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IMPORTANT UPDATE:
Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, the Jersey Shore Ride to Defeat ALS has gone completely VIRTUAL. Please read below or visit our Event Details page for more information.

 

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

For any other questions, please contact the Jersey Shore Ride Staff at ride@alsphiladelphia.org or by calling 215-664-4138.


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: Due to the event being transitioned into a virtual event, there is no cost for any participant. 

Q: Do I have to fundraise?
A: It is suggested that all participants 18 and older raise a minimum of $150 in donations to support the ALS community. 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 ride@alsphiladelphia.org or give us a call at 215-664-4138. 


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. 


Event Logistics

Q: What does a virtual event day look like? 
A: Please visit the Event Details page regularly for updates on what this year's Jersey Shore Ride to Defeat ALS will look like!

Q: When does the Ride start?
A: Now that this event has gone virtual, YOU get to decide! Don't forget to post a photo or video of your ride to social media to show the ALS community that they are not alone.

Q: Where are the start/finish locations?
A: Wherever you wish, just be sure to keep CDC guidelines in mind when you are making that decision.

Q: Is there a deadline for online registration?
A: The deadline for online registration is by end of year, December 31, 2021. You may Ride Your Way at any point in 2021! 

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.
 
Q: What if my family or friends want to join me?
A: The more the merrier! Now that the Jersey Shore Ride is virtual, anyone can join from ANYWHERE! Let family, friends, neighbors and colleagues know what you're doing and ask them to join you! The ALS community needs us now more than ever.


Route Details

Q: What are the route options?
A: You get to decide!

Q: Will there be SAG support on the course? How many rest stops will there be?  How far apart are they?
A: Because this is a virtual event, it is completely unsupported. 


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.