BWH Marathon Team FAQ

Who can apply to the BWH Marathon Team?

Anyone 18+ years old who wants to fundraise for and represent BWH while participating in one of the most elite road races in the world—first-time runners, experienced marathoners, BWH employees, grateful patients, and friends are welcome. Please note, you do not have to be a BWH employee to participate.

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 the end of December, if not sooner.

What is my personal fundraising commitment? When is the fundraising deadline?

Runners who need a Boston Athletic Association (BAA) bib number will be asked to commit to raising a minimum of $6,500. Top consideration will be given to those applicants who commit to a fundraising goal of $10,000 or more. Qualified runners and 2013 non-finishers who are registered through the BAA are encouraged to be part of our team and are asked to commit to a fundraising minimum of $1,500. We encourage all fundraising commitments to be met by marathon day; however, the deadline to reach your goal is June 1, 2014.

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 the fundraising minimum by the deadline of June 1, 2014, 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 BWH marathon team for any reason, including injury, you will need to inform us in writing at before January 1, 2014. 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 BAA applications are submitted in early February, you will still be responsible for your fundraising commitment. BAA bib numbers are non-transferrable once the paperwork is submitted to the BAA.

What type of training will I get?

BWH engages a running coach to lead the physical training efforts for our team. The program includes personalized coaching and workouts for all abilities, from beginners to experienced marathon runners. The team also has access to physical therapists to help throughout the training season.

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

If accepted onto the team, there is a $325 entry fee required, paid to the Boston Athletic Association. BWH covers all other program expenses.

What is BWH’s relationship with John Hancock?

Through their sponsorship of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock receives charity bib numbers that they generously distribute to select non profits to use for fundraising purposes. Thanks to their continued support since the team’s inception in 1998, BWH’s marathon team has raised over $5.8 million dollars for patient care, research and discovery, and education of the next generation of healthcare professionals.

What is Life. Giving. Breakthroughs.?

Life. Giving. Breakthroughs. is the theme of BWH’s $1 billion, comprehensive campaign that focuses on developing innovative approaches to help caregivers better understand disease and dramatically improve patient outcomes. Never before have so many medical advances been within reach, and never before has BWH been so uniquely prepared to achieve them. As a member of BWH’s marathon team, your fundraising will support life-giving breakthroughs across all disciplines and disease areas at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.