2019 tcs NEW YORK CITY marathon SLOTS available

Run in one the most famous marathons on earth – the TCS New York City Marathon!  And do it for the greater good!  You may not have been selected in the drawing or completed the qualifier races, but we have a slot for you!  Though fundraising $3,000 may sound daunting we are here to tell you:  at Achilles, all things are possible! 

Achilles mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.  In fact, we will have between 250 to 300 athletes with disabilities participating alongside you on November 3rd, 2019, in the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon.

The fundraising:  We support you with access to an easy-to-build online fundraising page that you can use to track your progress.  If you need help with text and photos, we will provide you with content.  Once in place, you send the fundraising page link to your e-mail contacts and post it to your social media networks. Please be sure to check out our FAQs section for questions you might have.

Your upgraded entry package includes:  The official Achilles International racing jersey, an invitation to our Annual Achilles Awards Dinner on the Friday night before the marathon, and twice-weekly training opportunities with Team Achilles NYC.

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For more information, call Fiona at 212-354-0300, text 646-575-5441, or email fmckinney@achillesinternational.org with 2018 NYC Charity Entrant in the subject line. 


RUNNING WITH ACHILLES AS A CHARITY ENTRANT
2019 TCS NYC MARATHON FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does Guaranteed Entry mean? (Being an Achilles “Charity Runner”)
How do I become a Charity Runner for Achilles?
What happens once I apply?
Why is there a deadline to complete registration?
What happens after I officially register to run the race?
What is the registration fee? Is that added towards my fundraising commitment/goal?

FUNDRAISING FAQ

What is the minimum amount I need to raise? What is my commitment?
What fundraising resources does Achilles provide to help me reach my fundraising goal?
I’m new to fundraising. What can I expect? Any tips?
What if someone wants to donate via CHECK rather than credit card on my fundraising page?
What if someone gives me CASH for my fundraising campaign? What do I do?
Can I raise funds via GoFundMe instead?
Can I raise funds via Facebook instead?
What if I want to arrange a Fundraising Party? How do I do that and what happens with my funds?
What about corporate matching gifts? Are they counted towards my goal?
What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising goal by the deadline?
Can I continue to raise funds after the deadline?
Where does the money I raise go?

TRAINING FAQ

This is my first marathon. What can I expect?
Will Achilles provide any type of training/coaching?
What about workouts? Can I join an Achilles chapter for workouts?

MISCELLANEOUS FAQ

What happens if I need to cancel after signing up?
Do I run as a guide for an Athlete with Disability during the race?
Do I need to be a member of Achilles to join the race?
Does Achilles supply transportation to the start of the race?

What does Guaranteed Entry mean?

“Guaranteed Entry” means that Achilles will have a bib for you to run the TCS New York City Marathon. Guaranteed. In exchange for this bib, you commit to raising funds for Achilles.

How do I become a Charity Runner for Achilles?

It’s easy! We send you an application. You sign and return it to us. Then we send you an “Invitation Code” to officially register for the race. Once you register, we will send you a link to a Fundraising Page and you are ready to go! (more on these points below). Please read the application carefully to make sure you understand what is involved. You are committed to raising funds for Achilles and we will provide you with a bib.

What happens once I apply?

Once you return your signed application to Achilles, we will send you a special “Invitation Code” to officially register with New York Road Runners on their website. Please note, all applications must officially register within two (2) weeks of receiving the Invitation Code. Runners not registered after two weeks will risk losing their spot as a charity runner.

What happens after I officially register to run the race?

Once you officially register with NYRR, you are in! Congratulations!! Achilles will then send you a link to set up your fundraising page and you are all set to begin raising funds.

What is the registration fee? Is that added towards my fundraising commitment/goal?

The registration fee is set by New York Road Runners. It is completely separate from your fundraising commitment. It cannot be added towards your goal. Please check NYRR website for current prices.

What is the minimum amount I need to raise? What is my commitment?

The minimum fundraising amount for the TCS NYC Marathon is $3,000.

What fundraising resources does Achilles provide to help me reach my fundraising goal?

