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2020 Ride_FAQs

When: Saturday, June 11th, 2022
Where: Morey's Piers in Wildwood, NJ  

What type of questions to do you have: REGISTRATION, EVENT LOGISTICS, ROUTE DETAILS, FUNDRAISING & FINANCIALYOUR PERSONAL PAGE?

For general questions, please contact the Jersey Shore Ride Staff at ride@alsphiladelphia.org



Registration

Q: How do I register?
A: You can register online in three ways: 

1. Join a Team -- If you are joining an existing team that a friend started, you can search for your team and register yourself here.
2. Start a Team -- If you plan to captain a new (or new to 2020) team and are ready to get the wheels rolling, get started here.
3. Join as an Individual -- If you are signing up on your own, you can get started here. 


Q: What are the costs involved?
A: Participants can choose to register as a Rider (no fundraising requirement) or a Fundraising Rider. As a Rider, your registration payment will include a tax-deductible donation of $150 to the Ride to Defeat ALS, and you will not be required to raise additional funds to participate in the ride. As a fundraising Rider, you will pay a lower registration fee but will be required to raise a minimum of $150 by June 30, 2022. This registration fees helps to pay for the expenses incurred to participate in the event (personal webpage set up, food and support on ride day, permitting of routes, etc.). 

Registration costs are as follows: 

Riders (No Fundraising Requirement)
Now through June 8th: $150
June 11th (In-Person Registration): $175

Fundraising Riders ($150 Fundraising Minimum)
Earlybird (Now through January 31st): $25 using code EarlyBird22
February 1st through June 8th: $50

Youth Riders (ages 17 and under)
Now through June 8th: $25
June 11th (In-Person Registration): $50

Riders with ALS
Free to register - please contact Kelsey@alsphiladelphia.org for the code

Virtual Riders
Free to register - Ride Your Way to Defeat ALS from wherever you call home!

*IMPORTANT NOTE: In the event that we have to pivot entirely to a virtual event in 2022, registration fees will be converted to a meaningful donation and will be counted toward that participant's fundraising total.

Q: Do I have to fundraise?

A: If you are a Fundraising Rider, yes. All riders 18 and older are required to raise a minimum of $150 by June 30th, 2022. If you are a first-time fundraiser or are interested in learning more, check out our Fundraising Tips and Tools. Our staff is another resource for you and we will be here for you at every step of the way! Don't hesitate to reach out and we can come up with a fundraising plan together! 

Q: My friends might start a team, can I register as an individual now and switch to their team later?
A:
 Of course! We can easily move you onto a team if you choose.  Just email us at Kelsey@alsphiladelphia.org or give us a call at 215-664-4176. 


Q: Do I have to join a team?
A: Nope. You can participate as an individual – or on a team!  Whatever works best for you. 

Q: If others on myteam raise more than $150 can that count toward my minimum?
A: No. Each individual is responsible for raising the $150 minimum that is reflected on their personal fundraising page. 


Event Logistics

Q: When does the Ride start?
A: Ride starts vary by route. We staggar our route start times strategically and along with permitting guidelines. Please check out the table below for your start time (these times are subject to change -- check back for updates). 

The start times are as follows:

100 miles: 7:00 AM

75 miles: 7:00 AM

50 miles: 8:00 AM

25 miles: 9:00 AM

6 miles: 10:00 AM

Check-in begins an hour prior to each start time.

Note: We will open the courses based on the times listed above and will announce when it's time for each route to begin. Please plan to begin with your group on time -- not before or after. 

Q: Where are the start/finish locations?
A: The start and finish locations for the Ride will be at Adventure Amusement Pier at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, NJ. Morey's Piers and Waterparks has been partnering with The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter for 23 years.

Q: When and where will Check In/Registration be held?
A: The location of Check In and Registration will be announced closer to Ride Day. Each route has its own schedule for Check In and Registration (this information is subject to change -- please check back for updates): 

Registration times are as follows:

100 miles: 6:00 AM

75 miles: 6:00 AM

50 miles: 7:00 AM

25 miles: 8:00 AM

6 miles: 9:00 AM

Q: Is there a deadline for online registration? If so, will there be an Event Day registration? 
A: The deadline for online registrations in June 8, 2022 unless we exceed capacity. If there is still space, day of registration will be available for each route during the registration times listed above.

Q: Where will parking be located and is there a cost?
A: Yes. We will announce details closer to Ride day. 

