The Running with the Bears Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K (August 19th in Plumas County, California) is offering an extension to July 10th for 2017 Charity Runners!*
*Note: We ALWAYS appreciate donations, no matter when they arrive! This deadline is only for runners in the fundraise-for-entry category (everyone who registered after December 6th, 2016), and for those who want all the goodies (custom lightweight running jacket, Lu’au ticket, and more! :))
If you have not yet registered, we still have 21 spots left!
How does the Charity Division work?
- Simply register as normal for a deposit of $99, and you will be provided with a fundraising page. Most Charity Runners tell us that fundraising for foster children is very meaningful, and that their supporters (and often employers) were happy to contribute! YOU are making an impact on the lives of these incredible kids, and your boss, friends, family, and running buddies will want to support you! Would you like to view other fundraisers? Check out the pages that other runners have launched for 2017 HERE.
- Set up your fundraising page with your photo and a little about yourself, then email, facebook, or twitter the link to your friends. Ask them to donate $5, $20, or $26.2! Most participants tell us that they were surprised how happy their friends were to support them. If you’d prefer to just donate yourself, you can send a check to Mountain Circle (P.O. Box 554 Greenville CA 95947)* Be sure to ask your employer to match! Many companies have matching programs in place, and this amount will go towards your fundraising goal.
- We keep track of all fundraisers and donations. If you need a little support, just contact Josie to spotlight your page on facebook! If you do not reach the goal of $500 raised before 7/10/17, your credit card will be charged the difference.
*All contributions are 100% tax deductible.
Q – Is fundraising mandatory?
A – Yes. This is our one annual fundraiser, and you make all the difference! Plus, you never know who is so excited to support you! We make fundraising easy with this easy how-to guide with copy and paste templates, and links to videos about how your supporter’s donations make a difference.
Q – If I raise $500 (plus the $99 deposit), am I guaranteed a spot in the race?
A – Yes! You must reach this minimum by July 10th, 2017. If you do not reach the goal, your credit card will be charged the difference.
Q – Once the races sell out, is there a wait list for regular entry?
A – No wait list, sorry. Spaces are only available for Charity Runners.
Q – I can’t make the race. Can I get a refund or transfer my bib?
A – Only if you have raised $600 as a Charity Runner.
Q – Can I switch races later on?
A – Of course! Just email your Race Director (me, Josie)
Q – I want to qualify for Boston. Can I do this as a Charity Runner?
A – Yes!
Q – I don’t want to race, but I’d love to raise money for this cause. May I gift my registration to someone else?
A – For sure. Just let us know who by August 1st. Note: This option is ONLY available to Charity Runners who have raised $600 or more. Regular registrations are not transferable. Set up your page HERE.
Q – Other Charity Races ask me to raise over $2,000- why only $600?
A – We may raise the minimum in future years. For now, we want to put on a great event and perhaps you’ll help us spread the word
Q – Where does the money go?
A – 100% of proceeds are used for our PowderQuest Program, an outdoor leadership adventure for foster care teens. Through RWTB, we raise enough money to provide travel, accommodations, and ski lessons to 30 foster youth, and their mentors, to Lake Tahoe- thank you!! These kids deserve it, and they will tell you all about it during the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner. All additional funds raised are used for our other services including camp tuition and educational expenses for foster care children. Any other questions, feel free to message or email me. Thank you, and we’ll see you in August!