Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions? We have answers! Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions below. If you still want to know more, please feel free to call us at (646) 758-9693 or e-mail us at [email protected].

Who we are

What is Team for Kids?
Who benefits from the fundraising money?

How to Join

Do I have to be a member of New York Road Runners to join?
What are the benefits of joining Team for Kids?
How do I register for Team for Kids?
Can I join Team for Kids if I already have been accepted into the TCS New York City Marathon or NYC Half-Marathon?
Does Team for Kids pay for my marathon or half-marathon race fees?
Is there a deadline to register for Team for Kids?
How can I get my company involved with Team for Kids?

Fundraising

What is the fundraising pledge commitment?
What fundraising resources does Team for Kids provide to help me reach my fundraising goal?
Where do I mail checks given to me by donors?
Are corporate matching gifts counted toward my total?
Can I get a discount if I register with a group?

Training

I am a first-time marathoner. Will I be able to run the marathon?
Will Team for Kids provide an online training schedule that I can follow?
I live in the NYC metro area and I would like to participate in group runs. Are these available?
Do you have group training runs in other cities?

Technical

Will my credit card be charged if I have not raised the full amount?
What happens if I get injured and cannot run the marathon? Is there a cancellation policy?
I forgot my username/password.
Does Team for Kids provide travel and lodging?
I am traveling to the race events. When should I plan to arrive in New York?
Will Team for Kids pick up my race packet and bib for me?
Are there volunteer opportunities?

 

 

Other

 

Where does the Team for Kids TCS New York City Marathon Bus leave from on race morning?

When do I get my singlet?

Who we are

 

What is Team for Kids?
Team for Kids is a committed group of adult runners from around the world who add meaning to their miles by raising funds on behalf of New York Road Runners youth programs, and in return, receive guaranteed entry into premier endurance events. To learn more about Team for Kids, please click here.

 

Who benefits from the fundraising money?The money raised by Team for Kids members goes toward New York Road Runners youth services which provide free or low-cost school- and community-center based health and fitness programs to children who have little to no access to regular physical activity. These programs currently serve nearly 215,000 children each year in more than 400 schools and community centers in New York City and across the country. For more information on where the money goes, please  click here.  

How to Join

 

Do I have to be a member of New York Road Runners to join?
No, NYRR membership is not required.   

 

What are the benefits of joining Team for Kids?
In addition to the personal satisfaction that comes from helping to fight childhood obesity and giving youth a running start in life, TFK members receive expert guidance, support, and many other benefits, ensuring they cross the finish line with a smile. For information on specific perks available, please visit each event’s specific page. For a listing of all events, please click here.

 

How do I register for Team for Kids?
To join Team for Kids, please click here to begin the process. You will first create a Team for Kids profile and will then select which event you would like to participate in.   

 

Can I join Team for Kids if I already have been accepted into the TCS New York City Marathon, another Abbott World Marathon Majors race, or the United Airlines NYC Half?
Yes, we welcome individuals who already have guaranteed entry into these events.  If you have guaranteed entry prior to joining Team for Kids, you are entitled to a reduced pledge commitment. Please contact us at [email protected] for more details or click here to join today. 

 

Does Team for Kids pay for my marathon or half-marathon race fees?
No, Team for Kids does not pay any race entry fees. All Team for Kids members are responsible for paying applicable race entry fees. An email detailing next steps will be sent after your Team for Kids registration is processed.

 

Is there a deadline to register for Team for Kids?
While there is no official deadline to sign up with Team for Kids, there are a limited number of slots available. Once these slots are filled, we will be unable to take on additional members.  Team for Kids events have a history of selling out several months before the event.

 

How can I get my company involved with Team for Kids?
For more information on how to get your company involved with Team for Kids, please visit our Corporate Team for Kids page here.

Fundraising

 

What is the fundraising pledge commitment?
Fundraising commitments differ by event. For full details, please click here to visit each event's specific page.

 

What fundraising resources does Team for Kids provide to help me reach my fundraising goal?
Team for Kids offers substantial fundraising support to members. Each Team for Kids member is automatically set-up with a personal, customizable online fundraising page.  Additionally, members have access to fundraising templates, webinars, clinics, and many tried and true tips and tricks.