Q: Can I ride in the Jersey Shore Ride to Defeat ALS if I am under 18?
A: Yes, all ages are welcome. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their participation waiver. Participants under 16 must ride with an adult.

Q: I am coming in from out of town and would like to rent a bike. Do you have any suggestions?
A: Please reach out to Kelsey@alsphiladelphia.org for more information!

Q: What if my family or friends want to join me?
A: Your family and friends are more than welcome to join you at the finish line festival. Lunch will cost $25 for friends and family members who do not participate in the ride. If your friends and family are interested in getting more involved with the event, there are a number of volunteer opportunities for them to consider. Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the Jersey Shore Ride to Defeat ALS, and there are a variety of jobs throughout the day for any age, interest, or skill set. Visit the Volunteer page of the website for job descriptions and to register as a volunteer. 


Route Details

Q: What are the route options?
A: ALL ROUTES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Currently, we offer a 100-mile route (century), 75-mile route, 50-mile route, 25-mile route, and a 6-mile route. Check out all of our routes here. 

Q: Will there be SAG support on the course? How many rest stops will there be?  How far apart are they?
A: Volunteer SAG "wagons" will be patrolling each route throughout the day. If you need assistance, give the standard "thumbs down" signal to indicate you need support. 

Q: How many rest stops will there be? How far apart are they?
A: Check back for more information!

 


Fundraising and Financial

Q: What is the deductibility of my donors' contribution?
A: The ALS Association is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Registration fees are not accepted as tax deductible. 


Q: What is the Ride to Defeat ALS's Tax ID?
A: We will be using the Tax ID for The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, which is 23-2387205.  

Q: How do I turn in donations made by cash or check?
A: Please download the donation form and include it to ensure we give your team full credit for your fundraising efforts. You can mail your donations to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter office:
The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter
Attn: Jersey Shore Ride to Defeat ALS
321 Norristown Road, Suite 260
Ambler, PA 19002


Q: Is it safe to mail cash?
A: It is NOT safe to mail cash. If you would prefer to convert it to a check to mail to the office, please include the donation form so that we can mail acknowledgement letters to your supporters.  

Q: What if my donors need a receipt?
A: All people who make an online donation via our website will receive an email confirmation that can be used for tax purposes. Those who send checks valued $100 or more will receive a thank you letter by mail that can be used for tax purposes. If you have a donor who needs a receipt, please let us know and we will be happy to provide one. Also, if you turn in donations within 2 weeks before or after the event, please let us know if one of those donors needs a receipt.

Q: Do matching gifts count?
A: Employer matching gifts are a great way to double your fundraising. For detailed information about matching gifts, please refer to our Matching Gifts FAQ.

Q: Where does the money go?
A: We work hard to make sure every dollar you donate has maximum impact on the fight against ALS. From patient programs to cutting-edge research, your fundraising efforts for the Ride to Defeat ALS will never go to waste. We pride ourselves in functioning with a high standard of efficiency.


 

Your Personal Page

 Q: What is a Personal Page?

A: Your Personal Page is an online promotional tool to use when asking your friends and family to join your team or make a donation. Once you're registered, a personal page is automatically created for you. You can customize this page with photos and your personal story by logging into your Participant Center. Our staff is here to help you every step of the way.

Q: How do I login to my Personal Page?
A: To login to your personal page, you will enter your username and password into the Participant Center Login Area at the top right of the Ride’s website. Once you’ve entered your username and password, you will be taken to the homepage of your Participant Center. 

Q: What if I forget my username or password?
A: If you do not remember your username that you set up during registration, just contact our staff and they can look it up for you.  If you do not remember your password, the link under the login area will help you reset your password – or you can always give us a call! 

Q: Do I have to change my Personal Page?
A: You don't have to, but we know from experience that the participant’s personal touch makes the page more compelling to prospective donors. Be creative and have fun with it. Please know we are here to help you do this. 

Q: How do I change my personal fundraising goal?
A: Login to your Participant Center. At the top of that page, you'll see your current goal and a link to change it directly below it. Or you can contact us and we can do it for you. 

Q: How can I see who has donated on my behalf?
A: Login to your Participant Center. Click the Progress tab at the top of the page, then scroll down to view your donor list. You can also download a list of your supporters from this page.

Q: How can I see who is on my team?
A: Login to your Participant Center, then click on “View Team Roster” from the navigation on the right side of the page.