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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the DFMC application and team selection process, fundraising, and training.


Questions about Fundraising

Q: What are the basic fundraising commitment and other fees for DFMC 2017?
A: The DFMC 2017 basic fundraising commitment is $5,000 ($4,000 for qualified race registrants and others with their own race entry). This amount is determined by the Boston Athletic Association, and must be posted on your web page by May 17, 2017. To guarantee the basic commitment, a credit card valid through September 2017 is required from anyone who accepts a spot on the team roster. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover. ATM and debit cards are not accepted. If you do not fulfill the basic commitment by May 17, 2017, your credit card will be billed for any balance due.

Separate from the basic commitment, all DFMC team members pay the team fee of $75 via credit card to register for DFMC. The DFMC team fee does not count toward the basic commitment, and is not refundable or transferable. Team members using a DFMC invitational race entry for non-qualifiers make an additional $605 race entry fee payment to the Boston Athletic Association.

Q: What fundraising assistance do I receive as a DFMC team member?
A: All DFMC team members have access to the team website which allows each runner to personalize an individual web page, send fundraising emails, and manage fundraising progress and records. The Runner HQ section of the website provides other fundraising materials and training guidance, too.

Q: What other benefits do DFMC team members receive?

Q: How much of the money raised by DFMC runners goes to the Marathon Challenge beneficiary, the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute?
A: One hundred percent of the funds raised by DFMC team members supports the Barr Program.

Q: Where can I get fundraising ideas?
A: DFMC staff and select teammates are readily available to all team members for words of wisdom and advice about your fundraising correspondence and social media ideas. Send your inquiry to the DFMC mailbox, or post questions on the team Bulletin Board in the Runner HQ section of where any DFMC teammate can read them and reply.

Q: Once I send donor checks in to be deposited, how long will it take for those gifts to show up on my web page and in my fundraising total?
A: Please allow two weeks for posting, especially during February, March, and April leading up to Marathon Weekend. Check your web page regularly and let us know of any questions or concerns.

Q: I'm planning a DFMC fundraising party or other event to benefit my DFMC run. What do I need to do to get started?
A: Please contact us as you begin planning (at least six to eight weeks prior to your event is recommended), before your event is announced to anyone.

Q: What is my fundraising obligation if I join the team and then am not able to train or run on marathon day?
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 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).


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