Team Spina Bifida's Choose Your Own Event program allows you to participate in an athletic event in your community or location of choice while raising awareness about and funds for Spina Bifida. Whether you choose a marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, color run, triathlon, bike race, or other endeavor, you can participate on your own or form a team with friends and family.
In exchange for a $30 registration fee (per person), you’ll receive a Team Spina Bifida racing shirt, your own personal webpage, a fundraising toolkit, and ongoing staff support. Unlike many other marathon programs, Team Spina Bifida doesn't mandate a formal training program. We allow you to train at your own pace and on your own time for whichever endurance event you choose. Of course, we’ll motivate you along the way!
We'll even reimburse your event entry fee(s) if you agree to raise a minimum amount for SBA. Typically, our minimums are $600 for half-marathons and $1,250 for full marathons. We're happy to customize a contract for you, outlining your chosen minimum and benefits provided. Should you sign a contract, one month before the race, if you have not yet met your minimum, you will be asked to sign a Commitment Form, providing us with your credit card information. Thirty days after your race, we will charge your credit card for any remaining balance. If you cannot pay the sum in full at that time, we will be happy to set up a payment plan for you.
When selecting your race, make sure that you investigate participation options. Due to the terrain of many race courses, time limits imposed, and entry rules, not all races allow wheelchair participants, hand cycle participants, or walkers.
For more information about Team Spina Bifida, contact Elizabeth (Liz) Merck at firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 618-4754, or fill out the Contact Form below.