Are there any requirements to join the team?
Yes! You must commit to a minimum fundraising goal of $12,000, or more. You are also responsible for the $355 B.A.A. Boston Marathon registration fee and an initial $100 Team Lahey acceptance commitment, which will be applied to your fundraising goal. All fees and donations are non-refundable.
What is my personal fundraising commitment? When is the fundraising deadline?
Runners will be responsible for raising a minimum of $12,000. Top consideration will be given to those applicants who commit to a higher fundraising amount of $15,000 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 $2,500. We encourage all fundraising commitments to be met by marathon day; however, the deadline to fulfill your fundraising commitment is May 1, 2020.
Where does the money go?
You choose! You are able to direct your fundraising dollars to one of our hospitals: Addison Gilbert Hospital, Beverly Hospital, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center – Burlington, Lahey Medical Center – Peabody or Winchester Hospital.
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 May 1, 2020, 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 before December 1, 2019.
What happens if I get injured or have to drop out?
We understand that injuries happen and life circumstances change. If you do need to drop out of the race, we keep all the donations you have received up until that point. If you drop out before December 15, 2019, we will be able to draw an alternate runner to fill your place. If you drop out after December 15, 2019, we will be unable to fill your place with an alternate, and so we do expect that you will continue your fundraising efforts with us during the spring.
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 weekly optional workouts for team members of all running levels — from beginners to experienced marathoners.
Will you help me fundraise?
Our fundraising coach will check in with each runner weekly. We will review our fundraising guide that gives you helpful fundraising tips, tools and monthly benchmarks to help you to meet your goals.
Do I have to stay with Team Lahey during the Boston Marathon?
You do not! We know that everyone will have to run at their own pace.
What happens if I don’t finish the race?
We hope that together we can prepare for the challenge of the Boston Marathon® and that you have a fulfilling experience on our team and during the race. However, it is all right if you are unable to finish the race.
How do I get more information about the Boston Marathon and the John Hancock Nonprofit Program?
For more information about the marathon, visit the Boston Athletic Association website and the John Hancock Nonprofit Program website.
What if someone wants more information about the hospitals that Team Lahey supports?
We are always happy to share information about our cause with interested supporters! If someone wants to learn more about what we do and how to get involved, please have them email Nancy Paterna Breton.
What if I have other questions?
Please contact Michelle Hinchey by email or call her at 781.744.1626.