Fundraising & Registration FAQ's



Q: When does registration open and close?

A: Registration is open as of December 22, 2016. Registration will close when a maximum of 4,000 participants have made the minimum fundraising commitment required to be part of the Run to Home Base presented by New Balance or on the morning of the event, whichever is first.

If you register after Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 12pm ET, the minimum fundraising commitment is due at registration.

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Q: What is the fundraising minimum?

A: Participants in the 9K Run and 5K Run/Walk portions of the event, who register by 12pm ET on February 13, 2017 are subject to a fundraising minimum of $500. Participants in the 9K Run and 5K Run/Walk portions of the event, who register after 12pm ET on February 13, 2017 are subject to a fundraising minimum of $750. All Kids (under 14), are subject to a fundraising minimum of $125. We encourage you to fundraise beyond the minimum and increase your support of Veterans who will be served by Home Base.

If you register after Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 12pm ET, the minimum fundraising commitment of $750 is due at registration.

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Q: What if I don’t reach the fundraising minimum? Will my space be forfeited?

A: Registration is limited and you must agree to raise or donate the fundraising minimum to participate in the Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. The only exceptions will be 500 actively serving military allowed to participate in the event. No other exceptions to the fundraising requirement will be allowed. The website contains some fundraising ideas and a sample fundraising letter to help you in your fundraising efforts to meet the fundraising minimum. In the event that you do not raise your fundraising minimum, your credit card will be charged the difference between the minimum and the funds that you have raised as of July 6, 2017. Once you register to participate and agree to the fundraising minimum, your spot is secured. However, if there is a problem with payment for the balance due at the fundraising deadline of July 6, 2017, your spot will be forfeited and you will not be allowed to participate. All donations are non-refundable.

If you register after Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 12pm ET, the minimum fundraising commitment is due at registration.

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Q: How do I create a team?

A: You can create a public team at the time of registration or through the website once you have registered and created your individual fundraising profile.

Option 1 – Create Public Team through Registration

  • To create a team, register as a runner in the 9K or runner/walker in the 5K
  • When prompted to create a fundraising profile, select Create fundraising team option
  • Create a new team

Option 2 – Create Public or Private Team through the Portal

  • To create a team, click “Login” and enter your fundraising profile credentials (email used to register and password created on step 3).
  • Click on the "Fundraising" tab
  • Click “Create a Team”
  • Select if this team is public or private

Option 3 - Inviting friends and family to join a Private Team

  • Login to your fundraising user portal
  • Click on the "Fundraising" tab
  • Under the Actions section for "My Team Fundraising Campaigns", select the "Invite Friends & Family" action.
  • Select the "Fundraising Team Invitation Email - PRIVATE TEAMS" email template, this includes instructions on how to specifically join your private team
  • Create your message and enter the recipients that you would like to send the invite to, and click the Send Email button

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Q: How do I join a team?

A: You can join a public team at the time of registration or through the website once you have registered and created your individual fundraising profile.

Option 1 - Sign up through Registration

  • To join a team, register as a runner in the 9K or runner/walker in the 5K
  • When prompted to create a fundraising profile, select Join or Create fundraising team option
  • Search for your team or Create a new team

Option 2 - Sign up through the Portal

  • To join a team, click “Login” and enter your fundraising profile credentials (email used to register and password created on step 3).
  • Click “Join a Team”
  • Search for the team you would like to join, then click “Join My Team”

Option 3 - Search for a Team

  • Search for the team you would like to Join
  • If this team is public, click “Join My Team”
  • You will then be prompted to login to your fundraising account.
  • If you are not a registered fundraiser you will be directed to registration to sign up.

Option 4 – Join a Private Team

  • Register and create your individual fundraising profile
  • Open the invite email from your fundraising team captain and click on the link
  • You will then be prompted to login to your fundraising account

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Q: May I register someone else for the Race?

A: All participants must register themselves. Each race entrant must personally read and agree to a liability waiver and the required fundraising commitment. Children between the ages of 14-18 registering to run in the event must be able to provide verbal parental consent upon request. Children under 14 can participate IN THE 5K PORTION ONLY of the event. Children under 14 participating in the 5K Run/Walk will be required to donate or raise just $125.

They must also:
1. Be accompanied by an adult who commits to the full fundraising per person requirement
2. Have parent or guardians written permission on the required waiver
3. The $125 Children’s Fee must be paid before July 6, 2017 (deadline for all participants).

Due to safety reasons, we regret that under no circumstances will children under 14 be allowed to enter the 9K portion of the event. Those 14 years old and over may participate in either the 9K Run or 5K Run/Walk and they are required to meet the minimum fundraising/payment before July 6, 2017.

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Q: Are there different fundraising requirements for children under 14?

A: Yes, children under 14 are required to raise a minimum of $125 to participate. 9K participants must be 14 or older.

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Q: Are Children under 14 allowed to enter the event? And if so, are there different fundraising requirements for children under 14 entering the 5K?

A: Yes, Children from age 6 to 13 may enter the 5K ONLY portion of the event for just $125. And children under 6 may accompany a parent or guardian fundraiser participating in the 5K for free. However children 13 and under may enter the 5K ONLY under all of the following rules of the event:

A) A parent or guardian must sign a permission slip specifying the identity of the accompanying adult responsible in Part B below and a safety waiver in advance before a child can be registered to enter the 5K.

B) Children participating in the 5K must be accompanied by the adult over the age of 21 who is participating in the 5K at the minimum fundraising commitment specified in Part A above.

C) We encourage children age 6 to 13 to participate in fundraising for their 5K as determined appropriate by their parent of guardian.
However, a Parent or Guardian must supply their credit card and guarantee payment of $125 plus the $25 registration fee upon registration so payment of this fundraising commitment is assured by the fundraising deadline that applies by July 6, 2017.

