BWH Stepping Strong
Marathon Team

BWH Stepping Strong<br/>Marathon Team

2017 Stepping Strong runners get ready for their big day at the starting line in Hopkinton.

BWH Stepping Strong
Marathon Team


Who can apply?
Anyone 18+ years old who believes in the mission of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and is willing to commit to raising critical funds to support The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. The Stepping Strong Center is dedicated to mobilizing the full potential of interdisciplinary innovation to accelerate advances in trauma research and care, with a goal of improving outcomes for citizens and soldiers worldwide. First-time runners, experienced marathoners, BWH employees, grateful patients, and friends are all welcome to run with the BWH 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-November.

What is my personal fundraising commitment? When is the fundraising deadline?
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. Qualified runners 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. We encourage all fundraising commitments to be met by marathon day. However, the deadline to fulfill your fundraising commitment is June 1, 2019.

What happens if I do not reach my fundraising commitment by the deadline?
All team members must provide a valid credit card to participate. If you do not reach your personal fundraising commitment by the deadline of June 1, 2019, we will charge the difference to the credit card account 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 before January 1, 2019. 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 2019 Boston Marathon Program runners is submitted to the B.A.A. in early February, 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.

What type of training will I get?
We engage a running coach to lead the physical training efforts for our team. The program includes personalized coaching and twice–weekly optional workouts for team members of all running levels—from beginners to experienced marathoners. We also provide our team access to physical therapists to help throughout the training season.

Do I have to pay any fees to join the team?
All BWH team members are required to pay a $365 entry fee to the B.A.A. BWH covers all other program expenses.

What is BWH’s relationship with the Boston Athletic Association?
BWH is a proud partner of the B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. Thanks to the support of B.A.A., BWH 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 Caroline Duncan at or 617-424-4263. For information about about Stepping Strong news, events, and funded program areas visit