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 2021) 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: No registration fees involved, but we recomend raising a minimum of $150. When you raise this amount you earn a pair of our SoCal Ride cycling socks, at $500 you will earn our jersey and at $1,000 you will earn our shorts.
Persons with ALS: Free, please contact socalride@ridetodefeatALS.org for discount code. Virtual Participants (those not able to attend the Ride): Free Volunteers: Free
Q: Do I have to fundraise? A: It is suggested that participants fundraise a minimum of $150, by the day of the event. 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: What happens if I am not able to raise $150 by ride-day? A: We have a solution for that! We will give you another six weeks following the ride to raise the remaining balance to reach $150. A lot of donors are moved to give after seeing photos and hearing about your experience at our event to make a difference in the lives of people with ALS. Ultimately, if you do not reach our suggested minimum we will not penalize you for it, but we appreciate your sincere effort as the funds you raise directly support The ALS Association Golden West Chapter's efforts to find effective treatments and cures for ALS.
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 send us an email us.
Q: Do I have to join a team? A: No. You can participate as an individual – or on a team! Whatever works best for you.
Q: If others on my team 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 and we are unable to transfer funds.
Q: When does the Ride start? A: We will be gathering together on Zoom for a virtual start line at 9:00 am PDT (time subject to change) to kickoff our morning before we headout. An RSVP link will be sent to registered participants the week-of our event.
Q: Is there a deadline for online registration? If so, will there be Event Day registration? A: The deadline for online registrations is at 5:00 pm PDT on Friday, May 14.
Q: Can I participate in the SoCal Ride to Defeat ALS & Trail Run/Walk if I am under 18? A: Yes, all ages are welcome. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their participation waiver during registration.
Q: What if my family or friends want to join me? A: The more the merrier! In fact, why not start a team? If your family and friends just want to attend as spectators, of course they are more than welcome to.
Q: What are the route options*? A: For our cyclists, you can choose any of our existing routes from previous years or choose your own challenge. Please visit our Routes page for more information on each option.
*Subject to change
Q: Will there be SAG support* on the course? A: Since this year's event will be virtual again, we will not be able to provide on-route support.
Q: How many rest stops* will there be? How far apart are they? A:There will be no designate Rest Stops since our event is virtual this year. Please bring your own snacks and bike repair tools/supplies with you.
Fundraising and Financial Questions
Q: What is the deductibility of my donors' contribution? A: The ALS Association Golden West Chapter 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 Golden West Chapter, which is 95-4163338.
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 Golden West Chapter office: The ALS Association Attn: SoCal Ride to Defeat ALS PO Box 565 Agoura Hills, CA 91376
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: Donors 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: Yes! Employer matching gifts are a great way to double your fundraising. For detailed information about matching gifts, please click here.
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. Click here to learn more.
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 Participant Center? A: To login to your Participant Center, 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.
Here are some helpful videos to help you navigate your Participant Center: