For the fifth time, Soccer Without Borders will have a charity team in the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon!
Whether you are a seasoned marathoner, or setting your sights on your first one, we are looking for fifteen passionate individuals to make each mile count for SWB!
Each runner will be able to dedicate their fundraising to the Soccer Without Borders program location of their choice or to All SWB Programs, which serve more than 3,600 newcomer youth through year-round soccer, educational support, team-building, and cultural exchange.
All runners will receive a guaranteed race entry as well as a package of benefits based on their pledge level. To be considered for the SWB Marathon Team at the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon, every interested individual must complete the online application. Each application is reviewed and considered individually and carefully, with special attention to the runner's personal fundraising goal and reason(s) for wanting to join the SWB team.
MARATHON DATE: November 7, 2021 in New York City
MANDATORY TEAM MEETING: TBD (online meeting)
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS (on a rolling basis)
Be sure to read the FAQ's before applying!
Team Member: $3,500:
Guaranteed entry into the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon
Soccer Without Borders running shirt/singlet provided at the marathon
Fundraising & Training toolkit
Personalized online fundraising page
Online Team Kick-off meeting
One ticket to Team SWB's pre-race dinner in New York
Team member platform to get to know the other SWB runners
Opportunity to connect with local runners or team members for group/partner runs
Invitation to attend an SWB programming event
Opportunity to support newcomer youth to reach their goals on and off the soccer field
All of the above, plus:
One additional ticket to Team SWB's pre-race dinner
SWB thank you cards to send to those who support your race
SWB running singlet mailed out to you in advance
All of the above, plus:
Published personal article on the SWB Latest News page
Free entry (2 tickets) to a Soccer Without Borders location-based activity (i.e. Boston Beer Tasting - Spring 2021)
Marathon training playlist curated by Soccer Without Borders youth
Already have a 2020 TCS New York City Marathon spot?
You can still use the Marathon as way to support Soccer Without Borders! Pledge a minimum of $1,000 and join Team Soccer Without Borders! You'll receive all of the benefits of the $3,500 pledge level.
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Can I be on the team if I've never run a marathon?
Congratulations on considering your first marathon! The TCS New York City Marathon does request that individual race entrants be able to complete the marathon in six hours or less. If you feel confident about this requirement, we would love to hear from you.
What is the deadline for applications?
The application is available in late-January, and we will accept applications on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early, as applications will be reviewed as they come in. Each applicant will receive status notification via email.
What are the basic fundraising commitment and other fees?
The basic fundraising commitment is $3,500 and this pledge must be raised in full by October 28, 2020. To guarantee the basic commitment is met, a credit card valid through November 2020 is required from anyone who accepts a spot on the team roster. If a runner is not able to meet the basic fundraising commitment by October 28, 2020, the remaining balance of their pledge will be charged to the credit card on file. SWB will not make a charge without first notifying the runner and confirming the amount of the shortfall. Payments can be made in one transaction or via a monthly plan.
Separate from the basic fundraising commitment, team members are responsible for paying the race registration fee directly to the New York Road Runners (NYRR). This fee is $255 for NYRR members, $295 for non-NYRR members and $358 for non-US residents and is non-transferable and non-refundable. We will provide you with instructions and a login to do this once you are accepted to the team.
I have my own entry for the TCS New York City Marathon. May I join the team?
Registered TCS New York City Marathon qualifiers and other official entrants are most welcome and encouraged to join the team! Qualifiers and others with their own race entries agree to raise $1,000 as a part of the team, or $3,000 to be a Team Champion. You will receive the same team benefits for these levels! Please fill out the application and note that you already have a bib.
I live outside of Greater Boston. Can I still apply?
Yes! We welcome applicants from all over!
Is there a wait list?
Yes. Applicants who are wait-listed will be notified by email and will be contacted again should a spot on the roster become available.
What happens if I get injured and am unable to race on marathon day?
Oh no! While we hope this never happens, if you get injured and have already completed (or you’re on track to complete) your fundraising commitment, your guaranteed entry to the marathon can be deferred to the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon. This deferment must be made by October 28, 2020.
What happens if something else comes up and I need to cancel?
You can cancel your participation with the SWB marathon team for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon any time before August 1, 2020; however your TCS New York City Marathon registration fee will not be refunded and you will be charged $75 by Soccer Without Borders. You must contact Trevor Laroche-Theune () in writing before the cancellation date. After August 1, 2020 you are responsible for fulfilling your pledge, even if you are unable to participate in the marathon. Under no circumstances can donations received by Soccer Without Borders be refunded.
Can a friend take my place on the team?
No, you may not choose someone to replace you or allow anyone else to use your race entry. SWB maintains a waitlist of applicants and will choose someone from that wait list to replace you if it is still possible.
If I don't make the team or the wait list for the upcoming marathon, can I re-apply for another event or next year?
Yes please do!
What fundraising assistance do I receive as a SWB team member?
All SWB team members receive an individualized on-boarding that includes a fundraising training. All team members create and execute a fundraising plan with the guidance from the team coordinator who offers one on one fundraising support throughout the entire campaign. Our team coordinator is here to help you every step of the way! Team members have access to a Team SWB’s online fundraising toolkit that features a robust set of tools and resources to support runners with fundraising. Team members also have access to the team website which allows each runner to personalize an individual web page, send fundraising emails, and manage fundraising progress and records.
What training support do I receive?
All team members will receive access to our online toolkit that includes training resources with recommended training programs and suggestions for local running groups to join. The team coordinator will also connect you to the other SWB team members in case geographies allow you to train together. You are free to do what works best for you!