restrictions and guidelines put in place by the state government and the Boston Athletic Association.

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