We are always here to help and support your fundraising efforts. All charity runners for the TCS New York City Marathon receive a copy of our “Go Achilles” book as a token of our appreciation and to let you know our story. It is an amazing book filled with great photos and inspiring stories about our members with disabilities. This will help you share our story with others and inspire your friends and colleagues to donate to your fundraising page. After, feel free to reach out to us to ask questions. We will always try to answer in the best possible way and share our fundraising experiences with you to ensure your success.

I'm new to fundraising. What can I expect? Any tips?

Now that you have some details about Achilles to share with friends, family and co-workers (via our “Go Achilles” book), let them know WHY you are doing this? What is your personal story? Everyone has a reason for running this great race. Sometimes it’s very personal. You might be running in memory of a loved one. Perhaps, it is because supporting Achilles members is important to you. Let people know by adding your story to your email and/or your fundraising page (which also includes text about Achilles, which we supply).

Also, be sure to sign up for our bi-monthly newsletter and “like” us on Facebook if you haven’t already done so. This is a great way to stay current on a weekly/monthly basis. We regularly include exciting media coverage and other great stories which you can forward to potential donors.

What if someone wants to donate via CHECK rather than credit card on my fundraising page?

Excellent question! This is easy. The donor can make out a check to “Achilles International” and in the memo section of the check, they should mention your name and fundraising campaign. We will then manually add that donation amount to your CrowdRise page. They can either mail it directly to Achilles or you can mail it to us at:

Achilles International
42 West 38th Street, Suite 400
New York, NY 10018
Attn: Fiona McKinney

What if someone gives me CASH for my fundraising campaign? What do I do?

Another great question. If a donor gives you cash, you can either write a check to Achilles for that amount and mail the check to Achilles (details above). Or, you can use your own credit card to donate that amount to your page.

Can I raise funds via GoFundMe instead?

This is an interesting question. We discourage raising funds via GoFundMe for several reasons: (a) GoFundMe is not set up to receive funds for a charity like Achilles. Our bank details are not linked to GoFundMe and the funds go into your personal account, not Achilles. (You have to write a check for the full amount to Achilles). (b) We do not supply a “thank you” letter to anyone who donates via GoFundMe and they will not receive tax deductible details. However, some corporations who match donations do so only if you (the fundraiser) donate directly to the charity, in this case Achilles. So, while we discourage raising funds via GoFundMe, we do understand it might be necessary for an important match. In this case, it is essential that you discuss this with your charity manager at Achilles (Fiona) before proceeding.

Can I raise funds via Facebook instead?

Achilles does have a fundraising connection with Facebook and so the answer is “yes” you can raise funds for Achilles via Facebook and the donations go directly into the Achilles account. However, you need to let your charity manager at Achilles know about this (Fiona). Please remember, Facebook fundraising needs to be managed properly as you should not expect Facebook to do all the work. Funds raised via Facebook will be added to your campaign page via “offline donations” (your charity manager at Achilles will do this for you).

What if I want to arrange a Fundraising Party? How do I do that and what happens with my funds?

This is a great idea and a fun way to get your family, friends and co-workers excited about your campaign. Some people like to have a BBQ during the summer months or arrange an event at a local pub where the cover charge includes one or two drinks. Funds raised go towards your campaign page. Your local bar can help work out the details. Your Achilles charity manager will also have a few ideas to share with you. Funds raised are often in cash, so again, those donations can be added to your campaign page as off-line donations via personal check sent to Achilles via your credit card.

What about corporate matching gifts? Are they counted towards my goal?

We love corporate matching programs and really appreciate this! Corporate matching varies from company to company. It’s best that you ask your company if they match fundraising for charities and how to proceed. Most match 1-for-1. It is good to start the matching request early in your campaign as some corporations take months to process this. Talk to your charity manager. We want to make sure you reach your goal by the deadline. (Your charity manager will add the matching gifts to your fundraising page.)

What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising goal by the deadline?

