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Frequently Asked Questions
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.