For the fourth time, Soccer Without Borders will have a charity team in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon!

Whether you are a seasoned marathoner, or setting your sights on your first one, we are looking for ten passionate individuals to make each mile count for SWB! 


Seven of our runners will be supporting Soccer Without Borders Boston, which serves more than 300 newcomer youth in grades 1st-12th through year-round soccer, educational support, team-building, and culture exchange.

Three of our runners will be supporting the growth efforts across all five of our domestic programs and our two international programs.


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 2019 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 3, 2019 in New York City


MANDATORY TEAM MEETING: June 19th at 6:00pm (online meeting)


Be sure to read the FAQ's before applying!

Team Member: $3,000:

  • Guaranteed entry into the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon

  • Soccer Without Borders swag including running singlet/shirt for marathon

  • Personalized online fundraising page

  • Kickoff & Midway meeting

  • Fundraising & Training toolkit

  • Semi-monthly e-newsletter with training and nutrition tips

  • One ticket to Team SWB's pre-race dinner

  • SWB thank you cards to send to those who support your race

  • Opportunity to support newcomer youth to reach their goals on and off the soccer field

Advocate: $3,500:

  • All of the above, plus:

  • One additional ticket to Team SWB's pre-race dinner

  • SWB T- shirt

Champion: $4,000:

  • All of the above, plus:

  • Free entry (2 tickets) to Soccer Without Borders’ Beer Tasting (Spring 2020)

  • Marathon training playlist curated by Soccer Without Borders youth


Already have a 2019 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 $3,000 pledge level.


Picture highlights from SWB Boston. Get to know the program up close on our blog.

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 mid-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 $3,000 and this pledge must be raised in full by November 1, 2019.  To guarantee the basic commitment is met, a credit card valid through November 2019 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 November 1, 2019, 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 2020 TCS New York City Marathon.  This deferment must be made by November 1, 2019. 

What happens if something else comes up and I need to cancel?

You can cancel your participation with the SWB marathon team for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon any time before August 1, 2019; 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 Lucas Holmes ( in writing before the cancellation date.  After August 1, 2019 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!




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