 

Where do I mail checks given to me by donors? 
Please make sure all checks are made out to Team for Kids. The Team member’s name and entry number should be noted in the memo line. Then, please mail to: 
New York Road Runners
Att: Team for Kids
156 W 56th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019

 

Are corporate matching gifts counted toward my total?
Yes! We encourage members to take advantage of their company’s matching gift program and to recommend that their personal donors do the same. All matching gifts will be counted toward the pledge commitment as long as they are received prior to the fundraising deadline. For additional questions about matching gifts, contact our finance coordinator at  [email protected].  

 

Can I get a discount if I register with a group?
Team for Kids is offering a reduced pledge commitment of $1,000 each for the United Airlines New York City Half for groups of five or more individuals who register at the same time. For the TCS New York City Marathon, groups of ten or more individuals who register together will be eligible for a reduced fundraising commitment of $2,500 each. To be eligible, all team members must register for the event within two weeks of each other. Once everyone has registered, please e-mail [email protected] with the name or your team and all team members' names. Please note that each team member is responsible for individually reaching the fundraising commitment. There are no shared fundraising commitments.  

Training

 

I am a first-time marathoner. Will I be able to run the marathon?
Yes, runners of all abilities are welcome to join Team for Kids. Our training is geared toward individual fitness levels and finish-line goals. Many first time runners successfully complete the marathon and half-marathon with us each year.

 

Will Team for Kids provide an online training schedule that I can follow?
Yes! When you register with Team for Kids for the United Airlines NYC Half, Airbnb Brooklyn Half, TCS New York City Marathon, and other Abbott World Marathon Majors races, you will receive weekly training emails with training and fundraising tips.  Members for all of our events will also have access to an exclusive Team for Kids training schedule and coaches for any questions.  

 

I live in the NYC metro area and I would like to participate in group runs. Are these available?
Team for Kids holds group runs for both the United Airlines NYC Half, Airbnb Brooklyn Half, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and TCS New York City Marathon teams. Details and schedules will be provided for each group in the weekly training emails. 

 

Do you have group training runs in other cities?
While Team for Kids does not have official coached workouts in other cities, we have team members in cities throughout the world who often organize their own runs based off of the Team for Kids training plans.  

Technical

 

Will my credit card be charged if I have not raised the full amount?
Each Team for Kids event has a fundraising deadline. When this date is reached, if there is any outstanding pledge amount, the credit card on file will be charged the balance due.  If there is a problem charging the card or retrieving the balance in another form, the TFK member will not be permitted to participate in the event.

 

What happens if I get injured and cannot run? Is there a cancellation policy?
In the unfortunate circumstance that runners are injured, or otherwise unable to participate in TFK events, members can cancel their race entry and defer to the following year for the TCS New York City Marathon, United Airlines NYC Half and Airbnb Brooklyn Half only.  Members will still be responsible for fulfilling the fundraising pledge commitment by the original deadline. Fundraising commitments cannot be deferred tot he following year, they must be completed in the year the commitment was made. To have your spot deferred to the following year, contact [email protected]

 

I forgot my username/password. 
If you have forgotten your password for the Team for Kids log-in page, click on the link to have your password sent to you.  If you have forgotten your username, contact the Team for Kids staff at [email protected].

 

Does Team for Kids provide travel and lodging?

Team for Kids does not provide travel and lodging, but members can take advantage of travel and lodging deals through the official travel partner of NYRR, Anthony Travel.  

 

I am traveling to the race events. When should I plan to arrive in New York?
It is suggested that members arrive in New York City at least two days prior to their event. It is also suggested that runners do not fly back to their destinations the day of the race but instead stay an extra day before flying. 

 

Will Team for Kids pick up my race packet and bib for me?
No. Only registrants themselves may pick up race packets and race bibs. Please plan your travel accordingly.

 

Are there volunteer opportunities?
We welcome volunteers to get involved with our programs, as well as our events throughout the year. 

Other

Where does the Team for Kids TCS New York City Marathon Bus leave from on race morning?

The Team for Kids Bus leaves from W 51st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Midtown Manhattan.  Buses leave promptly at 6 a.m., and runners should be there no later than 5:45 a.m.

 

When do I get my singlet?

You will receive your TFK singlet once you reach the halfway point in your fundraising commitment. Once that target is reached it may take up to 21 days for your singlet to arrive as we mail out singlets in batches every 2 weeks.