New York Road Runners state that charity runners must reach their goal by the deadline set by the charity (Achilles) before they are permitted to run. If you don’t complete your fundraising commitment by the deadline, your credit card will be charged the balance. The deadline to reach your fundraising commitment for the TCS New York City Marathon is October 24th, 2019.

Can I continue to raise funds after the deadline?

Absolutely. Your CrowdRise page will remain open a few weeks after the event and we will gladly accept donations by check or via our website.

Where does the money I raise go?

Excellent question. All funds raised go to various Achilles programs and help our members participate in races and workouts. Funds support the Achilles Freedom Team which serves wounded, ill and injured veterans; Achilles Kids which provides training, race opportunities and an in-school program for each child with a disability; the Achilles Paratriathlon Team which expands our running program into biking and swimming; Achilles Chapter workouts in NYC, throughout the U.S. and around the world.

This is my first marathon. What can I expect?

First, congratulations!! We love to hear from “newbies" as we know how exciting and special this is. We’ve all been there and there is nothing like doing this for the first time!! Be sure to enjoy it!! For the TCS NYC Marathon – training is vital to prepare yourself for the duration of the 26.2 miles. There will be plenty of opportunities to run with Achilles workouts during the months leading up to the big day. (If you are close to an Achilles chapter you are very welcome to join us anytime there is a workout. Be sure to ask us about this.) By race day, you will have trained hard and probably joined in some of the NYRR “long runs” too. You are on your way to completing the 26.2 miles. It is an amazing event and as an Achilles representative – you will have a special purple Achilles charity shirt to make sure everyone knows you are running for Achilles!! - you are guaranteed extra cheers! Achilles is well known and loved throughout the 5 boroughs.

Will Achilles provide any type of training/coaching?

We do! For an additional donation, we will provide a RRCA Certified Running Coach to help meet race day goals. Your coach will conduct a phone consultation to learn about your fitness level, race day goals and create a training program to suit you. Your coach will be available for weekly calls to check in on your progress and provide training tips. Your coach will be available for two (2) in-person training sessions per month during the program. Please contact manderson@achillesinternational.org for more info and to inquire on suggested donation rates.

What about workouts? Can I join an Achilles chapter for workouts?

All charity runners are welcome to join an Achilles workout. Please check our website for National Chapters to see if there is one near you. For those living in and around NYC, here is a brief overview of our workout days/times/locations.

Just show up! Since Achilles is about supporting runners with disabilities, you will be offered the chance to run with a member. Let the chapter leader know your pace and you will be matched up with a member with a similar pace (walking or running). Be sure to let the chapter leader know if you’d like to guide one of our athletes or to simply run as part of a group. Either way we welcome you! It is a wonderful way to get to know what we do and meet some of the members you are supporting through your fundraising.

What happens if I need to cancel after signing up?

Once you officially register to run the race, you are committed to raise funds for Achilles. We understand things happen. In the event you need to cancel your participation for 2019, let us know immediately so that we can process the proper paperwork. Runners have the opportunity to have a guaranteed spot through NYRR for the following year (without commitment to a charity or need to raise funds) as long as they have fulfilled their fundraising commitment with us. You must let us know before the deadline. All charity runners are required to complete their commitment to their charity as per NYRR. (Talk to us about this.)

Do I run as a guide for an Athlete with Disability during the race?

While some of our volunteers/guides choose to be a “charity runner”, most charity runners run their own race and are not guides. Feel free to speak to us about this if need be.

Do I need to be a member of Achilles to join the race?

No. You do not have to be a member of Achilles to be a charity runner. (Some long-standing guides and members do run the race as a “charity runner” but it is not a requirement.)

Does Achilles supply transportation to the start of the race?

No. Charity Runners take transportation supplied by New York Road Runners not Achilles. Be sure to read all emails we send you throughout the months leading up to the TCS NYC Marathon as there will be important details and deadlines about transportation and baggage options.

If you have any other questions or concerns not covered by these FAQs, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Contact us anyway. We are here to help!

Thank you for being part of Achilles!

Contact details:
Fiona McKinney
Manager, TCS New York City Marathon Charity Entry Program
Tel: 212 354 0300
Email: fmckinney@achillesinternational.org