Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an individual need to raise as a member of TeamAutism.org for a Marathon?


Oklahoma City, OK Memorial Marathon--Each runner or walker is committed to raise $400 individually or $1000 as a team.
Route 66 Marathon, Tulsa, OK--Each runner or walker is commited to raise $400 individually or $1000 as a team.
Hawaii--Each runner or walker commits to raise $5500.
All Donations are tax deductible.

Where does the money go?

Approximately 60% of every donation will go directly to the Oklahoma Family Center For Autism.  OFCA is a 501c(3) nonprofit group.  OFCA has member families all over the state and provides support groups, educational information, and community activism to benefit those affected by autism.

Approximately 40% of the money raised will pay for hotel, travel, carb loading meal, race entry fee AND administrative costs.

Why does TeamAutism.org choose so many exotic destinations for marathons?

First, because of motivation.  Individuals are more likely to be motivated to train and raise funds by a trip to Hawaii, or Florida than they are a more traditional location.

Second, because of opportunity.  Many participants will be members of families affected by autism.  Because of the high costs associated with having autistic family members, trips to exotic locations like Hawaii are often only dreams.  By raising money and training for a marathon people affected by autism have the opportunity to go somewhere they may never be able to go otherwise.

If a runner or walker wishes to take a family member or friend with them who is not participating in the Marathon, how much will it cost?

It depends on the marathon location, but by way of example here were the costs for the Honolulu, 2007 trip:

$1550 for one additional adult.
 
$800 each for up to two Children under 17 (family members only).

$1550 each for any additional children.

The fund raising goal for Honolulu 2007 was $5000 per runner/walker

 

Can runners and walkers participate in only part of the marathon or participate in a relay?

That depends on the marathon.  Please consult the website(s) associated with the marathon(s) you are interested in for official rules.

 

When is the final Deadline for funds to be raised?

Each runner and walker on TeamAutism.org is provided a team member's handbook.  There are intermediate goals outlined in the fund raising plan in this handbook.

Generally speaking, fund raising goals are set approximately 10 to 15 days prior to the event.

 

How do individuals who are running or walking with TeamAutism.org raise the money?

The team member's Handbook has detailed instructions and ideas for fund raising.

 

What if an individual does not reach his or her fund raising goal?

Each member of TeamAutism.org is responsible for the balance that is not raised.

TeamAutism.org is taking a risk by booking travel arrangements and a room for you so each team member's commitment to reaching your fund raising goal is paramount!
 
Each runner/walker is required to provide a valid credit card number to which TeamAutism.org may charge any unraised balance.  If you don't reach your goal, your credit card will be charged 3-5 days prior to the event.

Furthermore by keeping this commitment team members help keep costs down for the rest of the team.

 

How does a runner or walker sign up to be a part of TeamAutism.org?

Fill out the Registration and Release forms and return them to TeamAutism.org with your $40 to get your walker/runner kit with tech shirt, training guide and fund raising tips.

Contact TeamAutism.org to acquire the forms or get them from the downloads section of our website.

If you have further questions, please contact TeamAutism.org at teamautism@hotmail.com.

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