Frequently Asked Questions
Event Details - General - Participant Center
How do I register for Race to Stop MS?
Simply click the "Register" button at the top of the left sidebar on this page.
What are the registration fees?
There is no registration fee however there is a suggested fundraising minimum for all participants of $300.
Is there a fundraising requirement?
To continue our efforts to find a cure for MS, There is a suggested fundraising minimum for all participants of $300. Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants have a tier of minimum depending on registration types (open registration and post-close).
Fundraising Minimum Schedule for Chicago Marathon Participants:
Open Registration Participant (or any participant who registered for the Chicago Marathon on their own): Suggested fundraising minimum of $300
Open Registration Participant (or any participant who registered for the Chicago Marathon on their own) who would like to receive free CARA membership and Marathon Training (local runners only): Suggested fundraising minimum of $500
Post-close Participant (or any participant who received a slot in the Chicago Marathon through the National MS Society): Required fundraising minimum of $1,000
Post-close Participant (or any participant who received a slot in the Chicago Marathon through the National MS Society) who would like to receive free CARA membership and Marathon Training (local runners only): Required fundraising minimum of $1,200
The funds raised by participants of Race to Stop MS support research and provide programs and services to individuals with MS and their families. Once you register, we'll provide you with simple fundraising tips to help you meet and exceed your fundraising goals. You can track response rates and online donations on your personal page with the fundraising goal scale. And don't forget to ask your donors if their company has a Matching Gift program.
When should I collect my donations to ensure that I raise the minimum?
As soon as possible. It's best to collect donations as soon as you can; remember that you are required to raise a minimum. Take advantage of our online donation feature and watch your donations grow! For sponsors who prefer to donate by check, make checks payable to the National MS Society or NMSS and be sure to put your name and Race to Stop MS on the memo line of the check. Try to collect all donations before the event you are participating in, however you can fundraise year round.
When and where do I turn in my donations?
Online fundraising is the key to success! Studies show that fundraisers who solicit donations via email are more than twice as likely to receive contributions. Donations not received online should be mailed to:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter
ATTN: Race to Stop MS
525 W. Monroe St, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60661
What if I have more questions?
For more information, contact Melissa Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.423.1140.
- I forgot my Username and Password.
Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to find your password. You will receive an e-mail with your username and password. If you still have problems, for help please contact Melissa Foley at email@example.com or 312.423.1140.
- How do I change my Username and/or Password?
First, login to the site using your username and password. Once logged in you will see a link at the top of the page called "Update My Profile." Once in your profile, you will be able to change your contact information, e-mail address, username and password. All changes will be made to your account immediately. There is no need to sign in again.
- How do I unsubscribe from e-mail?
Towards the bottom of each e-mail message there is a link stating, "Click Here to Unsubscribe from this E-mail Message." Click this link and follow the instructions given to unsubscribe. *NOTE: By unsubscribing to any National MS Society email, you will no longer receive any emails from the Society including all newsletters, event updates, or informational emails.
ABOUT MY PARTICIPANT CENTER
- What is a Personal Page?
A personal page is an online promotional tool for your use when asking your friends, family, or sponsor to make a donation. Once you sign up for an event online, by default, you will have a personal page created for you. You have the option of personalizing this page by going to your participant center. You will be able to customize images, text and the style/color layout of the page.
- By default I have a personal page, do I have to change it?
Once you sign up for an event online, by default, you will have a personal page created for you. A compelling personal page attracts and engages supporters. While you can spread the word using customized e-mail solicitations, your personal campaign page can be your own creative expression of your commitment to the cause. Customize your page by selecting the layout and style that work best for you. Utilize the elements of text, photo and status indicators to their fullest advantage.
- How do I change my personal fundraising goal?
First, you will need to login to your Participant Center. On the bottom right side of the Participant Center home page is the location to modify your personal fundraising goal. Enter your new goal and submit the changes.
- How can I see who has donated to me?
Login to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your Participant Center and click the "My Progress" tab; this will allow you to view your donor list and any amounts having been donated.
- What is the difference between making my personal page private or public?
By default, a personal page is Public, meaning your name will appear in the participant search list, and anyone accessing the site will be able to support you. Setting your personal page to Private means your name will not appear in the participant search list, and only people you personally invite will be able to support you.