Boston Marathon

BOSTON MARATHON TEAM
TEAM WITH A VISION
Application & Information - Invitational Waiver

Please fill out the entire application, including all of Part 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. We will consider only fully completed applications.

Applications are now being accepted from runners who will be at least 18 years of age on April 15, 2019. Please complete the application online or download and complete and return it to the address below.

Thank you for your interest in running for Team With A Vision! By running the Boston Marathon with Team With A Vision you will be making an important impact on the lives of those who are blind. Team With A Vision supports the Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (MABVI), an organization founded in 1903 with the help of a young Helen Keller. Our team is unique. We are made up of Boston Marathon qualified athletes in the Blind and Visually Impaired division and sighted guides, charity runners, and open division qualified athletes.

What team members are saying:

“MABVI is incredible and I learned first-hand what an amazing group of people all work together to help those with vision impairments live an independent life. Everyone I met was so inspiring!!! The community is very fortunate to have you and your team of wonderful people!!” ~Lisa Smith, 2016 Fundraising Runner who ran alongside Visually Impaired Athlete Brian Switzer

Here is what you get as a team member:

  • Personalized Fundraising Plan, tips, resources, and one-on-one assistance
  • Training support from our team coach, along with Boston based weekly group runs
  • Informative team meetings and newsletters
  • Marathon weekend festivities
  • Commemorative team apparel
  • Unsurpassed camaraderie and volunteer support

APPLICATION PROCESS

Thank you for your interest in running the Boston Marathon with MABVI’s Team With A Vision. While the required minimum is set at $7,500 per runner, this year’s goal is to raise on average a minimum of $9,500 - $12,000 per runner. For the last 3 years our fundraising runners have averaged $9,800, so with our support and your efforts, your fundraising goals are within reach! Set your fundraising sights high – beyond the basic commitment – and give your fundraising plan careful consideration, as this plan is an integral part of your application.

Applications are now being accepted from runners who will be at least 18 years of age on April 15, 2019. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once we receive your application, we will charge the credit card provided in this form a $30 non-refundable fee. This fee helps fund a scholarship that supports a blind athlete running Boston for the 1st time.

All pages must be completed and returned by email or mail by Friday, October 26, 2018. Please complete the application online or download and complete and return it to:

Andrea Croak
MAB Community Services
200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Or

acroak@mabcommunity.org

Questions? We’re here to help! Email Andrea Croak, Team Coordinator at acroak@mabcommunity.org. THANK YOU!

Also, you may be contacted to discuss your application. All information you provide is handled confidentially.

FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENTS

Runners using invitational waivers from MABVI must meet the minimum fundraising commitment of $7,500 prior to May 31, 2019. You do have the option to charge any or this entire amount to your credit card. Additionally, runners will be responsible for the B.A.A. fees of $365.00 associated with their pre-approved race registration.

Please remember, $7,500 is only a minimum. We will give special consideration for those committing to raise between $9,500 - $12,000. The dedication and energy of the Team With A Vision helps ensure that MABVI can provide quality programs and services to individuals with disabilities empowering them to participate fully in the community.

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PART 1: BIO

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Matching Gift Policy: Many companies match employees’ charitable contributions. You can check with your employer (often within your HR Department) to see if your company has this program, and ask donors if their employees match gifts. If you plan to use a match to reach your minimum, it is your responsibility to contact the matching company to ensure the check will be issued.


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**Please note, all sighted guides will be required to fill out a waiver with Team With A Vision as well as with the B.A.A.
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PART 2: ALL ABOUT YOU

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Please include your personal social media links for each available platform (if applicable)
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PART 3: RUNNING EXPERIENCE

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PART 4: FUNDRAISING

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If yes, please complete the following: (Please list all experiences)
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Please note: MABVI’s Team With A Vision staff and mentors will schedule a fundraising strategy meeting with each teammate to help you reach and exceed your goals this season. Each runner will have a personalize on-line fundraising page.

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PART 5: WAIVER, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND CREDIT CARD INFORMATION

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING

WAIVER: I agree to assume all risk and responsibility of damage or injury that may occur to me as a participant in this event. In consideration of your accepting this entry, I here-by for myself, my heirs, assigns, executors and administrators, release and discharge any and all sponsors of the Team With A Vision including, but not limited to, the Boston Athletic Association, MAB Community Services, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and all cities or towns in which the race is contested, their representatives, successors and assigns for any and all injuries suffered by me, including death, in said event. I further attest and certify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for the distance I am running. I also grant permission for my name/photo to be used in any broadcast or print media, or any other review of this event. I understand that I will be responsible for the standard cost associated with the B.A.A. application.

Runners representing MABVI as a Team With A Vision member will comply with terms and conditions set by the Boston Athletic Association including, but not restricted to the following: they will not begin the race prior to the official start time; they will not compete in a manner which, in the judgment of race officials, interferes with race operations or other participants; they will not reproduce or transfer their bib number or number card provided by the Boston Athletic Association; any conflicts will result in disqualification of the runner, and review of the organization’s standing for participation in future charity programs.

ACCOUNTABILITY: MABVI and its Team With A Vision are participating in the Boston Marathon for fundraising purposes. This event plays a significant role in our ability to serve individuals who are blind or visually impaired throughout Massachusetts and the country, and each invitational waiver represents funds critical to our work. Once you have filled out and signed the Boston Marathon invitational waiver, it cannot be transferred to other runners or reproduced. Injury or other circumstances that might preclude you from participation in or completion of the 2019 Boston Marathon does not waive your $7,500 fundraising commitment to MABVI. Therefore, in consideration of accepting an invitational waiver from MABVI, you agree to collect and/or donate a minimum of $7,500 by May 31, 2019 and will be held responsible for the entire amount to participate in the Boston Marathon through MABVI’s Team With A Vision. All funds collected through donations, sponsorships, matching gifts programs or through your own donations, will be allocated to MABVI.

If you are selected onto the team, a non-refundable deposit of $100 will be charged to your credit card, verifying your acceptance. The deposit of $100 will be applied towards your fundraising minimum and holds a Boston Marathon entry number in your name. All Team With A Vision Boston Marathon members will be required to have an on-line fundraising page via Team With A Vision fundraising platform on Crowdrise.

TIME COMMITMENT AND RESOURCES
Runners Are expected to train and fundraise extensively to ensure they meet their financial commitment and complete the marathon. We are here to support your marathon goals and ensure this is a positive experience for the entire team. Team With A Vision will provide fundraising tips, support, a training program with a coach, and monthly meetings. We will actively communication with you on your fundraising goal and check in with you frequently on meeting your fundraising targets.

CANCELLATION POLICY
You may cancel your participation with Team With A Vision for the 2019 Boston Marathon, waiving your responsibility for the $7500 minimum, anytime on or before December 15, 2018. To do so, you must contact Andrea Croak, at MABVI in writing on or before the cancellation date of December 15, 2018.

I have read and understand the foregoing liability waiver and fundraising agreement

CREDIT CARD USAGE

  • I understand and acknowledge that I am responsible for a $30 non-refundable fee. This fee helps fund a scholarship that supports a blind athlete running the Boston Marathon for the 1st time.
  • I acknowledge and understand that I am responsible for the full $7,500 fundraising requirement and I allow the use of my credit card to be billed for the remaining balance if my fundraising minimum is not met by the deadline of May 31, 2019. MAB Community Services will keep credit card information strictly confidential.
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