FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Registration and Participant Center FAQs

How do I register?
We are excited to have a new, easy-to-use website for our Ride this year! Simply go to the Home Page and click “REGISTER” in the center of the screen. After choosing if you want to create a new team, join an existing team, or participate as an individual, you will be prompted to log in. If you’re not sure if you have a username already, simply click “Email me my login information,” and it will be sent to you. If there is no username associated with your email address, you can click “Join as a New Participant” and set up an account. Once you are logged in, you’ll be able to go through the registration process and the site will save your information for you.

What are the costs involved, and what do they provide?
New this year, participants can choose to register as a Rider or a Supported Rider. As a Rider, your registration payment will include a tax-deductible donation of $125 to the Ride to Defeat ALS, which will appear on your fundraising page. As a Supported Rider, you will pay a lower registration fee but will be required to raise a minimum of $125 by June 9th, 2018.

Registration costs are as follows:

Riders : February 1st – March 31st: $150 / April 1st – June 9th: $175
Supported Riders: February 1st – March 31st: $25 / April 1st – June 9th: $50  (Rider must raise a minimum of $125 additionally )
Youth Riders (Ages 17 and under): $25 to register anytime
Riders with ALS: Free to register, please contact lauren@alsphiladelphia.org for the discount code

*Youth Riders and Riders with ALS are not required to reach a fundraising minimum, but all participants are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to make this event a true team effort and help support families living with ALS in our community. 

What happens if I register as a Supported Rider but I am unable to reach the $125 fundraising requirement by June 9th, 2018?
We ask that you sign a “promise to pay” agreement during registration which states that if you have not met your fundraising goal by the deadline, you will be invoiced for the remaining amount. 

Remember that our staff is a resource for you, and we will be here for you every step of the way! Don’t hesitate to reach out to lauren@alsphiladelphia.org and we can come up with a fundraising plan together! If you are a first-time fundraiser or are interested in learning more, check out our Fundraising Tips and Tools.

Is there an age minimum for this event?
We do not have an age minimum, but we do require all riders under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult (at least 21 years of age) at all times. This ride takes place on roads open to traffic; therefore, we do not recommend this ride to participants under the age of 10. All riders must be acutely aware of their surroundings and knowledgeable about traffic laws! 

Event FAQs

Where is the event?
Each ride distance has a different starting point, listed below. Every rider ends at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, NJ.

75 miles: Camden County College – Blackwood, NJ

50 miles: Merighi’s Savoy Inn – Vineland, NJ

25 miles: Dennis Township Elementary School – Dennisville, NJ

10 miles: Atlantic Cape Community College – Cape May Court House, NJ

Where is parking for the event?
Parking information will be posted closer to Ride Day.

What time does the event start?
The start times are as follows:

75 miles: 6:45 AM           

50 miles: 8:30 AM           

25 miles: 10 AM           

10 miles: 10 AM

The End Point celebration at Morey’s Pier will be open to families and supporters starting at 9:30 AM.

Team FAQs

Do I have to join a team?
While we do recommend signing up with a team for support and morale purposes, you are free to participate as an individual.

How many members must I have to form a team?
We welcome teams of all sizes to participate!

As a team captain or member of a team, can I raise all the money and then distribute it to other members of my team?
We strongly discourage this. For many people, participating in a challenge. Whether it’s the physical challenge or the effort it takes to reach a fundraising goal, both components are part of the Team Challenge ALS experience. Having every participant raise funds makes charity events special. Everyone participating will have something in common - they provided hope to people living with ALS.

Volunteer FAQs

Will I get a t-shirt for volunteering?
Yes! You'll receive a t-shirt when you check-in at the event. Please wear it as it will help participants know that you're there to help.You will also receive two complimentary passes for Morey’s Piers to be used the Saturday or Sunday of Ride weekend as a big thank-you for helping out!

Do I have to raise funds to volunteer?
No. There is no fundraising minimum to volunteer, but those wishing to fundraise will get a personal page online to help them reach their fundraising goals..

My friends are participating and I plan to volunteer and raise funds. Can I join their team?
Yes! Just contact us and we'll assign you to their team.

Additional Questions:

Please reach out to 

Lauren Doberstein at 215-664-4176 or Lauren@alsphiladelphia.org