Frequently Asked Questions

Does my $100 deposit count towards my fundraising goal of $390?

Yes! Your $100 deposit counts towards your fundraising goal. The $100 deposit secures your place on our team and goes towards your fundraising goal of $390 is in support of Finish for Kids and our efforts around the world.

How can someone make a donation to support my run?

Donations can be made using your personal fundraising page. The link will be provided to you after you have registered with Finish for Kids. Donations can also be made by check to Finish for Kids at 940 Leonardville Road, Leonardo, NJ 07737.

Where does my fundraising go?

Your hard work fundraising goes directly toward charity projects and programs across the globe for both the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children and The Carefree Foundation.

What are important dates to remember?

  • July 17 : Fundraising deadline

  • August 1 : Last day to use your dedicated link for MCM official registration

  • August 14 - October 1 : MCM Deferment Program dates. Details can be found on the Marine Corps Marathon website. A limited number of deferments will be available.

  • September 15 : MCM Transfer Program closes. Details can be found on the Marine Corps Marathon website.

  • Late September/Early October : MCM sends out e-cards with bib numbers

  • October 27 : Tie up those laces! It's RACE DAY!!

It is important to adhere to these deadlines as there are no exceptions and we don’t want you to lose your spot after your hard work fundraising and training. It may be a good idea to load these dates in your calendar and set reminders. Please keep in touch with us along the way to let us know how you’re doing.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising goal by July 17th?

If you do not raise the full $390 by July 17th, the credit card on file will be charged and we will send you your unique reservation code for official registration. You will then be able to exercise the option of deferring to next year or transferring to another runner.

What happens when I meet my fundraising goal?

As soon as you reach your goal, email us at marathon@finishforkids.org to let us know! We will then send you your unique reservation code that you will use to officially register with MCM. This is your final step!

How do I know that my registration went through when I sign up online?

Registered runners will receive a confirmation by email directly from MCM after completing and submitting the online registration form. We also highly recommend confirming you are in by visiting MCM’s website. You do not show up on the confirmation page of the Marine Corps Marathon runners page until you have used your dedicated link to register. 

When will I receive my bib number/electronic confirmation card (e-card)?

Bib numbers will be listed on the e-card and delivered via email directly from MCM to all registered participants in late September/early October.

Can a bib be transferred to another runner?

Yes, the MCM offers a Transfer Program. You must first meet your fundraising requirement and officially register to be eligible. Visit the transfer page of this website for additional details.

Can runners defer an entry to the following year?

Yes, the MCM offers a Deferment Program. You must meet your fundraising requirement and officially register to be eligible. Please refer to the deferment webpage for details. A limited number of deferments will be available. The program runs from August 14 to October 1, or when the limit for the program is met. When capacity for this program is reached, it will be closed. There will not be notification of program status. Runners can only defer an MCM registration to the following year. Subsequent deferments are not allowed.

How do I get the t-shirt I ordered?

T-shirts will be mailed to your home mid-September. Be on the lookout!

How do I join the Finish for Kids Facebook group?

We will send you invitation to our closed group to the email address you used when you registered. This is a great place to connect with other runners and keep informed of any upcomig deadlines.

Where can I find a hotel?

Go to marinemarathon.com/events/marathon/travel which lists hotel partners for MCM weekend. We highly recommend making travel arrangements sooner rather than later because they book fast!

I have a friend who wants to run. Do you have any spots?

We have a limited number of spots so have them register immediately! They can also reach out to us as soon as possible to marathon@finishforkids.org. We also maintain a waitlist once our spots are filled. You never know!