Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the DFMC application and team selection process, fundraising, and training.
Questions about Training
Q: What training support do I receive?
A: Veteran marathoner Jack Fultz, winner of the 1976 Boston Marathon®, creates our five-month training program, which includes group runs, a detailed training guide, access to cross-training facilities in the Boston area, nutrition tips, mental pacing, preparation hints, and much more correspondence and conversation.
Q: Where do I find the training schedule and weekend run information?
A: Training materials will be posted in Coach's Information, which may be accessed in the Runner HQ section of RunDFMC.org by all registered DFMC team members.
Q: I'm on the 2017 team but I may not be able to continue my training. What do I do?
A: The cancellation deadline for accepted invitational team members is Monday, November 7, 2016. You will not be responsible for the fundraising commitment if, after accepting a spot on the team roster, you notify DFMC at firstname.lastname@example.org in writing by Monday, November 7, 2016, that you will be unable to train for and/or run the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017. After November 7, 2016, each participant allotted one of DFMC's invitational Boston Marathon race entries is responsible for raising and/or contributing $5,000 by May 17, 2017, even if the participant is no longer able to train for and/or run the marathon ($4,000 for qualified race registrants and others with their own race entry).
Q: Can a friend take my place on the team?
A: No, you may not choose someone to replace you or allow anyone else to use your race entry. We maintain a wait list of applicants and will choose someone from that wait list to replace you if it is still possible to do so at the time that you contact us.
Other questions? We're here to help!
Email us at DFMC@dfci.harvard.edu or call 617-632-1970.