Boston Marathon Team Frequently Asked Questions
Please fill out the application available on this website. There is no
Are there any requirements to join the team?
Yes! You must commit to a minimum fundraising goal of $10,000, be at least 18 years old on April 20, 2020, and be able to finish the 26.2 mile course in under 6 hours. You are also responsible for the $370 B.A.A. Boston Marathon registration fee. All fees and donations are non-refundable.
I’m not from the Boston area. Can I still join the team?
Of course! All of those passionate about the Museum’s mission who want to
“run on kid power” should consider running with our marathon team,
regardless of where they live.
I’m already registered and qualified for the Boston Marathon – why should
I fundraise for Boston Children’s Museum?
Boston Children's Museum educates our youth by showing parents and families
the power of play. We need the support of runners like you, runners who
recognize the impact of early childhood education and exploratory
opportunities, to spread the word of our mission and help solicit critical
funds that allow us to succeed. As a qualified runner, your fundraising
minimum is only $2,000.
If you’re interested or if you have more questions, email us at
You have my application! What’s next?
You will be contacted for a brief phone interview in early December.
Can I raise more than the goal of $10,000?
Of course! We will be looking for team members who set a substantial
fundraising goal above and beyond what we ask for.
Where does the money go?
The money raised by our marathon team goes to support our Annual Fund. Boston
Children’s Museum Annual Fund provides the critical funding necessary to
ensure that our high-quality programs, groundbreaking exhibits, multicultural
celebrations, and teacher trainings remain accessible and available to all
those in the Boston (and even the global!) community.
What happens if I don't meet the $10,000 fundraising minimum?
We are expecting each of our runners to meet at least the minimum of $10,000
raised, and we will work with you throughout the year with tips and
strategies to ensure that we all get the most out of this opportunity. If you
are unable to raise the $10,000 minimum, we expect you to be responsible for
the remaining difference and we’ll have a conversation with you about the
best way you can fulfill your commitment.
What happens if I get injured or have to drop out?
We understand that injuries happen and life circumstances change. If you do
need to drop out of the race, we keep all donations you have received up
until that point. If you drop out before January 31, we will be able to draw
an alternate runner to fill your place. If you drop out after January 31, we
will be unable to fill your place with an alternate, and so we do expect that
you will continue your fundraising efforts with us during the spring.
Do I have to stay with the Boston Children’s Museum team during the Boston Marathon?
You do not! We know that everyone will have to run at their own pace.
What happens if I don't finish the race?
We hope that together we can prepare for the challenge of the Boston Marathon
and that you have a fulfilling experience on our team and during the race.
However, it is all right if you are unable to finish the race.
How do I get more information about the Boston Marathon and the John Hancock Nonprofit Program?
For more information about the marathon, visit the Boston Athletic
Association website and the John Hancock Nonprofit Program website.
What if someone wants more information about Boston Children’s Museum and
We are always happy to share the Museum’s mission with interested
supporters! If someone wants to learn more about what we do and how to get
involved, please have them email run4BCM@bostonchildrensmuseum.org or call