D) Children under the age 6 may accompany their fundraising parent/guardian or accompanying designated adult in a stroller or baby carrier. However strollers are not allowed on the warning track or field at Fenway. Strollers will need be parked before entering the field area, and children will walk or be carried for the last small segment of the walk on the warning track and across home base. Event organizers will have system for checking and collecting strollers to make this a fun family event and as convenient as possible while guaranteeing public safety and protecting the warning track and field.

E) To ensure proper adult supervision and safety of all children participating, we ask each fundraising parent or guardian walker to accompany a maximum of 5 children. If you wish to register additional children, additional adult fundraising walker or walkers will need to register.

F) For safety reasons, Children under the age 14 may not enter the 9K under any circumstances.

G) Because the whole goal of this event is to fundraise for services needed to serve Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families heal from the Invisible Wounds, those 14 or over who wish to enter the 9K or 5K must commit to pay or fundraise the minimum requirement under the adult rules as specified.

H) Please note: Children age 14 through 18 entering the 9K or 5K also require all of the following: advance parental permission, a parent or guardians signed waiver and credit card guarantee.

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Q: What is the Run to Home Base Expo?

A: The Run to Home Base Expo at Fenway will feature sponsor booths, products and services, family activities, and entertainment. The pre- and post-race event is designed to enhance your race experience, provide information and a fun atmosphere for your guests who watch you cross the finish line of Fenway’s famous home plate. Concession stands will be open before and during the event.

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Q: How can I add a picture to my fundraising profile?

A: View step by step instructions with screenshots here

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Q: I am interested in donating but not sure how much to give?

A: All contributions are tax deductible and will make a difference in the lives of the men and women who have sacrificed so much to serve to our nation. There is no donation too big or small – all gifts are greatly appreciated and support Home Base. To donate via credit card, a minimum donation of $10 is required. Donations of amounts smaller than $10 may be made via check and mailed to: The Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215. If your donation is in support of a specific Runner or Walker, please include their full name on notation on check.

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Q: Can I donate to a team or just an individual runner/walker?

A: It is easy to make a donation to support our Fundraisers and their fundraising goals. Type in the Fundraiser's name or team here and hit search to locate their profile page. Once on the profile page, you can choose to donate to a specific Fundraiser or make a general donation to the team.

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Q:  How and when are donations made to a team distributed?

A: Donations made to a team will be distributed evenly amongst all team members (regardless of individual funds raised to date) just prior to the minimum fundraising deadline on Thursday, July 6th at 12pm ET. 

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Q:  Someone made a donation to my team. Why isn't my fundraising page reflecting this donation?

A: Individual team members' totals on the fundraising pages and portal pages only reflect the dollars raised as an individual.  Those totals never reflect the addition of the team donations.

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Q: Will donors receive tax documentations for their donation?

A: Donors who make an online donation will automatically receive an email acknowledging their tax deductable donation for their records. Donors who send in a check will receive a letter acknowledging their donation within 10 business days. If someone gives you cash, you may place the sum towards your run, however we cannot offer a tax receipt and the team charity did not receive those proceeds directly.

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Q: If I made a mistake making my donation, how can I fix it?

A: PLEASE DO NOT PRESS THE DONATE BUTTON MORE THAN ONCE! If you experience any problems with your donation, please immediately send an email to runtohomebase@redsox.com with a detailed message including a description of the problem encountered and your contact information. Please include both a cell phone number and email address so that we may contact you efficiently.

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Q: Must individual entrants participate in teams and race together?

A: No, teams are not required to enter the event. Most runners and walkers will participate as individuals. However, some find it more fun to participate as a team and to challenge each other and other teams to raise the most money. There are two kinds of teams: Public Teams, open to anyone who wishes to can meet the fundraising requirement, and Private Teams for groups that have specific members by invite only (i.e. specific company employees).

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Q: How can I find a runner’s\walker's personal web page?

A: Visit www.runtohomebase.org and click on “Donate to a Participant”. This will take you to the “Participant Search and Donate” page where you can find the person you are looking for and make a donation to support them.

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Q: What is the Red Sox Foundation’s Nonprofit Tax ID?

A: The Red Sox Foundation is an IRS approved 501c3 nonprofit charity. Please note that the Red Sox Foundation’s 501c3 nonprofit tax ID # is 33-1007984.

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Q: How are the fundraising monies used by Home Base?

A: Since its inception, Home Base has been dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research.

Learn more about the impact of your gift

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Q: How can I update my fundraising goal?

A: Follow the below steps

  1. Login to the fundraising portal
  2. Go the Fundraising Menu, and click on the "My Fundraising Campaigns" link
  3. On the right side menu, click on "Update my Profile"
  4. Scroll down the "My Fundraising Goal" and type in the new amount
  5. Click Save

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Q: I'm having difficulty making a donation. What steps can I take to ensure my donation will go through?

A: When filling out the donation form, please ensure that you are:

  • Typing in the complete, full name of the credit card holder for the name fields
  • Not adding extra symbols or characters to the name
  • Using the complete 5 digit zip code for US addresses (please include 0 if the zip code starts with zero)
  • Inputting the correct security code for the credit card
  • Selecting the card type
  • Excluding spaces and symbols for the credit card number (it should only be a sequence of numbers)
  • Filling out all required fields (indicated by bolder text with an asterisk [*] next to it) and reading the validation error message at the top of the page if the donation didn’t submit (to identify why the transaction didn’t go through; the field will be highlighted in red if it needs to be adjusted)
  • Receiving a separate, new confirmation screen (and email) upon submitting a donation

If you are still having problems donating, please contact RacePartner's Support Team at support@racepartner.com. Thank you!

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