Q:  Do you still have entries?

A: Registration for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is now open. For more information or to register for our 2020 team, please go to www.rmhc.org/chicagomarathon or email kmarchetti@rmhc.org

Q: What is the fundraising requirement?

A:  This year the BOACM has set the minimums for all charities.  At this time, all runners are required to achieve a $1,750 commitment for the charity.

Q:  Who pays the Marathon entry fee?

A: We do!

Q: What is the deadline for my minimum fundraising commitment?

A: October 1st.

Q: Where do I send checks?

A:  While we encourage online donations whenever possible, we realize some people still prefer to send in check donations. Please request that any checks be made payable to ‘Ronald McDonald House Charities’–and make sure that the words “Team RMHC—(your name)” are included on the “memo” line on the face of the check.

Next, mail the checks to:

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc.
Attn: Team RMHC
26345 Network Place 
Chicago, IL 60673-1263

Once received, accounting will “CONFIRM” the gift and it will appear on your fundraising page.

Q: What is the process for matching gifts?

A: When a donor makes an online donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities to support your efforts as a Team RMHC runner, there is now a “Matching Gifts Information” section at the bottom of the donation form to indicate they will be asking their employer to ‘match’ their donation.

Once the ‘match’ is received by us, we’ll apply to your fundraising total. (FYI—companies often process employee matching gift requests on a quarterly basis, so it may take some time for the donation to appear on your page.)

(NOTE—please remind your donors that checking the "matching gift" box only alerts RMHC to the potential for a match. The actual matching gift donation must still be applied for by each donor, according to their company’s matching gift policy. Also, please ask your donors to use “Team RMHC” and your name wherever possible when completing their company’s matching gift application. RMHC is fortunate to receive many matching gifts and we want to be sure we can identify those associated with your fundraising efforts on behalf of RMHC.)

RMHC’s IRS Tax ID# is: 36-2934689

If a donor’s employer needs any additional information from us (or needs us to verify receipt of the donor’s gift to RMHC) please have them contact:  Lacee O’Brien – lacee.obrien@us.mcd.com or at

Lacee O’Brien -Team RMHC
Ronald McDonald House Charities
110 N. Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Q: Do matching gifts count toward my minimum fundraising commitment?

A:  The short answer is yes, but only if they are received by the October 1st deadline.  Every company has a different policy for matching gifts. Your best bet is to submit them as early as you can.

Q: I am injured or can no longer ‘run Chicago’- do I still need to raise money?

A: We really hope this doesn’t happen, but in the event you are unable to run the Chicago Marathon and have used one of our charity entries, we are going to need you to meet the minimum fundraising commitment stated in the ‘injury clause’ of the commitment form ($625 pre-drawing/ $875 after). You MUST declare the 'Injury Clause' by August 1, 2020, or you will be responsible for fundraising the full $1250 commitment.

Team RMHC, after all, is a rather important fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities and to keep the costs of running this program down, implementing ‘injury clause’ requirements is necessary.

Q:  If I don’t meet my minimum fundraising commitment, what happens?

A:  At the end of the day you will have a choice. You may either personally cover the difference between what you have raised and your fundraising minimum or you’ll have to pull out of the race. Team RMHC is a very important fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities and the funds raised impact the lives of millions of children and families around the globe.  We receive a limited number of Chicago Marathon entries, therefore, it is very important that anyone making a commitment sticks to it.

This year we are requiring that fundraising minimums are met by October 1st.  For any instances where the fundraising minimums are not met we will be pulling bibs. You will be able to visit the RMHC booth at the Expo and obtain your bib by making a donation via check or credit card to cover the shortfall.  Please note, this is not a means of ‘punishing’ anyone, but rather a practice required by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to establish a more equitable fundraising environment.

Q:  Does Team RMHC have a block of hotels reserved?

A:  Info to come. We will offer blocks at Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton.

Q: What is Charity Village, where is it, and how many guests may I bring?

A: The Team RMHC hospitality tent is one of the largest perks to running with Team RMHC and this year it is located in close proximity to the start corrals and the finish line along Michigan Avenue between Balbo and Harrison.  We offer a huge, heated tent with private gear check, pre-race breakfast and snacks, post-race lunch, drinks, a DJ, massage therapists, and the best post-race party in town!  The Team RMHC hospitality also serves as a meeting place for our runners to reunite with guests.

Number of tickets you will be allowed to purchase will be determined at a later date based off size of the team.

Q: Where is this year’s Team RMHC Marathon-Eve Pasta Dinner taking place?  How many guests can I bring, what is the charge, and what types of food will be served?

  A:  Dinner will be held at Chicago's Union Station - Grand Hall. The dinner is free to all Team RMHC runners and is one of our ways of saying ‘Thank you’ on behalf of the children and families served by RMHC.  Depending on capacity, you may be able to purchase tickets for guests.

Q: What is the link to the Team RMHC Facebook page?

A:  There is a private page for Team RMHC runners to connect, share inspiring stories, tips, and motivate one another.  Join us!

Q: Who do I contact if I know someone who would like to volunteer Marathon weekend?

A: Please email Katie Marchetti at kmarchetti@rmhc.org with name and email for anyone that wishes to volunteer.

 

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