Brigham Stepping Strong 5K Team

FAQ

"The virtual experience and team support were amazing. We look forward to running again." —Charles and Pauline Santry, 2020 virtual team

Frequently Asked Questions

IN-PERSON RACE

When does the application open?

Applications open on April 20 at 10AM.

Who can apply to run the 2021 in-person Boston Marathon?

Anyone 18+ years old who believes in the mission of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is willing to commit to raising critical funds to support The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. The mission of The Stepping Strong Center is to catalyze multidisciplinary collaborations that inspire groundbreaking innovation, effective prevention, and compassionate intervention to transform care for civilians and military heroes who endure traumatic injuries and events. First-time runners, experienced marathoners, Brigham employees, grateful patients, and friends are all welcome to run with the Brigham’s Stepping Strong Marathon Team in one of the most elite road races in the world.

When will I know if I am on the team?

Each application will be reviewed by a selection committee and runners will be accepted on a rolling basis. We send out updates throughout the recruitment period and have the intention of filling the team by mid-May.

What is my personal fundraising commitment?

Runners who need a Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) bib number will be responsible for raising a minimum of $7,500 as set forth by the B.A.A. Top consideration will be given to those applicants who commit to raising more than $7,500 and who provide a detailed fundraising plan to support their commitment. We encourage all fundraising commitments to be met by marathon day. However, the deadline to fulfill your fundraising commitment is October 29, 2021.

Qualified runners who have secured a bib on their own and who are registered through the B.A.A. are encouraged to be part of our team and are asked to commit to a fundraising minimum of $1,000.

All 2021 teammates running for the Brigham Stepping Strong team will be required to have an on-line fundraising page on TeamRaiser.

When is the fundraising deadline?

Runners of the 2021 Brigham Stepping Strong Marathon team are responsible for meeting 3 fundraising deadlines:

June 30, 2021: $2,000 fundraising threshold

August 31, 2021: $5,000 fundraising threshold

October 29, 2021: Remaining fundraising commitment

All team members must provide a valid credit card per the runner contract (sent to runners when accepted to the team) to participate. If you do not reach the $2,000 fundraising threshold by June 30, 2021 and the $5,000 fundraising threshold by August 31, 2021, we will charge the difference to the credit card provided. If you do not reach your fundraising commitment by the October 29, 2021 deadline, we will charge the difference to the credit card provided.

What happens if I need to withdraw?

Should you need to withdraw from the team for any reason, including injury, you will need to inform us in writing at bwhmarathonteam@partners.org before May 1, 2021. If your spot on the team can be filled from a waitlist, you will be released from your fundraising commitment. If your spot on the team is not filled before the official list of 2021 Boston Marathon Program runners is submitted to the B.A.A. in late-May, you will still be responsible for your fundraising commitment. B.A.A. bib numbers are non-transferrable once the paperwork is submitted to the B.A.A. Any donations raised and received by the Brigham will not be refunded, even if you cancel before May 1, 2021.

Do I have to pay any fees to join the team?

All Brigham Stepping Strong team members are required to pay a $370 entry fee to the B.A.A. (subject to change per the B.A.A.) that is separate from your fundraising efforts. The Brigham covers all other program expenses.

VIRTUAL RACE

How do I secure a bib for the Virtual Boston Marathon?

Registration will open on March 30 at 10am for the first 70,000 individuals for the 125th Virtual Boston Marathon Experience. Anyone 18+ years old can register through the B.A.A. to run this iconic race, virtually!

I registered for the Virtual Boston Marathon, how do I join the Brigham Stepping Strong Team?

Please forward your B.A.A. confirmation to BWHmarathonteam@partners.org.

What is my personal fundraising commitment?

The minimum fundraising commitment is $500. We encourage all fundraising commitments to be met by marathon day. However, the deadline to fulfill your fundraising commitment is October 29, 2021.

All 2021 teammates running for the Brigham Stepping Strong team will be required to have an on-line fundraising page on TeamRaiser

All team members must provide a valid credit card per the runner contract (sent to runners when accepted to the team) to participate. If you do not reach your fundraising commitment by the October 29, 2021 deadline, we will charge the difference to the credit card provided.

What happens if I need to withdraw?

Should you need to withdraw from the team for any reason, including injury, you will need to inform us in writing at bwhmarathonteam@partners.org. Any donations raised and received by the Brigham will not be refunded.

Do I have to pay any fees to join the team?

No, as a virtual runner, you do not have to pay any fees and the Brigham covers all other program expenses.

GENERAL

Does the Brigham Stepping Strong Team accept Matching Gifts?

Many companies match employee charitable contributions. You can check with your employer to see if your company has this program and ask donors if their employers match gifts. Many companies issue matching gift checks quarterly or semi-annually. Therefore, if you plan to use a match to reach your fundraising minimum, it is your responsibility to contact the matching company to ensure the match and then send the Brigham the matching gift information. Matching gifts can be counted towards your fundraising if you advise the team appropriately.

What type of training will I get?

We engage a running coach, John Furey, to lead the physical training efforts for our team. He leads all personalized coaching with teammates of all running levels—from beginners to experienced marathoners—and will ensure a safe and successful training season for our teammates due to COVID-19.

What is the Brigham's relationship with the Boston Athletic Association?

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a proud partner of the B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. Thanks to the support of B.A.A., the Brigham is able to raise critical funds to support The Stepping Strong Center with a goal of accelerating multidisciplinary trauma care for the benefit of patients worldwide.

To learn more, contact Ali Luthman at bwhmarathonteam@partners.org or 617-424-4235. For information about Stepping Strong news, events, and funded program areas visit https://steppingstrong.bwh.harvard.edu/.